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CONNECTICUT ASSISTS TRAVELERS PLANNING THIS FALL'S "LEAF PEEPING" GETAWAY

HARTFORD, CT, July 15, 2004 - Travelers planning an autumn leaf peeping getaway this fall can turn to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism as a trusted resource for pertinent, up-to-date fall foliage information wrapped around the seasonal mosaic colors of red, yellow and orange. Beginning in September, visitors can call the toll-free number, 1-800-CT-BOUND (1-800-282-6863) or visit www.ctbound.org for the status on foliage colors around the state.

Connecticut Tourism provides this invaluable tool for travelers to Connecticut due to the numerous external factors that can affect the leaf's color. In addition, the website is a great source for autumn getaway ideas around the state with its innovative 52 Getaways, which suggests itineraries for those with specific travel interests.

Fall foliage seekers can climb to great heights for breathtaking, panoramic views of Connecticut's valleys and treetops. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation has selected the nine top viewing spots for foliage viewing:

FALL FOLIAGE DRIVING TOURS

One of the more popular ways to experience fall foliage is by taking the family and hopping into the car for a leisurely drive along one of Connecticut's scenic roads, many of which combine colorful fall foliage with small-town charm. Along the way, many historical attractions, such as the Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford and the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in East Granby, offer views and history. For more information on these special driving tours, log onto www.ctbound.org. Samples of the scenic driving tours include:

  • Scenic Fairfield, a 115-mile loop in Fairfield County that includes Danbury, Norwalk, New Milford, Easton and Ridgefield, which was also the site of a Revolutionary War battle in 1777.
  • Traditional New England is a 100-mile loop that includes the northwestern towns of Litchfield, Torrington and Winsted. Quintessentially New England, this spectacular route captures the natural beauty of Connecticut with its valleys, hills and thick forests.
  • Yankee Roots, a 100-mile loop nestled in the "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut. This route includes the famed frogs of Windham, the aromatic harvest at Capriland Herb Farms in Coventry, and the home of the Huskies - the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

For travelers seeking an up-close, out-of-car experience, Walking Weekends, a top event in Eastern Connecticut dubbed "The Last Green Valley," offers more than 100 free, guided walks focused on historical, cultural and natural themes. This coming fall, the walks will explore a number of distinctive topics such as the area's railroad heritage, firearms industry, architecture, mill life and wild edibles.

The Walks will also showcase some of the area's distinctive autumn scenery with several rural experiences, such as the "Cow Tour" at Preston Farms, which includes a free pass to its corn maze, and the Creamery Brook Bison Farm's Tour, providing visitors with the opportunity to sample bison chili. In addition, the Nathan Hale Homestead, located in the more than 1,200-acre Nathan Hale State Forest, will sell homemade apple pies and hot cider. The Walking Weekends' schedule will be available in early fall at www.thelastgreenvalley.org.

Media can visit www.louhammond.com for additional background information and downloadable images.

Media: please note Connecticut State Forester Don Smith is available to act as an expert source on fall foliage. Mr. Smith is extremely knowledgeable and can speak articulately on the subject.

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Contact:

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us

 


 


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  1. Put on your jeans and sneakers and head for farm country. At Bloomfield's 4-H Farm Resource Center, I-91 Exit 35 or I-84 Exit 41, you'll find everything from barnyard animals to modern biotechnology on a 120 acre working farm. Fly over to Sky Endeavors on Brown Street for a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Farmington River Valley. When you get back to earth, wander through the 222 wooded acres at Wilcox Park in Bloomfield.
  2. Overnight nearby and next morning continue your adventure with a visit to Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, I-91 Exilt 40 in East Granby. Explore the tunnels and mine shafts where the Connecticut Colony kept its prisoners in the late 1700?s. Bring your golf clubs for a relaxing 9 holes at nearby More Info


 

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