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:
- Haystack Mountain State Park / Stone Tower -
West Norfolk, CT
- Macedonia Brook State Park
/ Cobble Mountain
- Kent, CT
- Mohawk State Forest / Lookout Tower -
- Pachaug State Forest / Mt. Misery Overlook -
- Peoples State Forest
/ Chaugnam Lookout -
- Shenipsit State Forest / Observation Tower -
- Sleeping Giant State Park
/ Stone Tower -
- Talcott Mountain State Park / Heublein Tower
- Simsbury, CT
- Gillette Castle State Park / The Terrace -
East Haddam, CT
- Goodwin Forest Center / Trails - Hampton, CT
FALL FOLIAGE DRIVING
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:
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.
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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Connecticut Commission on Culture
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080