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HARTFORD, CT, April 21, 2004 - Families searching for a memorable gift this Father's Day can bypass the cologne counters and tie displays, and log onto www.ctbound.org for easy getaway ideas that will not only surprise dad, but will offer a chance for some family fun and bonding time in Connecticut - only a short drive away.

With every interest in mind - from golfing to museums to antique cars - Connecticut offers a variety of activities for dads to explore this Father's Day. A sampling of Connecticut's great family getaways and activities for this special weekend includes:

  • Father's Day Weekend Getaway - Mansfield Center, CT
    The "Man of the House" can pamper and play with a value-added Father's Day package offered by the Fitch House, an elegant Greek-revival mansion located in Eastern Connecticut. The package includes:
    • Two-night's accommodations
    • Full country breakfast daily, including a Father's Day breakfast
    • Choice of tennis, hiking or golfing at a charming nine-hole golf course or a more challenging championship-quality golf course, with a tee time arranged by the Fitch House. (Guests are responsible for the green fees at each course).
    • In-room massage by a licensed therapist o Dinner for two at Altnaveigh Inn
    • All tax and gratuities

    Package begins at $375 for Dad alone or $535 per couple. For more information or to make reservations, please call (860) 456-0922 or visit www.fitchhouse.com.

  • Fifth Annual Father's Day Celebration - Canterbury, CT
    If fast cars, motorcycles and everything antique on display are on dad's list of favorite things to see, the Fifth Annual Father's Day Celebration at Wright's Mill Farm is an activity the entire family can enjoy. In addition, live entertainment by the Old Fiddlers' Club will be featured. Date: June 20. For more information, call (860) 774-1455.
  • Fourth Annual Father's Day at Riverbound Farm - Cheshire, CT
    Families can "build" quality time with their father by constructing a birdfeeder together at the Riverbound Farm Sanctuary and Nature Center on Father's Day. Situated along the Quinnipiac River, the Riverbound Farm Sanctuary and Nature Center is a 23-acre wildlife sanctuary that showcases a variety of wildlife habitats and includes hiking trails and a butterfly center. Pre-registration is required. Date: June 20. For more information or to make reservations, call (203) 634-1911.
  • Discount for Dads and Their Families - Mashantucket, CT
    Perfect for the dad that loves to watch the History Channel or the Discovery Channel, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the world's largest and most comprehensive Native American museum, is offering a $2 discount off tickets up to four admissions. The museum presents an array of engaging experiences -- from life-size dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary art and culture. Date: June 20. For more information, call (800) 411-9671 or visit www.pequotmuseum.org.

To find other great getaway packages and values in Connecticut, travelers can call 1-800-CTBOUND (1-800-282-6863) or visit the Connecticut Tourism Division's website at www.ctbound.org and click onto Specials. With one simple click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state. All essential information - including a description of the package, dates of availability and contact information - is clearly outlined, plus some direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the package. For itineraries already created by the state log onto www.ctbound.org and select from one of the 52 Getaways.

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

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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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