CONNECTICUT'S FALL FOLIAGE
FORECASTED TO PEAK IN OCTOBER
HARTFORD, CT, September 28, 2004 - Although late
September through early November are the prime months for leaf peeping season in
Connecticut, travelers interested in planning a getaway during the state's peak
fall foliage season can schedule a trip the week of October 10 - 17, give or
take a few days, according to the Connecticut State Forester Donald Smith Jr.
"Connecticut's trees and forests won't
disappoint leaf peeping seekers with its mix of tree and shrub species, which
create a fall color palette that is world-renowned," said Smith. "And
since Connecticut is unique in that fall foliage lasts through early November, leaf
peepers can plan their getaway accordingly, during the next couple of months,
and still expect to see vibrant fall colors before and after the peak season in
various corners and areas throughout the state."
The Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protection regularly updates its fall foliage website at www.dep.state.ct.us/updates/foliage/foliage.htm.
In addition, visitors can log onto www.ctfoliage.com
to vote for their favorite
fall foliage locations throughout Connecticut and for up-to-date fall color
reports given by other travelers.
And for those that are interested in learning
why leaves change and what makes them bright in color, Smith has an
understandable explanation based on simple science. According to Smith, the
progression of the leaves' color change is favored by cool (but not freezing)
nights, and bright, sunny days. Cool evenings retard the transport of sugars
from the leaves downward into the trees. When sugars are trapped in the leaf
better colors result.
To find great autumn getaway package deals in Connecticut,
travelers can visit the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism'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
from one of the 52 Getaways or for additional information on scenic fall foliage
drives throughout Connecticut.
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In-State Public Relations Agency:
McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey
Tel: (203) 624-4151
Connecticut Commission on Culture
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080