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HARTFORD, CT, August 10, 2004 - With the end of summer already lurking around the corner, Connecticut, only a short drive away, offers distinctive last minute, end-of-summer packages perfect for travelers of all ages and interests searching for an easy getaway. Traveler can bid farewell to the dog days of summer with the following distinctive packages:

Summer Fun at the Drive-In Movies - Mansfield Center, CT
The saying goes, "What's old is new," and this summer, travelers can take a step back in time and enjoy the ultimate 1950s experience with a double-feature movie at one of the last remaining authentic outdoor drive-in movie theaters in the U.S., which features three screens and an old-fashioned snack bar. The one-night package costs $265 per couple, and includes:

  • One-night's accommodation at the Fitch House, an elegant 1836 Greek Revival Mansion
  • Complimentary gourmet breakfast in the solarium of the Fitch House
  • Romantic dinner for two at a nearby gourmet restaurant, which includes a 1950s-style Banana Split dessert for each person
  • Two passes to the Mansfield Drive-In Theater

The package is good any weekend night Aug. 26-Sept. 26, 2004. All gratuities and taxes included For more information, call (860) 456-0922 or visit www.fitchhouse.com.

A Pretty Fine Old Town Getaway - Old Lyme, CT
Art lovers and fans of American Impressionism will find harmony in this package that blends an overnight getaway with the opportunity to view the never-before-seen works of Connecticut artist Childe Hassam, who is widely recognized as the preeminent American Impressionist painter. The package, which is good Sunday through Thursday, costs $330 and includes:

  • One-night's accommodation at the historic Bee and Thistle Inn, which was built in 1756
  • Two tickets to the Florence Griswold Museum
  • A full catalogue with large color photographs of the Childe Hassam Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Lunch for two at the award-winning Bee and Thistle Inn
  • All gratuities and tax

For more information, call (860) 434-1667 or visit www.beeandthistleinn.com

Personal Escape Getaway - Norwich, CT
Whether it's due to the demands of a career or needs of the family, women today are seeking escape time with friends. Enjoyed by celebrities including Regis and Joy Philbin, the award-winning Spa at Norwich offers the perfect solution with a Personal Escape Getaway, which is available for one, two, three or four nights, excluding Fri. and Sat. The package begins at $298 per person, double occupancy and includes:

  • Accommodations in a beautifully appointed guestroom
  • Two spa services of choice
  • Two fitness classes of choice
  • Complimentary and optional morning walks and morning meditation
  • Full use of the spa facility, including use of robes and slippers, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, indoor pool, relaxation room, fitness center and locker rooms.

For more information, call 800-ASK-4-SPA or visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com.

Sleep and "See" Turtles Package - Stamford, CT
Escape with the family for a quick overnight getaway to Coastal Fairfield County to experience up-close the creatures of the deep found in the Long Island Sound. The package begins at $119 per night and includes:

  • One-night's deluxe accommodation for four at the Holiday Inn Stamford
  • Two adult tickets and two children's tickets to the Maritime Aquarium and IMAX Theatre

Package is based on two adults and two children. For more information, call 800-408-7640.

Day trippers seeking "must-do" end-of-the-summer events will want to check out the "All on Fire: A Day of Conversation and Camaraderie" in Brooklyn and Canterbury, which includes 19th century abolitionist Prudence Crandall, William Lloyd Garrison and Sarah Harris re-enactors on Sept. 4; and a new exhibit at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, which showcases the clothing and accessories of Mark Twain and his family.

Travelers searching for additional specials that will sizzle into the end of summer can also check out the Specials section at www.ct.bound.org or call 1-800-CT BOUND (1-800-282-6863)

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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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