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Hot Packages Provide Cool Fun This Summer

HARTFORD, CT, June 11, 2004 - Summer officially begins on June 21, and Connecticut will help turn up the heat by providing travelers with hot summer getaways - all located a short drive away. Packages include a Victorian weekend getaway with a President Ulysses Grant impersonator, a fun family trip, picnic escape, and an all inclusive cruise-inspired offering at a historical inn. A sampling of Connecticut's "sizzling" summer getaways include:

Mystical Family Getaway Package - Mystic, CT
The Mystical Family Getaway Escape is a perfect summer trip for the entire family to enjoy Connecticut's shoreline. The getaway package includes: two-night's accommodations, two adults and two children's tickets to the Pequot Nature Center & a choice of admission to the Mystic Aquarium & Institute of Exploration or Mystic Seaport, and a daily complimentary continental breakfast for the whole family. Package is based on two adults and two children, additional tickets are available at the inn, and are subject to availability and change. Cost $122.00 - $198.00 per night. To make reservations, call 1-800-243-2588.

Summer Lovers Picnic Package - Southbury, CT
Hilton Southbury, nestled in Litchfield Hills, invites visitors to enjoy a romantic and relaxing getaway, which includes a one-night Executive King accommodation, a bottle of champagne for two, and chocolate covered strawberries in the evening. Couples can enjoy an exquisite picnic lunch for two prepared by the Hilton at nearby Southford Falls - transportation provided - and capture the moments with a complimentary camera and film. Price begins at $139 per couple, and does not include tax. For more information or to make reservations, call (203) 598-7600 or visit www.southbury.hilton.com.

Mansion House Weekend Package - "Quiet Corner," CT
Ideal for a group of friends, this distinctive package includes two-night's accommodation at one of the following participating inns: Fitch House, Celebrations Inn, Friendship Valley and the Inn at Woodstock. The charming, historical weekend includes: a Friday night welcome reception buffet at the Fitch House, where guests will dine in elegant surroundings; a "Victorian" era photograph of each guest; a private tour of Roseland Cottage Museum; an invitation to play croquet at Roseland Cottage and golf at the Woodstock Golf Course, with green fees waived; a Saturday night dinner with a President Ulysses Grant impersonator at the Inn at Woodstock Hill, which will feature an elaborate, multi-course dinner, based on authentic period menus and recipes; a full country breakfast each morning and all tax and gratuities are included. The weekend package is valid July 2 & 3, July 9 & 10, September 17 & 18, and begins at $650 per couple. Guests can choose an optional third night on Sunday at a 25 percent savings. For information or to make reservations, call (860) 456-0922. For additional information about the participating inns, visit: www.fitchhouse.com; www.celebrationsinn.com; www.friendshipvalleyinn.com; and www.woodstockhill.com.

Another Second Penny - Stonington, CT
Playing upon the offerings of a cruise ship, Another Second Penny, an inn once owned by Lt. Colonel Giles Russell, a Revolutionary War soldier, has created a week-long package getaway that includes a week of "port calls" (nearby attractions). The all-inclusive package includes: seven-night's accommodation; dinner for two at five of the area's most enjoyable restaurants: Captain Daniel Packer Inn, Noah's of Stonington, Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Mystic Pizza and an evening Lobster Cruise aboard the Mystic Whaler; admission for two at several "ports:" Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Nautilus Submarine Museum (currently celebrating its 50th anniversary), Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Florence Griswold Museum, Denison Homestead Museum, and an evening cruise aboard the steamboat Sabino; five-course breakfast each morning; maps and driving directions to each attraction and a roll of quarters for travelers interested in testing their luck at nearby Foxwood Resorts and Casino or Mohegan Sun. Package costs $1,600 per couple, and tax is included. For more information or to make reservations, call (860) 535-1710 or visit www.secondpenny.com.

To find great summer getaway packages and values in Connecticut, travelers can also 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 suggested itineraries already created by the state, log onto www.ctbound.org and select from one of the 52 Getaways.

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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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