THIS AUTUMN, THINK "OUTSIDE
THE TREE" FOR FALL FOLIAGE
HARTFORD August 8, 2006 The term "fall foliage" hardly does it justice. As the days grow shorter and evenings take on a nip, an annual tradition begins. Leaf peepers set out on foot, in cars, trains, boats and the skies in search of the turning of the leaves. Nowhere else throughout the world do deciduous trees lose their leaves with such style and blaze of color as in Connecticut.
Below is a list of "Top Five" ways for leaf peepers to take a little trip and spy autumn's brilliance in Connecticut:
1. Take a Hike: One of
the best ways to truly appreciate Connecticut's colors of autumn
and get the lay of the land is to explore on foot. The Last Green
Valley in the Mystic region is the setting for a series of "Walking
Weekends" during fall foliage season. Taking place in October
throughout the Shetucket Rivers Valley, the event features more
than 100 guided strolls and hikes. Trek over Sleeping Giant State
Park in Hamden and marvel at the gorgeous views of Long Island
Sound and explore the Mountain Laurel Loop Hike at Barnes Nature
Center in Bristol, where fall's fire colors can be seen on a
tour through a tunnel, a brook, a meadow, forests and a garden.
For travelers hoping to rest their weary bones following a foliage-spying
hike, the Pequot Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Mystic sits on 23
acres of woods ripe for exploring.
Find out about the abundance of fall foliage in Connecticut from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection at www.dep.state.ct.us/updates/foliage. The site lists DEP's Top 10 spots for autumn color, including Cobble Mountain in Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent, Mt. Misery Overlook in Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown and Chaugnam Lookout in Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted.
For more details about outdoor
adventures as well as the 52 Getaways to Connecticut, restaurants,
resorts, country inns, B&Bs and other places to stay, please
call 888-CTvisit (888-288-4748) or log on at www.CTvisit.com.
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historical, cultural and recreational activities, diverse and
beautiful natural landscapes, parks, beaches and wilderness sure
to fulfill any getaway need.
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