CCT: Get Expert Picks for Planning Your Perfect Fall Foliage Getaway in Connecticut

Get Expert Picks for Planning
Your Perfect Fall Foliage Getaway in Connecticut


HARTFORD (September 10, 2010) – As the last hot days of summer begin to fade, set your sights on the upcoming fall season; in Connecticut, that means apple picking, country fairs and, most of all, breathtaking fall foliage. The record high temperatures and dry weather experienced throughout the Northeast this summer mean an early foliage season filled with all of the beautiful, vibrant colors the region’s foliage puts on display each year.

’s stunning fall foliage regularly attracts visitors from all over the world and this year’s color showcase will be as breathtaking as ever. “Although this summer has been warmer than normal and accompanied with a few dry spells, this fall’s color is sure to please residents and visitors to Connecticut,” says Chris Martin, Director of Forestry for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  “The maples, hickories, oaks, and other renowned fall foliage tree species should be ready for yet another spectacular fall showing.”

But, according to Martin, the time to plan your fall getaway to Connecticut is now. “Typically fall foliage is most vivid around Columbus Day through early November, but we could start to see color change even earlier this year,” he says.

Connecticut is famous for fall foliage and its breathtaking spectrum of autumn colors.  With the help of Mother Nature and the state’s enterprising attraction and lodging establishments, our corner of New England is ready to present perfect fall foliage getaways,” says Karen Senich, executive director for the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. “Hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts across the state are offering special overnight packages, and visitors can find information on these deals, foliage updates, fall events, driving tours and more at”

For the Perfect Fall Foliage Experience, Kent, Connecticut is #1

A testament to Connecticut’s spectacular scenic fall landscape, the town of Kent is ranked as #1 Fall Foliage Town in New England by Yankee Magazine. And, while Kent’s amazing autumn color palette is reason enough to give it top honors, editors of Yankee Magazine chose the town based upon a truly unforgettable “leaf-peeping experience,” – those additional elements that create a fall foliage trip like no other, including “the farmstands and covered bridges, the waterfalls and antique stores that provide the eye candy, framed by the colors of our most glorious season. All of these things Kent has in abundance, in a perfect blend of uncommon natural beauty and culture that might shame cities 10 times its size.”

For a weekend getaway to Kent, Martin suggests a visit to Macedonia Brook State Park, where the white-blazed Cobble Mountain Trail offers outstanding views across the Harlem Valley to the rolling foliage of the Taconic and Catskill Mountains and the tamer orange trail provides a leisurely walk through groves of birches and sugar maples.

Include in your itinerary a picnic at the lovely Kent Falls, a peaceful park where several waterfalls cascade from the Housatonic River into a reflecting pool below. Take the covered bridge across the brook, find a shady spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the brilliant colors of fall, and stay overnight at a nearby country inn or bed-and-breakfast.

More Award-Winning Fall Foliage Experiences

Several other lush Connecticut leaf-peeping locales have earned well-deserved bragging rights on Yankee Magazine’s list. Head to East Haddam’s Devil’s Hopyard State Park to enjoy a picturesque walk past waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and breathtaking vistas of the Connecticut River, where spectrum of colors above are reflected in the clear water below.

Plan your fall drive through Mohawk Mountain State Forest in Cornwall, where rugged hills provide panoramic views and picture-perfect fall photo ops. Enjoy a classic New England fall experience driving through the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, built over the Housatonic River circa 1864, as gorgeous foliage emerges around.

Litchfield’s quintessential town green, antique shops, dining options and local farms provide the perfect New England backdrop to your fall foliage trip. Spend time exploring the town center, remarking at the many original historic homes, picking apples or visiting wineries nearby.

For more information about events, scenic drives and places to stay throughout fall in Connecticut, visit, or call 1-888-CTvisit (1-888-288-4748). Connecticut offers visitors a multifaceted wealth of attractions, historical, cultural and recreational activities, diverse and beautiful natural landscapes, parks, beaches and wilderness sure to fulfill any getaway need – winter, summer, spring or fall.

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Karen Senich
Executive Director
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

Randy Fiveash
Director of Tourism
Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

Rena Calcaterra
Commission on Culture & Tourism