Connecticut Foliage Forecast

Now's the time for leaf peeping

The leaves are changing in Connecticut earlier than usual this year, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a more vibrant and colorful leaf peeping season. The state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports that this year’s foliage is set to appear at the beginning of October, with prime viewing around Columbus Day weekend. Destinations and attractions across the state are celebrating falls’ early arrival by offering great deals, along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the season – from flying high above the tree tops in a hot air balloon to adventurous tree climbing.

“Fall is an incredible time to visit Connecticut – with the leaves already starting to change, there are even more opportunities to get out and enjoy all of the natural wonders and attractions that the state has to offer this time of year,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “For residents and visitors alike, this is the perfect time of year to plan a Connecticut overnight getaway and take in the breathtaking views with family and friends.”

The changing season also brings the launch of the new still revolutionary fall ad campaign,which spotlights western Connecticut and some of the state’s most inspiring natural destinations, cultural sights and beloved attractions. Whether exploring Kent Falls or Lake Waramaug with family, enjoying a cozy night in at Hopkins Inn or shopping along the quaint street of New Milford, Connecticut’s scenic natural beauty begs to be discovered.

Explore fall foliage from every angle this season:


Take advantage of the abundance of fall deals and plan a Connecticut getaway:

  • Get away with your loved one this fall with the Fall in Love Package at the Bee and Thistle Inn (Old Lyme, CT). Named the most romantic in by Connecticut Magazine for 10 years, this package includes two nights, champagne and chocolates upon arrival, dinner for two, breakfast in bed, tickets to the Florence Griswold Museum, a couple’s massage and a gift tote. Weekend Packages start at $750.
  • Enjoy the beautiful colors of Eastern Connecticut with this Mid-Week Fall Foliage Special in Mystic CountyStay at the Inn at Lower Farm B&B and enjoy authentic country charm, hospitality and locally-sourced fall treats such as cider, pumpkin cookies and apples. Rates begin at $400 and are available Sunday – Thursday.
  • Plan a romantic dinner and see a show (East Haddam, CT). Reserve tickets for any Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday evening performance at the Goodspeed Opera House or The Norma Terris Theatre and receive special dinner offers from participating area restaurants (such as The Ivory Restaurant, Restaurant L&E nd more).

For more information about deals, events and places to stay in Connecticut, visit r call 1-888-CTvisit (1-888-288-4748). “Like” the Visit Connecticut Facebook page for a chance to win an overnight getaway to Connecticut. The getaway, provided by Connecticut tourism industry partners, will include a two-night stay at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, dinner for two at Saybrook’s Fresh Salt, wine tasting for two at Chamard Vineyards and two tickets to an evening performance at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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