LAW NEWS Quarter 3 2019
WHAT ARE YOUR AUTUMN PLANS?
Taking Advantage of Fall in Connecticut
There’s no question about it — Connecticut has one of the best- looking autumn seasons in the whole country. Whether you see multicolored foliage driving around the state or hear the leaves crunching underfoot as you walk down the sidewalk, fall is hard to ignore in New England. However, throughout the state, there are still countless opportunities to immerse yourself even further in the autumn festivities. There’s a chance many of you have partaken in one or all of these activities, but some of you may not have. When it comes to seasonal options in and around our own hometowns, many of us take them for granted. After all, we live here, right? We can do those things anytime we want, so why not now? Become a tourist in your hometown this fall, when the air is crisp and ripe with pastimes that range from serene to spooky. You won’t regret it. Leaf Peeping The air is cool, and the skies are clear, but the dark days of winter will be upon us before we know it. So why not take advantage of a few of those precious fall weekends in October to get out and see Connecticut’s countryside? From the Litchfield Hills to the scenic Long Island Sound coast line, the best time to get out and view the reds, oranges, and yellows of our forests is mid-to-late October. That’s when the colors will be at their most vibrant. As for the best leaf-peeping locations in the area, you can’t go wrong with Talcott Mountain State Park, Peoples State Forest, or Shenipsit State Forest. Whether you hike or drive, be sure to take plenty of pictures. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Fields Connecticut’s harvest heritage is too rich too ignore, and what better way to take advantage of it than by embarking on a trip to the best
orchards and pumpkin patches this side of the Mississippi? You could settle for apple cider or jack-o’-lanterns from the grocery store, or you could make a day out of it outdoors and come home with everything you need to create your fall favorites yourself. Connecticut has no shortage of apple orchards and pumpkin patches with rave reviews. Places like Karabin Farms in Southington and Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury are part of a long list of farms that come highly recommended for both apple and pumpkin picking. Haunted Houses and Hayrides Connecticut boasts a rich and fascinating history, which everyone in the state promptly takes advantage of for the month of Halloween with haunted tours of all kinds. Whether you want to visit a colonial cemetery, a ghostly Victorian mansion, or a zombie-infested hayride, our state has you covered for some of the spookiest happenings in New England. In the Hartford area, now is the best time of year to swing by the Mark Twain House for nighttime tours and creepy stories about the famous author’s interest in the supernatural. If you’re looking for something to really scare you, check out the Nightmare Acres trail in South Windsor. These tours may not be for the faint of heart, but they are undeniably a key piece of autumn in Connecticut. Whatever it is you decide to do during these few short months before we all have to hunker down for the harsh New England winter, don’t let time get away from you. There’s too much to see and do to be content just letting the season fly by with the autumn breeze.
–Paul, Kelly, and Larry
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