If you have ever been to our inn and the southeastern portion of Connecticut known as “Mystic Country” you may have been surprised to find how much this beautiful area of the country has to offer. Well, we’re often asked about autumn getaways and specifically, what does this area have to offer guests looking for a classic New England getaway here on the Connecticut shoreline.
Let’s face it, autumn or fall conjure up thoughts of New England highways and byways surrounded with beautiful vistas of trees decked out in spectacular, colorful foliage. Is there a more beautiful place to be in autumn than in New England? Many folks forget about Connecticut (and Rhode Island) when they think about taking a fall getaway to New England. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and even Massachusetts are most popular when planning those New England leaf-peeping escapes. However, we’re here to tell you that all of the magnificent beauty and charm of autumn can be found right here in southeastern Connecticut.
We have it all! For instance, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill (which operates the oldest Steam Powered Cider Mill in the United States) makes and offers fresh apple cider, apple pies and wonderful apple cider donuts. Then there are the host of other seasonal farm stands with fresh vegetables, pumpkins and gourds.
Or how about a simple relaxing drive up through the northeastern section of Connecticut known as the “Quiet Corner” ( a vast patch of sparsely populated towns that seem a world away from the rest of the state). Take in the stunning views while travelling up Route 169, an award winning scenic byway, that takes you along winding country roads with rolling hills and country fields, farm houses and ancient stone walls all set with breathtaking beauty as autumn’s colors surround you. You will also meander your way through scenic country towns for some real New England small town fairs, antiquing, dining and shopping.
Or may we suggest visiting a local winery as autumn marks many annual “Harvest Festivals” with wine, music and fun or how about taking a scenic trip along the colorful banks of the beautiful Connecticut River on the old fashioned Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and cruise by the historic Gillette’s Castle.
Bottom line, these are all things found right here on the CT shoreline and treasured right here in “southern New England”.
In closing, autumn is a brilliant time to visit our inn. For us locals, it is one of our favorite times of the year. The days are still sunny and warm, perfect for walking the beaches or visiting our host of shoreline attractions and the summer beach crowds have come and gone. At night the crisp, cool ocean air off Niantic Bay provides the perfect excuse to light the fireplace in your guest room while sipping a glass of wine and relaxing after a long day spent exploring the southernmost New England state ~ Connecticut.