Among multiple fine live venues within minutes of your room or suite at The Goodwin is the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts: a Greater Hartford institution since 1930, and now an institution run by Connecticut’s biggest arts organization.// Read More //
We’re right on the cusp of arguably the most beautiful season in New England. Our fall colors are renowned for their intensity and variety, and folks come from all over the world to appreciate them: a form of seasonal tourism with the delightful name of “leaf-peeping.”
The Goodwin makes a fantastic leaf-peeping headquarters, and now’s the time to book your boutique accommodations with us for the peak fall-foliage season!
Connecticut’s Fall Colors
The Northeast in general enjoys the perfect setup for incredible fall colors, thanks to such factors as an ideal autumn climate with plenty of warm, sunny days and crisp nights and a great diversity of the deciduous hardwood trees and shrubs that provide the spectacle, as photosynthesis ebbs and non-green pigments take center stage ahead of leaf-drop.
Its more southerly location in New England—which, among other things, means all the richer a lineup of colorful broadleafs—and its diversity of terrain and microclimates give Connecticut its own uniquely rich and extended fall-color show. A typical fall here sees a nice drawn-out rollout of changing leaves, beginning in early October in the Northwest Highlands but often not peaking until early November in the far south. Here in the greater Hartford area of the Connecticut River Valley, peak colors often occur between mid and late October.
There’s quite the spectrum in the color department, too: from the golden fire of cherries, hickories, and tulip-trees and the blazing orange of sugar maples to the purplish uniform of dogwoods and sumacs.
Enjoying Fall Colors During a Stay at The Goodwin
Every season’s a bit different in terms of the timing and vibrancy of fall colors. You can keep track of the autumn-foliage forecast with this interactive map maintained by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
With a room or suite at The Goodwin in downtown Hartford, you’re surprisingly close to some of the Constitution State’s best leaf-peeping vantages. They include Talcott Mountain State Park, where you can survey a broad expanse of fall-fired countryside from a mountaintop tower, and the Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve, which protects another traprock ridge affording long (and colorful) views. Especially if you’re here on the later end of things, a drive south down the Connecticut River can bring you into the fold of some of the longest-lasting fall foliage in the state at places such as the Cockaponset State Forest.
Don’t wait to lock down your Goodwin accommodations for fall colors: Consider an October (or even early November) getaway with us and enjoy some of the best leaf-peeping available anywhere!
Among many world-class attractions at your fingertips as a guest of ours here at The Goodwin in Downtown Hartford is the Connecticut Science Center. We’ve written about this top-grade museum—a fantastic day trip from The Goodwin particularly for families but with something for just about everybody—here at the blog before, and we urge you to take a gander at that overview.// Read More //
For any and all families with young kids staying here at The Goodwin, you’ve got a truly exceptional resource for hands-on learning and all-around fun within close reach of your boutique accommodations at our downtown hotel.
The Hartford Children’s Museum (950 Trout Brook Drive, Hartford, CT) ranks among the oldest institutions of its kind in the U.S., having opened back in 1927 as a one-room museum focused on natural history at Elizabeth Park’s Pond House. It moved to its current location in West Hartford in 1958, and now encompasses a number of different attractions.// Read More //
When you call The Goodwin your home away from home in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, you’ve got some fantastic greenspaces within easy reach whenever you’re hankering for a bit of nature-in-the-city or family-friendly outdoors fun.
Among the prime options is Great River Park, just across the Connecticut River in East Hartford. It’s open all year-round, but needless to say is especially enticing in this summer season.// Read More //
Say your vows in downtown Hartford, Connecticut at the city’s perfect wedding venue: the Goodwin! Our exquisite event spaces, coordinating services, and on-site catering/dining makes us a wonderful place to hold a ceremony, reception, and associated festivities.// Read More //
Connecticut’s capital city has no shortage of excellent dining on hand, and as it happens some of the very best happens right here within the walls of the Goodwin. You won’t find more dynamic and creative Spanish-inspired cuisine in town than that served up daily at our very own Porrón & Piña!// Read More //