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 //
Call The Goodwin home here in Downtown Hartford, and you’ll be less than a half-mile away from the home ballpark of the city’s very own Double-A Minor League Baseball team.
We’re referring, of course, to the Hartford Yard Goats, who’ve got a busy stretch of home stands at Dunkin’ Donuts Park this spring. Come join us for boutique hospitality and some topnotch bat-and-ball action at The Goodwin!
It’s that time of year again: when the latest bright young crop of Trinity College graduates earn their degrees in front of some mighty proud friends and families. If you’re going to be in town for the Trinity College commencement this May, we invite you to enjoy boutique accommodations just a hop, skip, and a jump from the ceremony here at The Goodwin!
We’re only a few minutes from the Trinity College campus, and our guest rooms and suites offer some of the very finest lodgings in the Connecticut capital. We’d be proud to play a small but important part in your enjoyment of this very special weekend!
Spring’s casting its intoxicating spell here in the Connecticut capital, which makes it a wonderful time to indulge in our boutique hospitality here at The Goodwin! Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, we thought we’d pull together some suggestions for local attractions absolutely ideal for a springtime visit.
The Elizabeth Park Conservancy
Hartford boasts one of the best-known historic gardens in the country: the “Flower of New England Parks,” Elizabeth Park.
Elizabeth Park is a year-round destination for fresh-air strolls, given it’s open each and every day of the year from dawn till dusk—and it doesn’t cost a dime to enter! But certainly spring is one of the most thrilling times to wander the formal gardens that anchor its 101 acres.
Especially promising this time of year for early blooms are the Robert A. Prill Tulip Garden, the Perennial Garden, and the Julian & Edith Rock Garden. By the end of spring, Elizabeth Park’s famous Rose Garden—the first municipal rose garden established in the country and still one of the very biggest—will be putting on its spectacular flower show, which typically starts to peak in mid-June.
Another truly venerable Hartford greenspace, Bushnell Park ranks among the very oldest city parks in the U.S. Its elegant grounds make a beautiful walkabout in springtime, and the famous Bushnell Park Carousel—constructed in 1914—reopens this month for classic family fun. In May, meanwhile, the park’s monthly historical tours and free interpretive tours of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch start up.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village
A tailormade family daytrip from The Goodwin, the Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village opened for the season earlier this month, which basically means its impressive menagerie of prehistoric beasts woke up for spring. Better than 40 full-size dinosaurs await your oohs and aahs along the 1.5-mile walking trail, among them Dilophosaurus, Euoplocephalus, and the skyscraping Brachiosaurus. Meanwhile, there’s Mesozoic fun to be had at Monty’s DINO-Sized Playground and the T. Rex Tower Playscape.
Connecticut Science Center
Join in on the fun at the Connecticut Science Center. Discover the world of science through multiple interactive activities and learn more about your body at the Real Bodies Exhibit, open from now until June 30th. This is a perfect experience for the entire family to enjoy.
Enjoy a Spring Getaway to The Goodwin
Come join us this spring in downtown Hartford, Connecticut at The Goodwin, where we’ll treat you to the finest in boutique accommodations while you enjoy all the area has to offer this budding and blooming time of year!
As a guest of ours here at The Goodwin, you’ve got more than one topnotch venue for live performance at your fingertips. One of the very best is the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, a fixture of Connecticut’s capital since 1930.
As usual, there are some fantastic shows on tap for the Bushnell’s William H. Mortensen Hall (its original structure) as well as its Maxwell M. and Ruth R. Belding Theater. Here are a few of the springtime shows you might want to take in—calling our boutique hospitality just a few blocks from the Bushnell your home base for the occasion!
Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Vaughn Williams & Mendelsson (April 12th-14th)
As part of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Masterworks Series, Carolyn Kuan will conduct a stirring program featuring Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on “Greensleeves” and Dona nobis pacem as well as Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 52a. The performances take place April 12th through the 14th at the Belding Theater.
Whose Live Anyway? (April 13th)
Get ready for some quick-thinking, spontaneously composed hilarity at Whose Live Anyway?, coming to Mortensen Hall on April 13th. Greg Proops, Dave Foley, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will improvise a 90-minute comedy show based on suggestions from the audience. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the onstage improve—and maybe actually join it!
Shen Yun (April 20th)
Coming to Mortenson Hall on April 20th, Shen Yun evokes thousands of years of Chinese history and folklore through stunning dance and music.
Patti Smith & Her Band (April 27th)
A stone-cold legend of rock-and-roll takes the stage at Mortensen Hall on April 27th: the poet, author, rocker, and punk priestess Patti Smith. It’s a rare chance to see Smith—known these days not only for such iconic albums as Horses but also her hugely successful memoirs Just Kids (2010) and M Train (2015)—in action right here in Hartford.
Check out the complete schedule of upcoming shows at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts here.
Join Us for Downtown Hartford Boutique Hospitality at The Goodwin for Spring Productions at the Bushnell
The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts is a Hartford (and a Connecticut) treasure, and we hope you’ll call The Goodwin—just a hop, skip, and a jump from the theater doorstep—your luxurious boutique headquarters for a concert or stage show this spring. Consider making it a full night out with dinner at our very own Porrón & Piña before the show!