There’s arguably no finer autumn spectacle in the country—you might even say the world—than the fall colors of New England, and with boutique accommodations in Downtown Hartford at The Goodwin you’ve got VIP access to this unexcelled seasonal show of Mother Nature’s.
Fall Colors in Greater Hartford Area
Connecticut in general is blessed with some of the finest fall colors in the USA, thanks to a combination of climatic and ecological ingredients. New England in general is world-renowned for its autumn canopy palette, and Connecticut’s southerly position in the region, wide range of microclimates and landscapes, and outstanding hardwood diversity all set the scene for a long and luxurious fall-color spectacle. Needless to say, “leaf-peeping,” as appreciating these fall colors is known, is fabulous here.
This year’s leaf-peeping may be particularly good thanks to our notably wet August. In our vicinity, fall colors tend to peak in mid- to late October or so, so you’ve got plenty of leafy reds, yellows, and oranges to enjoy for some weeks yet.
Keeping Track of Fall Colors in Connecticut
You can get a sense for the likely wave of fall color across Connecticut and the rough intervals of peak hue for each region with this interactive Fall Foliage Report map from the state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
Good Leaf-Peeping Locations Near The Goodwin in Downtown Hartford
When fall pigments are blazing in our maples, hickories, and other broadleaf canopies, you can soak up the stunning color just about anywhere: including among the street trees of Hartford.
But take just a short drive from the city, and you’ve got some truly exceptional vantages from which to take this seasonal splendor in. One of the best is the view from the Heublein Tower atop the traprock crest of Talcott Mountain, protected in Talcott Mountain State Park less than 10 miles from our boutique Hartford hotel. You can see a broad swath of country from that high point—including Hartford’s skyline—which comes gorgeously tinted this time of year.
More long and fall-colorful views await you from the cliffy overlooks of Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve, an easy drive southwest of Hartford. The Metacomet Trail accesses the 761-foot summit of Ragged Mountain, from which you’ve got a feast of scenery for your leaf-peeping platter.
Join Us at The Goodwin for Leaf-Peeping Season in Greater Hartford
Don’t delay another minute: Book a guest room here at The Goodwin in the heart of Connecticut’s capital city and use us as a luxurious jumping-off point for taking in one of the most celebrated fall-color displays anywhere!