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Discover Fall Foliage, Autumn Sights and Halloween Fun on Connecticut's Free, Online Travel Webisodes

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Central Regional Tourism District “Takes” Travelers to Colorful Sights On Line

HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN, CONN., October 8, 2014 –Connecticut’s dazzling Fall Foliage and Southern New England harvest and Halloween events and attractions make it a very popular season for tourists. What better way to entice potential travelers to come for a colorful Autumn visit than to “take them on a personal tour” from the comfort of their own home?

Connecticut’s Central Regional Tourism District recently produced several new “Non-Stop Connecticut” online travel webisodes including episodes that focus on Halloween and Autumn attractions. A total of 10 regional video webisodes have been produced so far, and all are posted on the Tourism District’s website, and on You Tube.

“Our growing award-winning online travel series is a powerful way to visually showcase many of our region’s popular attractions and eateries, as well as the special treasures that only the ‘locals’ knew about…until now,” explains Anne Orsene, Executive Director of the Central Regional Tourism District. “Each of the webisodes features colorful and fun experiences in our region to show leisure travelers how we can deliver a memorable vacation or day trip.” Orsene’s office markets leisure travel experiences for 65 Connecticut towns and cities including Greater Hartford, Greater New Haven, and Connecticut River Valley regions. “We believe there’s no better way to show people what we have to offer than to ‘bring’ them there, and our innovative web videos can do just that – anytime of the day or night!”

Orsene is the “host” of all 10 “Non-Stop Connecticut” videos, each of which is less than six minutes in length. Creative and technical production for the project is managed by The Pita Group of Rocky Hill, Conn.

The following is a listing all of the webisodes, starting with the Fall and Halloween-themed videos:

“Halloween Haunts” webisode takes viewers to four spooky and fun Halloween-themed destinations. They are Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton, Rails to the Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, Lake Compounce in Bristol, and Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor in Farmington.

Northern Connecticut Destinations” features Fall travels to the Lily House Bed & Breakfast in Suffield, the world-class New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, and Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby.

“Greater Hartford Destinations explores destinations near Connecticut’s Capital City. Featured are a hayride at Hurst Family Farm in Andover, a burger at Catsup & Mustard in Manchester (featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives”), and a pint of award-winning Autumn lager Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Bloomfield.

“Destinations South of Hartford” offers more Autumn adventures including Lyman Orchards (one of Connecticut’s largest orchards) in Middlefield, signature soda-making at Avery’s Beverages in New Britain, and German fare at East Side Restaurant in New Britain.

River Valley Destinations” showcases a variety of outdoor experiences including Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, the Blue Oar Restaurant in Haddam, RiverQuest operated by Connecticut River Expeditions in Haddam, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Downtown Essex, the Griswold Inn and, nearby, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

“River Valley Adventures” showcases the historic Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, the charming Town of Chester, and East Haddam’s Goodspeed Opera House, Gelston House restaurant and gastro pub, and Gillette Castle.

“Capital Region Destinations” takes visitors to popular Hartford-area historic attractions. Featured spots include the Mark Twain House & Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Connecticut Science Center, the 100-year-old Bushnell Park Carousel all in Hartford, and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington:

“Summer spots in Hartford” tours Connecticut’s capital city to see what’s hot in the summer including Elizabeth Park, Woody’s Hot Dogs/Fish Tank, the new Front Street entertainment complex, and cruises on the Connecticut River aboard the Hartford Belle.

The Taste of New Haven webisode sets out on a unique culinary adventure with Taste of New Haven tour guide Colin Caplan leading a walking tour of Yale's campus, with stops at BAR, Temple Grill and one named ordinary.

Summer Shoreline Destinations” visits the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, Downtown New Haven including Yale University, Louis Lunch and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Thimble Island Cruises in Branford, and Bishop’s Orchards and The Place Restaurant, both in Guilford.

The award-winning “Non-Stop Connecticut” travel series complements the Central Regional Tourism District’s growing selection of online and print marketing materials that include the yearly Visitors Guide to Greater Hartford & Connecticut’s River Valley, a guide to Central Connecticut’s Gardens and Farmers Markets, the Color Your Way through Central Connecticut coloring book, and special brochures about the region’s Burgers & Brews and Bed & Breakfasts.

The Central Regional Tourism District ( covers 65 towns and cities located along the Connecticut River, which winds its way from Greater New Haven and the Long Island Sound over hills and rolling valleys, through the capital city of Hartford, and up to the Massachusetts border. Its goal is to increase the number of visits to River Valley/Connecticut and Greater New Haven/Connecticut regions, thereby resulting in revenue growth. The Tourism District covers: Andover; Avon; Berlin; Bethany; Bloomfield; Bolton; Branford; Canton; Cheshire; Chester; Clinton; Cromwell; Deep River; Durham; East Granby; East Haddam; East Hampton; East Hartford; East Haven; East Windsor; Ellington; Enfield; Essex; Farmington; Glastonbury; Granby; Guilford; Haddam; Hamden; Hartford; Hebron; Killingworth; Madison; Manchester; Marlborough; Meriden; Middlefield; Middletown; Milford; New Britain; New Haven; Newington; North Branford; North Haven; Old Saybrook; Orange; Plainville; Portland; Rocky Hill; Simsbury; Somers; South Windsor; Southington; Stafford; Suffield; Tolland; Vernon; Wallingford; West Hartford; West Haven; Westbrook; Wethersfield; Windsor; Windsor Locks; and Woodbridge.

The Central Regional Tourism District’s free “Non-Stop Connecticut” Travel Webisodes can be viewed anytime at and at To be added to the Tourism District’s free e-newsletters, go to  and click on the “Email Newsletter” icon.


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