Best Fall Day Trips in Connecticut

Travel to New England is very popular in the summer months, but many people crave the vibrant colors of autumn and flock to New England in the fall to seek out (read: peep) all of it’s colorful delight.

I’ve spent the past few years traveling throughout Connecticut in search of the perfect, picturesque fall color, and I’ve got the go-to guide for you on the best places to visit in Connecticut in the fall.

 

1) Silvermine

Silvermine is a quiet community nestled among three towns: Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton.  It is best known for it’s colonial charm, the arts, and the Silvermine Inn.  With over 85 historic properties, take a stroll around the community and enjoy the gorgeous foliage that fills the streets with the perfect backdrop of colonial charm.  Be sure to walk over to Mill Pond for even more gorgeous views with a serene water view.

 



 

2) Goshen

What would a post about Connecticut Fall foliage be without mentioning part of Litchfield County?  Going to Litchfield County is a must if you want to see vibrant, gorgeous Connecticut fall foliage.

Incorporated in 1739, Goshen is a quintessential Connecticut Town that is a must visit if you are looking for colonial charm and picturesque fall scenes of farms and lakes. There are many places to visit in Goshen, including their historic districts.  These villages are sure to delight with over twenty historical properties to see.

For a fun family adventure, take the kids over to Action Wildlife where they can see a variety of wild and farm animals.  Action Wildlife offers you the opportunity to drive around the former farm property and see animals from all over the world with a gorgeous view that is delightfully fall.  Other activities at Action Wildlife include a petting zoo and museum and exploration center.


If visiting a vineyard is more your taste,  Miranda Vineyards grounds are absolutely gorgeous.  You can read more about Miranda Vineyards here.  Also in Goshen is the beautiful Sunset Meadow Vineyards, which is also sure to please with vibrant vineyard views.

3) Cornwall

Named after Cornwall, England, Cornwall, CT, one of Connecticut’s smallest towns, was incorporated in 1740 and is home to the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, the Housatonic River, and Mohawk State Forest.  It’s a town that’s perfect for a walk to explore all of it’s charm. Visit the covered bridge or sit down on a bench by the bridge and enjoy the views of the hills and Housatonic River.  The Appalachian Trail is also nearby if you’ve always wanted to venture onto the trail!

4) Kent Falls

After visiting Cornwall, embark on the 13 minute drive to Kent Falls.  Walk over the covered bridge for spectacular, scenic waterfall views and hiking trails.

 

5) East Haddam

East Haddam is a gorgeous town that is home to the unique Gillette Castle, the Goodspeed Opera House, and Devil’s Hopyard State Park.

To see more photos and/or read more about East Haddam in the fall here.

 

6) Essex

The Historic Essex Village is a must visit around Halloween time.  The homes on Main Street display the most tasteful Halloween decorations your eyes have ever seen.  Between the yellows, reds, and oranges of fall and the historical homes with their spooky decorations, you will enjoy a magical stroll through town.  You can see more/read more about Essex in the fall here.

 

7) Lyman Orchards

Middlefield, CT is home to Lyman Orchards.  If you have kids, Lyman is a must visit in the fall.  They have a great corn maze, amazing apple cider donuts, delicious pies, a deli, and pick your own apples and pumpkins.  If your significant other likes to play golf, have them practice their golf swing at the Lyman Orchards golf course while you have fun in the corn maze with your kids!

8) Guilford

There is so much to enjoy in Guilford, CT.  North Guilford has beautiful farms along Route 77, as well as Lake Quonnipaug, which is a great place to enjoy a fall kayak trip.  Route 77 is also a great location if you like to hike because it is home to Bluff Head which is part of the Mattabesset Trail. Another great trail system in Guilford is Westwoods.  Located near the center of Guilford, Westwoods is a large trail system that has 39 miles of trails with waterfalls, caves, salt water views and more!  When you’re done hiking (or just enjoying driving by the coastal shores of Guilford), you can stop by Bishops Orchards for some delicious harvest delights, apple picking, a wine tasting, and llamas, because who doesn’t want to see llamas!

9) BF Clyde Cider Mill

BF Clyde Cider Mill, a historical landmark located in Mystic, CT, has a little bit of something for everybody.  Their season begins in September and they offer hard ciders and apple wines.  They also have an adorable, rustic shop where you can pick-up fall favorites like jam, maple syrup, apples, pies, pumpkins, gourds, candy apples, apple cider, and more! Don’t forget to stop in to see their steam powered cider mill, which is the oldest in the US.

 

 

10) Holmberg Orchards

Located about 10 miles from BF Clyde Cider Mill is Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry.  Their orchards are a great place to visit for the perfect autumn day.  With a farm stand, winery, tractor rides, corn maze, and pick your own, there is a lot to keep you busy.  Don’t forget to stop by their food truck to pick up some hot apple cider donuts; they’re really yummy!  And let your little ones hop on the pink tractor for a fun pic while visiting their pumpkin patch!

Places Mentioned in This Blog Post

Action Wildlife | 337 Torrington Rd, Goshen, CT 06756

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill | 129 N Stonington Rd, Mystic, CT 06355

Bishop’s Orchards | 1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437

Bluff Head Trail 

Devil’s Hopyard State Park | 366 Hopyard Road | East Haddam, CT 06423

Gillette Castle State Park | 67 River Road | East Haddam, CT 06423

Goodspeed Opera House | 6 Main Street | East Haddam, CT 06423

Holmberg Orchards | 12 Orchard Lane, Gales Ferry CT 06335

Kent Falls State Park | 462 Kent Cornwall Rd, Kent, CT 06757

Lake Quonnipaug | 77 Quonnipaug Ln, Guilford, CT 06437 (Route 77)

Lyman Orchards (Apple Barrel Market) | 32 Reeds Gap Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455

Miranda Vineyard | 42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT 06756

Silvermine Guild Arts Center | 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840

Silvermine Inn (Now GrayBarns) | 194 Perry Ave, Norwalk, CT

Sunset Meadow Vineyards | 599 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT 06756

West Cornwall Covered Bridge | From US 7, take Route 128 (the Sharon-Goshen Tpke)

Westwoods Trails

 

 

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