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Are you looking for ways to entertain your family this summer? Consider all of the wonderful events and venues that Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley have to offer.



As Connecticut’s summer vacation season begins, leisure travelers can discover hundreds of attractions, restaurants and lodgings in the new “2014-2015 Greater Hartford & Connecticut’s River Valley Visitors Guide”. The glossy 64-page guide is produced by the Central Regional Tourism District, the leisure travel destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than one-third of Connecticut’s towns and cities.

“This colorful booklet is the ultimate guide to what is enjoyable in Greater Hartford and the River Valley and can be viewed or downloaded for free at or ordered by calling our office,” explains Anne Orsene, Executive Director of the Central Regional Tourism District. “It is mailed to group tour operators and travel agents, and to anyone who requests information from the Central Regional Tourism District,”

The new guide features dynamic photos and descriptions of more than 500 attractions in 46 towns and cities. Restaurant and accommodations listings are presented in easy-to-read formats and include websites. Color-coded sections include special sidebars that showcase spectator sports, major shopping destinations, ski areas, Freedom Trail and Amistad sights, and nearby attractions.”

“Vivid photos by many Connecticut photographers are included, as are the winning images of our Tourism District’s first-ever Fall and Winter Pinterest photo contests,” adds Orsene. Pictured are East Haddam, Conn. resident Carl Buschmann’s aerial Fall photo of Gillette Castle, as is a serene snowscape of tobacco fields taken by Carol McOmber of Windsor, Conn.

The “Visitors Guide to Greater Hartford & Connecticut’s River Valley” premiered several weeks ago as did the “2014-2015 Greater New Haven Cultural & Visitors Guide”, a collaborative project of REX Development and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. That guide includes attractions, restaurants and accommodations in the Central Regional Tourism District’s remaining 19 towns and is available from the Tourism office as well.

The website also features the Tourism District’s award-winning “Non-Stop Connecticut” webisodes that take potential tourists and local residents alike on colorful personal tours of many of the region’s popular attractions and eateries and special treasures, showing what makes the region a special place to visit. The Central Regional Tourism District also produces a series of brochures that can be viewed on line or ordered in print. They include new editions of the Burgers & Brews, Bed & Breakfasts, Gardens & Farmers’ Markets borchures, and the Color Your Way through Central Connecticut coloring book.

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 free 2014-2015 Greater Hartford & Connecticut’s River Valley Visitors Guide AND the 2014-2015 Greater New Haven Cultural & Visitors Guide can be viewed on-line at or ordered by calling the Central Regional Tourism District at 1-860-787-9640. Both guides are available at the Greater Hartford Welcome Center at 100 Pearl St. in Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House at 800 Main St. in Hartford, the Connecticut Convention Center and the XL Center in Hartford; the Connecticut’s River Valley Welcome Center in the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce at 393 Main St. in Middletown, the Farmington Valley Visitors Association at 5 East Main St. in Avon, and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 261 Broad St. in Windsor.

For more information the Central Regional Tourism District, its Non-Stop Connecticut travel webisodes and many on-line and print brochures, visit or call (860) 787-9640.

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