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Easy, Affordable Summer Getaway Itineraries, Special Offers and Discounts Unveiled on New Version of Website

HARTFORD, June 13, 2011 --- More than 30 million Americans are about to discover some amazingly fun ways to enjoy summer – and every one of them is closer than they think. One tank of gas away, in fact - in Connecticut, far away from the congestion, heat and stress of metropolitan city or suburban life, but almost just around the corner. 

The Connecticut Commission of Culture & Tourism has just unveiled new “One Tank Getaways” featuring  themed getaway and vacation options  that singles, couples, families, sports enthusiasts and friends living anywhere from Boston to Philadelphia can access on one tank of gasoline (Prius owners from Washington D.C. probably also qualify). 

All “One Tank Getaways” details can be found on Connecticut’s new website, along with more than 180 summer travel deals at hotels and attractions, as well as events and activities in Connecticut now through September.  The search engine-optimized site features such visitor-friendly functions as a “Getaway Wizard” tool that instantly plans the perfect getaway when users answer three quick questions; Travel Deals posted daily; a Quick Search that provides recommendations for what to do, where to stay and special events; and even interactive travel maps. A “My Trip” planner saves the visitor’s top choices and plots a driving itinerary. 

“This summer, Americans are justifiably concerned about the price of gas and its impact not just on driving, but also on flying somewhere for vacation. So, for the more than 30 million people living in  the New York metropolitan area, New England and even much of the Midatlantic, we have a message: the perfect summer vacation in Connecticut is closer than you think,” said Randy Fiveash, tourism director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. 

A summer road trip to Connecticut is all that summer has always been and should always be: waterfront dining and seafood shacks, picnics by mountain streams, country farm stands, sunny beaches with sailboats, shaded mountain bike trails and souvenir shopping. But this is just the beginning; what makes Connecticut a special pleasure are the things found nowhere else. There are the famous tall ships of Mystic Seaport, for example, and the belugas and African penguin chicks at the world-famous Mystic Aquarium. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, offering luxury hotels, dozens of restaurants and non-stop, world-class entertainment, are among the country’s largest casino resorts destination. 

In Hartford, Connecticut’s appealingly small and historic capital, One Tankers can take in Mark Twain’s and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s homes or touring Broadway shows at the Bushnell. Not far away, original musicals and revivals are a popular summer treat at the Goodspeed Opera House. And, for wine, beer, ice cream or antique aficionados, the state has guided “trails” leading visitors across the region to the best examples of each. These samples barely skim the surface of summer possibilities in Connecticut but they, like hundreds of others, are featured in One Tank Getaways such as the ones below:

Splish Splash
Getaway Type:  Family Fun
Roundtrip Mileage from NYC 224, Boston 252:

  • Young children favor Quassy Amusement Park with two dozen rides and attractions, including an interactive waterplay area (Saturation Station), the Big Flush Watercoaster, the Grand Carousel, and a white sand beach.
  • School-age children and teens like Lake Compounce in Bristol. The 320-acre park features the only coaster built into the side of a mountain, Thunder N, and a ride-packed water park and new Rev-o-lution.
  • Kids of all ages New London’s Ocean Beach Park. Fans love the half-mile-long “sugar sand” beach, boardwalk, small carousel, 18-hole mini-golf course, 50-meter Olympic-size pool, picnic areas and onsite restaurants.

Island Hopping
Getaway type: Active Adventures
RoundtripMileage from NYC 193, Boston 291: 

  • Head to the ThimbleIslands for a kayak trip. Named for the thimbleberry (related to the black raspberry), the Thimbles are an archipelago of small islands near the harbor of Stony Creek, part of Branford.
  • To get your bearings, take a 45-minute narrated cruise around the Thimbles on the Sea Mist.  On the trip, you’ll learn Adrien Block was the first European to discover the islands (in 1614), and legend has it that Captain Kidd buried his treasure here.

Hit the Getaway Jackpot
Getaway Type: Rest & Relaxation
Roundtrip Mileage from NYC 269, Boston 230: 

  • Spend the night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the world’s largest casino. Enjoy six casinos, the Fox Theatre, gourmet dining, several nightclubs (dance your socks off at The Club), and specialty stores.
  • Treat yourself to a night at Mohegan Sun’s 34-story luxury hotel. The resort features 300,000-square-feet of gaming space, 40 shops, the Elemis Spa (opt for a couple’s massage in the Strawberry Moon Room), live entertainment, gourmet dining and three nightclubs (including Vegas-style Lucky’s Lounge). 
  • Before you head home, search for bargains at two Connecticut outlet centers. In Clinton, Clinton Crossing includes seventy designer outlets, such as the Ralph Lauren Home Factory Store, Coach, and Barney’s New York Outlet. In Westbrook, the Tanger Outlet Center has 65 stores, including an Old Navy outlet, Timberland outlet and an onsite cinema.

Victorian Wanderings
Getaway Type: History
Roundtrip Mileage from NYC 244, Boston 205: 

  • Begin your Hartford tour at the Mark Twain House and Museum, home to one of Connecticut’s most beloved residents for 17 years (1874-1891). Inside Twain’s painted brick Victorian mansion includes interiors by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • Next door, at theHarriet Beecher Stowe Center, learn about the author who rocked the world with the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabinin 1852.   This year, the center will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Stowe’s birth with a robust calendar of special events and tours of Stowe’s home.
  • The following day, enjoy Sunday brunch and browsing at the Wadsworth Atheneum(1842), the country’s oldest public art museum. During a visit, you’ll learn about founder and arts patron Daniel Wadsworth, and see masterworks by the Hudson River School, Dali, Caravaggio, and Van Gogh.

Around the World, New Haven Style
Getaway Type:  Arts & Culture
Roundtrip Mileage from NYC 137, Boston 242: 

  •  Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom including paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, and sculpture from the Elizabethan period onward.
  • Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant or Mother’s Homestyle Kitchen (Caribbean) both provide intriguing tastes of international cuisine for an unforgettable meal. 
  •  Yale University Art Gallery’s 80,000 objects include paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, and Picasso. Yale’s Asian collection includes vessels from the Changsha region of Hunan Province and the African collection features ritual figures and masks from ancient civilizations, such as the Djenne, Nok, and Koma.

Magical Mystic
Getaway Type:  Family Fun
Roundtrip Mileage from NYC 270, Boston 198: 

  • Mystic Aquarium/Institute for Exploration allows families to enjoy a sea lion show, meet a beluga whale and don 3-D glasses for a wild ride as an action-packed movie rolls in the XD Motion Theater.
  • Mystic Pizza, the family-owned pizza shop that inspired the 1988 movie of the same name, starring Julia Roberts and Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Shop, by the Mystic Bridge are perfect for a family meal and summer treats
  •  Mystic Seaport, a 19th-century maritime village along the banks of the Mystic River and the onsite Children’s Museum where kids can dress up as sailors and swab the decks.


The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together tourism, historic preservation and the arts.  Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut’s cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state.  The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism is located at One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, Connecticut.  For a complete listing and description of all Connecticut’s One Tank Getaway suggestions, please visit

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