Wondering what to do in Connecticut during a fall vacation? Here’s a little secret, the colors on the trees reach peak foliage during October in Old Saybrook, CT. Whether you’re planning an outing to pick apples, hunt for antique shops, or just want to do some leaf-peeping— spending your day outdoors is a must! Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa not only offers panoramic views of the vibrant autumn sunsets over the Connecticut River, but the colorful transition of the trees near the inn is mesmerizing. We’ll provide some guidance on how to take self-guided Connecticut scenic drives throughout the pumpkin spiced pre-holiday season.
The Drive Map
The best part about taking your Connecticut scenic drives is that there are many quaint small towns you’ll pass through along the way. Visit New England has mapped out a 35-mile loop that passes through Essex, Guilford, Madison and Old Saybrook, CT. The loop includes the best east coast towns with many unique Connecticut attractions to check out along the way. Click here to get the full details of the routed map, and keep reading to find out what significant spots are included!
Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery
The Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery is open year-round and is only 20 miles from our Old Saybrook inn. However, during September and October, you’ll be able to enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, and hot cider sipping! They even have llamas, alpacas, and goats which is always a special treat when visiting an orchard. Browse through a variety of seasonal options at their market, including baked goods and fresh produce supplied daily. Don’t forget to treat yourself to their irresistible cider donuts that are made to perfection!
Hammonasset Beach State Park
During your cozy autumn drive along the Connecticut River, you’ll also find Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. The local state park is one of the biggest Connecticut attractions. It’s got the longest shoreline of any park in the entire state and draws upwards of one million visitors annually! This is a great place to get out during your Connecticut scenic drives to stretch your legs on the boardwalk and feel the crunch of the crispy autumn leaves underneath your feet.
Fall Connecticut Destination Getaway
To learn about taking a train ride to view fall foliage, check out Fall into Old Saybrook as Essex, CT, will also be a significant stop on your drive map. Once you arrive back to Old Saybrook, CT, you’ll be able to take a walk in the brisk open air of our small town next to the Connecticut River. Enjoy an evening sunset from the terrace at Marina Bar while you’re cozied up next to the open firepits. Not only do we provide waterfront rooms at our main inn, but you can also watch the sunset from your very own private balcony from our three-story guest house. Take a look at our accommodations page to see what option is best for your fall vacations to Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa.