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Content & PR Plans

The Office of Tourism writes articles and pitches topics to media sources. See below for a list of upcoming topics. If you have offerings (including photography) relevant to any of these topics, please send us a note.

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Mark Twain

Literature Lovers CT

We are looking for visit ideas that literature-lovers would love. Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses, certainly, but what else?  Are there locations that were the settings in important works? Are there towns where writers lived when they wrote noteworthy stories? Are there restaurants frequented by famous authors or famous characters?  Please let us know your ideas, especially if you have pictures.

Input due: 2020-02-01

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What's New For 2020

What’s New for 2020

The press always asks us to tell them what is new. Each year. Each season. This year we would like to round it up for reporters, but also consumers. So, tell us, will you be opening a new attraction, activity, restaurant or hotel? Launching a new angle on an old one? Offering something, we have not seen before. Please let us know. And since it is new, we are not likely to be able to find photos any other way, so please send your best shots!

Input due: 2020-02-01

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Maple Surgaring

30+ Things to do in March

Visitors are always looking for “things to do”. We want to give them a list, by month, of great ideas, organized by type of experience, such as Family Fun, Active Adventure, Arts & Culture, and Culinary Experiences. We will include activities that are particularly relevant in the month, and big events that recur each year around the same time. We will also include a few things that may not be that season-specific, but just feel a little more relevant at this time of year. Please let us know if you have relevant offerings for this month. Especially if you have photos!

Input due: 2020-02-01

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Trains in Connecticut

Trains in CT

This article will round up all the destinations that celebrate trains in Connecticut. From train and switch tower museums, to rides, events and meals on vintage trains, to toy train exhibits and bakeries selling train-shaped cookies. If you have anything train-related to make sure we know about, send it our way. In addition, please send photos!

Input due: 2020-02-01

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All Things Maple

All Things Maple

This article will be a roundup of any experience, product or treat that involves Connecticut maple syrup. We are looking for sugaring experiences; noteworthy places to buy CT maple syrup or maple sugar, specialty cocktails that use it, desserts/cookies/chocolates flavored with CT maple, restaurants that feature a CT maple dish, etc. In addition, we always need photos.

Input due: 2020-02-01

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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month. We want to celebrate the many notable women of Connecticut’s past and the places in Connecticut where visitors can learn about and/or remember them. From museums and historic homes, to places, they frequented, please let us know your ideas of who to feature and where to direct readers to pay homage.

Input due: 2020-02-01

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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Connecticut does St. Patty’s Day right! Tell us about your city/town’s parade, local “fun runs,” food and beer events, and other related activities or deals—however big or small! Please send details and photos.

Input due: 2020-02-14

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Spring/Summer 2020

What’s New for Spring/Summer 2020?

Each season, visitors want to know what’s new and improved. So, we’ll give them plenty of ideas! What does your city/town or business have planned this spring and summer? Tell us about business openings and expansions, new offerings and amenities, can’t-miss events and exhibits, and more. Do you represent a seasonal business? Let us know when you’re re-opening for the season. Please send details and photos

Input due: 2020-02-28

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Slow Motion Traveler

Slow-Mo Getaway

Many travelers are looking to take it slow, to really get a feel for the whole place, to get a sense of how the locals live. They do not want to rush from destination to destination. We would like to suggest a few itineraries for this slow-motion traveler. Maybe one will be a train trip with overnight stops in different towns. Maybe a bicycle or hiking trek between towns. What are your ideas?

Input due: 2020-03-01

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Passport to Wineries

Passport to Wineries

We would like to promote the Passport to Wineries program. If you are a vineyard in the program, or a hotel, restaurant or attraction near one, please let us know your ideas about how visitors can get the most out of vineyard visits with side stops. And please send photos!

Input due: 2020-03-01

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30 Things April

30+ Things to do in April

Visitors are always looking for “things to do”. We want to give them a list, by month, of great ideas, organized by type of experience, such as Family Fun, Active Adventure, Arts & Culture, and Culinary Experiences. We will include activities that are particularly relevant in the month, and big events that recur each year around the same time. We will also include a few things that may not be that season-specific, but just feel a little more relevant at this time of year. Please let us know if you have relevant offerings for this month. Especially if you have photos!

Input due: 2020-03-01

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Unusual Accommodations

Unusual Accommodations

Millennials, in particular, have high interest in staying in unusual accommodations. We want to offer up our tipis, helicopter rooms, tree houses and lighthouse rooms as options. What else do we have? Castles? Museums? Boats? Please let us know, and certainly send photos.

Input due: 2020-03-01

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Easter 2020

Easter

The Easter Bunny hops through Connecticut every spring. Tell us if he’s making a stop in your city/town or business for a meet-and-greet, train or trolley ride, egg hunt, or more. Hosting a special Easter meal at your restaurant? Send us all the details and photos!

Input due: 2020-03-06

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Earth Day Getaways

Earth Day Getaways

Earth Day 2020 on April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of this observance. Tell us why visitors should come to Connecticut to celebrate. What Earth Day events or offerings do we have?  What activities that are aligned with Earth Day sentiments could we tout? Do we have any specialty cocktails or baked goods that celebrate the day?  Let us know and, as always, send pics!

Input due: 2020-03-10

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S To Table Connecticut

Seed to Table

Connecticut is taking “farm to table” to the next level, leading the seed-to-table movement. Tell us about restaurants where the chef is not only selecting ingredients from local, sustainable providers, but getting involved in cultivating and planning the ingredients, they envision needing. Know any chefs doing that?  Please let us know.

Input due: 2020-03-10

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Historic Homes and Gardens

Historic Homes and Gardens

We would like to round up a photo gallery of Connecticut’s historic homes and gardens. We are likely to turn to user-generated content for this, but let us know if you have information or photos we might use.

Input due: 2020-04-01

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Flower Towns

Flower Towns and places for photos

North Branford, you have inspired us. We love the story of you aiming to be the sunflower town. So, we would like this article to associate North Branford and other towns with flowers. Maybe they are not all municipally organized around a certain flower, but perhaps they are near a notable location for a particular variety. We know our visitors love towns, and they love traveling to see flowers in the spring. We want to tie the two together. What towns are aligned with which flowers in your mind?  Have picture

Input due: 2020-04-01

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30 Things May

30+ Things to do in May

Visitors are always looking for “things to do”. We want to give them a list, by month, of great ideas, organized by type of experience, such as Family Fun, Active Adventure, Arts & Culture, and Culinary Experiences. We will include activities that are particularly relevant in the month, and big events that recur each year around the same time. We will also include a few things that may not be that season-specific, but just feel a little more relevant at this time of year. Please let us know if you have relevant offerings for this month. Especially if you have photos!

Input due: 2020-04-01

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Mother's Day 2020

Mother’s Day

Connecticut businesses roll out the red carpet for Moms every year. We want to know how your property is celebrating Mother’s Day! Tell us about special events, experiences or deals perfect for Mom (solo) or the whole family. Please send details and photos of any relevant offerings.

Input due: 2020-04-03

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CT Bees

CT Bees

Everyone is celebrating bees these days. Let us show them how they can show their love for the critters in Connecticut. From honey-making classes, to apiary experiences, to places to buy local honey, to bee-themed arts and crafts, to restaurants cooking with local honey, to bakeries with bee-shaped cookies. If it has to do with bees in Connecticut, we want to know about it (and see pictures of it.)

Input due: 2020-04-17

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Foodie Towns

Foodie Towns

As the saying in tourism goes, “people travel on their bellies”. So, let us give them some food-focused itineraries.  What towns can we call “foodie towns?” What businesses or events should we feature? Please let us know your thoughts, especially if you have pictures.

Input due: 2020-05-01

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30 Things June

30+ Things to do in June

Visitors are always looking for “things to do”. We want to give them a list, by month, of great ideas, organized by type of experience, such as Family Fun, Active Adventure, Arts & Culture, and Culinary Experiences. We will include activities that are particularly relevant in the month, and big events that recur each year around the same time. We will also include a few things that may not be that season-specific, but just feel a little more relevant at this time of year. Please let us know if you have relevant offerings for this month. Especially if you have photos!

Input due: 2020-05-01

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Pack-n-Go Getaways

Pack-n-Go Getaways

Busy and adventuresome travelers would love us to plan their getaway for them. They will trust we have made a good collection of suggestions and just follow our plan. So, we would like to publish a series of fully baked itineraries, including where to stay, what to eat and what to do…all mapped out for them. Have any suggestions? 

Input due: 2020-05-01

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Outdoor Mural Towns

Outdoor Mural Towns

Visitors love street art, and we have great examples. We would like to suggest itineraries of towns to visit, outdoor murals to see, and restaurants, hotels or other activities they might wrap into their trip. We would love your thoughts on which towns have a lot of great outdoor murals/street art, and thoughts on what other activities would enhance their trip.

Input due: 2020-05-01

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Olympics tie-in

Olympics tie-in

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo start in July. For those who cannot make the trip around the world to watch the games, we can offer ways to get in the spirit of the competitions. In fact, why just watch when you can participate in archery, beach volleyball, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, fencing, golf, rowing, sailing, and/or trampoline. Combine a visit to do one or more of these with great places to watch the Olympic coverage. Please let us know of businesses we can tout for this experience.

Input due: 2020-05-15

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Space Travel in CT

Space Travel in CT

We are proud of Connecticut’s contributions to space exploration, and the nation will be buzzing about all-things-space in July with the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020. Therefore, we want to offer all the ways to celebrate space exploration in Connecticut, from museum exhibits, to observatory talks, to specialty cocktails celebrating the space program. Let us know what you think we should include. And send photos.

Input due: 2020-05-15

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Father's Day 2020

Father’s Day

There are lots of ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Connecticut, from adrenaline-pumping adventures to jazz-themed brunches. Tell us about special events, experiences or deals perfect for Dad (solo) or the whole family. Please send details and photos of any relevant offerings.

Input due: 2020-05-18

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