If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I visit at least one spot each year out of my normal routine (like when I took the fall steam train ride) to observe the beauty of autumn. Sometimes, removing myself from my daily surroundings really helps to provide me with a new perspective and an added appreciation for the beauty of nature all around me.
Placing myself in some new surroundings was my intent when I made a visit to Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury, Connecticut to hike up Talcott Mountain to the Heublein Tower. With two friends joining me, we picked a day that ended up being a beauty! The sun was shining and the weather was perfect! We probably missed the peak of the changing leaves by a week, but the foliage views were magnificent just the same!
The hike on Tower Trail to reach the Heublein Tower, at the top of the Talcott Mountain, is about 1.25 miles and we were enjoying every step of it!
Because of the time of year, the views were fantastic the entire walk; causing many stops along the way.
It was fun having a destination, but the hit of the day was definitely the foliage – not the tower!
The tower is a 165-foot structure built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein. Heublein was a celebrated German-born hotelier and restauranteur as well as an innovator in the American gourmet food and liquor industry. The tower holds some interesting history…in the early fifties, two future presidents visited the tower – General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was asked to run for office there) and Ronald Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors’ Guild! History buffs are sure to enjoy the photographs and historical information on display throughout the building.
The tower is open and accessible to the public through the entire month of October. The hike to the tower is a wonderful family outing, especially since it is not a difficult climb and the park requires no admittance charge or parking fee.
Once at the tower, visitors (like me) can climb the six-storied structure to the top and admire the beautiful views of Connecticut and beyond.
On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, eighty miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible. To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon.
In addition to river views, Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south. Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles.
This photo is the view out the door of the tower as we were leaving to head back down the trail…
And, this view is one from a stop along the trail heading down the mountain.
A truly wonderful afternoon sharing the beauty of the season with friends – in awe of autumn.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie