Sunday, May 15, 2011

Connecticut Wanders: The Heublein Tower

Heublein Tower

Friday morning was one of those perfect mornings.  The sun shining, a blue sky with a few clouds, and the temperature in the mid-60s.  Just right for a leisurely hike with a friend. 

We started from the route 185 entrance of Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury for our hike up to the top of mountain.  The views of the  Farmington Valley from the top were breath taking.  We continued along the ridge until we came upon the Heublein Tower.

The 165 foot high Heublein Tower was built by Gilbert F. Heublein in 1914, as a summer home for his family and guests.  Heublein was a wealthy German-born innovator in the American gourmet food and liquor industry.  (http://www.friendsofheubleintower.org/).  He founded Heublein Inc., the manufactor of A1 Steak Sauce and Smirnoff Vodka.  He also owned and operated hotels and restaurants in Hartford, CT (Wikipedia).

Tours of the Tower are available Thursday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.  From Labor Day - October daily from 10am - 5pm.  The fall veiws are New England at its best.  Well worth the hike 1.25 mile hike (CT Gov).

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