People can discover hundreds of attractions, restaurants and lodgings in the new "2014-2015 Greater Hartford & Connecticut's River Valley Visitors Guide." The glossy 64-page guide is produced by the Central Regional Tourism District, the leisure travel destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than one-third of Connecticut's towns and cities.

"This is the ultimate guide to what is enjoyable in Greater Hartford and the River Valley and can be viewed or downloaded for free at or ordered by calling our office," explains Anne Orsene, executive director of the Central Regional Tourism District. "We mail it to group tour operators and travel agents, and anyone who requests information from our office."

The guide features dynamic photos and descriptions of more than 500 attractions in 46 towns and cities. Restaurant and accommodations listings are in easy-to-read formats. Color-coded sections include sidebars that showcase spectator sports, major shopping destinations, ski areas, Freedom Trail and Amistad sights, and nearby attractions.

"Vivid photos by many Connecticut photographers are included, as are the winning images of our Tourism District's first-ever Fall and Winter Pinterest photo contests," adds Orsene. Pictured are East Haddam resident Carl Buschmann's Fall photo of Gillette Castle, and a serene snowscape of tobacco fields by Carol McOmber of Windsor.

The new guide premiered several weeks ago as did the "2014-2015 Greater New Haven Cultural & Visitors Guide," a collaborative project of REX Development and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. That guide includes attractions, restaurants and accommodations in the Central Regional Tourism District's remaining 19 towns and is available from the Tourism office as well.

The website also features the Tourism District's award-winning "Non-Stop Connecticut" webisodes that take potential tourists and local residents on colorful personal tours of many of the region's popular attractions and eateries and special treasures, showing what makes it a special place to visit. The Tourism District also produces a series of brochures that can be viewed on line or ordered in print: Burgers & Brews, Bed & Breakfasts, Gardens & Farmers' Markets, and the Color Your Way through Central Connecticut coloring book.

Central Regional Tourism District covers 65 towns and cities located along the Connecticut River. Its goal is to increase the number of visits to River Valley/Connecticut and Greater New Haven/Connecticut regions, thereby resulting in revenue growth.

Both guides can be viewed on-line at or ordered by calling the Central Regional Tourism District at 860-787-9640. They also are available at the Greater Hartford Welcome Center at 100 Pearl St. in Hartford, Connecticut's Old State House at 800 Main St. in Hartford, the Connecticut Convention Center and XL Center in Hartford; Connecticut's River Valley Welcome Center in the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce at 393 Main St. in Middletown, Farmington Valley Visitors Association at 5 East Main St. in Avon, and Windsor Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 261 Broad St. in Windsor.