Yesterday was such a beautiful clear day and as I was driving home from my open house I saw the Heublein Tower sitting majestically on Talcott Mountain, the ridge between Avon and Simsbury to the west and Bloomfield and West Hartford to the east. Locals often refer to Talcott Mountain as Avon or Simsbury Mountain, depending on which road is used to cross over the mountain.
Heublein Tower was buit in 1914 as the summer residence of Gilbert Heublein, co-founder of the international food an beverage company G.F. Heublein and Bros., known for A-1 Steak Sauce, Grey Poupon mustard, Smirnoff Voldka, and other famous brands. The six story Tower was built with steel beam construction to withstand winds of 100 mph. On a clear day, you can see for miles and miles.
Some trivia about the Heublein Tower:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of the Tower’s most famous guests. In fact, it has been said that Gen. Eishenhower was asked to run for President while attending a party at the Tower.
Former President George H. Bush’s father was at the party when Gen. Eishenhower was asked to run for President.
From 1948 to 1950 the Tower was use as an antenna for WTHT radio station!
Today, the Heubelin Tower is a museum and part of Talcott Mountain State Park, which covers over 500 acres in Simsbury, Avon and Bloomfield. The Tower is also part of the Connecticut’s 62 mile long Metacomet Trail.
The Tower cannot be directly accessed by car. Visitors must park in one of the lots off of RT185 and walk or hike the 1.25 miles to the Tower. There are several overlooks along the way where visitors lookout at the Farmington Valley and from the Tower there are breathtaking views of Hartford to the east and the Farmington River Valley to the west, and beyond.
Heublein Tower is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10AM to 5PM, Thursday through Sunday, and daily from Labor Day to the end of October, from 10AM to 5PM. Visitors should still call first even during the season the Tower is open to confirm it is open on the day you plan to go.
As spring approaches, a trip to Heublein Tower should definitely be on your list of things to do in 2011.