Governor Touts Conn. RV Resort During Tour
The sprawling, 100-acre Odetah Camp Resort in Bozrah, Conn., was stop No. 1 in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s tour of southeastern Connecticut on Wednesday (July 25) to promote the state’s new “Still Revolutionary” tourism campaign.
Malloy and tourism officials met with Odetah Resort owner Nathan Adelman, who gave the group a tour of the facilities, the Norwich Bulletin reported.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Malloy, who was wearing a white “Still Revolutionary” polo shirt and shorts. “It’s a great way to spend time with your family.”
Odetah has 326 campsites and employs 58 seasonal personnel.
“We’re not the biggest in Connecticut, but we like to say we’re the best,” Adelman said.
Besides Bozrah, Malloy visited sites including The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic and the Florence Griswold Museum and Old Lyme Inn in Old Lyme on Wednesday.
The visits are part of a summerlong effort to highlight the role Connecticut’s hospitality, tourism and recreation attractions play in strengthening the state’s overall economy.
Earlier this month, Malloy made similar visits to tourist destinations in western and central Connecticut.
Malloy said there are “lots of stories” to tell that tie into historical sites and figures of the Nutmeg State.
“We’re going to be active in telling them,” he said.
One such figure is Benedict Arnold, a Norwich native and the American military general who served with George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Arnold is more well-known for defecting to the British after his failed plot to surrender the American military fort at West Point to the British. In 1781, Arnold and British forces captured Fort Trumbull in New London.
Malloy said Arnold is worth exploring in the larger context of Connecticut’s history.
“We could do something with him. Also, the role of Norwich in the Civil War his pretty big,” he said. “It was the home of the governor at the time, and he was an active campaigner for Lincoln.”
“Still Revolutionary” is a two-year, $27 million marketing campaign introduced in May.
“This is a campaign designed to go on for years,” Malloy said. “We wanted a message to use of Connecticut as a great place to visit and live, and we hit on the right formula.”