April 12, 2011

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Hartford

This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to one of our newer BlueCities, Hartford. Our Airport Operations Crewmember Maria put together some of her favorite facts about her city and some great tips on what to do around town.

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Hartford, Connecticut’s state capital, is perched at the end of the Connecticut River and is accessible from interstate highways 84 and 91.   The city has wonderful historic buildings including the Old State House.  It was here that the Amistad Trials took place in 1839 as well as the first witch hanging in America (55 years before Salem!).  The Center Church (with stained glass windows by Louis Tiffany) and the Wadsworth Athenaeum, America’s oldest public art museum are also located in the city.  The Wadsworth Athenaeum is a castle-like structure that has a refurbished sculpture garden and contains more than 45,000 works of art.

A must-see both for its charm and for the man who commissioned it, is the home of Mark

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Twain-turned museum.  It was here that Twain wrote some of his classics.  Throughout the year, The Mark Twain House and Museum presents special events and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy for all ages.

The Connecticut Science Center is also located in Hartford.  It is Connecticut’s top science museum and offers a high-impact learning experience in the green, clean, bright and stimulating environment.  Adults and children alike will find entertainment and educational value with hands-on, engaging and exciting exhibits and programs.

And speaking of entertainment, the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford is Connecticut’s premier presenter of the performing arts.  It has delighted and inspired audiences for more than 70 years and plays a leading role in the state’s cultural life.  The Bushnell, which is a fabulous place to see an event, presents major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations and a children’s theater.

Hartford has many fine restaurants including Black-eyed Sally’s BBQ and Blues (a

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“transplanted” Louisiana roadhouse), Bin 228 (offering Italian cuisine in a casual bistro dining atmosphere with an extensive wine selection), Morton’s Steakhouse, The Half Door (superior pub food and great beer selection), Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery (authentic Jamaican cuisine) and Tisane Tea and Coffee (bistro and brasserie), to name a few.

All in all, Hartford has a lot to offer.   There are plenty of places to grab a bite, find fun attractions, breweries/bars, theatre, art and museums.

In addition to sharing your Hartford travel tips below, you can also tweet them using the hashtag #TTBDL. And don’t forget to give and get some great travel tips from other travelers at our TrueBlue Community!

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3 Comments on “Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Hartford”

  • Posted by Sharon Jones on April 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get to the Berkshires (Lenox/Pittsfield) from the Hartford airport without renting a car. I can’t seem to find a shuttle company that services this route. Thank you for any assistance.

  • Posted by Jeremy on April 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    You definitely have some great places to check out in there! If you’re travelling to Hartford, you should also be sure to try a few places in West Hartford (immediately adjacent to Hartford). There’s the Noah Webster House (Webster Dictionary: http://www.noahwebsterhouse.org/) and Arugula Bistro (amazing mediterranean cuisine: http://www.arugula-bistro.com/).

    I second with Maria that The Half Door is a great pub. Also try Wood-n-Tap in Hartford.

  • Posted by Leslie on April 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    For Sharon-
    Try Peter Pan Buses. They might have one going there.

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