Insider Tips

Whether you want to find the tastiest boiled peanuts in Wilson, North Carolina, a curio antiques shop in New Orleans, Louisiana or a classic place to stay in Hartford, Connecticut, our artists have compiled their favorite tips on eating, shopping, entertainment and recreation in the cities they've come to love.

Where to Stay:
200 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103
315 Trumbull St Hartford, CT 06103
50 Morgan St Hartford, CT 06120
440 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103
Places to Eat:
185 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103
357 Main St Hartford, CT 06106
00 Trumbull St #2 Hartford, CT 06103
103 Pratt St Hartford, CT 06103
942 Main St Hartford, CT 06103
70 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
22 Pratt Street, Hartford CT 06103
Things to do:
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.
600 Main St Hartford, CT 06103
Not only the first public art institution in the United States, the Wadsworth Atheneum was also the first museum in America to begin collecting contemporary American art – resulting in its world renowned Hudson River School collection. The museum staged the first retrospective of Pablo Picasso in America, and was the first museum to both exhibit and purchase works by Surrealist artists – today almost every exhibition about Surrealism includes works borrowed from the Wadsworth’s collection.
250 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103
The distinctive Connecticut Science Center building, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, has redefined Hartford’s skyline. With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.
EnvisionFest – September
Hartford’s Annual Festival of Walking, Culture, Innovation
Hartford cultural institutions, Connecticut industries and artists will celebrate their vision of the future through interactive displays, exhibits, performances and activities in open houses and public spaces throughout downtown, all connected through walking and biking routes.

WinterFest – November 23 – January 21
Free public skating on outdoor rink in Bushnell Park

Hooker Day Parade – Late October (2013 date TBA)
Downtown Hartford
Hartford’s Hooker Day Parade celebrates Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford and a lover of parades. The Hooker Day Parade is hands down the weirdest, most made-up, rag-tag, cut loose, high-spirited, Mardi Gras bead and candy filled parade in Hartford.

Irish Jam - Mckinnon’s Irish Pub
114 Asylum St Hartford, CT 06103
Stomping Ground of notorious Batman Super Villain: The Fiddler. Like the Riddler, but older and with a fiddle. He runs around McKinnon’s every Wednesday night causing mayhem while bellowing “Fiddle me this…” And then Robin says “Holy strawberries Batman, we’re in a jam!”

Latin Jazz with Ed Fast & Conga Bop – Firebox Restaurant
539 Broad St Hartford, CT 06106
Wednesday night the guys from Conga Bop do their thing at Firebox. It’s a great place to have drinks any night of the week, but on Wednesday nights you can pretend you’re on vacation somewhere wonderful where they play Latin Jazz all the time and you drink.