Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

50. The Gilded Age

  1. Mark Twain said of Hartford, ‘You don’t know what real beauty is until you have been here.’ Our Capital City is rich in ornate Victoriana. Nook Farm, I-84 Exit 46 includes the Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Katherine Day Houses. Downtown’s Bushnell Park (1854), was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and includes Memorial Arch (1886) by George Keller (who is buried in it) and a 1914 Carousel that you can ride. The golden-domed State Capitol (1878) was designed by Richard M. Upjohn. Stay overnight at the historic Goodwin Hotel and stroll down Main Street to America’s first municipal museum, Wadsworth Atheneum. See the Goodwin Parlor and enjoy a tasty repast at the museum restaurant. A treat for the eyes is Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. This beautiful Victorian park built in 1897 was the first municipal rose garden in America and was visited often by Twain and his family.

DRIVING TIP: All in Hartford.

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