Grab a budget-friendly breakfast at Blue Plate Kitchen. Items on the expansive menu include a host of sweet and savory items, including several versions of eggs Benedict, Tex Mex-inspired breakfast dishes and French toast four ways. Nearly all breakfast items are under $10.
After breakfast, if the weather is nice, take a stroll around Elizabeth Park Conservancy. The park sits on more than 100 acres. A National Register of Historic Places site, it features the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States. If you visit during the summer, you’ll be treated to a view of more than 800 rose varieties across approximately 15,000 rose bushes.
Take a tour of the nearby Mark Twain House & Museum. Samuel Clemens’s home from 1874 to 1891, the American High Gothic house, a carriage house and museum are all part of a living history guided tour.
Grab a quick bite and a glass of wine at Vinted. The cozy wine bar will please vinos with its extensive collection, but the talented staff are also more than willing to help wine newbs find their way around the wine list. Small bites on the lunch menu include beef tenderloin tartare, pan-roasted mussels, truffle popcorn and risotto balls.
Since you’re already there, taking a stroll around Blue Black Square and do a bit of window (or real) shopping. From books to home decor, national brands to local boutiques, you’ll find a bit of everything in this small, upscale and walkable neighborhood.
Once you’ve worked up your appetite, visit Artisan, the restaurant, tavern and garden at DELAMAR West Hartford. The upscale eatery provides a limited menu and comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy some of New England’s best seasonal fare. Enjoy eats from the garden, mill, sea and land, with an impressive selection of gluten-free and vegan options. Some of the more budget-friendly dinner entrees include the whole wheat fettuccine with foraged mushrooms, crispy farm egg, wilted greens and Connecticut cheddar and the vegan tian with spinach, navy beans, autumn squash, eggplant, tomato and a golden Romesco sauce.
It doesn’t matter which bottles you use for transporting liquids when you travel, just so long as they meet Transportation Security Administration regulations, right? Wrong. Not all travel-sized liquid containers are the same. For example, cheap plastic bottles may explode in flight, leaving you with stained and damaged clothes and a mess to clean up. Rather than scrimping on below-par bottles for your carry-on liquids, invest a bit of extra money in bottles you’ll actually look forward to using and that won’t require laborious attempts at cleaning out every last drop of your product.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Each year, April 6 is California Poppy Day. These breathtaking flowers overtake the rolling California foothills every spring and bring visitors from all over the world. While this didn’t happen this year due to the pandemic, here are some ways to celebrate next year.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Beer lovers rejoice! Now you can take your craft beer on the road without worrying about lukewarm, less-than-cold brew. The Hopsulator TRiO holds your favorite 16-ounce craft beer cans with adaptability for 12-ounce varieties. It does have its downsides. If you like super-slim beer cans and novelty drinks, it likely won't fit.