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Under $100: West Hartford, Connecticut

by Holly Riddle

Jan 14, 2020

The Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime

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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.

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