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A September 2006 trip to Connecticut by grannola

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Quote: On the way back to Nova Scotia, we made a few stops in Connecticut.

Days Inn Ridgefield

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King Size Bed Photo, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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We got a room with 2 king sized beds and a pull out sofa (single size). It was a huge room, and we had no problem at all getting the baby’s playpen in and set up. The bathroom was also quite large. There were no sheets for the sofa bed though. Since it was quite late when we arrived (by our standards), we didn't bother with that...the king beds worked fine anyway.The room was on the second floor which was a bit of a hassle. We had to climb stairs on the outside of the building to get to the room. It was raining when we go there, so not the most convenient for the 5 of us to navigate. There was a single-serve coffee machine with 2 packets of coffee, but no decaf. There were ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Days Inn Ridgefield
296 Ethan Allen Hwy
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877
(203) 438-3781

Friendly Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Friendly's Meriden"

Friendly Restaurant Photo,
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We had never been to Friendly's before, but we'd seen them advertised on the US channels we get up here in Canada. The ice-cream seemed like a good plan, so we went there.Of course it was still breakfast time when we got there, (10:55am) so we weren't sure if we could get lunch. We asked the waiter and he wasn't sure if the grill was switched over yet, but he offered to check and see what the soup of the day was.As it turned out the grill was getting switched, and the soup was chicken noodle (and it was ready to go).The 4-year-old decided she didn't want a kids meal, just some soup and a 'fribble'. Fribbles as it turns out are very much like milkshakes, but made with s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2006

Friendly Restaurant
800 E Main St.
Meriden, Connecticut 06450
(203) 238-9329

Mark Twain House

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Attraction | "The Mark Twain House"

Mark Twain House Photo,
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Mark Twain House tours were $12 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 16, free for preschoolers. The tour lasts for about an hour and includes walking up about 3 flights of stairs. We decided to risk it, knowing we had to leave the stroller behind.The tour started out in the Mark Twain Museum. The Museum is a modern building, with interesting Mark Twain quotes carved in bricks in the walls. We walked a staircase with very wide steps up and around and out. Our tour guide did not seem very happy to have 3 small kids on the tour, but too bad for him.We walked over to a house the Mark Twain lived in with his family for about 7 years. The house is kept locked and you can only get in on a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
(860) 247-0998

Dinosaur State Park

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Attraction

Dinosaur State Park Photo, Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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We were driving north on I-91 when we saw the signs for Dinosaur State Park and decided to give it a try.The park consists of nature trails and an interpretive center/museum. The trails are free, but the museum cost $5 for adults and $2 for kids (preschoolers free). The museum is not huge, but it is very impressive. It has lots of interactive displays, and a really cool collection of dinosaur footprints.It seems like the museum is built right on top of a collection of footprints. You could look at the prints and imagine that dinosaurs had walked by in packs.We learned that the first dino footprints were discovered in the Connecticut valley in 1802. We also learned tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067
(860) 529-8423

Hartford -- not our day I Guess.

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Bushnell Park Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut.We had read through the Connecticut guide and decided that Hartford had enough interesting things to make it worthy of a stop on our vacation.We planned to go to the Trash Museum, Bushnell Park, the Mark Twain House, and then carry on to nearby Springfield Mass.We got to the Trash Museum (which was hard to find, because there is nothing that says “trash Museum”, we went by the address) around 1:50 on Wednesday afternoon. According to the tour book, the museum is open Wednesday – Fridays, 12:00-4:00, with extra hours during certain times. Going on the book, the museum should be open we figure.Well, we looked at the door, and there is a sign that say...Read More