Hartford Journals

Historic Hartford

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An April 2007 trip to Hartford by zabelle

Hartford Marriott Downtown Photo, Hartford, Connecticut More Photos
Quote: Hartford is rich in history and culture but you don't need to be rich to enjoy them.

Historic Hartford

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Overview

The Travelers Insurance Building Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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As one of the Original Colonies, Hartford the capitol of Connecticut, has a rich and historic past. On this trip I was searching for information on finding my roots and looking into the roots of Hartford as well.Old State House-Constructed in 1789 this is one of the most historic building in Ct. It has served as the State Capitol Building, City Hall and a Civic Center. Beautifully restored it still plays a very historic role in CT, recently Senator Christopher Dodd announced his candidacy for the President in the Council Chamber. This is a good place for the whole family to visit, beyond the beautifully restored governors office and council chamber there is a small museum of odditie...Read More

Hartford Marriott Downtown

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Hotel

Hartford Marriott Downtown Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford has had its challenges over the years not just having quality accommodations downtown but also in keeping them. Many have come and gone but now there are several really great options. This is a pretty typical Marriott with a restaurant called Vivo, a beautiful pool, spa, and fitness area and a Starbucks in the lobby. It has beautifully groomed landscaping and a wonderfully light and airy feeling lobby. The room that we had on the tenth floor was quite luxurious but also quite petite. We had two double beds with four pillows on each, a white feather bed and white sheets. The coverlet was bright yellow in a floral pattern. The walls were covered in a yellow striped wallpaper and cu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 249-8000

Arch Street Tavern

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Restaurant

Arch Street Tavern Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Located within walking distance of the Hartford Convention Center, Arch Street tavern offers a well priced option on the downtown area. The building itself is attractive with brick walls and high wooden beamed ceilings with hanging fans. This, however, makes for a very high volume of noise especially with the added background music. Everywhere you look there are TV screens including a huge projection screen which was located right behind where out booth was located. We had booth seating as well as two high stools. The walls are covered with a variety of prints some of them of Hartford in yesteryear.I wish I could give you a run down on the available brews but after a long day I had onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, Connecticut
(860) 246-7610

Mayor Mike's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Mayor Mikes"

Mayor Mike's Restaurant Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Located right across the street from the Civic Center this would be an ideal restaurant to choose if you are attending an event at the Center. We actually came here the night of the Christina Aguilera performance but we arrived at 7:30pm when all the ticket holders had already left, I called ahead and was told that after 7:30 we would not need a reservation.The host remembered my call when the four of us arrived and took us back to a nice booth immediately.Mayor Mike Peters the former mayor of Hartford opened this restaurant when he finished his term, it is now run by his son and I was very impressed with everything about this place. The menu is diverse. It choic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Mayor Mike's Restaurant
283 Asylum St
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 522-6453

Vivo

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Restaurant

Vivo Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Located in the Marriott Hartford Vivo is a lovely restaurant. The wood is a rich cherry color and there is a definite Latin flare. We received coupons that brought the price of the morning breakfast buffet down to $12 so we decided to give it a try. This price included tax and tip. We got a nice table right beside the buffet which had the best selection of fresh fruit that I have ever seen. The bowl of berries alone made my day, including large raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. They were huge and all perfectly ripe. If this was all the fruit it would be quite extraordinary but there were also large bowls of cut up melon, watermelon, and pineapple. There was in addition a bowl of whol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Vivo
Marriott Convention Center
Hartford, Connecticut
(860) 249-8000

J. Gilbert's

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Restaurant

J. Gilbert's Photo, Glastonbury, Connecticut
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When Al and I want to celebrate a special occasion in our lives such as birthdays, anniversaries, and entertaining someone special this is our restaurant of choice. Their specialty is wood fired steaks but their menu is no way limited to these choices. They atmosphere is romantic with subdued lighting and large booths that offer a little privacy. It has that private club feeling with dark wood, a huge fireplace and lots of ambience.When we are feeling particularly over the top, we begin our meal with the maytag chips. These are homemade potato chips served with maytag. Bleu cheese, jalapeno cheese and a cheese sauce. Yes there are a whole bunch of calories involved but they are so good it is h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2007

J. Gilbert's
185 Glastonbury Blvd.
Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033
(860) 659-0409

Ancient Burying Ground

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Attraction

Ancient Burying Ground Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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Located just around the corner from the Old State House this is considered to be Hartford’s first cemetery. Technically this isn’t true, the first cemetery in Hartford was located about two blocks from this site. The stones from that first cemetery were used in the foundation of some of the old houses in the city. We signed up for a guided tour of the cemetery by a local cemetery expert as part of our genealogy conference. Obviously this won’t be available to you but don’t despair, there is a brochure that you can use to do a self-guided tour. What we learned on our tour was a lot about the stone carvers of CT and how to identify who the individual stones were carved by. The stone carv...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Ancient Burying Ground

Hartford, Connecticut

Old State House

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Attraction | "The Old State House"

Old State House Photo, Hartford, Connecticut
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This is the most historic building in Hartford and maybe even in all of Connecticut. It has been in turn the State Capitol Building, The City Hall and a Civic Center. Today it still hosts political event since recently our Senator Christopher Dodd announced his candidacy for the Presidency from the Old State House. Enter the Old State House from the Main St entrance. This will take you by the statue of Thomas Hooker and also by the stocks to remind you of Connecticut’s Puritan heritage. You will enter the building on the second floor, go downstairs to the entrance desk. The fee for touring the State House is $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The fee includes an audio guide which i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Old State House
800 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 522-6766