Urban & Suburban

  • Visit downtown West Hartford where you can walk anywhere – loads of shopping and great places to eat. Take a casual stroll to any outdoor café and check out bargain purchases.
  • Take a hike around the reservoir or up Talcott Mountain, Rte. 185, Simsbury and enjoy nature all around you.
  • Have dinner at the Pettibone’s Tavern that is known to have a few haunting stories.
  • Overnight in Simsbury at the 1820 House.
  • What better way to start your day than with a visit to the Governor’s residence, 990 Prospect Avenue, Hartford, and a tour the magnificent rooms?
  • Visit the Elizabeth Park and see America’s first municipal rose garden and have a lovely lunch at the Pond House.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points are 24 miles.

Talcott Mountain State Park

Extensive vista in all directions from 165-foot Heublein Tower, former summer home of prominent Hartford family. Museum of local history. 1.5 mile hike to tower and picnic area.

Simsbury 1820 House

Historic country inn furnished with antiques and period reproductions. 33 rooms (six suites), private bath, TV.

Governor’s Residence Tours

Elegant Colonial Revival home built in 1909 has served as the Residence to Connecticut’s Governors and their families since 1945. Hour-long guided tours.

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

First municipal rose garden in the country; greenhouses, nature walks, perennials and rock gardens. Peak bloom: late June. Pond House offers restaurant, lounge and auditorium. Another entrance located on Walbridge Rd. in West Hartford.

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