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Paper Chase

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The Jumping Frog, named for Mark Twain’s breakout short story and just a hop away from the Mark Twain House in Hartford, is a bookstore worth making the 45-minute leap up I-91. …

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Maiden Voyage

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Experiencing Sea Chantey Night at the Griswold Inn had been on my list for so long that I’d allowed it take on mythic proportions. Like seeing a game at Fenway or finding the perfect lobster roll, the goal was simple …

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Chester Bump

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I try not to fall too hard for tourist towns. Even the good ones can leave me feeling a little used or hoodwinked, with that slightly sour “…and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” aftertaste. I try…

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Northern West

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At the intersection of two interstates, with its skyscrapers and gold-domed capitol, Hartford gets most of the day-to-day attention. But…

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Mystical Quest

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You’ve probably heard of Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Mystic Pizza.

You probably haven’t heard of Young Buns. …

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All Lined Up

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A ride on the railroad is typically about where you go from there. …

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Checking It Out

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When I woke up at the Hotel Marcel and pressed the Morning button on the bedside console, the blackout shade rolled steadily up to reveal the…

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Checking In

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The building that is now the Hotel Marcel has been a monumental vision to New Haven passersby since it was erected in 1969. …

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Liquid Asset

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Swimming in an abandoned quarry has been a favorite summer pastime as long as there have been abandoned quarries. …

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Hearts of Gold

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When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Driving into Meriden’s Hubbard Park last week was like…

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