Shopping in HartfordThe outdoor Old State House Farmers Market , 855 Main St., offers food and locally grown seasonal produce Tuesday and Friday 10-2, mid-June through October in downtown Hartford.
In the Farmington area is Westfarms , on New Britain Avenue off I-84 exit 40 (SR 71). The mall contains more than 130 shops and is anchored by JCPenney, Macy's and Nordstrom; phone (860) 561-3024. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills , I-84 exit 62 at 194 Buckland Hills Dr. in Manchester, offers more than 100 stores, including Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney and Macy's; phone (860) 644-1450.
Old Wethersfield offers shops, restaurants and museums in preserved antebellum houses, warehouses, carriage houses and barns. Old Avon Village , on SR 44 in Avon, offers more than 30 shops and eateries. Riverdale Farms Shopping , off I-84 exit 39 in Avon, is on a restored, landscaped 19th-century dairy farm; phone (860) 677-6437. Dozens of galleries, shops and boutiques can be visited at West Hartford Center, along Farmington Avenue in West Hartford.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Connecticut sales tax is 6.35 percent. Room occupancy tax in the greater Hartford area is 15 percent. The car rental tax is 9.35 percent with an added $1 per day tourism tax.
Hartford Hospital, (860) 545-5000; Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, (860) 714-4000.
One Constitution Plaza 2nd Floor Hartford, CT 06103. Phone:(860)256-2800
Bradley International Airport
Hertz, at the airport and at several downtown locations, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (860) 627-3850 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station, (860) 727-1776 or (800) 872-7245, is downtown in the Union Station Transportation Center at 1 Union Pl.
Greyhound Lines Inc., (860) 724-7080 or (800) 231-2222, Peter Pan Bus Lines/Bonanza Bus, (800) 343-9999, and other intercity buses operate out of the Union Station Transportation Center at 1 Union Pl. Taxis and CTTransit buses also are available.
Taxis hired at the airport taxi stand charge $45 to downtown (for up to four people). Cab companies include Yellow, (860) 666-6666. Base fare (for up to four people) is $3.00 for first one-ninth mile, then 30c per each additional one-ninth mile.
The buses of CTTransit, (860) 525-9181 or TTY (860) 727-8196, run on more than 30 routes servicing Hartford and its surrounding towns. The buses operate daily, with reduced schedules weekends and holidays. Regular fare $1.75; all-day pass $3.50.