Enjoy Hartford's Affordable Cultural Side

Posted April 14, 2009 by Kate Hamman

CT-Hartford-Skyline-DEF Hartford may have a reputation as the insurance capital of America, but the only numbers you'll think about while visiting is how much money you won't have to spend. Come discover the cultural side of Hartford in a museum filled with priceless works of art. Later on, dine in a wine bar serving delicious affordable dishes, or sip freshly roasted coffee in a local cafe.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Step inside America's oldest public art museum for the greatest show in Hartford, with more than 45,000 pieces of art. You'll find works by Dali, Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh, plus way too many other artists to list. The castle-shaped museum features special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and educational programs designed to help you immerse yourself in art. Admission costs $10, but residents can get in free with an Art Pass from the local library.

Bin228: Though Bin228's wine list might give Bacchus chills, you don't have to imbibe to appreciate everything the restaurant has to offer. The Italian-focused menu earns Bin228 a visit in its own right. You can choose from a dazzling array of bruschetta, including a fig compote and prosciutto for $4. Or for something a bit heartier, try one of the many paninis for $8. If you do feel like sampling the wide range of red and whites, come on Mondays, when all bottles are half-priced.

Jojo's Coffee and Tea: You'll instantly smell something different at this locally owned coffee shop. Jojo's roasts its own beans on-site each day to give you the freshest coffee possible. And with a unique lighter roast, the coffee has a taste all its own. Tea is also a point of pride for Jojo's, which offers more than 50 varieties. Come experience how a coffee shop should smell, while you sip on a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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