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Win Big on History and Affordability at Foxwoods Casino

Posted September 17, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Foxwoods Located in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Foxwoods is a destination unto itself. But, it has more to offer than just gambling. While here, you can learn about the Pequot Tribe that runs the massive casino by exploring a nearby museum devoted to the Tribe's history. Then you can get your fill of all types of food at an affordable buffet, before returning to your room across the street from the noisy slot machines.

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Pequot Museum: Not far from Foxwoods, you'll find a tribally owned and operated museum featuring exhibits on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe's history and culture. Through a series of dioramas, text panels, computer programs, and films featured in the permanent display, you'll come to understand the evolution of the tribe. On top of this, the museum features native crafts and artwork in the galleries. Plus, walk through the life-sized Pequot Village and literally step back in time as you follow the tribe's movements from the Ice Age through the 19th century. Admission costs $15.

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Festival Buffet: No matter what type of food you're craving, the Festival Buffet in the Foxwoods Casino is sure to deliver something that will satisfy your needs. Here, you can dine on Asian, BBQ, Italian, seafood, and pastas all in one sitting. Plus, you can get fresh made-to-order risotto, steaks, and hot snow crab legs. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus rotate, so you can eat here almost every day without having the same thing twice. Prices for all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner start at $16.95, but the real bargain is breakfast for $10.50.

Stay
Two Trees Inn: With four hotels to choose from, Foxwoods offers options for any budget. You'll find affordable country-style comfort at the Two Trees Inn, where you can relax by the inviting fireplace in the lobby. Located close to Foxwoods, the hotel provides a 24-hour courtesy shuttle that makes it easy to get to the action of the casino.

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Enjoy Hartford's Affordable Cultural Side

Posted August 25, 2010 by Kate Hamman

6a00e5500ce6be88340115701b4ccb970b-800wi 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.

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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.

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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.

Drink
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. Come experience how a coffee shop should smell, while you sip on a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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(Photo: Laura Stone/iStockphoto)

Win Big on History and Affordability at Foxwoods Casino

Posted April 28, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Casino-RouletteWheel-DEF Located in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Foxwoods is one of the largest casino in the world a destination unto itself. But, it has more to offer than just gambling. While here, you can learn about the Pequot Tribe that runs the massive casino by exploring a nearby museum devoted to the Tribe's history. Then you can get your fill of all types of food at an affordable buffet, before returning to your room across the street from the noisy slot machines.

Play
Pequot Museum: Not far from Foxwoods, you'll find a tribally owned and operated museum featuring exhibits on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe's history and culture. Through a series of dioramas, text panels, computer programs, and films featured in the permanent display, you'll come to understand the evolution of the tribe. On top of this, the museum features native crafts and artwork in the galleries. Plus, walk through the life-sized Pequot Village and literally step back in time as you follow the tribe's movements from the Ice Age through the 18th century. Admission costs $15.

Eat
Festival Buffet: No matter what type of food you're craving, the Festival Buffet in the Foxwoods Casino is sure to deliver something that will satisfy your needs. Here, you can dine on Asian, BBQ, Italian, seafood, and pastas all in one sitting. Plus, you can get fresh made-to-order risotto, steaks, and hot snow crab legs. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus rotate, so you can eat here almost every day without having the same thing twice. Prices for all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner start at $16.95, but the real bargain is breakfast for $10.50.

Stay
Two Trees Inn: With four hotels to choose from, Foxwoods offers options for any budget. You'll find affordable country-style comfort at the Two Trees Inn, where you can relax by the inviting fireplace in the lobby. Located close to Foxwoods, the hotel provides a 24-hour courtesy shuttle that makes it easy to get to the action of the casino. Rooms start at $57 per night during the spring season.

To search for flights and compare prices to Hartford and Providence, the nearest major airports, please use our price-comparison tool. (Photo: Index Open)

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.

Play
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.

Eat
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.

Drink
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.

To search for flights and compare prices to Hartford, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Laura Stone/iStockphoto)


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