On The Road to Hartford, CT

So many states, so little time! We decided to make Hartford Connecticut a day stop, spending a few hours exploring the house that Mark Twain called home from 1874 to 1891.

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain completed 7 books while living in the Hartford home, including  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876),  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).

Sam Clemens, his wife Olivia (Livy) and their three children Susy, Clara and Jean lived in the home. 

Their first child, son Langford, died at age two, before the house was built.

There are authentic Clemens items in every room in the house!

The Clemens believed it was healthier to sleep sitting up! Notice the position of the pillows on the bed in the master bedroom! The pillows are also placed at the foot of the bed, as they enjoyed looking at the ornate headboard they purchased in Venice!

The Clemens loved to entertain - 12 to 14 guests 3 times a week! 

Clemens was among the first to have a telephone wired into their home!

The Mark Twain House & Museum has so much more we couldn't see, including a special exhibit "In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens," which runs through January 24th, 2017.

As you might imagine, I really wanted to spend more time at the Mark Twain House & Museum! A huge THANK YOU to the gracious staff, for allowing me to take photos after our tour. Your facility is beyond amazing!

As we continued east, we arrived at our next destination, Yarmouth Port Cape Cod just in time for dinner! We are staying at The Inn at Cape Cod, a historic B & B built in 1820! It is every bit as charming as I anticipated!

We didn't have to go far for a most incredible dinner! The Old Yarmouth Inn, claiming to be the oldest in Cape Cod, established in 1696, was right next store! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our dinner was as impressive, if not more so than the history!

Sara and I shared a 2lb lobster, stuffed with shrimp & scallops! Is your mouth watering yet?!

More fun in Cape Cod tomorrow!