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A lot indeed, but think about how big a state like Wyoming is alone, or along with its surrounding states. The entire New England area they're traveling probably fits one state... We live in a much faster pace life around these parts than folks that have hung out in those parts.

@DCPoke - Enjoy the ride and sights with your buddies. Safe travels. Lots of nut jobs riding on these roads lately.
Not disputing that you can see it. But you won’t have any experience. A good Maine lobster roll experience is a few hours... have a few drinks, watch the boats come in and unload, enjoy the roll (not as good as CT style), have a whoopie pie.
 
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Fine, stay in Hartford and see what a dying New England city looks like.
I didn’t post about sight seeing, he didn’t ask.
Parkville Market in Hartford is better than anything West Hartford has to offer. In fact, I had a "good lobster roll experience" there last night. A proper Connecticut lobster roll.
 
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West Hartford Center is 20 minutes to the stadium tops and offers a plethora of eating, drinking and entertainment options for the night before or after the game, all in walking distance. Saying it is a bad idea is like telling someone going to NYC that they shouldn’t stay near Times Square because they are going to a Yankee game one day.

Once the game is over and they head out to other parts of New England they can do other things. Hartford has options too, but West Hartford won’t disappoint most adults. It is nice, safe and offers lots of options. Acting like West Hartford is far away from the the Rent is just silly.
And if you like fake New England charm it is the place to be. You want something close that has real restaurants head 20 minutes south to Main Street Middletown. Interesting vibe, good food Wesleyan is interesting to see. A few Local brews. Celtic Tavern is very good. ElPulpo has good Spanish/Mediterranean fare. Fiore is good for Italian
 

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keeping with the travelogue musings here, some neighborhood buds (20s) recently returned from their spring road trip (they put up aboot 7,000 miles last fall, first heading down south to check out the caves, then heading up north to the badlands. a new truck can do that to ya). this time, spokan was the halfway point, aboot 9,000 miles in all. they were mesmerized by their potato experience. heading into Idaho (aboot 14 times the size of Connecticut), they hit that stretch of road running two, tree hundreds of miles with nothing but spud fields as far as the eye can see, and learned that, universally, everyone was quite happy aboot their role in growing them, ie 'i grow food to feed the world!,' 'i fix the machines that grow the food to feed the world!,' 'i serve lunch to the folks who grow the food to feed the world!,' and so on, and so on, and over and over again.
shiny, happy people, and quite the opposite of the crankfest seemingly in the air around our coastal northeast big cities lately.
wyoming is way cool, too. i bought a sweet pair of boots in laramie a few years back. now, what you don't hear much of out that way, is 24/7 nonstop talk aboot restaurants, che che beer, or coffee beans blessed by the dalai lama. refreshing, as well as good advice when giving local travel tips, cuz them folks put up a drive of an hour or two much like our 10-20 minute trip to the super.
and oh, the stocked beer for the road trip crew was pbr. widely available.


(and yes, they're right aboot 'feeding the world.' something like 13,500,000,000 pounds per year)
i would highly rec our wyo pals to buzz down to nl/mystic/stonington harbors, or over to newport harbor, or up to bahston harbor, since there ain't much of that out their way. the most complex machine ever made is a daily job for groton folks, and iffn you listen to thems who do it, they're amped aboot that. clydes mill over there is pretty cool, too.
 
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and now, todays potato market report;
National Potato and Onion Report (usda.gov)
prices moving up. buck fiddy a pound for the big bakers in the super. the world luvs them, and like almost everything else, we got lots.
and thanks, yankee homeboy luther burbank ('His heart was fathomlessly deep, long acquainted with humility, patience, sacrifice. His little home amid the roses was austerely simple; he knew the worthlessness of luxury, the joy of few possessions. The modesty with which he wore his scientific fame repeatedly reminded me of the trees that bend low with the burden of ripening fruits; it is the barren tree that lifts its head high in an empty boast.'), for inventing the russet up there in Massachusetts, and a pantload of other produce that we luv.
'This large, brown-skinned, white-fleshed potato has become the world's predominant potato in food processing.' wiki.
paris? what they got, besides folks who don't shower much? been there, done that, smell u later. see the USA!
 
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And if you like fake New England charm it is the place to be. You want something close that has real restaurants head 20 minutes south to Main Street Middletown. Interesting vibe, good food Wesleyan is interesting to see. A few Local brews. Celtic Tavern is very good. ElPulpo has good Spanish/Mediterranean fare. Fiore is good for Italian
And I forgot Eli Canon’s. Must be losing it. If there is a beer brewed they probably have it on tap. Great wings and it is beyond funky. Ask to sit out back if the weather is good. You won’t miss it but if you do just ask anyone for Eli’s. And it should be then. Plus you can go across the street and grab an Irish Car Bomb at NORA cupcakes for dessert.
 
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And if you like fake New England charm it is the place to be. You want something close that has real restaurants head 20 minutes south to Main Street Middletown. Interesting vibe, good food Wesleyan is interesting to see. A few Local brews. Celtic Tavern is very good. ElPulpo has good Spanish/Mediterranean fare. Fiore is good for Italian

And I forgot Eli Canon’s. Must be losing it. If there is a beer brewed they probably have it on tap. Great wings and it is beyond funky. Ask to sit out back if the weather is good. You won’t miss it but if you do just ask anyone for Eli’s. And it should be then. Plus you can go across the street and grab an Irish Car Bomb at NORA cupcakes for dessert.
That’s all fine, but if you want a nice hotel, good food, great pizza slices, bars, stores, bagels, coffee, movie theatre, all walkable and a piece of cake ride to the game, just stay in West Hartford. They can go to the coast, the Northwest Hills, the casinos etc. when the game is over and they leave the area. You can call WeHa fake New England if you want, but prosperity doesn’t mean fake. It usually means comfortable.

I sure hope I don’t go to a Wyoming football board someday and ask for travel adivice. If those guys are like some of you, they’ll send me to a Motel 6 fifty miles outside Cheyenne because that’s where real cowboys stay.
 
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Actually the Inn at Middletown is quite nice. If you like golf (or Apples) Lyman Meadows is nearby too. Just sayin’. And maybe 25 minutes from the stadium...
 
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Parkville Market in Hartford is better than anything West Hartford has to offer. In fact, I had a "good lobster roll experience" there last night. A proper Connecticut lobster roll.
Accommodations: If you're looking to walk for meals/entertainment, then Delamar in WH is very nice, and within walking distance of everything you'd need. If you're driving everywhere and just looking for cheapish accommodations there are plenty of places to pick from in East Hartford, Glastonbury, Windsor, Windsor Locks that are convenient. Where you stay really depends on how you're travelling, and what you'd like to do while here.

my suggestions were clearly qualified based on how they expect to travel, and if they want to walk to everything.
Parkville market is awesome. I’m glad they’re expanding. In and of itself it’s not a reason to stay in Hartford. You suggested they stay in downtown Hartford. Parkville ain’t downtown. Neither is Dillon. Downtown is virtually dead on a Saturday night.

@DCPoke
If you really want the feel of New England, it’s right here in this thread. A bunch of people making assumptions about you and your trip, telling other people their suggestions are crap, while not knowing anything about you, what you want to see, what interests you, and what you want to get out of the visit.

Welcome to the elitist, land of the know-it-alls. Where the state motto is “I’m right, everyone who disagrees is an idiot.”

Enjoy your stay.
 

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my suggestions were clearly qualified based on how they expect to travel, and if they want to walk to everything.
Parkville market is awesome. I’m glad they’re expanding. In and of itself it’s not a reason to stay in Hartford. You suggested they stay in downtown Hartford. Parkville ain’t downtown. Neither is Dillon. Downtown is virtually dead on a Saturday night.

@DCPoke
If you really want the feel of New England, it’s right here in this thread. A bunch of people making assumptions about you and your trip, telling other people their suggestions are crap, while not knowing anything about you, what you want to see, what interests you, and what you want to get out of the visit.

Welcome to the elitist, land of the know-it-alls. Where the state motto is “I’m right, everyone who disagrees is an idiot.”

Enjoy your stay.
Not in my backyard you don’t.
 
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You suggested they stay in downtown Hartford. Parkville ain’t downtown. Neither is Dillon. Downtown is virtually dead on a Saturday night.
If you are going to fact-check someone, do it honestly please. I also mentioned that the downtown music venues will be open again. In fact, Robert Cray and Justin Hayward are both playing downtown that weekend.
 
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If you are going to fact-check someone, do it honestly please. I also mentioned that the downtown music venues will be open again. In fact, Robert Cray and Justin Hayward are both playing downtown that weekend.
Again, he asked about accommodations, dining, and tailgating.

And you suggest he stay downtown so they can go to a a soccer game or music concerts, then (since we are fact-checking "honestly") in a reply to me and not the OP, you suggest Parkville Market for dining.

The tailgating advice you offered was top-notch as well, this part was my favorite: "To specifically address the tailgating: You can drive yourself in and set-up at your car." I personally hate it when I get to a new venue and there's nobody there to drive me in and set up at their car.
 
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What are the targeted interests of @DCPoke and friends? Your responses may prompt additional helpful responses. On the way to/fro CT, you may want to visit New Haven for the nation's best apizza.

Down the road, I hope a return game in Laramie is scheduled to further encourage visiting Wyoming. One of 4 states remaining to visit.
I hope the two school's ADs would work something out, but given the circumstances of how this game came together I'm not too hopeful. Also, because games are scheduled years in advance, who knows when they'll be room on either school's scheduled
 
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That’s all fine, but if you want a nice hotel, good food, great pizza slices, bars, stores, bagels, coffee, movie theatre, all walkable and a piece of cake ride to the game, just stay in West Hartford. They can go to the coast, the Northwest Hills, the casinos etc. when the game is over and they leave the area. You can call WeHa fake New England if you want, but prosperity doesn’t mean fake. It usually means comfortable.

I sure hope I don’t go to a Wyoming football board someday and ask for travel adivice. If those guys are like some of you, they’ll send me to a Motel 6 fifty miles outside Cheyenne because that’s where real cowboys stay.
Motel 6? Real cowboys roll out the bed roll and sleep on the ground.
 
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That's a long ride! Too bad it's a 1pm start.
If @DCPoke and company are Wyoming natives, not such a long ride and enables an easier southern return than 95. Could be worse, driving on to Buffalo, Wyoming's a legit long ride. I jest, but Bills' tickets won't come cheap.
 
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If @DCPoke and company are Wyoming natives, not such a long ride and enables an easier southern return than 95. Could be worse, driving on to Buffalo, Wyoming's a legit long ride. I jest, but Bills' tickets won't come cheap.
A lot of in-state Wyoming fans make a similar drive to get to Laramie for home games. An old joke: What is a 75-mile drive in Wyoming? A trip to 7-11for Slushies.
 
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But the 1pm Buf start means you have to start driving after the game or 5 in the morning was what I'm sayin. Both suboptimal choice, imo.
 
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Damn, my friends decided that going to Iceland was better than going to the game. Geysers, and Vikings. Pfft. So I'm still coming to the Nutmeg state. I'll join a couple of hundred or more Wyoming fans. We travel pretty well for as small the state's population is (580,000). There's also a fairly sizeable ex pat number like myself spread all over the country.
 

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Damn, my friends decided that going to Iceland was better than going to the game. Geysers, and Vikings. Pfft. So I'm still coming to the Nutmeg state. I'll join a couple of hundred or more Wyoming fans. We travel pretty well for as small the state's population is (580,000). There's also a fairly sizeable ex pat number like myself spread all over the country.
Bummer.
 

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Again, he asked about accommodations, dining, and tailgating.

And you suggest he stay downtown so they can go to a a soccer game or music concerts, then (since we are fact-checking "honestly") in a reply to me and not the OP, you suggest Parkville Market for dining.

The tailgating advice you offered was top-notch as well, this part was my favorite: "To specifically address the tailgating: You can drive yourself in and set-up at your car." I personally hate it when I get to a new venue and there's nobody there to drive me in and set up at their car.

You do realize at some stadiums you have to park remotely and take a bus or other mass transportation to the stadium or walk well over a mile.
So, a comment saying you can drive yourself up to the stadium and set up tailgating on site is a valid check in the box for the Rent.
UConn actually has some of the best parking accomodations for college football in terms of personal vehicle access near the stadium for any fan and not just those stroking a big check for the privilege of parking near the stadium.
 
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If you like music I just went on my Bandsintown app and noticed there are a lot of shows around that time and some around Hartford in New Haven
 
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That is A LOT to try to pack into a week, and I don't really think you'll get any sense for any of those places. I'd just pick 1 and commit...cant really go wrong with any IMO.
You're correct, however, the big reason for making the swing through those states is to add five more states to my "Been to List". By adding those states I'll only have Oregon and Alaska remaining.
 
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