Forum Travel Lodging
Following is general information for Ferret Shelter Forum 2016 attendees about travel to and suggested lodging options in the Hartford area.
Hartford Area Travel
At the junction of Interstates 91 & 84, Hartford is easily reached by car or bus. Hartford is also served by Amtrack via the New Haven line from the south or Springfield, MA from the north.
Bradley International Airport is 10 miles outside the city. All major rental car companies are represented. The city is also accessible via taxi. You can also reach downtown Hartford via the Bradley Flier, then connect with a local bus to the hotel area.
Public transportation is easily available within the city; however, public transportation outside city limits can be time-consuming.
Forum Lodging Alternatives
There are many hotels and motels throughout the Hartford area. In order to facilitate carpooling and to accommodate those who may need to bring animals, these hotels approximately 6 miles south of the Lyceum are good, reasonably priced options. All are in a short walking-drive distance of many restaurants and retailers/grocers. We will compile a list of those willing to share rooms.
- Super 8 Motel, Rocky Hill, CT. Rates start at $60 per night. $10/night pet fee; free wifi, free continental breakfast. Special Forum rate for 2 adults: $62.99+tax. Rooms can accommodate up to 5 people (extra fee applies). Call hotel direct at 860.372.4636 for this rate. TripAdviser rating ****+
- Motel 6, Wethersfield, CT. Rates start at $56/night. Pets stay for free; no free wifi. TripAdviser rating ***
- HoJo Express, Rocky Hill, CT. Rates start at $64/night. Refrigerator/microwave rooms available. $15/night pet fee; free wifi; free continental breakfast. TripAdviser rating ****+
- Comfort Inn, Wethersfield, CT. Rates start at $95/night. Free hot breakfast; free wifi. $20/night pet fee. TripAdviser rating ***
- Hampton Inn, Rocky Hill, CT. Rates start at $110/night. Refrigerator/microwave rooms available. No pets allowed; free wifi; free breakfast. TripAdviser rating: ****
Visiting the Hartford Area
Centrally located 1.5 hours from Boston and 2 hours from New York City, Hartford can be the start or end of your visit to New England. Within Connecticut, Yale University in New Haven (1/2 hr. drive) features museums and a vibrant center city. On the coast, Mystic (1 hr. drive) offers an aquarium and the Seaport, a historic recreation of an 18th century whaling village.
Within Hartford, the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses provide insight into the lives of these American authors. Tour the Gothic style State Capitol Building or the historic Old State House Museum. The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest continually-operating art museum in the US. Hartford is home to world-class theater and music, a brand new minor league baseball stadium, a riverfront park & plaza, and new downtown entertainment district. A free shuttle tours downtown area.
Springfield, Massachusetts, is about 20 miles north of Hartford and is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame.