by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2011

Dish from Max DowntownEat here. Locals recommend Max Downtown with praise such as "always good food." Categories on the dinner menu include "simply prepared fish" and "chophouse favorites," plus more complicated delights, like this swordfish entrée with mussels and seasonal, locally grown vegetables. The mouth-watering category of items "for the table" includes a mozzarella tasting. Yum. 

Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain


Must go. A beloved site in town is the Mark Twain House and Museum, where Samuel Clemens (Twain's given name) and family lived from 1874 to 1891. Currently, the main guest room is being renovated after specialists analyzed the walls, ceilings and carpet fibers to determine the original colors. The museum showcases an exhibit on Twain's life and a brief documentary by Ken Burns.


Wads­worth Atheneum

Master strokes. The city's Wads­worth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States, founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth. Exhibits draw from a collection of about 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years -- native artists such as Eakins, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Rockwell and War­hol included.


Wine Glass


Sip Shape. Yes, there's food at Bin 228, but that's beside the point. More than 50 wines are available by the glass, and more by the bottle. Feeling flush? Try the $150 bottle of Sagrantino di Montefalco, Amaldo Caprai, a dessert wine.




Ode to Abe: Stroll along the Connecticut River and view the 16 works of art that make up the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront, commemorating Abraham Lincoln's life and legacy.