J.McLaughlin Local Guides: West Hartford
Take a stroll around the welcoming and unhurried town of West Hartford. You'll find this nook in Connecticut steeped in historic charm. Between its cultural institutions and gorgeous parks, West Hartford will captivate you with its effortless vibe. Surrounded by local boutiques, J.McLaughlin is located right on 981 Farmington Avenue under the green awning. Slip on your favorite shoes for a walk in town — we'll guide you to the most beloved spots in West Hartford, Connecticut.
The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is one of West Hartford's gems, encompassing over 100 acres of formal gardens. The beautiful Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden is the United States' first municipal rose garden as well as its third largest garden now. Today, it features over 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties of roses — you'll find arches in full bloom from mid-June to early July. In the conservancy, you'll also find beautiful ponds, bridges, and greenhouses as you stroll the premises.
Another lovely outdoor destination in West Hartford is Bushnell Park. Much like the rose garden, Bushnell Park has a longstanding legacy as the oldest publicly funded park in the United States. You'll find rare trees such as the Japanese pagoda and gingko trees. Sit down for a picnic or take a walk around to enjoy the foliage. Little ones will appreciate the playground and carousel as well!
Up for a game at the course? For some quality tee time, head on over to the Gillette Ridge Golf Course, which was created by the renowned golfer Arnold Palmer. In addition to the relaxing golf experience, take in beautiful views of trees, streams, and lakes.
The Hartford area is connected to vibrant cultural institutions in New England. It's a hot spot for home museums, such as those belonging to Noah Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain. West Hartford also isn't far from campus life, only a short drive away from Wesleyan and the University of Hartford.
For a bite to eat, check out local favorites right near J.McLaughlin. If your sweet tooth is desiring a snack, pick up delicious handmade chocolates from Bridgewater Chocolate or grab a dozen from Donut Crazy. For a savory meal, enjoy a tasty Neapolitan pizza with beer from Savoy Pizzeria + Craft Bar.