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The town that Mark Twain once described as "the best built and handsomest… I have ever seen" is today hardly recognizable as such. Rather, the modern capital of Connecticut, Hartford, is best known as the insurance center of the United States. Though the city has fallen on rather hard times, the old architecture scattered around town continues to tell many a history. Hartford's pride and joy is the Greek Revival Wadsworth Atheneum, at 600 Main St (Wed– Fri 11am–5pm, Sat & Sun 10am–5pm; $10; Tel:860/278-2670, Web: www.wadsworthatheneum.org ), founded by Daniel …
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Firebox Restaurant

Firebox Restaurant, located in the historic Billings Forge, one block from the State Capitol, serves seasonal contemporary American cuisine, in a casually elegant setting. Guests enjoy the white-washed brick, warm fireplace and handmade Amish farm tables of our back dining rooms. The impressive front bar area with it's exposed brick, wood beams and vaulted ceilings, houses a lively bar scene focusing on innovative cocktails and an impressive wine selection.