@GotoCTNow Best of Hartford Party @TwainHouse

aerial party view

Aeriel view of the crowd at the Mark Twain House

One of the most charming and unique aspects of Hartford – at least for a self professed literary nerd like myself – is the Mark Twain House and Museum on Farmington Ave.  Not only is there Samuel Clemens’ family home – restored with period detail and available for touring – but there is a great reception/museum space that is a terrific venue for a party.  So I was happy to hear that we were hosting our annual Best of Hartford party – to celebrate the winner of our readers’ poll – at this location on April 30th.

Mike and mark twain

Plus there were some fantastic opportunities for cheesy photo opps with the man himself, Mr. Twain

In addition to food and bevvies provided by Emily’s Catering, there were some great local libations courtesy of our friends at:

city steam

City Steam – congrats on winning Best Local Beer and also, sweet bottle!  The private reserve was delicious.

krust crewkrust best new bar

Krust – who won Best New Bar!  The “southern yellow” bourbon cocktail was so good and just right for spring.

ripe crewtanduay and ripe

Tanduay and Ripe is always a winning combo, and I’m obsessed with the passion fruit daiquiri – thanks for pouring JD!

Thanks also to HDI for donating Bud Light and microbrews, as well as the Willimantic Brewing Company for pouring.  And of course – a big thank you as always to NoRa Cupcakes for killing it with an awesome assortment of mini-cupcakes, as usual

Nora cupcakes

And also winning Best Cupcake for the second year in a row – woot!  And the dulce de leche cupcake – I can’t even talk about it right now

One of my favorite local bands was playing too – Little Ugly.  They will be in Elizabeth Park tomorrow for a free outdoor concert if anyone wants to stop by

little ugly

Congrats on winning Best Local Band again – well deserved

A full photo gallery of the attendees and the winners is up on ctnow.com at the following link.

Here’s a nice shot from the gallery of my husband and I with my boss’ wife, Suzi Tremaine (pictured left), and Camille Stinton of the Hartford Courant.


Photo courtesy of Suzie Hunter for CtNow

Best of Hartford season isn’t quite over yet – there is the Hartford Magazine party approaching on June 20th at the Hartford Public Library.  Tickets will be on sale for that event, and I recommend you check it out as the Magazine does an amazing job with their parties, always!  xoxo have a great weekend everyone


3 thoughts on “@GotoCTNow Best of Hartford Party @TwainHouse

  1. I can’t wait for the Hartford Magazine party!!! Especially after seeing ALL my favorites in these pics. JD from Ripe, Ryan of Nora, the guys of Krust – awesome! And of course you and Mike, who is in TWO pictures, holy crap! I can’t get over how stunning you look.

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