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Avon Old Farms Hotel

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  • July 6, 2017

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Avon Old Farms Hotel


A mid-winter view of the entrance to the “Annex” building. Photos by Joan Mead-Matsui, travel writer and photographer

Travelers en route through Connecticut will find the Avon Old Farms Hotel only a 10 to 30-minute drive (traffic permitting) to bustling Hartford, CT businesses, shopping, and nightlife. The hotel epitomizes classic New England style and charm but for the itinerant traveler, Avon Old Farms Hotel is also an ideal base camp for sightseers. Convenient access to I-84 is a vital link to all New England states and attractions.

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Avon Old Farms Hotel lobby

Imagine a 160-unit hotel situated on 20 acres of beautifully manicured greenery in suburban Hartford. Although I was a guest in mid-winter, come spring, you’ll find annuals and perennials brimming in planter boxes.

Avon Old Farms Hotel began as a 24-unit motel in 1955 and is part of the Brighenti family’s Classic Hotels of Connecticut line of luxury lodging that also includes the Farmington Inn, The Simsbury 1820 House, and The Simsbury Inn.

Getting there is also a treat. You’ll travel along tree-lined streets that showcase some of the region’s finest architecture on your way to and from the Avon Old Farms Hotel.

Avon Old Farms Hotel epitomizes classic New England architecture and tree-lined streets.



Among its awards are “Best of the Best” by Yankee Magazine, a Mobil Three-Star Award and the AAA Three Diamond Award.

Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism described Avon Old Farms Hotel as one of the gems of the Farmington River Valley area. He also noted,

“It has old-country charm in a modern setting and is close to nature and outdoor activities, as well as downtown Hartford. It’s a prime location for exploring all central and western Connecticut have to offer.” 

(Above) The winding staircase leads to guest rooms in the “Annex.” Country furnishings, antiques, and both original art and prints line the hallways and reflect New England patriotism and the United State’s rich cultural and political histories.

Comfortable armchairs, couches, fresh flowers, plants and the presence of coffee table guides are reminders that you’re at home in Avon. The lobby area in the Annex building is set up to offer guests a place to read, text, and plan their sightseeing adventures.

A staircase leads guests on a pictorial tour of New England and American histories, with photographs depicting events of great historical significance. 

 Quiet Time for Reading and Relaxing


(Below) A reading or quiet room gives guests an opportunity to take a breather from activities. A variety of non-fiction or fiction books is housed in this cozy library. Sometimes, all you need is a little encouragement to take time for yourself.



At the end of a busy day, you’ll appreciate the complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, luxurious linens, feather beds and down comforters. Brew a cup of coffee or heat a pot of water to steep your favorite tea. All rooms have bottled water and a coffee maker.

Looking for PET-friendly accommodations?


If boarding your pampered pet isn’t an option for you, pets are welcome at Avon Old Farms Hotel. Contact the hotel’s reservations’ office to reserve your room and learn more about pet policies.



I was thrilled to find an on-site restaurant after a day of business-related travel. Seasons Restaurant is adjacent to The Tap Room, a popular eatery known throughout Connecticut. The Tap Room’s casual atmosphere was the perfect dining option and I can definitely recommend the “Three Blend Burger” with french fries if you’re in the mood for traditional American fare. You’ll find the atmosphere is “homestead” relaxed and casual.

You can find sample menus for Seasons and the Tap Room here.

Room Service

Go ahead! Indulge and order room service. Sometimes we all want to hang out in our pajamas and have a leisurely breakfast. That’s what I did and my meal was delivered piping hot as I watched my favorite morning show.

With almost 25 years of New England travel under my belt, Avon Old Farms Hotel was a reminder I’ve been away too long. The hotel is a delightful property with outstanding service.

Although my stay was comped, my opinions are genuine and heartfelt.

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West Hartford Flavor Fusion

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  • February 26, 2018
bartaco a friendly, hip dining experience
bartaco in West Hartford offers friendly service and its menu incorporates elements of diverse cuisines.


Fabulous Fusion


West Hartford, CT, a thriving suburban hub in one of my favorite New England cities, offers a variety of restaurant choices that range from Asian to a fusion of flavors and aromas from around the world. As is the case with many cities, finding the restaurants, cafes, and bars that are popular with the locals requires some research or a leap of faith.

I happened to be on my way home from an interview in Hartford at the Hartford Denim Company (Hardenco) (story to follow) and fantastic overnight accommodations provided by the Avon Old Farms Hotel when I decided to stop for lunch in West Hartford. I decided to park in a lot in the center of town but as I searched my pockets for loose change, I realized the meters are set up to accept debit and credit cards, so I asked a young woman who was on her way to work for a meter lesson.

“Excuse me,” I said. “Can you help me? I don’t know how to pay for parking. I’m also looking for a restaurant that has a light fare. Can you suggest something close by?”

“Follow me,” she replied after I programmed the meter with two hours of parking.

We walked around the building as she led me to a hip, bustling neighborhood eatery known as “bartaco.”

Thrilled to find a casual dining atmosphere, I knew I was in for a treat and I’d fall in love with bartaco. My server stopped at my table within a few minutes after I was seated to place my drink order.

“Have you eaten at Bartaco before?” iI nodded ‘No’ and then she asked. “But first, before I tell you about our menu, can I get you something to drink?”

“No alcohol for me. I’m driving back to Pennsylvania but I’d love a glass of water,” I told my server, a cheerful young woman.

As she walked away, I had a chance to glance around the room and take in bartaco’s white-washed interior- a perfect fit for downtown West Hartford and its upscale shops. Add to the mix the framed photography that denotes a nomadic, carefree lifestyle and a center bar with plenty of additional seating. bartaco reminded me of Friday afternoon. The decor is trendy and speaks of South America and is inspired by the beach cultures of Brazil, Uruguay, and Southern California.

How so, you might ask?

After a long week of work, Bartaco beckons you to relax, sip a cocktail, share the small plates of food, and catch up on conversations with your friends and family.

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Ordering made convenient at bartaco in West Hartford, CT

The menu selections are indeed light, lively, and laced with a variety of flavors that whisper “street food” and sophisticated food truck. Some of the tastes you’ll encounter in the “chopped salad” and the “spicy cucumber salad,” are citrus and mild spices. Order those on days when you want a different spin on vegetables. During my next trip, I’ll order the tuna tatako (lettuce taco).

bartaco flavor fusion
The bartaco cucumber salad unites tastes from various cuisines. Photo by Manny Vargas. 

bartaco’s kids’ menu is reasonably priced. Some of the choices available are guacamole + chips (not spicy) $6; quesadilla, $2; corn wheels $2; and beef, chicken, and fish tacos $2. A large tray of quesadilla, guac + chips, three tacos, corn wheels, cucumbers, and fruit skewers will feed three kids for $14.

Specialty cocktails, freshly-squeezed juices, (Aguas Frescas, pineapple chicha, ginger grapefruit and pomegranate limonada)  and beer out of a bottle are among the selections on the drink menu.

Click on this link to find addresses for bartaco locations in AL, CO, FL, GA, NY, NC, TN, CT, and VA.

Find my Avon Old Farms Hotel coverage here.

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