Not So Lazy, Local Sunday

   Let me start by introducing myself; I’m Mark Fratini and I have a blog, Hiking for Donuts, about travel, hiking, and food. I’ve been traveling most of the summer so I was excited to spend some time in my home state. There were a few things that I had been looking forward to doing and some that I came across by surprise. The Hartford area has lots of trendy new places popping up so it was easy to plan my day.

   If you’re like me, you want to start your day with donuts. The first stop was Porron & Pina located in downtown Hartford. This is a restaurant by night. Breakfast and donut shop in the morning. Located in the Goodwin Hotel, it is just a cool space to see and go inside to check out the layout and décor. Great spot to sip your coffee and relax before starting your day. The morning is a great time to walk through downtown Hartford. There have been lots of changes recently and new businesses opening.

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   Next up is Sunday brunch. Lately, my go to spot to bring friends is The Place 2 Be. The menu is fantastic with breakfast and lunch options. The menu includes mouthwatering dishes like the breakfast quesadilla, several specialty eggs Benedict dishes, and mac & cheese on a burger, just to name a few. Bottomless boozy brunch cocktails are also available. The most famous menu items are the Instagram worthy, fancy milkshakes. This is foodie heaven.

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   Brunch filled us up and we were in need of some physical activity. Normally, I would be going for a hike, but the forecast was calling for rain so we needed an indoor activity. Luckily, I came across Pine and Iron Axe Throwing located in the Parkville section of Hartford. I would assume not many CT folks know about this place. There are a few axe throwing ranges throughout the state now and they are definitely worth checking out. There are instructors that teach you how to throw and will give you pointers as you progress. This was really fun and was like playing darts, but with axes. Plus, there is a Sunday discount price.

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   After throwing some axes around, we were a little parched. For fellow beer enthusiasts in the state, Hartford is a great spot for a little brewery hopping. As luck would have it, Hog River Brewing Company is right next door to the axe throwing range. They share the same building. This is a pretty big space with cool décor and a sweet beer mug wall. Hog River offers many different beers as well as featuring non-beer options such as craft cider or wine. There was a delicious blueberry cider on tap by the New England Cider Company (also in CT).

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   Just down the road in West Hartford, you will find New Park Brewing. This is another cool space with an outside seating area and a food truck option. On this day, the world famous Whey Station was there and we grabbed bacon and cheese tater tots to keep us going.

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The last brewery on the tour was Hanging Hills Brewing Company. They offer a vast array of beer options and offer live music and comedian events. This is another great brewery in CT. All the breweries are fun and different. No wonder why there are so many!

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   After all the beer, we started getting a bit hungry. We found ourselves a hidden gem located in the Brainard Airport named The Flying Monkey Bar and Grill.  The menu is full of great options. The appetizers were delicious. The philly cheese steak eggrolls are a must. Also, you get a great view of the runway to see a plane landing.

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   I hope this helps giving ideas to plan the perfect Sunday Funday in Connecticut. There are a lot of fun things to do out there and lots to eat and drink. You never know what you will find and enjoy. For more fun CT ideas, follow my adventures on my instagram page @hikingfordonuts. Your new favorite spot is waiting for you!

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