All50 Questionnaire - Connecticut

October 10, 2018

What did we like (and dislike) about Connecticut? Read the answers to our All50 Questionnaire to discover what surprised us, what went exactly as planned and other details that might be useful as you plan your own trip (like how much we paid for parking and where we wished we would have spent more time). We answer the same set of questions for each state independently so you'll get two unique perspectives.



When did you visit?


May 27th-28th, 2018


How long was your time in the state?


About a day 


Why did you visit?


100th Month Anniversary


Describe Rhode Island in five words.


Andrea: Trees, spread out, literary, quaint, drab


Brandon: Literary, novel (pun intended), familial, historical, fairytale


What surprised you about Connecticut?


Andrea: How low key and spread out it was; there didn't seem to be much going on


Brandon: That the officials back in the day were going to tear down Mark Twain's house


What was exactly what you expected?


Andrea: The trees 


Brandon: Mark Twain's study


How was the driving, roads, parking, etc.? 


Andrea: Nothing too memorable; it was easy and cheap to get around. 


Brandon: Average


One a scale of one to five (five being the safest), how safe did you feel throughout your stay? 


Andrea: 4 - I didn't love the situation at our Airbnb (pocket door with no lock). 


Brandon: 4


What was your favorite attraction?


Andrea: Mark Twain's House


Brandon: Gillette Castle



What was your favorite meal?


Andrea: Burger benedict at The Place 2 Be


Brandon: Lobster mac and cheese at the U.S.S. Chowder Pot



Where would you have liked to spend more time?


Andrea: Hartford


Brandon: Hartford


What would you do if you could go back that you didn’t do this time?


Andrea: Beecher Stowe House and Mystic Seaport


Brandon: Other Mark Twain stuff


What was an interesting thing you learned?


Andrea: About Yantic Falls (legend has it that a group of Narragansett Indians leapt over the falls instead of surrendering to another tribe that was pursuing them). Check out that mirror-like edge with the steep drop off!


Brandon: That finding family gravestones is harder than you think


What would you like to learn more about?


Andrea: The early 1900's (when Mark Twain lived there)


Brandon: The Yantic Falls/Indian Leap incident


What kind of wildlife did you see?


Andrea: Nothing that I remember 


Brandon: I don't remember seeing much of any


What kind of nature did you see?


Andrea: Trees, waterfall, the Connecticut River, flowering shrubs


Brandon: Trees, the Connecticut River



What did you like least about the state?


Andrea: It was pretty dreary when we were there due to the rain


Brandon: There wasn't anything that I didn't like



Describe a funny memory from your trip.


Andrea: The Airbnb host and his interest in bitcoin


Brandon: Nothing comes to mind


Did you fly or drive?


We flew to the New England area and drove from Rhode Island to Connecticut 


What souvenirs did you bring home?


Andrea: Books by and about Mark Twain, a deck of cards with authors' faces


Brandon: Rocks from Yantic Falls


One a scale of one to five (five being the most eager) how eager are you to return and why?


Andrea: 1 - the weather didn't help, but our time there felt kind of dreary and there didn't seem to be a ton to do


Brandon: 5 - there's a lot of history there that I want to learn more about



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October 10, 2018

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