West Hartford is a classy area with sumptuous dining, lavish outlet shopping and a rich history in the heart of Connecticut. Founded in 1854 and originally part of Hartford up until the large capital was eventually split into West Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester.
W Hartford has plenty of shopping and dining. Blue Back Square is a mix of shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and even loft apartments. The Square also has drinking stations for dogs. Bishops Corner has a collection of dining and shopping such as Whole Foods, Target and Blue Plate Kitchen. Westfarms Mall has a few dozen outlets spanning from clothing, jewelry, electronics, home decor, entertainment and books. Corbin’s Corner (across from Westfarms Mall) has a assortment of stores and some food such as Shake Shack, Best Buy, Trader Joe’s, Old Navy and Red Robin.
For those of you which enjoy the active outdoor lifestyle, West Hartford has plenty to keep you agile. Elizabeth Park, West Hartford Reservoir each have plenty of wooded hiking, biking and dog trails, rose garden, lakes, streams, natural bodies of water and picnic areas. If you enjoy swinging from the Tee, there is the Rockledge Country Club, an 18-hole course spanning 6,436 yards featuring practice bunkers and greens and a full service restaurant.
In 2010, West Hartford was ranked by Kiplinger Personal Finance as “Best Cities for the Next Decade” stating “This once-sleepy suburb of Connecticut’s capital is not content to be merely an idyllic place to live and raise a family (it is, by the way). West Hartford made our list because it is transforming itself from a suburb into a destination — in this case, a regional destination for shopping and dining.” Also CNN Money rated West Hartford #55 out of 100 in their “Best Places to Live” and state “There is a strong emphasis on education. Local schools get high marks, and many scholars, professors, and faculty who work in the universities in the vicinity call West Hartford home.”
The official Town of West Hartford web site claims that “The Town of West Hartford prides itself on its overall attractiveness, customer service, citizen involvement, public safety and education, all characteristics that make our town a desirable place to live. West Hartford has become a destination place for new businesses and new families because it is a full-service community in every sense, from its quality municipal services to its top-rated schools. The Town encompasses a full range of quality housing from starter homes to luxury estates. West Hartford boasts a strong retail and service business sector.”