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Get outta LA and celebrate a Mark Twain centennial at his historic home in Hartford, CT

Visit Mark Twain's historic Hartford home during 2010, the 100-year anniversary of his death.
Visit Mark Twain's historic Hartford home during 2010, the 100-year anniversary of his death.

Literature fan looking for a fun trip out of LA for a few days?

Why not head East in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the death of author, Mark Twain, (aka. Samuel Clemens) with a trip to his historic home in Hartford, Connecticut.

Called “the father of American literature” by famed author William Faulkner, Twain is still alive in spirit through his body of work, especially in the custom-built house where he lived and wrote many of his major works from 1874 to 1891.

The custom-built, 19-room Victorian mansion was crafted to Twain's specifications by famed New York City architect Edward Tuckerman Potter. With interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany & Co. and Associated Artists, the house welcomed the birth of his three daughters, as well as numerous famous works including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Prince and the Pauper," and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

Twain hosted numerous famous politicians, inventors, artists, writers, and activists here, as well, including Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Also, for those who like a little added mystery, the Mark Twain House was recently featured in a Dec. 2009 episode of the TV show, “Ghost Hunters,” where the hosts experienced hauntingly unexplainable events (often experienced by the mansion’s caretakers) during their overnight investigation of the home.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, the Mark Twain House draws thousands of visitors annually and is a major national tourist attraction. The Mark Twain House Foundation, in celebration of the writer’s legacy, will hold numerous events and celebrations all year in his honor, including a special exhibit dedicated to Twain’s life and works.

Travelocity has fantastic last-minute, budget-friendly flight/hotel packages from Los Angeles (and other cities) to Hartford, the city of which Twain declared, “Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see, Hartford is the chief.”

Kayak  also has a number of cheap flight/hotel options, and Expedia offers package deals, too, starting as low as $375. Price and availability varies depending on length of trip and advanced purchase of tickets, so check each travel site for more information and details.

So get outta LA this year for a few days of a fun, budget-friendly, and inspiring trip to Mark Twain’s house and celebrate this historic centennial of the great writer’s death and legacy.



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