Farmington Valley, Connecticut

PLANNERS LOOKING for new incentive destinations in the United States should take a close look at Farmington Valley, a cluster of seven charming small towns just west of Hartford, Conn.

For special events, groups can rent the Hill-Stead house and sunken garden, built in 1901, in Farmington. It is now a museum with many original furnishings plus a collection of artworks by the likes of Monet, Manet, Whistler, Degas, and Cassatt.

The luxurious, 160-room Avon Old Farms Hote

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