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Tell me a little about Mystic, Connecticutt, please.

Tell me a little about Mystic, Connecticutt, please.

Old Aug 26th, 2008, 06:36 PM
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Tell me a little about Mystic, Connecticutt, please.

Someone here mentioned the Mystic Inn recently so I clicked on the website and it looks lovely. Now I've got a yen to visit Mystic, Connecticutt. I'm thinking about a long weekend next spring or summer.

Is it a pretty town? Lots to do, or at least enough to fill up a weekend? Charm? Is there a time of year that's better than any other? I see from their website that there's a Lobster Festival and then later a music festival.

Also, it would be too far for us to drive for just a weekend so what would be the closest major airport?

How far is it from NYC? Would it be logical to tie this to 3 or 4 days in NY and make a week of it?

Mystic. What a beautiful name! I've got a crush on it!
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Old Aug 26th, 2008, 06:42 PM
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We spent the weekend at Inn at Mystic and stayed in The Gate House:

http://www.innatmystic.com/inn/publish/gatehouse.shtml

These are the accomodation that Bogey and Bacall stayed in during their honeymoon.

The Seaport and Aquarium, pizza and gambling are the main "attractions" though it is lovely just to be on the water and enjoy.

Flood Tide restaurant at the Inn had excellent breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 08:04 AM
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If you need to take a plane I think time would best be spent to fly to Providence RI with a long weekend in Newport -- Mystic could be visited for a day trip. Mystic is a pretty little town but Newport has much much more to offer.
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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:15 AM
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Mystic is a cute little town with a qute extensive seaport museum including several sailing ships. There is also a modet aquarium.

Agree that a day there is enough unless you're going primarily for kids.

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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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About how long are the drives between Providence (and should we spend time there?), Newport and Mystic?
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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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It would probably take you about 2 1/2 hours to get to mystic from NYC if you wanted to do the trip that way. I agree that newport is a must see for several days if you are so inclined. Mystic is nice- but i think 2 days would serve you well there. IMO the best restaurant in Mystic is Bravo Bravo.
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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:31 AM
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Connecticut - remove the last "t".
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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:34 AM
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Thank you all very much (and for the spelling tip, too). Connecticut.

I think this will be a nice little trip to plan for next spring. Yay!
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Old Aug 27th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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It's about 45 minutes to an hour from Providence to Mystic. About the same to Newport, and about an hour between Newport and Mystic.

Providence has some attractions -- restaurants, a couple of interesting neighborhoods, Brown University, municipal activities on the river -- but the real draw for tourists is Newport. (Actually, the *real* real draw is family vacations on the beaches, but that's not what you're looking for.)

Mystic is a good destination for a day, as said. Maybe more if you are very interested in ships and the sea. The Seaport is the best maritime museum in the country. If you like gambling or glitz and entertainment, the casinos are about twenty minutes away. If you like beaches, there are some good ones on the RI shore about fifteen minutes away.
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Old Aug 28th, 2008, 01:32 PM
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My wife & I went there on our honeymoon...32 years ago this Labor Day, and enjoyed it. Enough to do to stay busy...and still can crash N' burn. You can hit the casino, take a boat ride and enjoy the local seafood. Make sure you eat at Custy's!
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Old Aug 28th, 2008, 01:47 PM
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We recently spent three nights in Newport and made a daytrip to Mystic. We were pretty disappointed in Mystic-we stayed about two hours-didn't even stay for lunch. We liked Newport much better-to each his own.
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Old Aug 28th, 2008, 04:03 PM
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We've ysed Mystic and Newport as stopover points on our back from Cape Cod. Agree that there's more to see in Newport - the mansions are HUGE and the Cliff Walk is very nice.

My kids and sister LOVE Mystic Pizza. I don't think it's that great, but maybe you can decide for yourself and let us know what you think!

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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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The Amtrak train I was on to Boston made a stop in Mystic, CT. I wanted to get off the train and explore! What a beautiful area.
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 08:08 AM
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In addition to all the above, Mystic is not actually a "town", it is a village, half of which is in the town of Stonington and half is in the town of Groton. The draw bridge in the center marks the town line. If you decide to go there, do drive over to Stonington Burough and drive to the end of water street. The view of Fisher's Island sound is very nice and there is a neat small museum in the lighthouse there. Check out the 17 th and 18 th century homes in the village.

There also are sail boat that take people on cruises of the area. The seaport has a steam boat that does a short trip up and down the river, sometimes with a small jazz band.

If you come by train, I would suggest that you get off in New London and rent a car so that you can explore the area. Amtrack does stop in Mystic but the service is very limited and using cabs to get around would get expensive.

There is a museum at the submarine base which features the Nautalis, first sub to go under the pole.

In the past, the Aquarium, which is excellent, and the Seaport have had combination tickets which save a little money.

If you like to hike, there is a trail at the "Peace Sanctuary" on the Groton side of the river, park on River Road, between Mystic and Old Mystic. There is also good hiking in Bluff Point State Park in Groton, follow the signs from route 1.
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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This is great information. I'm thinking about a long weekend trip there next October.

Any input on wineries in the area? I saw some listed on the Mystic website. Also, any suggestion of day spas?
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Mystic was one of the places we chose for a third weekend in Sept friends getaway weekend a few years ago. I had previously visited with my husband and at that time explored the aquarium and the Seaport. Fortunately our visit coincided with a wild mushroom festival at a tiny nature museum a short distance away. We enjoyed this a lot. I don't know if they have continued this because it wasn't that large but almost overwhelmed with people. The other highlight IMO of our weekend was visiting the Native American museum near Foxwoods Casino. It was very interesting. Our trip planner also included a visit to a small carousel museum on our way to Mystic.
I agree Newport has more to offer. There's also some small, pretty towns in RI to explore. Providence has some great restaurants also the Italian neighborhood on Federal Hill. So I would choose RI in general over Mystic.
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 11:11 AM
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My brother lives in Stonington, so when my nephew was married we thought it'd be a perfect place to spend some time. Although it's pretty, it's also limited in things to do we felt. A day was ample!

Newport, on the other hand, we've been to 5 or 6 times over the years. The "cottages" (think Great Gatsby) are Wonderful, goddesstogo. You would really enjoy them. There are several good restaurants as well. Take a look at Castle Hill http://www.castlehillinn.com/. We eat there each trip and have decided we'll treat ourselves and stay next time, although we can stay free at the Newport Hyatt. They have some beach cottages that look wonderful for a special treat getaway, and after a rough year, I think you qualify for Special Treat Getaways, goddess!!

We fly into Providence and from there, it's an easy drive to Newport.
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I was excited to see the Block Island Ferry at the New London stop. Block Island is a well known place to watch fall bird migration. It's something I hope to do one day,


http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/trav...ev_068706.html
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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IMHO Mystic Seaport is one of those places that you think you should really like, but don't...an hour or two at the Seaport is enough. The Aquarium is not on par with other aquariums I've seen. But, if you are into researching your family and have ancestors from New England they have a great genealogical library.
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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Wow, I haven't seen this thread in ages. We never did get around to going but it's still in the back of my mind.
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