Mystic offers a great overnight stay

Author: By Traci L. Suppa
Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

If you are looking for a getaway that is close to home enjoy the New England shore town of Mystic. Though the beaches along Long Island Sound don’t open until Memorial Day, there are plenty of attractions and activities to make Mystic worth your while any month of the year. If time allows, set aside a few days to explore the greater “Mystic Country” region, which includes New London, Norwich, Storrs, Putnam and Woodstock.


Bogart & Bacall slept here

Mystic boasts accommodations to fit any visitor, but there is a sizeable selection of elegant and comfortable inns and B&B’s. Looking for romance? Try the historic Inn at Mystic, where Bogart and Bacall honeymooned back in 1945. or book “his and her” massages at the Marriott Mystic Hotel & Spa, an AAA 4-diamond property.

A stop along the CT Wine Trail, Stonington Vineyards offers daily tours and tastings.

For just $25, you can purchase the Art Pass, valid for admission to the four area museums on the Connecticut Art Trail.


Fish & Mystic pizza

Here in clam shack country, lobster, clams, shrimp, and mussels are all local, fresh, and available any time of year. Claim your picnic table at the Cove Fresh Fish Market, then order up their acclaimed cod sandwich, which is served with fries and cole slaw. Their award-winning New England “chowda” is a succulent combination of clams and potatoes in a thick, silky broth.

The best meals in Mystic are served at the least pretentious eateries, like diners, pizzerias, and ice cream stands. Get an early spot in line at Kitchen Little (860-536-2122) for affordable breakfasts with a gourmet touch, like Lobster Benedict or gingerbread pancakes. Mystic Pizza, a casual restaurant made popular by the 1988 Julia Roberts movie, is worthy of the hype, serving up a delectable pie with a light, airy dough.

Traci L. Suppa is a travel writer living in Dutchess County.

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