Shopping and golf can be a blast in Mystic

The Mystic experience is only two hours ago and offers quaint shops with unique finds plus some of the best groomed golf courses. If you are looking for a quick getaway Mystic may be the spot for you. If time allows, set aside a few days to explore the greater “Mystic Country” region, which includes New London, Norwich, Storrs, Putnam and Woodstock.

Author: By Traci L. Suppa
Posted: Monday, March 08, 2010

One of a kind shops

The colonial-style Olde Mystick Village is a quirky collection of over 40 stores, many of which are independent retailers you won’t find anywhere else, including Irish Eyes, Yankee Silversmith, and the Grey Goose Cookery.

As you walk from shop to shop, you’ll likely stop to enjoy the view of the duck pond with the waterwheel, or to peruse the comprehensive selection of brochures at the visitor information center. There are also several eateries serving hot breakfasts and tasty lunches to fuel your shopping excursion.

Shopaholics will also delight in the dozens of unique “mom and pop” shops lining West Main Street and several cross streets in downtown Mystic, offering gifts, clothing, jewelry, art, books and more.

Let it roll

Not one, but two major casinos are within a 15-minute drive from Mystic; Foxwoods ( and Mohegan Sun ( Both offer an entertaining night out, even if gambling isn’t your thing. In addition to thousands of slots and hundreds of table games, both offer a variety of restaurants and shops. The nightlife buzzes with dance clubs, live concerts, sporting events, and off-Broadway shows.

Top public golf course

You can tee off at your choice of ten public golf courses in the Mystic Country region, including Shennescossett in Groton, featured in Golf magazine as one the best public courses with fees under $50.

Plan your escape

The “Mystic Country” tourism organization offers recommendations from locals on its website, as well as a series of podcasts, a customizable “personal itinerary planner,” a mapping function, and an up-to-date list of special offers and discounts.


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




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