This summer we did a little getaway to nearby Mystic – one of our favorite Connecticut towns!
Historically, Mystic is famous for being a seaport town along the Mystic River. It has an old coastal maritime vibe and is definitely one of Connecticut’s gems!
Where to stay
Cameron and I stayed in The Hoxie House in a Deluxe Queen Room. The interiors were so lovely and I really liked the light and airy coastal feel. Our room was very bright with windows all around (Room 71) and our view was facing the Mystic River and drawbridge.
It was pretty magical to hear the bridge’s bell for the ships to pass and the church bells at noon. The town itself is such an idyllic town – almost like a classic New England postcard. We were on the third floor so the view of downtown, the river, and the church was pretty fantastic – I had never seen it like this before as I’m usually just down on the street level!
The bathroom had the prettiest interiors with a clean modern coastal vibe. I loved the jetted tub and waterfall shower! There were cozy robes hung and soft towels ready to be used.
The staff was so friendly and we really enjoyed the coffee and chocolate chip cookie station in the lobby!
Comprised of five buildings from different historical eras, the Inn is located along East Main and Cottrell Streets. Each of its buildings has a distinct history and personality, but all reflect the culture and character of coastal New England.-Whaler’s Inn
The gift shop at The Whaler’s Inn is just darling – they always have the cutest things! As a guest, you can be sure to find some cute souvenirs to remember your stay.
Here is a peak at the lobby! I love the color play of navys whites and splashes of salmon pink.
Where to dine
Be sure to get a cocktail while here – they are always so good and perfect to drink while you wait for your meal. 🙂
The Ricotta Gnocchi was TOO good! We paired it with their homemade bread and salted butter.
This is the “Big girl” burger and we see why – Yum!
For desert we did the no flour chocolate cake and the cherry flan. Be sure to save room for desert when visiting here – they have the best desserts!
Other Favorite Restaurants:
There is an amazing restaurant scene in Mystic – If you are a foodie, be sure to spend a few days here so that you can try different restaurants.
- Via Emilia
- Red 36
- Bravo Bravo
- Engine Room
- Chapter One
- S&P Oyster Co
- Block and Bottle
- Mystic Pizza (because you have to go at least once!)
- Sift Bakery – this is a must-visit in my opinion! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been here and it never gets old.
Things to Do
Head to the Mystic Seaport to learn about Maritime history in Connecticut and New England. This is one of my top favorite things to do in Mystic and can’t recommend this enough! If you love boats and living history museums this is your place.
Shop in Downtown Mystic
There are so many amazing local shops right in downtown Mystic. Filled with New England charm, you will find lots to keep you busy and stores that you will want to visit time and time again.
The Mystic Aquarium is a great family-friendly day activity and is always so much fun to walk through! Juno the Beluga whale and his friends are the stars of the show – be sure to say hi!
Enjoy the views at Mystic River Parl
The Mystic River Park is located right alongside the river in downtown. There is a ice cream shop, candy, benches, a big grass area for kids to run and play and a boardwalk to walk on and take in the Mystic River views. I think this is a great spot for a picnic!
Visit Old Mistick Village
Shop the darling Old Misticke Village and enjoy being transported to an idyllic olden days town! This spot has a Disneyland feel to me and I love looking through the sweet shops. There are plenty of spots to dine and of course, lots to meander through for shopping!
Rent a Kayak, Paddle board or Bicycle!
Get out on the water and rent a kayak or paddle board from Adventure Mystic! Or take out a bike to get around town in a pinch and avoid parking!
Take a ride on the Argia Sailboat
Enjoy a day cruise on the water in the Long Island Sound and Mystic River on Mystic’s last commercial sailing ship, the Argia! For a romantic evening head out for a sunset sail and see Mystic from Long Island Sound!
Go Wine Tasting
Head to nearby Stonington, CT at Saltwater Vineyards for an enjoyable afternoon sipping wine in the midst of the vineyards. They have live music and food trucks seasonally and delicious charcuterie boards!
Visit Stonington Borough, CT
Drive a short distance from Mystic to Stonington Borough for a sweet downtown, lighthouse and beautiful views of the ocean. The homes here are so charming and this town really is a CT gem!
Visit Noank and Groton, CT
Are you a fan of lobster? Noank has some great lobster shacks that are well worth the visit! Check out Fords and Abbotts for some fresh lobster. Be sure to pop by Carson’s Market for some delicious breakfast or a sandwich!
I hope you enjoy your summer adventure in Mystic this year! Be sure to drop a comment below and let me know your favorite spots to visit in town!
*This post was sponsored by The Whaler’s Inn. All opinions are my own.*
Images of Mystic shot for This is Mystic.