Over a year ago I wrote a short post about Stonington and Mystic, Connecticut and I thought it was about time to chat more about these adorable towns. Both of these waterfront towns are quaint, full of cute restaurants and cafes, and are visited by tourists during the summer months.
Stonington has fewer tourists than Mystic, so is a perfect escape to when the crowds of Mystic Seaport and downtown Mystic become overwhelming. A few years ago Stonington Borough was the filming location for the movie Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. In Hope Springs they filmed a few clips in Noah's Restaurant, which is one of my favorite places for a lazy brunch in southeastern Connecticut. You can read more about my thoughts on Noah's Restaurant on Minube.
I enjoy just wandering around Stonington Borough to enjoy the shops, cafes, restaurant, and beach park at the end of the main street.
Mystic, Connecticut is a popular tourist destination due to the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, the Olde Mystick Village, Mystic Aquarium, and the Mystic Seaport. The Mystic River Bascule Bridge, which is essentially a drawbridge that opens and closes several times per day, was built in 1920. The best places to watch the bridge go up are either the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Shop or the park on the opposite side of the river. Make sure to check the times that the bridge goes up because it is really a pain to get stuck in that traffic! The Olde Mystick Village is a cute place to shop and sells amazing salt water taffy. The Olde Mystick Village also gets decked out in lights during the holidays, so it is a perfect place to spend the afternoon. Mystic Seaport (which I haven't visited in several years, but I love!) is an outdoor museum that shows coastal life in the 19th century in New England. There are several old ships that you can enter to get a sense of a whaler's life. I never could get over how short the beds seemed.
|Olde Mystick Village|
|The Mystic Bascule Bridge|
|The Green Marble Cafe|
*This is the last of my posts from my summer visit in the U.S. Start next Friday I'll be posting about Prague!
I'm linking up with Katie Winn for Social Saturday.