Mystic and Stonington, Connecticut

Friday, October 17, 2014

The beach front in Stonington Borough


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 Borough

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.


The quaint streets of Stonington
 The colors of Stonington

Stonington Borough in Connecticut

Noah's Cafe in downtown Stonington, Connecticut


Mystic

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.

Bouys at Stonington
 Salt Water Taffy from the General Store in the Olde Mystick Village

The Olde Mystick Village in the summer
Olde Mystick Village

a side view of the Mystic River Bascule Bridge
The Mystic Bascule Bridge

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut
Downtown Mystic

A bookstore in Mystic, Connecticut

The Green Marble Cafe
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.

Do you like small towns?

10 comments:

  1. I always think I'd like to live somewhere like that until I realize that living in a small town is really boring :) For vacation, though? Totally!

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    1. I am also more of a city person because I like to have the option to try new things. At least Mystic and Stonington are only about 1 hour away from Boston!

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  2. I need to rewatch that movie again. I forget what happened! I love Meryl Streep though. What beautiful towns!

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    1. I haven't watched the movie before! I really need to though.

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  3. I recently moved to a small town but I am not so fond of staying here more than a year..I prefer medium (around 300.000 -500.000inhabitants-great photos btw
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    1. Thank you. I'm sure you will find the perfect town size for you!

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  4. i love your portrayal of these quaint and charming towns. i do love to visit smaller towns, but i am a city girl at heart :) x

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    1. I'm often torn between the two. I like having new things to do all of the time, but I also like to be close to nature and someday I would love to have a garden. I'm thinking a town very close to a big city!

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  5. I love someone showcasing small towns. There is a lot of charm in small towns. There is just something quaint about small towns. www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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    1. They are great! And these towns in particular are super cute.

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