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Mystic, Connecticut

By on December 27, 2017 in Connecticut Travel with 0 Comments

Stonington Point, Connecticut“Happiness is a car, the open road, and a friend.” – Unknown 

I stumbled upon Mystic, Connecticut during a work trip. One of my former clients, Griffin, had booked a meeting for us in the town. He informed me Mystic had a cool vibe and to check it out if I had some time. I took his advice, meandered downtown, and ate a fantastic seafood dinner. I wished I had been able to arrive sooner to explore more.

As luck would have it, I had an opportunity to go back to Mystic. This time, I had free time and a friend. Al and I explored downtown, stopping in the corner bookstore. After browsing for some time, we decided to find a place to eat.

Al, Mystic, Connecticut   Whale Art, Mystic, Connecticut

A lady, who lived locally, overheard us discussing our options. She advised us to dine in Stonington, a neighboring town. She gave us a few recommendations, including the Dog Watch Cafe. She told us we could then check out Stonington Point, which offers panoramic views of three states – Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. My eyes widened, as her insights intrigued me.

Gina and Al, Dog Watch Cafe, Stonington, Connecticut   Tuna, Dog Watch Cafe, Stonington, Connecticut

Our first stop was the Dog Watch Cafe. The place was hopping with a cool vibe. The menu offered a solid variety, including gluten-free options. I ordered the seared tuna, which was a perfectly-cooked, generous portion of fish. Al opted for the scallops. We both enjoyed our meals.

Stonington Point, Connecticut   Stonington Point, Connecticut

We then hightailed it to Stonington Point to view Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. The spot was a beautiful, unique find. I am surprised more people do not know about this place.

Stonington Point, Connecticut   Stonington Point, Connecticut

Travel trip: Talk to the locals. They will lead you to the hidden gems tourist books often overlook.

Stonington Point, Connecticut

After enjoying the views of the ocean, we made our way back to Mystic. Earlier, I had posted a status update on Facebook, asking if anyone had recommendations for me. Lisa advised us to head over to the Sift Bake Shop. This really cute bakery offered unique desserts and gluten-free options, and the yummy treats satisfied our sweet teeth. Great recommendation, Lisa!

Figureheads, Mystic, Connecticut   Figureheads, Mystic, Connecticut

The next day, we wandered around downtown Mystic a little more, visiting the quaint shops and restaurants. Another friend, Stacey, suggested the famous Mystic Pizza. Of course we wanted to check out this pizza joint, which was featured in the movie Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts.

Mystic Pizza, Mystic, Connecticut   Mystic Pizza, Mystic, CT

The place was adorable. The framed pictures of actors and movies from the ’80s filled me with nostalgia as we reminisced about our youth. The pizza was delicious, and this little slice of heaven offered gluten-free options for the health-conscious individual. Another great choice for our Mystic adventure.

Pizza, Mystic Pizza, Mystic, Connecticut   Mystic, Connecticut

Before our road trip concluded, we checked out the Mystic Bridge. Here, we spied some folks paddle boarding the Mystic River. What a quaint, New England town…

Mystic River Bridge, Mystic, Connecticut   Mystic River, Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic River, Mystic, Connecticut   Mystic Bridge, Mystic, Connecticut

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