Boats, Bites & Browsing by the Sea

Looking for laid-back? Mystic Country brings chill vibes and gives them a waterfront backdrop. Plus, you’ll find plenty of history, good eats, cruises, inns, and shopping along the way. 

2-3 days

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Argia Cruise
  • Shipwright’s Daughter
  • Whaler’s Inn
  • Sift Bake Shop
  • Saltwater Farm Vineyard
  • Stonington Borough
  • Inn at Stonington
  • Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum

Begin your trip at the iconic Mystic Seaport Museum, the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic vessels, stroll through a working waterfront, and explore world-class exhibits. But first, stop in at Mystic Diner for a hearty breakfast. 

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Argia Cruise

Take advantage of Mystic’s waterfront location and enjoy a cruise on the magnificent Argia. Discover islands, lighthouses, and the beauty of sailing aboard this 19th century schooner. 

Then stroll Downtown Mystic to find boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, record shops, bookstores, and galleries. 


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Shipwright’s Daughter

While in Mystic, you simply must dine at Restaurant of the Year, The Shipwright’s Daughter, where Executive Chef David Standridge introduces an inspired menu that changes daily, reflecting the unique character of coastal Connecticut. 

The restaurant is set right in the heart of Mystic, so you can easily pop into Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream or Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe for dessert. 


Whaler’s Inn

After dinner, stay over at the stunning boutique Whaler’s Inn, where the restaurant is located. Or rest your head at the Steamboat Inn, another waterfront accommodation with easy access to the downtown strip. 

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Sift Bake Shop

The next morning, indulge your taste buds at Sift Bake Shop, a French-focused bakery specializing in artisanal breads, pastries, desserts, macarons, signature cakes, savory items, and more. Grab your coffee and breakfast and head out for another day of exploration. 

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

In nearby Stonington, relax and hang at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, a vineyard and winery located on more than 100 scenic acres and bordered by tidal marshes, a cove, and vistas of Long Island Sound. 

If you want to keep the wine flowing, Stonington is no stranger to vineyard vibes. Pop around to Stonington Vineyards and Jonathan Edwards Winery


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Stonington Borough

Then explore Stonington Borough, once called "the most beautiful seaside village in New England." Chill by the water and check out the many restaurants, sophisticated bistros, popular coffee and sandwich shops, and many unique stores, boutiques, and galleries. 

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Inn at Stonington

Ease into the evening with a stay at the Inn at Stonington, located directly on the waterfront in the heart of Stonington Borough. This intimate inn provides all the views and comfort you need, plus wine and cheese each night and breakfast each morning. 

Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum

Spend the next day at the Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum, the Navy’ official submarine museum. Board the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, and experience first-hand what it was like to be a member of the crew. 

Finally, end the trip sipping a cold one at The Barn – you may even catch some local live music too. 


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