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Mystic is Magical

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A May 2001 trip to Mystic by Eve Carr

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Quote: Mystic, Connecticut is one of those magical places where you can relax and soak up its charm. It offers the charm of another era, yet has modern amenities, and cuisine that delights your taste buds. From our vantage point at The Inn at Mystic’s elegant Haley Mansion overlooking the Mystic Harbor, we discovered a special world where yesterday blends with today.

Mystic is Magical

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Mystic Drawbridge Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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Deciding what to do first in Mystic, Connecticut, is tough: All options are great. History buffs should definitely visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, where state-of-the-art displays take you to another era. Nearby, there’s massive Foxwoods Resort Casino, the nation’s first self-contained, smoke-free casino. Its profits support Native Americans. At Mystic Seaport itself, there’s a vast collection of maritime memorabilia—and, at a working shipyard, get a behind-the-scenes view of nautical life. Shoppers will delight in the many boutique shops in downtown Mystic and Raspberry Junction. We were definitely up close and personal with a Beluga whale at ...Read More

The Inn at Mystic's Haley Mansion

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Hotel

The Inn at Mystic's Haley Mansion Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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When I stayed at the elegant Haley Mansion at the Inn at Mystic, I felt as if I had returned to another era--and was a very rich landowner. One size does not fit all at The Inn at Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut. Here, at Connecticut’s only inn overlooking Mystic Harbor and Long Island Sound, you’ll be able to wander over 15 lushly landscaped acres—and select from a variety of accommodations. Our favorite, as you might have guessed, is The Haley Mansion, the original inn, a Colonial Revival mansion built in 1904 by the widow of one of the late 1800’s founders of the famous Fulton Fish Market—Katherine Haley. It features five elegantly appointed guest rooms; original, extinct pine pane ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

The Inn at Mystic's Haley Mansion
Route 1 and 27
Mystic, Connecticut
(860) 536-9604

Flood Tide Restaurant

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Restaurant

Flood Tide Restaurant Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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When you come to Mystic, come hungry—and ready to do more than dine. At The Flood Tide Restaurant at the Inn at Mystic, for example, Chef Guillaume Burlion and his kitchen staff offer you cuisine that showcases their combined skills. Like so many other of his countrymen, French-born Burlion knows how to transform ingredients into masterpieces for the mouth. Using the freshest of local foodstuffs, he creates dishes that have a French flair, but, as he says "have an American twist." You can tell from his artistic appetizers such as Crepes filed with Lobster Madeira, Deer Tenderloin with Chestnut Potatoes and a Black Truffle Sauce that Burlion studied under Patrick Lenotre, France’s legendary past...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Flood Tide Restaurant
The Inn at Mystic
Mystic, Connecticut 06355
860-536-9604

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

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Attraction | "Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center"

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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Don’t be fooled by this serious-sounding name. While this is definitely a first-class research center and museum, it’s also an exciting attractions. Here the past of the Native Americans comes alive as you wander through displays so life-like that you’d swear they were real. This museum is a treat to visit. Throughout this modern state-of-the-art museum with its hands-on interactive displays, and informative audio tour system, you’ll explore the past, yet, with the open airy architecture, be constantly reminded of the Earth. On various levels, you’ll be able to explore the Pequot Nation, Life in a Cold Climate, the incredibly realistic Pequot Village, Pequot War and Life on the Reservation. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Mashantucket Pequot Reservation
Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic Aquarium

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Attraction | "The Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration"

Mystic Aquarium Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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Are you familiar with the name Dr. Robert Ballard? When you find out that he was the deep-ocean explorer and discoverer of the RMS Titanic, you’ll probably remember his name. Well, he is the president of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium located in Mystic, Connecticut. And, under his direction, there’s plenty of exploration going on. To learn more about it, just come here for a visit and see the Challenge of the Deep exhibit, created as part of Mystic Aquarium’s $54 million expansion. At other exhibits such as Where Rivers Meet the Sea, you’ll learn the secrets of the shoreline where "kid-friendly" exhibits encourage young visitors to get at eye-level with marsh species ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355

Mystic Seaport

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Attraction

Mystic Seaport Photo, Mystic, Connecticut
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Visiting Mystic Seaport is like going on an adventure to explore the nation’s nautical past and present. The options here are overwhelming, so be certain to pick up a map at the Visitors Center so you can easily see all that’s available to you as part of your visit. You could literally spend the whole day here. At Voyages: Stories of America and The Sea, the whole family will journey to the past as they learn about the fascinating stories of the sea. At the Preservation Shipyard, you’ll get to look down over real craftspeople as they construct the crafts of yesterday and carry on the fine art on shipbuilding. What a treat for any boat builder or boater to witness. At Coming to Americ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, Connecticut 06355
(860) 572-0711