New shops come in as Mystic evolves,” The Day, April 2016

Most of downtown’s empty storefronts have been filled, just in time for tourist season


Downtown Mystic is on the upswing as the majority of empty storefronts that had popped up during the off season have been filled just in time for tourists to descend. According to real estate broker Judi Caracausa, principal of Market Realty, only two storefronts are unfilled in the historic downtown market: one on West Main Street and another on Water Street. And they are both previously restaurant properties, she said.  April 17, 2016.


5 Best Holiday Light Displays in New England,” Yankee Magazine, November 2015

Lighted Holiday Boat Parade


As for any parade, spectators bring their chairs, they line either side of the route, they buy food and beverages, they cheer and applaud. But the looks on kids’ faces are the giveaway that this is no ordinary procession. For the 13th year, following the 6:00 p.m. tree lighting at Mystic River Park in Mystic, Connecticut, nearly two dozen wildly decorated dinghies, sailboats, and powerboats will cruise down the river from Mystic Seaport, their festive lights amplified by the water’s reflection. Reserve a room at The Steamboat Inn or a table at S&P Oyster Company or Red 36 far in advance: These ultimate viewing spots are warm. November 28, 2015.


Mystic, Connecticut: Your Next Fall Weekend Getaway,” CBS New York, 10/14/15

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Hop aboard Amtrak from Penn Station and sit back and enjoy the scenery before pulling into the heart of Mystic. Technically, Mystic is a village, split between the two towns of Groton and Stonington, Conn. It’s known for its friendly residents, classic seafood and chowders, and historic sites like Mystic Seaport, which houses America’s oldest commercial vessel still afloat. Whether you’re looking to check out a bit of old world New England or you’re more of a wine and diner, this quaint little village welcomes out of towners with open arms. >>READ MORE.


The Most Romantic Weekend Getaway in Every State,” Thrillist, 9/16/2015



After getting hitched, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall famously retreated to the seaside town of Mystic. Because you also want a town that is small, pretty, and full of coastal photo ops should the admiring paparazzi, who we are sure constantly totally follow you, want a picture of you with a good backdrop, you should head here, too. The main attraction in town is the Mystic Seaport, where you can see old restored ships and a tiny recreated 19th-century village. (You better believe they have a printing press.) There’s also an aquarium, planetarium, and dining options outside that one famous pizza place. And if you’re all about authenticity, you gotta book a stay at Bogie and Bacall’s actual hotel, The Inn at Mystic.


25 Weekend Getaways Every New Yorker Should Take,” Newsday, 8/24/15

Mystic, Connecticut (about 2 hours, 15 minutes from NYC)

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Welcome aboard … as you explore the Charles W. Morgan, billed by the folks at Mystic Seaport as “the last wooden whale ship in the world.” The area’s shipbuilding prowess dates back to the 1600s, when majestic ships sailed the Mystic River and shipyards populated its banks. Here, you can stroll through a re-created 19th century village, swab the deck in the Children’s Museum, marvel at the maritime skills of historical interpreters and listen as chanteymen perform the music of the sea. Don’t miss the beluga whales and other aquatic creatures at nearby Mystic Aquarium. Plan ahead and your kids can get even closer to African penguins through hands-on Penguin Encounter. If your timing is right, stop by Treworgy Planetarium to learn how mariners use the sun and stars to navigate.

WHERE TO STAY: The Inn at Mystic was recently renovated, rendering this iconic property atop a hill quite the bargain. The Hilton Mystic offers breakfast and aquarium packages.


Summer Hideaways: Best U.S. Seaside Escapes,” CNN, 6/29/2015

Mystic, Connecticut

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The tall ships will tell you when you’ve reached Mystic, Connecticut’s cute coastal town and the muse behind Julia Roberts’ first film, “Mystic Pizza.”

Mystic’s maritime history dates to its days as a shipbuilding center, a time well preserved at the Mystic Seaport Museum, the world’s leading and largest of its kind, home to the famed 1800s whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.

It’s the perfect jumping off point for a sail at dusk or a trip on the 1908 coal-fired wooden steamer, Sabino.

The menu changes daily at the Oyster Club, save the hot buttered lobster roll — and the coconut mussels are a win.

Secure a spot in the Treehouse, the Club’s outdoor bar and deck, and you’ll eat with a view of Mystic River.