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  • June 09, 2020 3 min read

    As the quarantine slowly lifts it was exciting to watch the Mystic restaurants preparing to open. Many of them added new outdoor dining areas and existing ones were expanded. To top it off the weather has been fabulous and there's more to come!

    Hotels and Inns are now showing activity in preparation of their opening around June 17. As I was photographing the local lodgings in downtown, Whaler's Inn was in the process of moving new furniture into their building! There are so many places to stay in Mystic and the surrounding areas. Small and intimate, elegant and classy, or roomy and great for families with children.

    Stay right in downtown where fine shops and dining abound with boat rentals around every corner. Or near the Olde Mistick Village area close to shopping, groceries, the Aquarium and all the conveniences. Further out is Stonington, Westerly and more lodgings at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

    It's beautiful coastal country living. If you had to cancel your trip to Europe or the Islands maybe a stay in southern New England would be just the thing.



    Whaler's Inn in downtown Mystic, centrally located with views up and down the river. You might even get a room overlooking the drawbridge. Restaurants and excellent shopping at your fingertips. Also located a short walking distance between our two Mystic Knotwork shops!

    Whaler's Inn MysticWhaler's Inn Mystic CT


    Also in downtown is the Steamboat Inn on the Mystic River. A wonderful peaceful spot to stay. Watch the river traffic float by, the bridge go up and down, and a short walk takes you to restaurants and shopping. The charter boat Argia is docked right there in case you need to go for a daysail. 

    Steamboat Inn and the Schooner Argia

    Steamboat Wharf on the Mystic River

    Steamboat Inn MysticSteamboat Inn Mystic CT

    Although not pictured here, nearby tis he Mermaid Inn of Mystic a cute bed & breakfast and on the waterfront you will find the Harbour Inne & Cottages accommodations with small kitchen areas.



    Another nearby spot is the Spicer Mansion up the hill from downtown nestled in the old trees. Small but soooo charming, they have bikes too. And located across the street, the Mystic Noank Library.

    spicer Mansion Mystic CT


    Spicer Mansion has bikes tooSpicer Mansion Mystic CT


    Mystic Noank LibraryMystic Noank Library Mystic CT


    Head east out of town along the coast and enjoy more water views. The Inn at Mystic will be larger than life on your left. Lots of outdoor dining spaces and patios. They also host weddings and have a tennis court on the river. Looks like another patio down by the river too!   

    Inn at Mystic, Mystic CT

    Inn at Mystic

    Inn At Mystic Outdoor seating



    Keep going east and soon The Taber Inne will be on your right. A sprawling establishment with an indoor pool, bikes and a shady gazebo. 

    The Taber Inn


    The Taber Inne Mystic CTThe Taber Inne Mystic CT


    OFF THE BEATEN PATH - Bed & Breakfasts

    As I was getting lost in the country I came across this gem,The Pequot Hotel Bed & Breakfast. Minutes from the Olde Mistick Village area. And below, the House of 1833 Bed & Breakfast a national landmark, also nearby.

    Pequot Hotel Mystic CT


    House of 1833 Bed and Breakfast

    Mystic Bed and Breakfast lion statue

    The Marriott, located a bit south on the beautiful Pohegnut Reservoir.

    Mystic Marriott Hotel

    Navigate yourself to the Olde Mistick Village area. You may drive by the Mystic Seaport where you will see Latitude 41 has waterfront dining. Beautiful views of the Seaport, boats and the Mystic River. We'll be coming back here!


    Latitude 41 Restaurant Mystic Seaport

    Olde Mistick Village is its own little village with many, many shops, restaurants, the Mystic Aquarium and movie theater. Nearby are lots of the bigger hotels, grocery stores more restaurants and gas stations. The Hilton Mystic and many others have lots of parking and some with shuttles to take you where you want to go.

    Hilton MysticHilton Mystic, Mystic CT


    Howard Johnsons Mystic CT

    Hyatt Place Mystic CT

    Happened to notice lots of outdoor dining at the Mystic Diner in the center of all this and a takeout window...lobster rolls!

    Mystic Diner


    Mystic Diner takeout

     Check with these spots to confirm if and when they are open. Our list here is just a glimpse, be sure to visit,  or any travel website for places to stay in Mystic CT.




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