One of my favorite things about living in New England are the farms. There are so MANY around here. Every road trip, you will see at least one farm stand on the roadside. I love that! I didn’t see too much of that in the area that I grew up in Upstate New York. I learned more about the importance of farming once I started living here. I appreciate them so much more for the ability to provide us with fresh food!
Last month I blogged about my day in Stonington borough. Many local readers saw that I “forgot” a restaurant for the recommendation list… Dog Watch Cafe. Guess what? I intentionally left them off the list! Why’s that? Lemme tell you, Dog Watch Cafe is TOO good, they deserved their own post. When I moved to Connecticut in 2011, Dog Watch Cafe was one of the very first restaurants that I tried in New England. Dog Watch quickly became my go-to restaurant for many milestones and celebrations. It’s safe to say that Dog Watch is my favorite restaurant in the entire New England region.
Hope everyone had a wonderful celebration. It’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with my family, but unfortunately it’s not always possible since they still live in Upstate New York. I made a new Easter tradition 5 years ago to go to the Easter brunch at Latitude 41 Restaurant and Tavern in Mystic, CT.
It’s almost time for some wicked chowda!!! This year marks the Olde Mistick Village’s 16th annual Cabin Fever Festival which hosts the chowder cook off to donate all the proceeds to a charity. This year’s charity is Always Home which works to prevent homelessness. It will be taking place this upcoming Saturday February 23, 2019 from 12-4pm at Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT.
If you visit Mystic, Connecticut, you can’t leave without a stop at Sift Bake Shop. Located on Water Street right around the corner from downtown Mystic, you can’t miss it. The bake shop has a lot of french focused bakery treats as well as cakes and breads.
Hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had some family that came in town from Upstate New York so getting that family time is always fun! Every time they come in town, a visit (actually several!) to Mystic is a must. We went there on Small Business Saturday to do some shopping and then see the annual holiday lighted boat parade. The holiday lighted boat parade is unique event that Mystic has and it’s always delightful!
One thing I love about Mystic are the mom-and-pop shops. There are several in downtown and in the surrounding area. I love supporting local businesses. Naturally the nautical name of Mystic Knotwork drew me into their store when they opened on Cottrell Street in 2015.
Spicer Mansion is full of history - it once was owned by a sailing captain. The captain also had donated Mystic & Noank Library which was across the street from Spicer Mansion. I have gone in the library several time to enjoy its beautiful historic building. I had no idea that those two were connected so it was an interesting fact! Spicer Mansion only recently opened in 2016 with eight guest rooms and dining hospitality.
Fall is my favorite season! It’s the time of pumpkins and apples (I’m team apples all the way!). I love that the New England region offers so MANY gorgeous places to visit the during fall season. One of my favorites is the apple cider mill in Old Mystic, CT - B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill.