The Preservation Society of Newport County decorates the mansions for the holidays season so I knew I would return to visit this month. With my love for Christmas trees, I had high expectations and boy, I was not disappointed! It was stunning and beautiful!
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.
I spent a wonderful Sunday in the rolling Dutchess County countryside at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds. Wait, what? That’s right, the shooting grounds. Many of you may be wondering why I was there. It may not be as obvious as my nautical obsession but I have a strong interest in sporting clay shooting. I had my first experience when I went to Ireland and fell in love with it.
Today, I went to Newport International Boat Show for the first time. It was overwhelming, the BIGGEST boating show I’ve ever been to! It took up the entire Newport waterfront. I found out then that it was one of the largest boat shows in the country. There were many exhibitors and vendors selling everything boating related.
The quaint coastal village of Mystic in Connecticut is one of my favorite places to visit. There are so many fun things to do, so it’s perfect destination for a day trip (or even a weekend stay)! …