Hotel at a Glance: Inn at Mystic
Four colonial-style buildings sprawl over the tree-studded property of Inn at Mystic, just a stone’s throw from the waters of Mystic Harbor and Fishers Island Sound. The setting lends itself to outdoor adventure, whether you want to hike and bird watch on the surrounding trails or cast out for bass and bluegill on the sound.
- Fresh seafood: Chefs at the onsite Harbour House Restaurant make lemon-pepper-seasoned Block Island swordfish and heaps of blackened boat scallops hauled in off the coast of Stonington. The restaurant has two dozen beers on tap.
- Colonial-style guest rooms are decked out with canopied four-poster beds, free WiFi, and HDTVs. Some of the recently revamped rooms have their own private balconies and fireplaces as well.
- Onsite entertainment includes weekly trivia at the restaurant and occasional wine tastings with samples poured from local wineries.
Stonington, Connecticut: Old Shipping Town with Antique Shops and Fresh Oysters
Few towns embody the aesthetic of New England better than Stonington, an old shipping borough on Long Island Sound. The centuries-old sea captain’s houses along the shore have been well preserved; many now house antique shops and oyster bars that sell fresh-caught seafood reeled in from the harbor. You can actually tour one of these homes—the Captain Nathaniel Palmer House—to see 19th-century pianos and old-fashioned dollhouses that belonged to the captain’s family.
When the leaves change in autumn, and again after the first snowfall, the borough takes on a storybook quality that’s best appreciated from up in the lantern room of the Old Lighthouse Museum. The museum displays artifacts from the War of 1812 and exhibits chronicling the area’s rich whaling history. To see marine life up close, hike or kayak around the Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. Its saltwater and freshwater marshlands are home to a variety of fish and waterfowl.