48 Hours: Mystic, Connecticut

48 Hours In Mystic, Connecticut | New England Itinerary | Bexpeditions

Back with another post about our recent trip to Connecticut! I’m sharing a complete overview of our 48 hours in Mystic, Connecticut. Although the weather wasn’t on our side during our time there we were still able to go out on a less rainy day. With a population of only 4,205, it’s clear the people of this coastal community make it so special! Everyone I chatted with was so sweet and supportive of one another in this community. I will be sharing a few of those interviews next week! Enjoy my exact itinerary below.

Sunday, 1:44 p.m. – DROP OUR BAGS OFF

We dropped our bags off at our home away from home, The Captain William Morgan House in downtown Mystic. The home was constructed circa 1850 and we rented both the sea captains house along with the carriage house next door. We had a party of 12 so lots of space was a priority. The property was absolutely gorgeous and a great space once we figured out where people and pets belonged.

Tip: Try to figure out sleeping arrangements ahead of time and any “house rules” so zero conflict comes into play during the trip. We had a rule that pets weren’t allowed inside the captain’s house because multiple people (including myself) have pretty severe allergies. That wasn’t followed through and if we had stayed any longer I would have become quite sick.

Captain William Morgan House circa 1850 | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Inside Sea Captains House in Mystic, Connecticut | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Sunday, 2:03 p.m. – WINE TASTING

So our first official stop was for a wine tasting at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. This was really the best way to begin this trip! After a long car ride with an increasingly whiny six-year-old, a glass of wine overlooking this magnificent view was needed. We spent an hour here before having to wrap it as they were getting prepared for a wedding. Read all about it and view my favorites from the tasting here!

Saltwater Farm Vineyard | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Wine Tasting in Stonington, Connecticut | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Wine Tasting in Stonington, CT | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Sunday, 6:17 p.m. – TAKE-OUT PIZZA & FAMILY TIME

Wait. You’re in Mystic and you’re not going to have Mystic Pizza??? I know it sounds completely ridiculous but I didn’t have a choice in this one. I didn’t arrange the plans and I was told by a few former locals that it’s really not this good, all hype. We ended up ordering takeout from another nearby restaurant, Pizzetta. I thought it was pretty good and they did offer gluten free pizza options for those in our party with dietary restrictions!

Take-out pizza | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

MONDAY, 7:23 A.m. – BAKERY RUN AT SIFT

When I woke up Monday it was absolutely pouring rain outside and I really wasn’t in any mood to walk through it! But I had places to be so I got ready and headed down the street to SIFT.  I scheduled an interview with the owner Adam to talk about his business when I realized that it’s scheduled for tomorrow. Not today. Needless to say, I was a bit bummed that I walked in the pouring rain for no reason but I gave myself a treat with one of their ham & cheese croissants. That made up for it. It was DELICIOUS. And now I will be back tomorrow for more.

Interior of SIFT Bake Shop | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Pastries from SIFT Bake Shop | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

MONDAY, 12:35 P.m. – INSIDE A HISTORIC KNOTSHOP

So another scheduled visit was this workshop, Mystic Knotwork, where owner Matt runs his family’s knot tying business! We had to navigate again through the pouring rain but he showed us around and even taught me a basic knot that we made into a bracelet. Coming to the blog soon! Hint on my knot tying skills: I would not make the cut to work here. He talks a lot about the direction the business has moved in and his big thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings for leading him there.

Inside Mystic Knotwork | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Craftsman at Mystic Knotwork | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

MONDAY, 6:08 P.m. – A STROLL ON MAIN STREET

So the rain did clear out a bit in the evening time and we got a chance to go for a walk around with the family. It wasn’t so crowded so we got to enjoy the quaintness of Main Street, walk through some tourist shops and grab a few items! I purchased an oversized sweat-shirt with MYSTIC written across the back and some tasty fudge! It was oddly chilly that evening so I had some hot cocoa from Mystic Sweets & Ice Cream Shoppe which was really good. It gave me that sugar high and crash pretty intensely though haha.

Main Street | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Gardens in Mystic, Connecticut | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Drawbridge in Mystic, Connecticut | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

MONDAY 8:20 P.M. – Late Dinner with Kate

So as we were here with a lot of the family, sometimes you just have to get away! Kate and I slipped away for an hour or so and had a late night dinner at The Ancient Mariner on Main Street. Sometimes sisters need alone time to just talk about nothing, everything, and everyone! Earlier that day we had a two-hour session with a medium who got the gist I wasn’t feeling so well and recommended I eat more iron rich foods, hinting at anemia. Soooo steak it is? 😋

Dinner at The Ancient Mariner | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

TUESDAY, 7:05 A.M. – BAKERY RUN AT SIFT (AGAIN)

Annnd we’re back! Now that I knew how tasty the croissants were and it wasn’t pouring rain, I was ready for this. I spent about an hour with Adam talking all about his bakery, how he found his passion for pastry, balancing family/work, and his experience filming for Food Network. I hope to have this published tomorrow! It was such a great time and good way to end my last morning here.

SIFT Bake Shop Exterior | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Fresh Baked Bread | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

SIFT Bake Shop in Mystic, CT | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

TUESDAY, 1:35 P.M. – Playing with Beluga Whales

And on our last excursion for Mystic – a stop at Mystic Aquarium, of course! I had the chance to do a Whales Up Close Encounter with Juno here and it was really the cherry on top! It was such a unique experience and made the trip to Mystic Aquarium so exciting. Coming to the blog towards the end of this month I share all about that experience, Mystic Aquarium’s mission and what it’s like to be a trainer there!

Juno at Mystic Aquarium | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

Mystic Aquarium | 48 Hours in Mystic, Connecticut | Bexpeditions

So this was my whirlwind of 48 hours in Mystic, at a glance! Due to the bad weather, our midday sail was canceled but as I mentioned before a medium got to sit down with several of us and deliver whatever messages she came across. I think my step father and grandfather came through for me and towards the end, she started asking me a lot of pregnancy related questions. Do you plan on becoming pregnant soon? If not, be careful! And are twins common in your family? Because I feel it’s very likely you will have twins. I couldn’t help but laugh as it was very cool! I’m in no shape or form ready for babies but occasionally I go through baby fever and find myself browsing through Restoration Hardware nursery catalogs. And although twins are not common in our family, Lukas and I have discussed multiple times that I would love to have twins…eventually. No rush!

xo, Rebecca


I used a Canon PowerShot G7x Mark II & a JOBY GorillaPod for the photos.

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  • Angela Tolsma

    Written on August 18, 2017

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    Your pet rule is so important and that would have driven me nuts to have people breaking that rule. Your pictures are gorgeous! The knot thing sounds awesome, I would totally want to try that.

    • rebecca

      Written on August 18, 2017

      Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Angela! Yeah, the pet thing was a bit annoying. I love dogs but I simply can’t live with ones that shed so much or jump on furniture, etc. It makes me feel so sick.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Anna Schlaht

    Written on August 18, 2017

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    Connecticut is one of the few remaining states I’ve yet to visit. I hadn’t though much about it until now, but Mystic looks so gorgeous, quiet, and quaint. I’m so sold on the lovely house you stayed in, and that bakery! Main Street reminds me of California with all its blue and white colors. <3 Sorry you had trouble with your house mates, but the rest of the trip sounds like it was great! Especially the food (mmm croissants).

    • rebecca

      Written on August 18, 2017

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      Oh my goodness, the bakery was SO GOOD. And the owners and team there were all so sweet! It’s best for my waistline I don’t live so close to it LOL.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten

    Written on August 18, 2017

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    Mystic has a lot more to offer than I realize! Your photographs are stunning, especially the bakery goodies. How was the winery, my husband would like to know. I’m a little disappointed that Mystic Pizza is not all what the movie claimed!

  • Kelly

    Written on August 18, 2017

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    I think most of us have wanted to visit Mystic since the movie came out. It looks as quaint as I imagined it would be!

  • Lucy - Travel Textbook

    Written on August 19, 2017

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    Ooh Connecticut looks absolutely stunning — I can’t wait to get back to the USA one day soon and see more of what it has to offer! Your photos are gorgeous, by the way 🙂

    Lucy x

  • Cassie Tucker

    Written on August 19, 2017

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    Oh my! My gluten allergy would be causing me so much trouble in Mystic! That pizza looks amazing and everything in that bakery screams “eat me!”

    • rebecca

      Written on August 19, 2017

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      hahah they do have some gluten-free offerings! I think the macarons were if I recall. I must admit they had more gluten-free advertised menus than I would expect from the restaurants in such a tiny town. You could definitely find a few treats!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    Written on August 19, 2017

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    Wow! This looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I definitely need to put this on my bucket list.

    • rebecca

      Written on August 19, 2017

      Reply

      Hope you get a chance to visit one day, Angela!

      Best,
      Rebecca

    • rebecca

      Written on August 21, 2017

      Reply

      Blog post coming this week all about it! Do you follow on Twitter or Facebook? That’s the best way to stay tuned.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Cindy Ingalls

    Written on August 20, 2017

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    I adore beluga whales. They are my favorite animal. Ever since I saw the movie Mystic Pizza I couldn’t wait to visit the cute little town.

  • Rachel Catherine

    Written on August 21, 2017

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    This place looks so beautiful. I have never heard of it before but it looks perfect for a family vacation. I love all the food choices you have!

    • rebecca

      Written on August 27, 2017

      Reply

      I’m not sure if I would call it a mansion but it was a great house for all of us together! Best, Rebecca

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