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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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? 😋
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.
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!
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!