I get fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, cheeses and honey at our year-round farmers market on Saturdays in nearby Stonington Borough. It’s on a mile-long peninsula jutting into Fisher’s Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay and has been called “the most beautiful seaside village in New England.” With a briney sea breeze in the air, you can walk among the historic homes and gardens of 19th-century sea captains. On the point, you’ll find quiet, sandy Dubois Beach and the Old Lighthouse museum which explains the maritime heritage of the village and offers a clear day view from the tower spanning three states.
"Downtown Mystic has a thriving nightlife and restaurant scene."
Rent a kayak from Blue Heaven company at any time of year (I kayak year round in Mystic). Mystic sits astride the Mystic River and is really the hub of the two towns beside it, Stonington and Groton. Just outside the mouth of the river, you’ll find some of best boating and sailing in Connecticut, in the Long Island Sound-protected waters. You can kayak under the historic Mystic drawbridge or past the Mystic Seaport, a historic and educational site very important in the coastal history of the United States, primarily because of shipbuilding. I highly recommend ditching the kayak for a visit here, where you can walk into all of the old structures and ships and learn about the old New England whaling industry.
Visit the Arts Cafe, a monthly event at the Mystic Museum of Art featuring nationally recognized poets doing readings, visual arts and rising local musicians of all kinds. The Museum is a great attraction for out-of-towners, and holds a ton of fancy events from weddings to company parties.
We have several wonderful craft breweries and wineries to stop by on your way out of town, so take your pick. Beer'd Brewing, Cottrell Brewing, Outer Light Brewing, Jonathan Edwards Winery and Salt Water Farms Winery are all within 20 minutes of each other.