mystic, CT

The historic shoreline of Mystic, CT combines the long history of a seaport town with trendy food, drinks + shopping. 


where to stay - The Whalers inn

The Whaler’s Inn, downtown Mystic’s largest boutique hotel, is nestled just steps from the banks of the Mystic River and the Bascule Drawbridge. The Inn boasts five unique buildings within our fabulous downtown Mystic location with a total of forty-eight guestrooms, most of which have been recently renovated to rejuvenate the property. We invite you to experience modern hospitality in a historic setting.

Photo courtesy of "CT Eats Out"

Photo courtesy of "CT Eats Out"

what to eat - breakfast at rise

RISE is one of downtown Mystic's newest additions, serving up full breakfast and lunch using locally sourced, quality ingredients. We are dedicated to building a strong sense of community by working closely with our farmers and cooking up the best food we possibly can. We believe that food nourishes people far beyond just their stomachs. The love and passion we put into what we do reaches far beyond the plate.


What to eat - lunch at grass & Bone

Brought to you by the oyster club and engine room family, grass & bone is a neighborhood butcher shop and restaurant, specializing in local meats and whole animal butchery. Their butcher shop, open daily from 9am to 9pm, will bring you fresh cut steaks & roasts, house ground burger and sausage, and a diverse selection of locally raised and heritage breed meat.

Their kitchen, is open daily from 11am to 9pm, offers "good to the bone" rotisserie chicken, tasty sides, hearty sandwiches, farm fresh seasonal salads, craft beer and wine. grass & bone is a cozy, casual, counter service restaurant. reservations not accepted. welcome to our table.


What to eat - dinner at red 36

RED 36 is located directly on the water in historical downtown Mystic.  In the summer, walls of window completely open and lead to an outdoor bar, multiple lounge areas and dining tables.  In the winter, the roaring fireplace and the intimate indoor dining and bar area create a cozy atmosphere with stunning views.  The eclectic American menu changes seasonally, always offering fresh seafood and an extensive raw bar.  A diverse appetizer selection, multiple burgers and flat bread pizzas complete the menu, creating something for everyone.  Dock space available for those coming by boat!


what to do - mystic aquarium

Explore the depths of our ocean planet like never before as you travel through Mystic Aquarium’s indoor and outdoor exhibits and visit with thousands of creatures from New England’s only beluga whales to the endangered African penguin, rescued seals to colorful fish and more.

Photo courtesy of "Mystic Seaport"

Photo courtesy of "Mystic Seaport"

what to do - mystic seaport

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.”

The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence.


where to shop - mystic knotwork

The first and oldest knot shop in the United States, Mystic Knotwork created the nautical style bracelet that has grown in popularity and been adopted by fashion styles through the years.  Starting in the coastal and nautical worlds, our work was adopted by the hippie movement of the 60's, surged during the macrame craze of the 70's.  We have to admit to playing with neon colors in the 80's, and the style continues on as giving a sense of authenticity and nostalgia all the way through.  We are especially grateful for the last decade and the turn to American Made and high quality personal style.


where to shop - salt

Their blog and website are centered around simple, better and creative living. Founded by Patti Murphy in 2015 as a seaside art and gift shop, Salt is transforming into an entire lifestyle, including a new website and online shop. The inspiration behind the name came from the meaning of the element of salt itself. Salt aspires to be a positive, high vibe place that inspires the extraordinary in your life.

Photo courtesy of "Yelp"

Photo courtesy of "Yelp"

drinks at - barley head brewery

Located in the heart of downtown Mystic, Barley Head Brewery is a nano-brewery and bar. Their 2 bbl brewing system allows the brewery to make a wide variety of beers, offering something for everyone - changing every week. They strive to have 4 to 6 beers on tap that showcase the versatility and range of flavors that can be achieved in a brewery. Many of their ingredients are sourced locally, sometimes from the brewer's own garden. Beers are available by the glass, the growler, and in cans.