Our Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT Was Relaxing and Wonderful
Sometimes you just need to get out of town, and summer vacation is the perfect time.
Mystic, CT is a great destination from NYC. It is about 2.5 hours on the train, and about a 3 hour drive. There is plenty to do for adults and children, with great shopping, great historical Seaport and Navy sites, a nice Aquarium, plus hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. There are interesting, good restaurants and the people are just lovely. Driving is easy, walking is easy, and all the major sites are within a two mile radius.
NYC is Awesome, but Tough to Live In
I love NYC, but am finding it increasingly more difficult to live in. My neighborhood (the undefined area in the middle of FIDI, Tribeca, South Street) is generally quieter than many, but even here it is hard some days to steel myself up to leave the house.
Seriously, every time I go outside I have to prepare myself. I have to look out for pedestrians (especially tourists) who are so intent on their cell phones or maps that they don't look at the street and people at all. I have to be aware of drivers who don't stop at corners, or who try to run a yellow or red light irrespective of human beings in the way (you see, most drivers who kill pedestrians in the city get off free). I don't even worry about crime so much as getting killed or injured by people just not paying attention!
And then there is the noise - the construction sounds which never go away, the subway noise, the street preachers, and the folks whose cell phones allow them to have intimate and angry conversations on their phones in public. Oh yes, a one-sided crazy fight is always awesome first thing in the morning!
Summer Vacation Planning
So this year we had some vacation parameters, and Mystic, CT met every single one. We wanted a place that:
- We can get to by train and is pedestrian friendly
- Has enough historical sites and tourist stuff to keep us occupied
- Is near water, but not a beach
- Has major hotels where we could get expected service, like room service
Mystic, CT is A Great Summer Vacation Destination
Mystic, CT met all of these requirements.
- We took Amtrack from and to Penn Station.
- We had a great time at the Seaport, the Aquarium, and the other sites.
- We sat by the water, but didn't have to deal with messy beach.
- We stayed at the Hilton, which met all of our requirements and more (even under renovation). Here is my Trip Advisor review of the Hilton Mystic with photos.
- We bought Mystic Passes, which gave us multi-day admission to the Seaport and Aquarium, a 20% discount at the Hilton, and discounts at most of the shops we went to, including Vault Coffee and Mystic Army Navy.
In addition, we had fabulous coffee every morning at Vault Coffee Roasters, great food and drinks at the Engine Room, grilled cheese at Bleu Squid, I had a great Pilates class at Aproma Studios, and we saw the last free Blue Monday blues concert at the Mystic River Park.
We brought home clothing from the Bass and Van Heusen outlets, jacket and gear from Mystic Army Navy, soap from Becca Rose Natural Body Care, Smoking Lamp coffee beans from Vault, and fudge from the General Store. And, yes, some hats and T-shirts.
Walking was interesting, as cars stop for pedestrian crossings, even when there is no light or stop sign. It took us a day or so to realize that cars would actually wait and not try to run us over! There are a lot of classic cars in the area, and we saw some beauties. The Hilton has a shuttle service, so we were always able to get a ride to town or the Seaport and back when we didn't want to walk.
We Will Return to Mystic, CT
We plan to return to Mystic, CT. There are more things we want to do and more restaurants we would like to eat in. I may try to get there in the Fall, as the colors will be stunning.
Have you ever been there? Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.