summer vacation

Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT

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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

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.

Mystic Seaport

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.

Mystic Seaport Sunset

  • 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.

Vault Coffee Sign

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.

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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.

Summer Vacation from Pilates

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My summer vacation is short but sweet.

Every summer since we moved back to New York has been quiet on the Pilates front. Seriously, my business is typically half or less of what it is during the rest of the year.

Not this year!

This year I have been steadily busy, never going under 15 hours. While great for my bank account (especially since I planned to be slow), it has meant less time off.

This year we have number of activities we both want and need to do. One is renewing our driver's licenses in our home state of PA, so we can then exchange them for NY licenses. This requires taking our photo cards to PA.

We would also love to check out upstate New York, particularly the Adirondacks, where I spent very little time growing up. And we want to visit Governors Island one more time.

And we only have 5 days to accomplish all of this!

Here is the itinerary so far:

First morning we drive to the Poconos for a night on a lake in the mountains. While there, we pop over to PennDOT in Mount Pocono and get the license photos done.

We return to NYC, and take the ferry over to Governors Island the next day.

And then, we drive up to the Adirondacks that night for two nights in the mountains.

Which still gives us a solid afternoon to chill before going back to work.

Where to stay?

I was talking to a few friends and clients about where to stay, and some recommended Camp Chateaugay. Camp Chateaugay is located in the Adirondacks and has become an annual tradition for many families in the NY area.

For this trip, we don't want family. We want adults only.

Have you been to the Adirondacks? Have a great, romantic hotel to share with me?

Let me know!