Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mystic Village

Yesterday, my friend, Red, and I ran away. Our destination, a little over an hour away at Old Mystic Village in Mystic, Connecticut.

It's a little touristy, but a favorite place to get away from it all for a few hours. Old Mystic Village is a collection of boutiques. The buildings are meant to resemble a 19th century New England town. Wooden buildings, boardwalks, and a dirt path that winds through lush gardens and the shops. In the center is a gazebo and duck pond.

Red and I used to make the trip every year. When our girlies were little we used to take them along with us. Somewhere along the line we left the girlies at home, and the road trip became our time. It's been several years since we've been able to get away.

Some shops we remembered closed and others opened. We hit a couple of our favorites. Franklin's, an old-fashioned, general store famous for it's two dozen flavors of fudge along with a free sample of the day ( we stop for the sample and return just before leaving for a block or two peace offering), the Grey Goose, a store with every kind of cooking utensil imaginable, Sofia's Mystic Christmas shop offering Christmas ornaments all year round. Bestemores, a Scandinavian gift shop, to name a few. We had lunch at the newly to us remodelled Ten Clams restaurant. Don't gag, Sunflower. Mystic is afterall, a New England seaport town. Yes, they offer other items besides seafood so you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Red and I had a great time catching up as well as lots of exercise as we walked the path. We left the village tired but happy, laden with packages, and a block of Franklin's Cinnamon Crumb Cake fudge.

Do you have a favorite place to get away from the daily grind?


  1. Whew! Glad they offer something else. :) Sounds like a fun time. I like to run away to museums. :)

  2. Oh, I have very fond memories of Mystic! BC (before children) Husband and I spent a weekend in a blizzard @ Mystic. We had the whole place to ourselves! We spent a lovely afternoon in the cooperage, sitting around a potbellied stove, listening to the 94 year old curator tell stories of his youth working on the whaling ship ‘The Morgan’ that sits in the harbor. (And some very juicy tidbits about his life in Mystic!)
    Nice to hear it's still a wonderful place.

  3. Hubby and I like to go to the conservatory at Como Park and see the Spring exhibit. It is always cold and windy outside, but warm and pretty and fun inside. Just a nice day to spend together.