60 buildings on 37 acres, the Mystic Seaport Museum (860-572-0711) is
the town's biggest attraction, and for good reason. Known as the
Museum of America & the Sea, it was founded in 1929. Located on the
banks of the Mystic River, the museum features the Charles W. Morgan,
the last American wooden whaling ship; the Joseph Conrad, an 1882 square-rigger;
the fishing schooner L.A. Dunton; and the operating steamboat Sabino.
In addition to the ships, the museum has a vast collection of nautical
artifacts and has been instrumental in saving and renovating many historic
buildings. Its shipwrights are among the finest anywhere--the replica
of the slaver Amistad was built here--and the research library is
world-renowned for its manuscript collection. The museum also offers many
· For exploring
and walking tours of the historic town and environs, as well as a complete
listing of events, pick up a map and information packet from the Chamber
of Commerce (860-572-9578) on Cottrell Street. Upcoming happenings include
the 1870's-themed July 4th celebration, the not-to-be-missed Antique
Classic Boat Rendezvous (July 27-28), the Melville Marathon (July 31-August
1), featuring a 24-hour reading of the author's opus aboard the
Charles W. Morgan, and the Antique Marine Engine Expo (August 17-18).
· The Denison
Pequotsepos Nature Center (860-536-1216) offers seven miles of trails
for you to explore. Other educational centers worth visiting include the
Denison Homestead (860-536-9248), Mystic River Historical Society (860-536-4779),
and the Indian and Colonial Research Center (860-536-9771).
New England victuals
are the bill of fare. Here are a few of my favorite places.
· With an
elegant, colonial atmosphere, the Seaman's Inne (860-572-5303) offers
escargot in pastry, baked lump fin crab cake, New England clam chowder,
as well as roast prime rib, filet with porcini mushrooms and marsala,
and roast duckling. Local seafood is delivered fresh daily to the kitchen.
· The S&P
Oyster House (860-536-2674) offers waterfront dining and a wide choice
of seafood dishes.
· Two eggs
over easy, rye toast, and home fries. Kitchen Little (860-536-2122) is
the place for breakfast.
goes to Mystic Pizza (860-536-3700) for the scrumptious pie as well as
to visit the site that inspired the movie of the same name, which starred
the then-unknown Julia Roberts.
· Good food
in a rustic setting is what the Capt. Daniel Packer Inne (860-536-3555)
is all about. Drop in to the downstairs tavern after dinner.
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