Downtown Mystic River Yacht Guidebook

Christopher
Christopher
Član od 2021
Christopher

Downtown Mystic River Yacht Guidebook

Food scene
Mystic is rich with cuisine, from pizza to elegant fine dining and everything in between.
This pizzeria is as iconic as the movie that bears its name!
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Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street
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This pizzeria is as iconic as the movie that bears its name!
Clyde's Cider Mill is still making their cider the same way since 1881. The steam operated pressing machines are original to the mill and produce the most delicious cider and cider wines. In addition to the delicious history, the mill store hold tantalizing delights, tops of which are their warm cider donuts! Clyde's is a popular destination and will be busy on weekends so if you can sneak in a visit during the week, you'll be able to savor the experience all the better.
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Clyde's Cider Mill (seasonal) opens sept. 1st
129 North Stonington Road
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Clyde's Cider Mill is still making their cider the same way since 1881. The steam operated pressing machines are original to the mill and produce the most delicious cider and cider wines. In addition to the delicious history, the mill store hold tantalizing delights, tops of which are their warm cider donuts! Clyde's is a popular destination and will be busy on weekends so if you can sneak in a visit during the week, you'll be able to savor the experience all the better.
You know those days you NEED a salad but don't want the hassle of making your own? Well then head over to Mystic Salad Company for your own custom fresh salad. There are options for your greens, a large selection of toppings as well as proteins to top it all off. All of this freshness is a mere $9 (an upcharge for chicken or burrata) and comes in a recyclable container. While there is not seating in Mystic Salad Company, it sits on the edge of the park that overlooks the river. A picture perfect spot for a picnic.
Mystic Salad Company
12 Cottrell Street
You know those days you NEED a salad but don't want the hassle of making your own? Well then head over to Mystic Salad Company for your own custom fresh salad. There are options for your greens, a large selection of toppings as well as proteins to top it all off. All of this freshness is a mere $9 (an upcharge for chicken or burrata) and comes in a recyclable container. While there is not seating in Mystic Salad Company, it sits on the edge of the park that overlooks the river. A picture perfect spot for a picnic.
Pizzetta is both a locally owned and locally sourced pizza restaurant that has been in Mystic for 14 years. If you are looking for a restaurant that has an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans, Pizzetta has your covered. Pizzetta offers both indoor and outdoor dining that is perfect for people of all ages. They also have a quaint little bar in the basement if you just want to pop in for a drink.
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Pizzetta
7 Water Street
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Pizzetta is both a locally owned and locally sourced pizza restaurant that has been in Mystic for 14 years. If you are looking for a restaurant that has an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans, Pizzetta has your covered. Pizzetta offers both indoor and outdoor dining that is perfect for people of all ages. They also have a quaint little bar in the basement if you just want to pop in for a drink.
Friar Tuck's bills itself as an Irish Tavern, but it's menu and atmosphere is so much more. The menu is diverse, they offer both indoor and outdoor dining, a large bar that is a great place to watch games as well as entertainment/bands.
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Friar Tuck's Tavern
15 Water St
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Friar Tuck's bills itself as an Irish Tavern, but it's menu and atmosphere is so much more. The menu is diverse, they offer both indoor and outdoor dining, a large bar that is a great place to watch games as well as entertainment/bands.
If you are a Food Network and baked good fan, you may recognize Sift's creator/owner Adam Young as a "Best Baker In America"! Step into Sift's bakery and inhale the aroma of daily baked pastries, breads, croissants, Danishes, quiches and so much more. It's a perfect spot to grab your coffee and morning nosh as you begin your walk about Downtown Mystic.
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Sift Bake Shop Mystic
5 Water St
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If you are a Food Network and baked good fan, you may recognize Sift's creator/owner Adam Young as a "Best Baker In America"! Step into Sift's bakery and inhale the aroma of daily baked pastries, breads, croissants, Danishes, quiches and so much more. It's a perfect spot to grab your coffee and morning nosh as you begin your walk about Downtown Mystic.
A sister shop to Sift, Young Buns offers fresh doughnuts made daily. They offer your traditional type doughnuts as well as unique confectionary creations.
Young Buns Doughnuts
46 West Main Street
A sister shop to Sift, Young Buns offers fresh doughnuts made daily. They offer your traditional type doughnuts as well as unique confectionary creations.
Rise is a locally owned business by a Mystic native who has been working with farmers, purveyors and artisans to bring you the highest quality food for all. Stop in for a delicious breakfast to kick start your day.
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Rise
10 Water St
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Rise is a locally owned business by a Mystic native who has been working with farmers, purveyors and artisans to bring you the highest quality food for all. Stop in for a delicious breakfast to kick start your day.
The S&P Oyster Co sits on the banks of the Mystic River affording its diners gorgeous views as well as delicious food and drink. As a popular dining destination for locals and visitors, it's best to book well in advance.
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S&P Oyster Co.
1 Holmes St
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The S&P Oyster Co sits on the banks of the Mystic River affording its diners gorgeous views as well as delicious food and drink. As a popular dining destination for locals and visitors, it's best to book well in advance.
The Oyster Club has become one of the most popular restaurants in Mystic and for good reason. Housed in an old carriage house, Oyster Club proudly support the local individuals and companies that farm, fish, ferment brew and create. Drawing from this community allows Oyster Club to create a unique and delicious experience in an atmosphere that is an experience not to be missed.
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Oyster Club
13 Water Street
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The Oyster Club has become one of the most popular restaurants in Mystic and for good reason. Housed in an old carriage house, Oyster Club proudly support the local individuals and companies that farm, fish, ferment brew and create. Drawing from this community allows Oyster Club to create a unique and delicious experience in an atmosphere that is an experience not to be missed.
Grass & Bone is both a butcher shop and restaurant all in one. They source responsibly raised animals from local and regional farms; and then cut, cure and dry-age in house. As a result, the variety and quality of their offerings is outstanding. There menu also offers chicken, salads, sandwiches and some of the best fresh cooked chocolate chips cookies I've ever had!
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Grass & Bone
24 E Main St
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Grass & Bone is both a butcher shop and restaurant all in one. They source responsibly raised animals from local and regional farms; and then cut, cure and dry-age in house. As a result, the variety and quality of their offerings is outstanding. There menu also offers chicken, salads, sandwiches and some of the best fresh cooked chocolate chips cookies I've ever had!
The Engine Room is set in a large rustic building that still manages to provide an intimate feel. They source their food offerings locally and provide an excellent menu of creative American comfort food with selections suitable for all ages. Additionally, if you are a fan of bourbon, the Engine Room boasts the largest selection in the area, as well as housing 16 beer taps and excellent cocktails. Their Old Fashion is a personal favorite.
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Engine Room
14 Holmes Street
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The Engine Room is set in a large rustic building that still manages to provide an intimate feel. They source their food offerings locally and provide an excellent menu of creative American comfort food with selections suitable for all ages. Additionally, if you are a fan of bourbon, the Engine Room boasts the largest selection in the area, as well as housing 16 beer taps and excellent cocktails. Their Old Fashion is a personal favorite.
If you want a little history with your meal, then the DPI (as the locals call it) is the place for you! The building was built by Captain Daniel Packer in 1756(!) with the home remaining in the family (Packer/Keelers) until it was purchased in 1980 by the Kiley's who restored the Inne and and the family still runs it today. The DPI is open to serve you both lunch and dinner, with a variety of options sure to tempt your palate.
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Captain Daniel Packer Inne
32 Water Street
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If you want a little history with your meal, then the DPI (as the locals call it) is the place for you! The building was built by Captain Daniel Packer in 1756(!) with the home remaining in the family (Packer/Keelers) until it was purchased in 1980 by the Kiley's who restored the Inne and and the family still runs it today. The DPI is open to serve you both lunch and dinner, with a variety of options sure to tempt your palate.
One of the newest additions to downtown Mystic, Block & Bottle offers curated wine, cheese, cured meats, small plates and provisions for you to take with you or to enjoy in their shop.
Block and Bottle
3 Water Street
One of the newest additions to downtown Mystic, Block & Bottle offers curated wine, cheese, cured meats, small plates and provisions for you to take with you or to enjoy in their shop.
If you are craving a lobster roll, then you are within a 5 minute walk to Abbott's Outpost, the little sister of Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, just down the River in Noank. Is there anything more New England than a lobster roll, clams on the half shell with a snappy cob of corn?
Abbott's Outpost
3 Water Street
If you are craving a lobster roll, then you are within a 5 minute walk to Abbott's Outpost, the little sister of Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, just down the River in Noank. Is there anything more New England than a lobster roll, clams on the half shell with a snappy cob of corn?
Nana's is an organic bakery and pizza shop that offers naturally leavened dough. All of their baking is done on premise, daily and the smell that wafts from their location on Williams Avenue is heavenly. Aside from their other worldly pizza and baked goods, they also have a delicious bacon, egg and cheese sandwich...using the bacon from their sister, Grass & Bone!
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Nana's Bakery & Pizza
32 Williams Avenue
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Nana's is an organic bakery and pizza shop that offers naturally leavened dough. All of their baking is done on premise, daily and the smell that wafts from their location on Williams Avenue is heavenly. Aside from their other worldly pizza and baked goods, they also have a delicious bacon, egg and cheese sandwich...using the bacon from their sister, Grass & Bone!
Sightseeing
The Mystic Aquarium is fun for people of all ages allowing you to marvel at the wonders of life under the seas.
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Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
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The Mystic Aquarium is fun for people of all ages allowing you to marvel at the wonders of life under the seas.
Esker Point Beach is a man-made beach that has 600 feet of beach, picnic area under shade trees, plenty of free parking and restrooms. They also offer free seasonal concerts on Thursday nights. Check their Facebook page for details. Be aware, there are no lifeguards on duty.
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Esker Point Beach
900 Groton Long Point Road
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Esker Point Beach is a man-made beach that has 600 feet of beach, picnic area under shade trees, plenty of free parking and restrooms. They also offer free seasonal concerts on Thursday nights. Check their Facebook page for details. Be aware, there are no lifeguards on duty.
Travel back in time to the 1800's as you stroll about the Mystic Seaport. Wondering what life was like 1800's sea village life was like? The museum and the village itself will give you an authentic glimpse into history. The village is comprised of authentic buildings curated from throughout New England. The museum showcases the rich sea going history of Mystic.
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Mystic Seaport Museum
75 Greenmanville Avenue
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Travel back in time to the 1800's as you stroll about the Mystic Seaport. Wondering what life was like 1800's sea village life was like? The museum and the village itself will give you an authentic glimpse into history. The village is comprised of authentic buildings curated from throughout New England. The museum showcases the rich sea going history of Mystic.
What better way to see the Mystic River than from the river itself?! The ARGIA sails from Steamboat Wharf which is a short walk from the marina. ARGIA’s rig is that of a 19th Century East Coast trading, or packet, schooner and is most properly described as that of a Two-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner.
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Argia Mystic Cruises
12 Steamboat Wharf
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What better way to see the Mystic River than from the river itself?! The ARGIA sails from Steamboat Wharf which is a short walk from the marina. ARGIA’s rig is that of a 19th Century East Coast trading, or packet, schooner and is most properly described as that of a Two-Masted Gaff Topsail Schooner.
Entertainment
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Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Boulevard
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Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
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Looking for a good read on your vacation? Then Bank Square Books has you covered. This quaint bookshop right in the middle of Downtown Mystic has shelves full of the latest novels, the classics and books for children of all ages. Pop in and see what they have to offer.
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Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
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Looking for a good read on your vacation? Then Bank Square Books has you covered. This quaint bookshop right in the middle of Downtown Mystic has shelves full of the latest novels, the classics and books for children of all ages. Pop in and see what they have to offer.
Activities
Adventure Mystic can outfit you with kayaks, SUPs and bicycles for your Mystic adventures. Conveniently located a short walk through Downtown Mystic, it's a great place to enhance your vacation activities.
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Adventure Mystic Outdoor Retail Store & Paddle Mystic - Kayak, Paddleboard and Bike rental
15 Holmes St
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Adventure Mystic can outfit you with kayaks, SUPs and bicycles for your Mystic adventures. Conveniently located a short walk through Downtown Mystic, it's a great place to enhance your vacation activities.
Fields of Fire is an aerial adventure park that will allow you to climb among the trees on five different courses ranging from beginner to advanced. They offer both day and night climbing adventures that are perfect for children and adults alike.
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Fields Of Fire Adventure Park
715 Noank Ledyard Rd
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Fields of Fire is an aerial adventure park that will allow you to climb among the trees on five different courses ranging from beginner to advanced. They offer both day and night climbing adventures that are perfect for children and adults alike.
Fun for the whole family! The Dinosaur Place is a 60-acre Outdoor Adventure Park home to over 50 life-sized dinosaurs on pristine nature trails! Stop by New England’s largest Splash Pad® (A Unique Zero-Depth Water Park), a dinosaur-themed maze, two dinosaur caves, and Monty’s Playground, featuring T-Rex Tower.
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The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike
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Fun for the whole family! The Dinosaur Place is a 60-acre Outdoor Adventure Park home to over 50 life-sized dinosaurs on pristine nature trails! Stop by New England’s largest Splash Pad® (A Unique Zero-Depth Water Park), a dinosaur-themed maze, two dinosaur caves, and Monty’s Playground, featuring T-Rex Tower.
Ready to take the helm and power your own little boat for a tour of the Mystic River? Then Mystic Boat Adventures is what you are looking for! These small, two person crafts allow you to motor yourself through a guided tour of the river.
Mystic Boat Adventures, LLC
145 Pearl Street
Ready to take the helm and power your own little boat for a tour of the Mystic River? Then Mystic Boat Adventures is what you are looking for! These small, two person crafts allow you to motor yourself through a guided tour of the river.
Olde Mistick Village is home to numerous shops and eateries sure to satisfy any member of your party. Conveniently located next to the Mystic Aquarium, it's a lovely place to visit.
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Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Boulevard
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Olde Mistick Village is home to numerous shops and eateries sure to satisfy any member of your party. Conveniently located next to the Mystic Aquarium, it's a lovely place to visit.
In 1888 the plant was built to encourage the development of new industry in Stonington, CT. In 1891, the company that would become American Velvet began their production of velvet fabrics. The company moved to Virginia in 1996 for economic reasons. But, The Velvet Mill is now home to a thriving community of artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Offering visual arts, design, unique crafts, creative classes, health & healing services, fitness classes, and professional services. The Mill is also home to an artisanal bakery, an award-winning nano-brewery, a woodfired pizza restaurant, an espresso bar, and a new bistro style restaurant garnering rave reviews (Whitecrest Eatery).
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The American Velvet Mill
22 Bayview Avenue
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In 1888 the plant was built to encourage the development of new industry in Stonington, CT. In 1891, the company that would become American Velvet began their production of velvet fabrics. The company moved to Virginia in 1996 for economic reasons. But, The Velvet Mill is now home to a thriving community of artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Offering visual arts, design, unique crafts, creative classes, health & healing services, fitness classes, and professional services. The Mill is also home to an artisanal bakery, an award-winning nano-brewery, a woodfired pizza restaurant, an espresso bar, and a new bistro style restaurant garnering rave reviews (Whitecrest Eatery).
Holmberg Orchards is open through October to help fulfill your apple, pear or pumpkin picking needs. The orchard sits on a sloping hill that provides a beautiful view of the wooded areas of Gales Ferry. Holmberg Orchard has been a family owned farm since 1896 since Adolf and Hulda Homberg immigrated from Sweden.
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Holmberg Orchards
12 Orchard Ln
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Holmberg Orchards is open through October to help fulfill your apple, pear or pumpkin picking needs. The orchard sits on a sloping hill that provides a beautiful view of the wooded areas of Gales Ferry. Holmberg Orchard has been a family owned farm since 1896 since Adolf and Hulda Homberg immigrated from Sweden.
The USS Nautilus is the first nuclear powered submarine built right in Groton, CT; it was also the first submarine to fully traverse the North Pole under the polar ice cap. If you have a hankering for Naval history, this is the place for you. Parking and admission to the submarine are free, and you will take a self guided tour using an audio wand as your guide.
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USS Nautilus
1 Crystal Lake Road
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The USS Nautilus is the first nuclear powered submarine built right in Groton, CT; it was also the first submarine to fully traverse the North Pole under the polar ice cap. If you have a hankering for Naval history, this is the place for you. Parking and admission to the submarine are free, and you will take a self guided tour using an audio wand as your guide.
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is filled with an abundance of knowledge and understanding of the original settlers of our area as well as other native tribes in the United States and Canada.
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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
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The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is filled with an abundance of knowledge and understanding of the original settlers of our area as well as other native tribes in the United States and Canada.
Wanting to stretch your legs and commune with nature a little bit? Then head on over to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature center. The DPN is home to 10 miles of trails that course through various habitats. You will be able to search for bluebirds in the meadow; painted turtles and bullfrogs in the pond or simply have a peaceful hike in the woods. The DPN also is home to numerous flight enclosures that house raptors that can not be released back into the wild. You may even be able to see the staff working with these birds and other animals as they work to rehab them for their return to the wild.
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Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road
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Wanting to stretch your legs and commune with nature a little bit? Then head on over to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature center. The DPN is home to 10 miles of trails that course through various habitats. You will be able to search for bluebirds in the meadow; painted turtles and bullfrogs in the pond or simply have a peaceful hike in the woods. The DPN also is home to numerous flight enclosures that house raptors that can not be released back into the wild. You may even be able to see the staff working with these birds and other animals as they work to rehab them for their return to the wild.
Breweries & Wineries
Beer'd Brewing was created out of a love of craft beer and home brewing. The founders, Aaren and Precious, met in 2005 at RIT and while their relationship blossomed so too did their mutual love of brewing. They took the bold leap to open their nano-brewery in the Velvet Mill and haven't looked back since 2012. Today you have the option to visit their brewery at the Velvet Mill in Stonington as well as the newest addition The Silo in Groton.
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The Beer'd Brewing Company
22 Bayview Avenue
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Beer'd Brewing was created out of a love of craft beer and home brewing. The founders, Aaren and Precious, met in 2005 at RIT and while their relationship blossomed so too did their mutual love of brewing. They took the bold leap to open their nano-brewery in the Velvet Mill and haven't looked back since 2012. Today you have the option to visit their brewery at the Velvet Mill in Stonington as well as the newest addition The Silo in Groton.
Saltwater Farm Vineyard is located on an old airfield that small craft planes can still use! The vineyard has gorgeous views, a beautifully transformed airplane hangar as it's tasting room and local wines to tempt your palate.
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Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Elm Street
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Saltwater Farm Vineyard is located on an old airfield that small craft planes can still use! The vineyard has gorgeous views, a beautifully transformed airplane hangar as it's tasting room and local wines to tempt your palate.
A recent addition to downtown Mystic, is Bank & Bridge a brewery and taproom housed in an 1931 former bank building. The building was home to Groton Savings Bank and Mystic River Bank for a time, the last bank resident was Bank of America, which closed in 2018. Bank & Bridge have given the bank a creative and airy facelift, but maintain a lot of the "bank" character using old safes as tables, as well as keeping the floors and ceilings in their former glory. Bank & Bridge brew and serve their beer that is brewed on premises as well as service delicious food cooked in their very own kitchen.
Bank & Bridge Brewing
54 West Main Street
A recent addition to downtown Mystic, is Bank & Bridge a brewery and taproom housed in an 1931 former bank building. The building was home to Groton Savings Bank and Mystic River Bank for a time, the last bank resident was Bank of America, which closed in 2018. Bank & Bridge have given the bank a creative and airy facelift, but maintain a lot of the "bank" character using old safes as tables, as well as keeping the floors and ceilings in their former glory. Bank & Bridge brew and serve their beer that is brewed on premises as well as service delicious food cooked in their very own kitchen.
Stonington Vineyards has been in the wine game since 1987 and have developed a beautiful vineyard that produces delicious local wines from grapes hand picked on the 10+ acres of vines.
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Stonington Vineyards
523 Taugwonk Rd
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Stonington Vineyards has been in the wine game since 1987 and have developed a beautiful vineyard that produces delicious local wines from grapes hand picked on the 10+ acres of vines.
The Edwards family purchased the 48 acres that the JE Winery sits on in 2000 to bring the knowledge and expertise they had from Napa Valley to North Stonington. The vineyard is open seven days a week year round.
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Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road
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The Edwards family purchased the 48 acres that the JE Winery sits on in 2000 to bring the knowledge and expertise they had from Napa Valley to North Stonington. The vineyard is open seven days a week year round.
Outer Light is a small brewery located a short drive down I-95 south that has a rustic tap room serving up a variety of tasty brews. From the tap room you can look right into the brewing room where the magic is created.
Outer Light Brewing Company
266 Bridge St
Outer Light is a small brewery located a short drive down I-95 south that has a rustic tap room serving up a variety of tasty brews. From the tap room you can look right into the brewing room where the magic is created.
Barley Head Brewery is a nano-brewery that generally means they produce beer in batches of three barrels or less. But that does not mean their offerings lack in variety. Barley Head is conveniently located a quick five minute walk from the marina and have a great outdoor patio that you can enjoy your brews.
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Barley Head Brewery
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Barley Head Brewery is a nano-brewery that generally means they produce beer in batches of three barrels or less. But that does not mean their offerings lack in variety. Barley Head is conveniently located a quick five minute walk from the marina and have a great outdoor patio that you can enjoy your brews.