CT city makes list for a ‘less busy New England summer’

Are you tired of crowded summer beaches and bustling sidewalks in favorite destinations like Cape Cod or the Hamptons?

The folks at Condé Nast Traveler have highlighted one Connecticut town to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard for a scenic New England experience.

You can probably guess where they went: Mystic, Connecticut.

The legendary city drips with classic New England character, from the Cape Cod-style homes to the breezy coastal weather.

There are also some notable restaurants to check out, such as Oyster Club & Treehouse, the Engine Room, Port of Call, Mystic Pizza, and more.

Don’t forget the Mystic Aquarium.

Conde Nast Traveler lists Mystic as ‘secret foodie destination’

Other New England cities on the list include Duxbury in Massachusetts, Block Island in Rhode Island, Fishers Island in New York, The Farm Coast in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Camden in Maine.

If you can’t make it to Mystic, check out these other coastal options, recommended by Mandy Murry of

  • Dine at waterfront restaurants such as Bill’s Seafood and Lobster Landing for incredible fresh seafood.
  • Attend a show at The Kate (the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center)
  • Kayak the Patchogue River
  • Enjoy upscale dining at Cafe Routier and Fresh Salt
  • Sip wine at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton
  • Shop the boutiques or enjoy ice cream in the quaint New England towns of Old Saybrook, Chester or Essex
  • Stroll to the famous Gillette Castle
  • Visit Thimble Island or take a Whale Watching Sightseeing Cruise
  • Pick your own fruit at Lyman Orchards
  • Have a drink at Bacari Social or craft beer at Coastline Brewing Company
  • Stay in a charming bed and breakfast or boutique hotel. A favorite: 10-room boutique stay packed with hospitality – Westbrook Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Visit the beaches, or enjoy a beautiful, luxurious picnic on the beach.
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