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There's Not Only Mystic

When you think of Mystic, what do you think of? This blog may surprise you with some cool spots.

Well, you probably think today we are going to talk about the town of Mystic.

You are correct, though Mystic is not officially one of our 169 towns in Connecticut. You see, Mystic is actually a village/borough of the town of Stonington. Actually, Mystic is also a part of another town which is Groton, but that's for another post.

To make things more complicated, there is the borough of Stonington, in the town of Stonington which you never hear people talk about. The borough of Stonington is to the east of The Village of Mystic on Route 1. You actually have to cross a bridge on Route 1A to get there. Well, at least that's the way I go.

Within this borough you will find such treats as the Stonington Harbor Lighthouse. This lighthouse was the first one ever built and opened by our own federal government. This lighthouse is now a lighthouse musuem that is run by the town's historical society.

You can actually walk up to the tower of this lighthouse and view the town below as wall as the shoreline. Behind the lighthouse is a beautiful view of the harbor and some open land. There are always a few chairs if you want to take a snack and relax while enjoying the view. Next door to the museum is a cozy little town beach, that in the summer time has a hot dog stand.

This borough also has many shoppes, boutiques and restaurants up and down what is Water Street. The most famous of these restaurants is The Dog Watch Cafe.

Connecticut Magazine always has The Dogwatch Cafe as one of its' favorites. Throughout the years we have alway heard of Mystic as being the popular tourist destination. We have heard about its Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mystic Village.

How about The Daniel Packard Inn and the infamous Mystic Pizza? Of course, let's not forget about the scenic overlook just before exit 90 North on I-95. We always thought that Mystic was the hot stop for the town of Stonington. Well, now you know of another hot stop in the town of Stonington.

You just need to head to the borough that shares the same name of the town itself. Gee, hope I didn't confuse you. If so, it's probably the greatest confusion you will ever have to deal with.

Click here for information on my book, "The Signs of Connecticut," a chronicle of those familiar blue signs that have the names of Connecticut's towns on them.

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