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Eastern Connecticut’s Favorite Festivals.

Festivals abound during Mystic Country’s summer months. Here’s a comprehensive list of our late summer not-to-be-missed! Old Lyme Mid-Summer Festival, July 25-26 Celebrating the town’s artistic heritage. 4th Friday Square Fair, July 25 Visit Storrs Center and check out local artists’ work. Colchester Twenty-Second Annual Festival on the Green, July...

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Classic boats and classic cars take over Mystic Seaport this weekend.

Classic boats and classic cars take over Mystic Seaport this weekend.

This weekend is for boat lovers at Mystic Seaport’s Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous. We look forward to this event all year long – it’s two days of classic boats, a parade on the water, and even some classic cars. The annual show, held on July 26-27 this year, features restored classics boats of all kinds, including cruisers, sailboats and...

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Get Inspired at the Florence Griswold Museum. On your terms.

Get Inspired at the Florence Griswold Museum. On your terms.

For artists, inspiration is as necessary as air to breathe. And sometimes, the best inspiration comes from simply being in a place where artists have walked since 1899. The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is that place. Every day of the week, artists can be found on the grounds of the Home of American Impressionism, painting and making the art that fuels...

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Gorgeous gardens. Mystic Country’s got an abundance.

Gorgeous gardens. Mystic Country’s got an abundance.

It’s flower season here in Mystic Country, and there are a host of beautiful gardens and grounds to visit this month. On June 13th and 14th, the Stonington Garden Club is hosting its tri-annual Gardens by the Sea event, a walking tour of 10 private – and lovely – gardens in Stonington Village. These are the “secret gardens” that the public...

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Art, whaling while you mail. New London Post Office murals.

Art, whaling while you mail. New London Post Office murals.

The best sights you see on vacation are the ones you’re not expecting. With that in mind, when you’re in New London this summer checking out Sailfest or any of the other awesome events we have on the docket, make sure you stop by the post office.  Yes, the post office.   The lobby has murals you don’t want to miss, all part of a project known as “Art...

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Lobster Days are here again. This weekend at Mystic Seaport.

Lobster Days are here again. This weekend at Mystic Seaport.

If Lobster Days at Mystic Seaport aren’t your Memorial Day weekend tradition yet, why not start this year? This weekend, May 24-26, 2014 visit the Seaport and celebrate the holiday with a lobster-in-the-rough dinner – single or twin lobster, coleslaw, corn on the cob, lemonade or iced tea. Hot dog platters also available if lobsters aren’t your...

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Rolling down the river at Willimantic Riverfest, Saturday, May 17.

Rolling down the river at Willimantic Riverfest, Saturday, May 17.

Willimantic’s Riverfest is Saturday, May 17. Riverfest is an awesome way to get outside and enjoy the weather, while seeing the best of Willimantic from a totally new view – the river. There’s a river paddle portion of the day beginning at 9 a.m. (boats need to be dropped off in Mansfield, check the website for details). If you’re not into boating,...

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Yankee Magazine’s Best of Connecticut 2014

Yankee Magazine’s Best of Connecticut 2014

Yankee Magazine’s roundup of the best places to visit in New England is out, and Mystic Country, Connecticut is featured prominently on the Connecticut Bests list! The annual feature is in Yankee‘s May/June issue and is focused on attractions, lodging, dining and the seacoast, among others in all New England states. We love what they selected this year,...

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Summer Lighthouse Weekends are back in Mystic Country CT

Summer Lighthouse Weekends are back in Mystic Country CT

We in Mystic Country all know and love Summer Lighthouse weekends, otherwise known as Sentinels on the Sound. Thanks to Yankee Magazine, which just awarded the program a “Best of New England Travel Editor’s Choice Award,” these are going to get a whole lot more attention this year. The program offers tours to area lighthouses on small boats, which...

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The Battle of the Frogs: A Willimantic Legend

The Battle of the Frogs: A Willimantic Legend

Salem, Massachusetts has witches. Willimantic, Connecticut has…frogs? Every town has its legends, its traditions. Willimantic’s just happens to be a little quirkier than some. But that’s what makes it memorable. If you’ve ever been to town, you had to notice the bronze frogs decorating various spots on Main Street,  including the Frog Bridge. If you’ve...

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