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Commemorating 200 years: The British Raid On Essex 1814-2014.

Commemorating 200 years: The British Raid On Essex 1814-2014.

In the wee hours before sunrise on April 8 1814, the town of Essex’s Pettipaug Point was raided by 136 British marines and sailors who had quietly anchored in the night of the 7th and rowed up-river from their vessel to burn 27 U.S. military ships. 500 U.S. American militia, soldiers, sailors, marines and volunteers from surrounding towns fought back throughout...

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A real “movie palace” experience – at the Garde Arts Center.

A real “movie palace” experience – at the Garde Arts Center.

New London, Connecticut and Hollywood, California may seem like worlds apart. But really, they have something very cool in common: the Garde Arts Center. On the corner of State Street in the hub of New London’s downtown, the performing arts center is celebrating a victorious return to its roots as a real movie palace experience.  The Garde’s rich history...

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Walkable towns in Mystic Country. Spend the day on foot checking out our favorite towns.

Walkable towns in Mystic Country. Spend the day on foot checking out our favorite towns.

The best New England towns are the ones where you really feel like you’re in New England. They are the walkable ones where you can park your car and spend the day on foot, absorbing the entire experience of where you are. In Mystic Country, we’ve got the coast and the country covered on this one. Mystic What can we say about Mystic? It has it all and...

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For the love of puppets – the grand reopening of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

For the love of puppets – the grand reopening of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

Most people don’t think quirky or unusual when they think Connecticut. But we are full of surprises around here. One such place we can boast about is the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Mansfield. (It even rated a feature in AAA’s latest “Journeys” magazine as one of their top 10 Out of the Ordinary places!). The museum just changed locations...

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Florence Griswold Museum presents Lyme Artists Abroad exhibit.

Florence Griswold Museum presents Lyme Artists Abroad exhibit.

The Florence Griswold Museum is famous for their early twentieth century artists who came to create art at the Lyme Art Colony. Those artists brought with them worlds of experience and influence from other countries and experiences. Through June 1, some of their inspirational pieces, infused with European culture, will be on display at the museum in the Lyme...

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School vacation week is the best week ever….at least in Mystic Country.

School vacation week is the best week ever….at least in Mystic Country.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again…if you’re a kid, anyway. First school vacation of 2014! And if you’re a parent, you’re probably wondering how to fill seven cold, winter days without boredom, cabin fever or rebellion creeping in. Not to worry – pack a lunch or an overnight bag and head to Mystic Country for tons of kid-friendly...

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Bed and Breakfasts in Mystic Country, CT.

Bed and Breakfasts in Mystic Country, CT.

Looking for a a romantic getaway that’s only 1/2 a tank away from NYC or Boston? Whether you want a woods or water view, Mystic Country Connecticut has got some charming Inns and Bed and Breakfasts sure to make you feel like you’ve really gotten away. From the tip of the Quiet Corner to the shores of Mystic, we have a plethora  choose from. And...

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Crazy for local breweries? Mystic Country has some of the best.

Crazy for local breweries? Mystic Country has some of the best.

Everyone loves a cold beer and in Mystic Country, we have some of the coolest, and tastiest breweries around. Whether you’re in the Quiet Corner or on the coast close to Mystic, we have some local breweries for you to check out: Beer’d Brewery, Stonington A smaller production size and creative beer makers who love to experiment gives this brewery a leg up....

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Unicorn Exhibit at Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

Unicorn Exhibit at Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

Let unicorns boost your spirits at the Season of Wonderment at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. This special program, The Unicorn Stampede, opens Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through Jan 5, 2014. There are 24 life-sized glitter unicorns at the museum by artist Camomile Hixon. We’re so excited about this – a unique twist on holiday decorating. The unicorns...

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Have a historical Christmas this year. Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport.

Have a historical Christmas this year. Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport.

Imagine this: no iPads, video games or gadgets under the Christmas tree. No constant loops of Christmas music. No Black Friday shopping sprees. What the heck kind of Christmas is this, you ask? Christmas in 1876, actually. And if you want to see what a real Christmas Eve was like back then, all you have to do is head over to Mystic Seaport between Nov. 30 and...

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