How to hop in a small town along the Connecticut coast this summer

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When summer comes, time tends to slow down way down whenever we can get close to the water. That’s precisely why, this year, we’re heading to the Connecticut coast, to stington, connecticut to be exact. Home to a collection of small villages and boroughs bathed in salt water, Stonington is located at the far east of the constitutional state and has a long history steeped in the sea lanes. (The town’s first major industry was the seal hunt, and successfully fought the British Navy during the American Revolution and the War of 1812!)

These days, the summer tourist destination of the small town of Stonington is perhaps best known for the even smaller village of Mystic, which technically straddles the border of Stonington and Groton and became famous in Mystical Pizza, the iconic 80s romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts. Yes, the pizzeria of the same name is still there, but Mystic has since grown into a serious foodie destination, with dining options ranging from decadent brioche donuts to sophisticated seafood restaurants.

Beyond great food, you’ll also find historic open-air museums, farmhouses with fields of sunflowers and great ice cream, plus home decor and antique shops perfect for those who love the nautical look. . So if you’re looking for the perfect small town summer getaway, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to find out about the best things to do in Stonington, Connecticut, including, of course, ways to spend time on the water.

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Set morning enamel

To Deviant donutslocals line up early (think 7:30!) for cold honey-vanilla infusion and decadent brioche donuts in a rotating list of seasonal flavors.

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To stroll

Start the day with a walk Water Street in the borough of Stonington. The thoroughfare is dotted with quaint storefronts, historic homes and, at its southernmost point, Wood Beach.

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Immerse yourself in history

Notice to all sailing enthusiasts! The “streets” of the open-air Seaport Village at Mystical Seaport Museum are lined with more than 200-year-old commercial shops that have been transported from New England maritime towns. (You will also find the Charles W. Morganshown at left, which is the world’s last wooden whaler.) Back in Stonington Borough, maritime sights include the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer’s House museum and the 170 years Stoneton Lighthouse.

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Take a lobster trip

Sail along the coast to Ford’s Lobster to Noank for lunch, where you’ll enjoy lobster rolls served Connecticut style (hot with melted butter) at a 1950s bait and tackle store.

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Wander in the fields

Check Rock Acres Farm’s program for more details on farm dinners, their music festivals in August and cooking classes for children. Further inland, the main attractions of the family business buttonhole closure are the 50 flavors of ice cream made on site and 14 acres of sunflowers.

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Coastal Shop

To Mystical Tracery, America’s first knot shop, Monkey Fist Doorstops are hand woven of sturdy manila rope, while mystical nautical Shipping consignment is a no-frills treasure trove of boating accessories and antiques. treasure is a nautical-minded men’s merchant, and you’ll find handmade pottery in the colors of the coast at Hand glaze.

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eat your heart

However Mystical Pizza put the local food scene on the map, newcomer Nana’s Bakery & Pizza is also a popular choice for sourdough clam pies. In the afternoon, drinks and bites at the treehouse in oyster club is a more casual way to enjoy the bustling dinner destination, and since there aren’t too many lobster in New England, enjoy your next batch on the waterfront at Red 36.

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Name your favorite small town!

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