• Spring Weekend Getaway: Mystic, Connecticut

    While it’s only three hours away by train, Mystic, Connecticut feels a world away from Hudson County. The charming coastal town is best known for its cameo in one of Julia Roberts’ first films, Mystic Pizza, but it’s much more than a chick flick set. Mystic is a quiet, walkable village with fresh seafood, upscale {yet affordable} shopping, and scenic trails along the water and through the woods. For those planning a pals’ weekend getaway from Hoboken, read on for everything you need to know for the perfect Mystic weekend trip.

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    Where to Stay

    whalers inn mystic ct

    For cozy lodging with a chic, nautical flair, book a room at The Whaler’s Inn. This female-owned business is in the heart of downtown Mystic, overlooks the drawbridge and the waterfront, and is a quick, 10-minute walk from the train station.

    While free breakfast and a jacuzzi tub are definite perks, the star of The Whaler’s Inn show is the fireplace. The gas fireplace pairs perfectly with in-room coffee or a glass of wine {available at the front desk}.

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    Where to Eat

    Vault Coffee

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    Located in Old Mistick Village, a recreated 18th-century village, Vault Coffee blends coastal charm with hipster vibes. The small roasting company and café has a variety of java brews; the coffee shop also sells local sweets like the hand-crafted Deviant Donuts.

    If you’d prefer to grab your coffee in downtown Mystic, stop by Bartleby’s Cafe. This local establishment is right on Main Street and just minutes walking from The Whaler’s Inn.

    Jealous Monk

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    Beer lovers flock to Old Mistick Village’s indoor beer garden, Jealous Monk, which offers dozens of craft beers with a creative comfort-food menu. Seating is plentiful in this bustling hangout; when you visit, make sure to order the Griddled Corn Bread — a homemade dish with honey and whipped butter.

    Oyster Club

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    This farm-to-table Mystic staple is perfect for a big night out. The menu — which includes coastal must-try dishes like oysters and scallops — is particularly affordable come happy hour; oysters can dip as low as $1. Ingredients are sourced from farms all over Connecticut and come spring, patrons can enjoy these fresh eats outside at The Treehouse, the Oyster Club’s rooftop terrace.

    Mystic Pizza

    When in Mystic, visitors must try the ‘za that made the town famous. Mystic Pizza was a central focus of the 1988 coming-of-age film featuring Julia Roberts; today, travelers can dine in the original digs with top-notch pizza and movie-based souvenirs.

    Things To Do

    Hiking at Bluff Point State Park

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    Located beside the Long Island Sound, Bluff Point State Park is a scenic hub for coastal trails and rocky shorelines. The four-mile loop in Stonington — just 15-minutes by Uber from Mystic —takes hikers by the beach and through the woods, offering some of the best waterfront vistas near Mystic.

    Shopping at Rochelle’s Boutiques

    Free People and BB Dakota fill the racks of this upscale boutique in downtown Mystic. Whether you’re on the hunt for chic weekend wear or one-of-a-kind jewelry, this locally owned shop —nestled on Main Street among a dozen other local shops from bookstores to souvenir spots — is a must-visit on a trip to Mystic.

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    Getting There

    downtown mystic ct

    {Photo Credit: @downtownmysticct}

    Mystic is a three-hour drive from Hoboken; alternatively, it’s easily accessible — and under three hours — by train. Take the Northeast Regional train from New York Penn Station to the Mystic stop, which lets you out just 10 minutes from downtown.

    Getting Around

    Downtown Mystic is pedestrian friendly, and visitors can also walk up to Old Mistick Village {about 1.5 miles} for a pretty, scenic stroll. To go beyond downtown Mystic, Uber is fast and reliable with loads of friendly and resourceful drivers.

    Have you been to Mystic, CT before? Have a favorite spot to visit? Let us know in the comments!


    Written by:

    Stephanie Vermillion lives in Uptown Hoboken with her fiancé, Frank, and four-legged coworker/child (OK, dog), Harry. Stephanie is a travel journalist and filmmaker with articles published in outlets such as VICE, Mental Floss, Elite Daily and Mic, and she’s the founder of Stephanie Vermillion Studio (www.stephanievermillionstudio.com). When she’s not on the road or keeping her coworker, Harry, in line, you can find Stephanie bingeing on pour-overs at Hudson Coffee.


    3 comments

    • Have you ever actually visited Mystic.. It’s not quiet and there is no walk through any woods. Plus, have you eaten at any of these places?… Mystic Pizza is horrific and the jealous monk is no better… Neither get any traffic from the locals..

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      • Hi Ian! I did visit for several days and enjoyed these spots quite a bit! I actually found Mystic Pizza super tasty, but to each her own. Bluff Point State Park was a nice little escape in the forest that leads to shoreline if that’s up your alley. Further details are in the post 🙂

        Sounds like you may know the area well, so if you have any additional recommendations, please share for our next trip! Thanks again!

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    • Visited Mystic for a Weekend getaway, thanks for the hotel recommendation. We stayed at Whalers Inn and it didn’t disappoint us. We were very pleased with the hospitality, and the location of the hotel. Rooms were nice and kid friendly.
      We dined at Mariner , Engine Room , stopped by drwb @ 24 for a snack.
      We were mostly there to check out the Beluga Whales but also visited the NR1 submarine at a Naval base close by.

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