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First Mystic Tour of 2021 — 3 generations!

Three generations from one family visited Mystic last weekend, and got the royal treatment!  It was a joy to “reveal” this special area.  2 grandparents, 2 parents, 3 young boys anxious to learn and explore.   All had visited the Mystic Aquarium in the past, but now were thrilled to get an insider look at…

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April 2, 2021

Stone Walls of New England (and Mystic)

According to “Stone by Stone” a fascinating study by Robert Thorson, over 250,000 miles of stone walls have been built over the centuries in the six New England States.  To give that number meaning, that enough stone wall to go around the earth 10 times.  If you live in a New England town, stone walls…

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January 26, 2021

Autumn in Mystic…..more vivid, less crowded.

Yes, the summer is our “busy time” and it’s gorgeous —- but the colors, the images, the air quality and the vistas in autumn are special.  Ask any local.  AND, you can enjoy them without the distraction of lines, crowds and traffic.  The sights, sounds, history, and scenery of Mystic become move vivid.   You’ve…

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November 2, 2020

Private tours of Mystic, the new-normal

Only private groups for Mystic Revealed tours this season.  Last year my Mystic walking tours and food tours were “open” to multiple parties.  I’ve always had small groups (max 6), but in the past it was fun to let couples or families from around the country and around the world tour together.  Not yet.  At…

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June 30, 2020

Great hiking trails near Mystic

Once you’ve toured the town, why not enjoy a beautiful hike nearby? Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (Mystic) DPNC,  is a wildlife sanctuary with over 8 miles of hiking trails, a natural history museum (featuring live owls!), and an educational facility. 5 minute drive from downtown Mystic on the Stonington (Seaport) side of the river.  Take…

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March 4, 2020

Mystic’s Shipbuilding History

Courtesy of Mystic Seaport Museum Early English colonists to Plymouth, to Boston and ultimately to Connecticut, initially hoped there would be mineral wealth or fertile, arable land to farm.  It didn’t take long to realize that this coast had neither.  New England’s primary resources consisted of two things:  fish, and timber.  Coastal Connecticut, and especially…

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February 4, 2020

Mystic and American whaling

Courtesy of Mystic Seaport Today Mystic holds a very special place in the history of American whaling for one primary reason.  The Mystic Seaport.  Since 1941, the Charles W Morgan, the sole remaining whaling ship from the heyday of the U.S. whaling industry has been housed, maintained and displayed right here on the Mystic River….

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January 8, 2020

Brewery tour, beer, food & history

The craft beer craze that has (thankfully) swept the nation, has been very kind to this area (Southeast Connecticut and neighboring Rhode Island).   From New London to Westerly on Rte 95 is a mere 20 minutes — none of it includes a big city, and yet a beer tour can easily pull off the…

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December 11, 2019

Where else but on a walking tour in Mystic?

In addition to the massive annual Mystic Art Fair — as usual there were plenty of other hidden gems going on in Mystic on the most recent weekend.  Our walking tour stumbled across an amazingly cool obscure event — A “J Boat” regatta featuring 10 foot high, radio-controlled, model sail boats.  These guys were dead serious, I even heard them screaming at each other as they jockeyed for position around the starting line. Two of the sailors wives joined us on our Mystic Treasures walking and history tour the day before, that’s how I found out about the regatta.  According to Judy and Rebecca, their husbands are both ex-sailors of “real” boats who have now migrated to radio-controlled.  The travel around the country to Regattas and have special trailers to accommodate their radi0-controlled craft.  It takes two guys to launch…

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August 13, 2019

Mystic walking tours include the Mayflower?

Yes, the Mayflower (II) is in Mystic.  Why?  Because the Mystic Seaport Museum has an elite wooden shipbuilding center that was chosen to prepare the Mayflower for its 400 year birthday sail! In case you forget your middle school history, the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth in the fall of 1620. Next year in 2020, the…

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August 6, 2019

Are we having fun yet? Mystic Pizza is history too!

Our guided tours feature a Mystic that is rich in history dating to the mid-1600s.  The very earliest colonial settlers set down roots here, seeking their place in the new world.  On our food tours we talk about the Pequot Indians, whaling and shipping, the War of 1812, the spirt of New England entrepreneurialism, rum…

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July 23, 2019

Understanding Mystic and New England

We have several reasons we start our guided tours of Mystic at the Spicer Mansion.  First of all it’s a beautiful, recently restored classic example of a sea captain’s mansion.  The views from the “belvedere” are spectacular as the home sits on one of the highest points in the area.  Watch Hill Rhode Island,  Fishers…

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July 18, 2019