We’ve been home 11 days now and I’m just getting around to my Mystic update. Maybe that’s normal, but I was really hoping to post this earlier… because I dunno about you but my memory stinks lately. Anyway while some of these moments are still (somewhat) fresh in my noggin, I’d like to take you through our time in Mystic.
Day one: We arrived and checked into the Hampton Inn and Suites. Not my first rodeo with them, but definitely my first as an official family which is something they tout heavily on their website. I should note that despite them advertising a portable crib, that was not an option when we checked in and I’m glad we brought ours… even though Mila refused to sleep in it. So she shared the bed with her poppa which gave me anxiety because what if he rolls on top of her or she suffocates under the covers or (insert a host of other neurosis.) Why is my brain this way?
I digress. Everything was fine.
Where was I? Oh yes, we checked in and headed to the waterfront to walk around/grab an early dinner. Went to The Engine Room and ordered burgers (you could swap any of their menu sandwiches for either tofu OR mushroom and wheat berry patties–both options were delicious). Fries were sick. Drinks delightful. After walking to the drawbridge and through town, we slowly made our way back to the hotel to give Mila her evening bottle.
Day two: Breakfast at hotel, early morning walk through Mystic. By the water. Through some neighborhoods. Went to Pennywise Consignment Shop and found a shirt/bought Bryan a jacket. I almost bought myself a jacket and a really gorgeous vintage Coach bag but couldn’t justify the cost for either. I love consignment/thrift shopping. Anyone else? Went to a book shop, in and out of some local stores, had lunch at an amazing pizza place called Pizzetta which has a full vegetarian/vegan menu with veggie meats. This place was a highlight and their pizza was amazing. Mila approved it, too 🙂 Strolling along the water. Watched the drawbridge open. Walked around Olde Mistick Village and had Thai (delicious).
Day three: Brekkie at hotel, and returned to Olde Mistick Village for donuts (OMG THEY WERE HEAVENLY), window shopping, koi pond gazing. Returned to hotel room for a nap and recharge before going to a beer garden that night. Ate all the food (not the best, but typical for a beer garden. We had more veggie burgers).
Day four: Woke up early, had breakfast at hotel (hell yea, we take advantage of this!), went to a cemetery (as you do). This was a really lovely cemetery we stumbled upon one day and since I’m slightly weird, Bryan indulged me and we drove through, stopping often to gaze at headstones. Met a nice couple there and we laughed at how weird we all were. Brunch at the Blue Squid which was really good though they put about a pound of pepper on sweet potatoes which no one could figure out. Spent the day at the aquarium and at the dinosaur exhibit (fun add-on. Not sure it’s worth the $10 extra per ticket but Mila seemed to enjoy it). My favorite part was when she looked at a dinosaur and said “Mi” because I guess he resembled her dog brother, lol. I really loved everything about the aquarium–a lot of room to socially distance, really great trainers, well cared for animals. That night we went back to the waterfront to walk around and have dinner (back to Engine Room because Mystic Pizza didn’t have outdoor dining and we were all pizza’d out). Got ice cream and people watched. A couple walking by laughed because Mila’s mouth was wide open (like a muppet) for more ice cream. A kind woman told us to cherish it–all of it–because it goes by so quickly and she just had to send her youngest to college <3 Very nice people here.
Day five: raining. All day. Not the best for a drive back but we loaded the car after breakfast and copious amounts of coffee. Briefly debated getting Mystic Pizza because we knew everyone would ask us when we returned, but B was eager to hit the road and return to Milo, who we all missed dearly. I brought him back a souvenir from Mystic. A Smarties candy toy that says Farties. And we got him Cannabis dog treats that don’t calm him down. We tried!