Best Places for Dining, Shopping, and Sightseeing Near Mystic CT
Travel Guide by Glori Law
There are an incredible number of things to do year round in the Mystic area. We constantly update this guide based on our own experiences and with feedback from our guests, who now total over 120 rentals. We have gotten a good idea of what is worthwhile and what isn't. Our goal is to provide visitors with ideas and descriptions that will help to make their visit memorable. We don't get any favors, freebies, gifts etc. from any of the sites we mention.
To the left is the steamboat Sabino that is the oldest wooden, coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the U.S. Built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine. It still has the original engine! It leaves from the Mystic Seaport and cruises up the Mystic river right in front of our house
Stonington Seafood Harvesters
Stonington Seafood Harvesters is owned by the Bombster family and is a local institution. This family has several huge fishing trawlers that they use to harvest some to the best scallops you will ever taste. The scallops are flash frozen on the boat, as they are caught, way out at sea, so are always of the upmost freshest. They have a big distribution area, but are also the main source of scallops to the local restaurants where they will be described on the menu as the "Bomster Scallops". They also fish for the Stonington Red Shrimp I described on the Seawell entry, and many other types of fish, but are reknown for their scallops.
They have a unique retail stand over by the Stonington Fishing docks. There are freezers lined up under an awing like gray building. The customer selects what they want out of the freezers, which are filled with scallops, etc, uses the provided adding machine to calculate what they owe and either deposits a cash payment or check in a slotted box provided. Not sure if they have a credit card provision . Total honor system, no one manning the space! People must be honest, because this system has been there for about the thirty years that I remember. This is great if you need fish after Seawell's is closed.