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
Denison Homestead Museum
Dennison Homestead MuseumThe Dennison Homestead Museum is about ten minutes from our house. it was rebuilt in 1717 after the first house from 1654 burned. This is a great tour for anyone, but especially school aged children to see how the Colonialist lived. It is a short tour so not overwhelming, but very interesting. Although Captain George Dennison built the house in 1654, many believe he still lives there. Apparently, there are very strange occurrences in that house.
Not to sound crazy, (here comes the big but,) but this house is a back shortcut to Masons Island and one Halloween a few years ago we got a late start on our trip to Mystic from Pittsburgh, so it was just after midnight when we passed the house. There was flickering candle light in an upper window and what appeared to be a man in Colonial dress gazing out the window.. Obviously we were traveling at about 30 miles an hour and didn't see this for long, but that is what it looked like. We figured it was one of the dossens as they dress in period costumes. Later we stopped by and asked how often they spend the night there and were told never! That is when we were told about the numerous sitings of the Captain! I think that paranormal TV show set up there one night to meet him. We were told they were in a room upstairs and heard heavy clomping footsteps that came as far as the door of the room they were in, but no further.
Don't worry it is not spooky during the day, just a wonderful look into the pass.