Photos By Marjorie Becker
Apparently, this town was in a movie? Can’t quite put our finger on it, but we think it had something to do with Julia Roberts bussing tables. Anywho … the tiny town of Mystic, Connecticut, may have seen a rise in fanny pack-sporting dads and disposable camera-wielding moms after the release of this cult classic, but the dedication to historic preservation is the real secret ingredient to this tiny town’s charm. Julia, eat your heart out.
We didn’t find Julia, but there’s still a whole crew dedicated to slingin’ pies to the masses
Pass the butter! Located just 10 minutes up the road from Mystic, this lobster shack was once a quick pit stop for fishermen to pick up some bait and tackle and refuel before continuing their castings. The proof is just behind the shed.
Mystic and Noank Library
Perusing the nautical narratives of this cozy book nook, it’s no wonder this was the brainchild of a seasoned sea captain. You may even meet the first and second mates, Violet and Matilda, who can be found watching over readers and keeping their pages safe from pesky pests…
Mystic Seaport Museum
Looking for the latest styles in hoop skirts and haberdashery? The buildings in this village aren’t replicas, but genuine businesses from the 1800s that have been donated to the Mystic Seaport Museum. And they’re not just for show. These old shops keep handcrafted traditions alive, from shipbuilding to forging, and barrel-making to blacksmithing. One shop is even responsible for making and maintaining most of the signage that makes this town so special
Flipping over the open sign in 1907, Carson’s called two places home before finding a haven on Main Street. It was a spark from a steam train that set their second home ablaze. But it seems the third time’s the charm, as the business has been alive and well for over 100 years.
The flourishing flower baskets of quaint & colorful houses make Mystic feel like a movie set. A stroll about town will have your head on a swivel thanks to these historic homes. Take a close look and you might catch a glimpse of those that once lived there—now if you’ll excuse us, we’re headed back to the library to dig up some of the old gossip columns.