Mystic in the Winter
While Mystic is well-known for its maritime history and summer attractions, it also offers a unique and enchanting experience for visitors during the colder months. As snow blankets Mystic, it truly turns this coastal gem into a winter wonderland. And we’re not the only ones who think so! Mystic was recently included in Travel + Leisure’s article, 20 Most Beautiful Winter Towns in the U.S. Alongside destinations like Aspen, Colorado and Kennebunkport, Maine, Mystic fits in just perfectly as a must visit winter destination. In this blog, we’ll explore why Mystic is a fantastic place to embrace the winter season.
Events at Olde Mistick Village
Visiting Olde Mistick Village during the winter offers a unique and enchanting experience that combines New England charm with festive activities. The largest light display in New England, The Holiday Lights Spectacular, begins in November and stays up until January 31st. It’s a beautiful display of lights that is definitely worth seeing. On February 24th, they will hold their 19th annual Cabin Fever Charity Chowder Cook Off. Over a dozen local restaurants will serve up their signature chowder and YOU choose the winner! Jealous Monk has curling in their beer garden through March 6th. You can even dine outside at a table with a built-in fire pit. Deviant Donuts offers delicious seasonal donuts and coffee. Pop in and warm up with a hot drink and a yummy donut or two! Winter is a quieter season, meaning you can enjoy Olde Mistick Village without the crowds typical of the summer months. The peaceful atmosphere allows for a more relaxed and intimate experience as you explore the shops and scenery!
Visit Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Seaport takes on a serene and peaceful ambiance during the winter months. Stroll through the historic village, explore the maritime exhibits, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at Anchor Cafe. Like Olde Mistick Village, the Seaport hosts several events during the winter. The annual “Wintertide” event, which takes place February 17th-19th, celebrates the great outdoors in New England. Meet reindeer and sled dogs, check out the ice sculpture demonstrations, and warm up next to a roaring fire. The museum also offers winter group tours of Watercraft Hall, which houses over 400 boats dating back to the early 1800s, and tours of the Shipyard, where you’ll see and hear about what boats are being worked on this winter (one of them is the Mayflower II!). Visit the Treworgy Planetarium to be immersed in a sea of stars as the constellations guide you on an unforgettable journey through the galaxy. The Mystic Seaport is open Thursdays through Sundays until April 1st.
Enjoy the local Cuisine
Mystic is well known for its fantastic dining scene. Known for its farm-to-table approach, Oyster Club offers a menu that changes daily, featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Their seafood dishes are a must-try, and the warm, inviting ambiance makes it a perfect winter dining spot. Situated near the Mystic River, S&P Oyster Restaurant offers a blend of Latin and local flavors, specializing in seafood. The cozy interior and hearty dishes make it an ideal choice for a cold winter day. Focusing on American comfort food with a twist, Engine Room is known for its burgers, craft beers, and a great selection of bourbon. The industrial-chic setting creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Offering a unique blend of history and fine dining, The Captain Daniel Packer Inne serves a variety of dishes in a cozy, historic setting. It’s particularly appealing in winter, with its fireplaces adding to the ambiance.
Mystic invites visitors to experience the winter season in a truly magical way. Whether you’re captivated by the historic charm of Mystic Seaport, exploring the pathways of Olde Mistick Village, or enjoying the culinary delights of the season, Mystic offers a unique and enchanting winter getaway. What’s your favorite winter activity in Mystic?