It wouldn’t be far-fetched to compare our trip to Mystic, CT, to a picture-perfect painting. The colors of the ocean and the forest are vibrant, the town boasts a snow globe-like charm, and the history of the area makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the 19th century. My fiance and I stayed at Stonecroft Country Inn, a historical B&B where you’re encouraged to disconnect from your everyday routine and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. It’s a great option for those seeking a meaningful retreat, where you can relax by a fireplace and hear the birds chirping outside your window. Not only was it this of the most romantic weekends we’ve ever had, but it was also an exciting adventure filled with activities! Read on as I walk you through our experience and explain how you too can enjoy this amazing experience for yourself.
HOW TO SPEND A PERFECT WEEKEND AT STONECROFT COUNTRY INN
RELAX AND UNWIND
I chose to visit Stonecroft Country Inn for two reasons: the beauty of the area and the striking charm of the inn. We didn’t board our plane with a long list of things to do, but rather with the pleasant idea of the unknown. For once, our travels were going to be about serenity and curiosity!
STONECROFT COUNTRY INN: A REMEDY FOR STRESS
Stonecroft is nestled in the Connecticut countryside, only five minutes away from the quaint coastal town of Mystic. (Although, it feels much more remote than that!) The drive consists of lush forest along the Mystic River and ends with a gravel road leading up to the historic house and barn. It’s the perfect setting to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with yourself.
COZY AND CHARMING ACCOMMODATIONS
The inn offers two different experiences: a cozy 1807 house and a modern yet equally charming Yellow Barn. We stayed in the Orlando Suite in the latter. The barn looks like a house, and the interior has all the warmth and spirit of a true Connecticut home. Our room had a gas fireplace, a TV with a DVD player, and a spacious bathroom with a stand-in shower and a magnificent Jacuzzi tub. There was also a deck, sofa, writing desk, and the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept in. It felt like a home away from home! We loved spending our evenings by the crackling fire, watching our favorite TV shows in the oh-so-comfortable robes.
Mornings were my favorite part of the day. Stonecroft’s homemade breakfasts were prepared by the owner, Scott, and served by his lovely fiance, Jodie. She always tended to us and made sure we had everything we needed. I noticed that she took the time to do that with other guests in the room as well. The dining room was a sight to behold. It was so spacious that it could have been a ballroom, with views of the first-floor gardens and an impressive fireplace decorated for Christmas. We ate mouthwatering French toast and sausage, with freshly-brewed coffee, juice, and an assortment of cereal and fruit. I probably ate more than I should have, but it was so delicious I couldn’t resist!
SLOW DOWN YOUR PACE AND EXPERIENCE THE CHARM OF THIS COASTAL TOWN
Mystic’s charm is contagious, and with a setting as cozy and remote as Stonecroft Country Inn, you can slow down your pace and take time to enjoy the little things. As I mentioned, we hadn’t set out to do anything in particular. However, having worked with Stonecroft for more than a year, I wanted to check out some of the places I featured in their blogs!
AN EVENING AT MYSTIC PIZZA
We arrived in Mystic on a Friday, around 7 p.m. After meeting Jodie at the inn and settling into our room, we decided to go into town for dinner. One thing you should know is that I’m a big movie fan, so, of course, one place I was eager to see was the famous Mystic Pizza. The restaurant didn’t disappoint; the atmosphere was family-friendly and felt very local, which was nice. We sat down at our booth and noticed the 1988 comedy playing on a TV behind us. We ordered the original pizza and eagerly waited to try the famous secret recipe. Again, it exceeded our expectations. Neither my fiance nor I have a large appetite, and yet we fought to finish a medium pie! The slogan is true: Mystic Pizza really is a “slice of heaven.”
A SATURDAY IN MYSTIC
The next day was our first full day in Mystic, and we decided to take a walk around town. It turned out to be a great idea for a relaxing Saturday! It was a gorgeous day and the sun was out. We parked in the Museum of Art public parking overlooking the water and strolled along Main Street, admiring its quaint shops. We spent almost an hour at the Bank Square Bookstore, did some Christmas shopping, and decided to have lunch by the water at S&P Oyster Restaurant. We were seated at a table overlooking the river and enjoyed a sampler of oysters and delicious clam chowder. It’s a must when you’re in New England!
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the Mystic Seaport Museum and the impressive Charles W. Morgan ship. We then stopped at Green Marble Coffee House to grab a cappuccino and talk with the locals for a while. When we arrived back at Stonecroft Country Inn, we turned on the gas fireplace and relaxed until dinner time.
A LAST FAREWELL AT THE DANIEL PACKER INNE
The weekend was almost over, and our flight was departing the next day. There was one more place I wanted to see before leaving Mystic: the historic Daniel Packer Inne. It was built in 1756 and has since served as an inn and restaurant. We got dinner at the pub downstairs by the fireplace. The atmosphere was everything I had pictured; it was dark and candlelit, with massive stone walls and a wooden bar. It almost felt like we were in England!
VENTURE TO THE NEIGHBORING STATES
Another one of Mystic’s assets is that it’s part of a rich cultural region. You can drive to almost six states within a day if you set out to! We didn’t quite do that, but we did explore a bit more before leaving. Our strategy was to fly in and out of Boston so we could drive around a bit and see what Machassussets had to offer. After all, Mystic is less than two hours away from Boston’s airport!
To keep ourselves from getting overwhelmed (which would go against our relaxing rule), my fiance and I each chose one thing to see outside of Mystic. His choice was the city of Boston and the legendary Cheers bar. (He loves the show!) We had lunch there and made sure everybody knew our name, then took a stroll through Boston Commons, explored Beacon Hill, and shopped on Boylston Street.
I wanted to visit the town of Concord, which is approximately 30 minutes away from Boston. We drove there Sunday morning and toured the Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott’s home that inspired one of my favorite books, Little Women. We then hiked a bit at Walden Pond and had lunch at Main Streets Cafe before making our way back to the airport.
IT’S YOUR TURN TO EXPERIENCE MYSTIC, CT!
Looking back on this amazing weekend, it’s clear that it was just the escape we needed. We focused on relaxation and exploration and spent quality time together in an unfamiliar yet comforting setting. We knew after that first night at Stonecroft that we would be back someday. We fell in love with the inn just as much as the town! Whether you want to spend a romantic getaway in the countryside or opt for a fun, low-key weekend with friends, Stonecroft is the perfect spot.
Reconnect with yourself and with nature when you book a room at Stonecroft Country Inn. Enjoy high-end amenities with all the perks of a cozy cottage and give yourself the time and freedom to unwind from everyday life. You’ll quickly realize that your body and mind needed it!
By Caroline Durand