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Maple Tree in Autumn, Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, USA
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Mystic and New London Connecticut: Seafaring a Cut Above   by John Pelley

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Stop and visit the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Olde Mistick Village, a quaint shopping center with off the wall boutiques. Get some wonderful advice. Besides the famous aquarium which has both indoor and outdoor exhibits and the hands on exploration of Mystic Seaport, which offers costumed docents and craftsmen describing 19th century life in a shipbuilding seaport, take a drive across the river and explore the homes on the waterfront. Not only are you afforded views of crowded Mystic Seaport with hundreds of children roaming the ships, buildings, and other exhibits, you also have the narrow waterfront streets to yourself. Drive at a walking pace, admiring the homes of the citizens. Each house has a plaque naming the original owner, occupation, and date of construction. There were carpenters, captains, sail makers, doctors, clergymen, merchants, tavern keepers, mechanics, etc. This is a real treat, not only being far from the madding crowds, but also seeing the 19th century actual houses where these men and their families lived. From the exterior construction, size, architecture and surrounding landscaping, these were prosperous men.

Sailboats in a River, Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Sailboats in a River, Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
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Leaving the quiet waterfront, visit the rest of the town, passing by Mystic Pizza, where the 1988 movie was filmed. The rest of the town climbs into the surrounding hills, offering views of the Mystic River and the Long Island Sound. On the way out of town on Rte. 1 find a small cemetery dating from the War of 1812.

Stop at Stonington, CT; another surprise. Once again the streets are very narrow with the homes of people in the seafaring business. One notable home is of Captain Edmund Fanning who was the first one to fly the United States of America flag around the world in 1798-9 aboard the Betsy.

A little known event which occurred here is a fierce battle against the British. Holding off the landing parties from three British ships the local citizens of Stonington and Mystic held off the invasion. A lighthouse at the point still stands from the days of the battle. The cemetery you passed is the home to these brave men from Mystic. The men from Stonington are interred in a likewise historic cemetery in their town.

Across the Pawcatuck River, the dividing line between Connecticut and Rhode Island, you venture into Westerly, RI. See the carousal at Watch Hill Point. This merry-go-round was built in 1870. Each horse is hand carved out of a single piece of wood. Their tails and manes are real horse hair. The horses swing out when the carousal rotates giving the illusing of flying. The carousal still is in operation.

Ferris Wheel Against a Summer Sky, New London, Connecticut, USA
Ferris Wheel Against a Summer Sky, New London, Connecticut, USA
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Next visit New London. New London is also the boyhood home of Eugene O'Neill, Monte Cristo Cottage. Overlooking the harbor, O'Neill, the only playwright to win the Nobel Prize, used this setting for two of his plays, Long Day's Journey into Night and Ah, Wilderness. Signage in Connecticut is wonderful, until you get into the towns. The founding fathers assume that you know what street you are on. They are very good about giving the names of the cross streets, but are remiss on the main streets. You might have a difficult time finding Pequot Street, where O'Neill's home was at. Use a map.

Trumbull's House, War Office. In the heart of Lebanon, CT, find the home of Jonathan Trumbull, the only colonial governor who sided with the revolutionaries. London was situated midway between Boston and New York. His home was the meeting place of more than 1,200 strategy meetings. Perhaps the most important one was with Washington and Comte de Rochambeau before the battle of Yorktown.

His neighbor happened to be Dr William Beaumont, the "Father of Physiology". He observed and documented the digestive process in human beings through a wound to the stomach of a patient, which did not heal properly.

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About the Author - John Pelley is a Geriatric Gypsy. He is retired from the rat race of working. He is a full-time RVer, who ran away from home. He began our travels on the East Coast and, like the migrating birds, seek the warmth of the seasons He has discovered volunteering with the National Park System. He has a CD he has recorded of Native American flute music., A Day with Kokopelli. For pictures, links, and more information visit
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Comfort Inn Mystic
The Comfort Inn Mystic (Conn.) conveniently located near Interstate 95, is less than one-half mile from Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and within two miles of Mystic Seaport. The hotel is seven miles from Groton-New London Airport. The famous Mystic Pizza is two miles away. The hotel is 15 miles from the world's largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino, and Mohegan Sun casino. The pet-friendly hotel features complimentary continental breakfasts. Complimentary newspapers and coffee are found in the lobby. 
Days Inn Mystic
The Days Inn Mystic is located in Mystic, Conn., less than two miles from Old Mystic Village. The Mystic Aquarium is one mile from the hotel and the Mystic Seaport is two miles away. Within 10 miles of the hotel is the Foxwoods Resort Casino and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Days Inn Mystic serves complimentary continental breakfasts daily. There are several other restaurants are nearby. The hotel offers complimentary wireless Internet access. Safe-deposit boxes are available at the front desk. The hotel includes a fitness center and an outdoor pool. Custys International serves an all-you-can-eat seafood and steak buffet. 
Hilton Mystic
The Hilton Mystic is located in historic Mystic, Conn. The hotel is three miles from downtown Mystic, where the restaurant Mystic Pizza is located. The eatery served as the setting for the 1988 film by the same name. The Mystic Seaport Museum is one-half mile from the hotel and holds more than 40 acres of maritime history including 500 vessels. The on-site restaurant and lounge have nautical themes. Mooring Restaurant serves breakfast daily. Windows provide a garden view. There is a fireplace in Soundings Lounge. The hotel includes a fitness center and an indoor pool which connects to an outdoor area with patio tables. Windows and a large skylight bring in natural light. 
Howard Johnson Mystic
The Howard Johnson Inn - Mystic is a unique hotel located across the street from popular area attractions. This property features an indoor heated pool for year round enjoyment. Area attractions that are within close proximity include Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Olde Mystic Village, Mohegan Sun Casino, Rocky Neck State Park and various Rhode Island Villages. Each of the 77 tastefully appointed guest rooms feature standard amenities that are sure to please even the most particular traveler.
Hyatt Place Mystic
Located within walking distance of downtown Mystic, the Hyatt Place Mystic hotel is centrally located to popular area attractions such as the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village.  The hotel is also a short drive from both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. This Mystic hotel features spacious guestrooms each with the Hyatt Grand Bedô and a 42" flat panel HDTV. Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Complimentary continental breakfast daily. Outdoor heated swimming pool.
Ramada Mystic
The Ramada Mystic Hotel is located in Mystic, Conn., less than one-half mile from Mystic Aquarium and Old Mystic Village. The USS Nautilus is less than seven miles away. The Ramada Mystic Hotel serves complimentary breakfasts daily. The hotel includes the on-site Ground Round Restaurant and Ground Round Bar. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby. The front desk is open 24 hours daily and offers safe-deposit boxes. Meeting and event space is provided at the hotel. Business services are available. Complimentary high-speed Internet access is provided. The hotel includes a fitness center, steam room, an indoor pool, game room and playground. 
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