mysticAfter a particularly busy holiday season Little Star and I decided we needed to get away for a couple of days and thought Mystic CT might be a good location for our little get away. We found a cute little inn to stay at – Steamboat Inn, and made our own little adventure.

We took Friday off from work and left the house in the morning. We ran a few errands on the way including stopping for brunch at my favorite locale – Bagel World – seriously best bagels ever! The drive to Mystic was fairly uneventful but a bit long. We stopped for lunch just outside Mystic at a nice Thai restaurant called Thai One On. The food here was very good and I was quite impressed for a random stop along the way.

After lunch we pulled into the center of Mystic. Despite being the middle of winter the town center was bustling. We got a bit confused finding the Steamboat Inn and parking. To get in you have to enter through a ticket booth and into the city parking lot (the hotel gives you a parking pass on check-in so you don’t have to pay.)

annie wilcox The woman checking us in was very friendly. She offered us restaurant recommendations, gave us a tour of the inn and showed us to our room. We stayed in the Annie Wilcox room on the second floor. Our room featured a wood burning fireplace, sitting area, jacuzzi tub and overlooked the river. All of the rooms looked lovely but I found ours particularly cozy. Directly across the hall was the dining room which had complimentary water, soda and snacks available all day and had a special happy hour with sherry and cookies.

After checking in we rested for a bit and then went out to check out the town. We wandered into some of the shops – there were little jewelry and art shops, book stores, clothing boutiques and coffee shops. We also checked out some of the restaurants to see what we might like for dinner. It quickly got dark but we weren’t quite ready for dinner so we picked up some menus and headed back to the room.

We like to come prepared so we had a bottle of wine waiting for us back in the room. We opened the wine and started a fire in the fireplace. The hotel staff sets up the fireplace with newspaper and logs perfectly configured so it is easy to light and keep going. After a little while we ordered a pizza and salad from Pizzetta, a lovely little brick oven pizza shop in the same parking lot as the inn. (We realized after that maybe we should have tried Mystic Pizza…)

We enjoyed the pizza, wine and played our favorite card game Monopoly Deals for some time. We also roasted marshmallows in the fireplace and made yummy s’mores!

Continue on to Day 2…