Local Attractions, Recreation and Culture
Although StoneRidge provides a full calendar of planned social, cultural and recreational activities, what you do each day is completely up to you.
When you're in the mood to go exploring, you can take in the charming storefronts, tree-lined streets and the irresistible scent of the sea that make Stonington and Mystic such compelling destinations. Not surprisingly, Stonington is a favorite place for artists. The Velvet Mill is home to what has been called "a thriving community of artists and artisans." The Stonington Borough Merchants Association is an excellent resource for information on garden tours, lectures, gallery shows and other events. Many of these can be found at www.stoningtonboroughct.com.
Also in Stonington, one of the "must sees" is the Old Lighthouse Museum, where the view from the tower has been aptly described as "breathtaking." Collections in the museum reveal the maritime heritage that is evident throughout the region. Although most of the historic buildings are Colonial or Federal style, Stonington's new brick firehouse happens to be modern architect Philip Johnson's last design.
Mystic.org is a great source of information on what's happening in Mystic from "Where to Eat" to "Where to Shop" and "Where to Stay." The site also provides a list of events, from Tall Ships to an Annual Author Series to special historical exhibits. Restaurants are also available in abundance.
Mystic Seaport is a wonderful destination, even if you have visited before. You can also find suggestions for the hottest spots to shop and play by referencing www.mystic.org. The site offers suggestions on where to shop, eat and be entertained.
Just minutes from exit 91 on Interstate 95, Stonington Borough has been called "the most beautiful seaside village in New England." Stonington offers boundless charm and abundant opportunities for exploring antique stores and galleries, gift shopping and sightseeing, while the Borough is also home to sophisticated and casual restaurants, coffee shops and historical sites, and is a haven for antique and art lovers.
Some helpful and fascinating destinations include the Stonington Free Library, Stonington Historical Society, Community Center and at least three places of worship.
The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce hosts a professionally juried outdoor art show each summer in downtown Mystic. According to the Chamber's website, the show features "more than 250 fine artists who exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture and acrylics."
Other activities include a Spring Classic Concert, Riverfront Run and a River Fest Event with Dragon Boat Races, entertainment, children's activities and refreshments.
Be sure to visit the Avalonia Land Trust (adjacent to StoneRidge) and Olde Mistick Village, full of quaint shops, fine restaurants and a movie theatre — an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll.
The Mystic River Drawbridge, Train Depot (with service to New York and Boston), and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center are also not to be missed.
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