Winter Charms and Culinary Delights: Mystic, CT, Named Among Top 20 Beautiful Winter Towns in the U.S.

StoneRidge, nestled in the heart of charming Mystic, CT, finds itself in the spotlight as Mystic earns a spot on Travel + Leisure’s list of the “20 Most Beautiful Winter Towns In The U.S.” Known for its maritime traditions and featured in the 1988 film “Mystic Pizza,”

Mystic transforms into a winter wonderland with sea captains’ homes adorned in twinkling lights, the Mystic River Bascule Bridge glistening with icicles, and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Notably, the town’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, where Santa arrives by tugboat, adds to its festive allure. 

Amid Mystic’s winter accolades, Young Buns Doughnuts, famous for its “Mystic cream doughnuts,” stands out as one of “New England’s doughnuts worth the drive,” according to Eater Boston. Owned by Adam and Ebbie Young, the couple behind Sift Bake Shop, Young Buns’ signature sweet delights with vanilla bean pastry cream, pistachios, sea salt, and chocolate ganache. Explore the delectable treats and the couple’s culinary journey at Young Buns Doughnuts in Mystic.

Beyond the winter charm, Mystic’s dining scene has gained national recognition, with establishments like The Shipwright’s Daughter, The Port of Call, and Nana’s Bakery & Pizza earning praise from Condé Nast Traveler, Esquire, Bloomberg, and the New York Post. Renowned chef Renee Touponce of Oyster Club and The Port of Call even made waves as a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award in the Best Chef Northeast category in 2023.

Dive into the culinary delights that contribute to Mystic’s allure, making it one of Architectural Digest’s “55 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” in 2022. Read more about Mystic’s winter and culinary wonders in the complete article from CT Insider.



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