A week on the Connecticut shoreline

22 August 2016

Usually when we go home to Connecticut, it’s for a major holiday or a big occasion, like a family wedding. Every trip is fun, but on those occasions our schedule is often hectic and largely dictated for us. So to have a full week where we could simply enjoy some of our favorite restaurants, activities, and places in our hometown was a rare treat – and we took full advantage of it! Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see. At the bottom of the post I’m also sharing a list of our shoreline/southeastern Connecticut favorites, if you should find yourself in the area!


The view from Abbott’s.


The magnificent Ocean House. We went for lunch and it was as wonderful as you’d expect!


June loved the penguins at the Mystic Aquarium! Everything else pretty much went over her head, but the penguins were a hit :)


All dressed up for a high school friend’s wedding!




Taking an evening walk to see my house.

Favorite places to eat:
Caffe NV and NV Market
Sift Bake Shop
Oyster Club
Kitchen Little
The Ocean House
Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream and Buttonwood Farm
Paul’s Pasta
Chinese Kitchen
S&P Oyster Company
Clyde’s Cider Mill

Favorite things to do:
Mystic Aquarium
Picnic at Harkness Memorial State Park and Avery Point
Hike at Haley Farm and Bluff Point
Beach day at Napatree in Watch Hill
Walk through downtown Mystic
Walk through Stonington Borough
Walk through downtown Madison
Kayak on the Mystic River
Pick berries, pumpkins, apples, or Christmas trees at Maple Lane or Holmberg’s

Connecticut peeps, did I miss any of your favorites?

11 Responses to “A week on the Connecticut shoreline”

  1. Oh, Em! I LOVE that photo of June marveling at the penguins! So cute!

  2. So many thoughts!

    1. I’m now officially adding Connecticut to my travel wish list! Those views!
    2. June is changing so much!!
    3. Your swimsuit… I love!

  3. I love finding new places in New England! I visited Mystic a few summers ago and the coastline was delightful. :)

  4. It looks like someone was quite a big fan of Connecticut! :)

  5. Rob

    Clyde’s cider mill and doughnut store.

  6. Anna

    I’ve really been enjoying new places in downtown Mystic on my trips home – The Engine Room (http://www.engineroomct.com/) and Red 36 (http://red36ct.com/) are both great!! So glad to see you had such a great trip!

  7. Em

    @Anna I wanted to add one or both of those, because I’ve heard so many good things about them, but John said I could only list places we’ve been, and we haven’t made it to either yet :)

    @Victoria Thank you! It’s from Topshop via Nordstrom. Just as a warning, the sizing is SO WEIRD. (I have an 8 and I usually am a 0 or 2, but I had to go that big to get it over my hips (which are very average).) However, it’s so cute that I decided to keep it, and am planning to have the cups taken in a bit – ha!!

  8. Take me BAAAACCKKKK!!!!!

    PS. June is seriously the perfect little combo of you two. Loving her big grin!

  9. Emily, I’m way behind on blog reading/writing, so you might just receive an influx of comments from me… I loved seeing some of these photos on Instagram last month and I was scrolling through this post picking out favorites and the list just kept growing and growing. So happy to hear that you had a low-key week at home with your families and miss June!

  10. Em

    Meredith! I know you have been to many of these spots, but I don’t think you’ve been to Sift, since they recently opened. You should absolutely add it to your list for next time – you will love it!!