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Our weekend in Mystic was full of great food and drink. We were surprised and delighted by the sheer number of options available, and we did our best to try them all. For more on wine and food in the Mystic area, check out these posts:

Engine Room Mystic

Jonathan Edwards Winery

Mystic Seaport

Oyster Club Mystic

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Our very first stop during our weekend in Mystic was at the American Velvet Mill for some beer tasting at Beer’d Brewing Co.

Beer'd Brewing Co.

We were surprised at the activity going on in the Velvet Mill; it was really cool! There was a farmers market going on in the wide open warehouse space, along with little artists studios along the sides. We peeked in at paintings and potters making pottery. You could easily spend an afternoon wandering around this lively space. It’s right near the Long Island Sound, tucked away in a residential neighborhood, and well worth a visit.

American Velvet Mill

Beer’d offers free tastings of their beers on tap, and then you can buy pints to drink there or growlers to bring off site.




The space at Beer’d is charming and rustic and backs up to the brewery, so you can see where all the action happens.

Beer'd We went through the tasting and then went for pints of our favorites, the roasty, chocolate-y P2 Precious Porter and the Whisker’d Whit Belgian, which was citrusy and refreshing. We’re big fans of stout, and while they didn’t have the Roulette Russian Imperial Stout available for tasting, once we expressed interest, they found us some sizeable samples. It was amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had, super dark with strong coffee notes and a perfect bit of bitter, like coffee and cacao.


We left with a few yummy growlers full for home and a great first impression of Beer’d. Everyone who worked there was so warm and welcoming as well as really excited about the beer. It’s a fun place to hang out and people watch, and we would definitely visit again on our next Mystic getaway.

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Our trip to Mystic to stay at the Inn at Mystic was the perfect New England weekend getaway. Well, it would have been better if it was 80 degrees, but it was pretty nice just as it was. We enjoyed blue skies and blue seas, with some winery visits (Saltwater Farm and Jonathan Edwards) and great food. The Mystic Seaport is a must-visit for your Mystic Getaway. It appeals to all ages, with its impressive ships, history, and beautiful coastal views.

The Seaport is home to all sorts of ships, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world.

Mystic Seaport

Also in Mystic Seaport is the Mayflower II, which was open for its last day before going under repairs. It was pretty cool that we were some of the last of the public to get to go aboard for years. It was also scary being that high up and out of the water!


Mayflower II

The Gerda III is a beautiful boat docked in Mystic, with a very special past. A Danish boat built as a work boat, the Gerda III smuggled Jewish people from Nazi occupied Denmark to Sweden. It made me think of Number the Stars, a book I loved as a child. It gave me chills to think of the cramped, uncomfortable, and scary conditions people faced as they fled for their lives.

Gerda The 19th century village features all sorts of fun buildings like a grocery store, candy store, church, a sail loft, bank, and more. I liked strolling through, and I know my history-loving younger self would have loved to imagine living there!

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The buildings in Mystic Seaport are not replicas; they are original buildings brought from villages around New England, and they help you get a sense of what life was like in coastal New England long ago. We look forward to returning to Mystic for a weekend getaway for more fine dining, ocean air breathing, wine tasting, and learning about seafaring history. Mystic is a perfect weekend getaway from the Boston or New York areas.

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As I mentioned in my Oyster Club post last week, our trip to Mystic to check out Inn at Mystic was largely influenced by friends’ recommendations. The Engine Room was another must-visit, according to many people, so we made a point of visiting for Sunday brunch. Mystic is a beautiful town, and it turns out it is great for eating and drinking too!

Engine Room Mystic

The Engine Room is a big, open, light-filled space, simply gorgeous. It’s in a former marine engine repair room and features lots of wood and windows and even a DJ at brunch. So much fun.

Also fun? The Bloody Mary bar order form. I usually go for an Irish coffee or mimosa at brunch, but I loved this form and all of the options. I like my Bloody Mary extra spicy with lots of pickled veggies. I wish I had also gotten the bacon.

Bloody Mary brunch

bloody mary bar

My drink was delicious and garlicky, a nice way to start the day. Roasted garlic and the pickle made this drink like a meal!

eggs benedict

Brunch was all about the brisket! He ordered the Benedict served on brisket and cornbread while I went for the brisket sandwich with crunchy slaw and a yummy potato salad. It was not easy to finish because of the amount of food, but that brisket was so tender and delicious. This was a stick-to-your-ribs sort of brunch, and we left feeling ready to take on the day.


The Engine Room is a great spot, and I imagine all of the other meals and cocktails they serve are as good as brunch. I only wish they were closer!

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