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It’s been months since our trip to Tanzania, and we still talk about it just about every day. I can’t say enough what an amazing place it was, and if you would like to read the rest of my Tanzania posts, please visit my Travel Blog page.

One of our stops on our trip was at the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha. The Centre is a really cool space full of art and information on Tanzanian culture. We toured the property on our own, taking in arts and crafts, animal sculptures, dishes, jewelry, antiques, and beautiful grounds. We also had the opportunity to do some shopping for arts and crafts as well as the rare gem Tanzanite, something I regret not buying as it will soon be gone.

It wasn’t quite as exciting as camping in the Serengeti, but this was still a really worthwhile stop and one I enjoyed. Tanzania is full of beauty, in its landscape, its people, and its arts and culture. and the Centre is a wonderful glimpse into that.

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Sandwiched in between our wild stay at Maramboi Tented Camp and camping in the Serengeti was the lush mountain retreat of Ngorogoro Farm House. We arrived at Ngorogoro Farm House after our dusty, hot morning with the Maasai, and a green tropical garden area set with lunch and wine was a welcome site.  This lodge emanated relaxation, and we did well to enjoy pool time, a long nap, sundowner cocktails and snacks, and live entertainment by an open fire. Our cabins were spacious and simple, with comfy beds, located down a long walk surrounded by flowers and gorgeous views. The property contained an organic farm where much of the delicious food was sourced from. Made-to-order stir fries at dinner combined local flavors and ingredients to make healthy, filling fare.

Staff at the lodge was incredible, as was the staff everywhere we stayed in Tanzania. Everyone went out of their way to take excellent care of us and made us feel at home. We only had one night at the Ngorogoro Farm House, but I would love to return to spend several days, lie by the pool, take the garden tour, and spend more time in the schools in Karatu. If you couldn’t tell from my past posts, Tanzania has a special hold on my heart. Thank you for letting me share that with you.

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It really helps to have friends and coworkers who love to travel. Aside from blogs, most of the places we visit on our travels come from friends. When we were planning our weekend getaway to the Inn at Mystic, I spent a lot time asking around for places to visit in Mystic, especially restaurants. The Oyster Club came up as a recommendation again and again, and it became a must-visit for our trip.

Oyster Club Mystic

Oyster Club is located in downtown Mystic steps from the harbor. It features an outdoor “tree house” sitting area that wasn’t open for the season yet, but that would be well worth a visit now that it’s nice out.

Oyster Club Tree House We arrived at around 1:30 for lunch, and the Oyster Club bar and dining room were both bustling with activity. Everyone was super friendly, and we didn’t mind waiting a few minutes for a table to be cleared.

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We were soon whisked over to a table by the window, sweet wildflowers providing a burst of seasonal color.


There’s always something to celebrate, so we toasted with a glass of pink bubbly and the house Dark n Stormy.


At the Oyster Club, you have to get oysters, and I have been having huge oyster cravings lately. We stuck with a dozen briny, medium-sized Fischer Island oysters, and as always, I could have eaten a dozen more. What is it about oysters?


It was a bright and sunny day, but the air still had a cold bite to it, so a bowl of the Oyster Club quahog chowder was a hot, filling must-have. Chunks of potato, bacon, and clams were brought together by a light cream broth. It was a really excellent chowder.

clam chowder

The Oyster Club was a really great recommendation and a place that I would visit again on another trip to Mystic. If you have a plan to visit Mystic anytime soon and are a fan of oysters and other seafood, definitely add it to your itinerary.

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