Oct 142015
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When I say Mystic, Connecticut, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Mystic Pizza, the 1988 film starring  Julia Roberts?  Sure, you can get a great pizza at Mystic Pizza (which is a real place) while watching the movie on replay mode inside the downtown restaurant, but Mystic actually has a lot more to offer than that.

Mystic, Connecticut is a small, quaint, historic New England village that’s just a few minutes over the Rhode Island border.  It’s only about an hour and fifteen minutes from my home in southeastern Massachusetts, making it the perfect place to escape to for a weekend away. Mystic has been a top tourist attraction in Connecticut for years with its restored sea captain’s houses, boating, museums, abundance of  local restaurants and other attractions like the aquarium and Seaport.

My husband, Christian, and I spent two nights in Mystic recently and and stayed at the Old Mystic Inn.


It is an older Inn, but it has lots of charm. Christian and I have stayed in many bed & breakfasts over the years and I have to say that my expectations were more than exceeded at the Old Mystic Inn.  It was such a delightful, charming place to stay and I left there wondering why it took me so long to stay there in the first place.

**Disclosure:  I received a two night stay at the Old Mystic Inn at no charge thanks to my friends at Mystic Country.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Let me tell you all about our experience at the Inn.

Michael, the Innkeeper, was so welcoming when we arrived.  In addition to a tour of the Inn, he gave us some local information.  He’s very knowledgeable about Mystic and the surrounding area, which makes him the perfect person to help you find something to do or help you make a dinner reservation.

The Old Mystic Inn used to be a book store, which boasted having over 20,000 books. When Michael took over the property and turned it into the Inn, he carried on the book store theme by naming the rooms after New England authors.  Each room has a copy of the works that helped make the author famous. 

There are two buildings at the Old Mystic Inn:  the Main House, which was built in 1784 and the Carriage House, which is located just behind the Main House, was built in 1988.

We stayed in the The Henry David Thoreau Room on the first floor of the main house. Although it was located right next to the Keeping Room, which is a common area, we both felt like we had our privacy while we were in our room. Plus, the room is right by the kitchen, which made it really convenient when we wanted to grab a drink or snack.


The room itself was both very comfortable and beautifully decorated. The Queen Anne chairs and Thoreau themed decorations really made the room complete. In addition to a private bathroom, the room had a working fireplace. We didn’t use it because it wasn’t cold enough, but it’s nice to know that it was there if we wanted to use it.  Something about a fireplace just makes staying in a place like this even more special.


I loved that there were also wine glasses in our room, along with a corkscrew of course, chocolates on the nightstand and an assortment of local magazines.  If you do need to connect to the internet, there is free WiFi at the Inn.


One thing that I noticed right off the bat was that there aren’t any televisions in the guest rooms. The Keeping Room in the Main House, has a television. To be honest, Christian and I didn’t miss watching tv at all.  Actually, it was kind of nice to “unplug” for the weekend. The two of us got a chance to to catch up on some reading and just talk.  It was nice.

The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

At the Inn, there are snacks and drinks available at any time in the kitchen.  Michael also has a collection of menus from dozens of local restaurants; copies of all local newspapers and tons of magazines and brochures available.

Now let’s talk about breakfast, which is my favorite part of staying at a bed & breakfast. The Innkeeper, Michael, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and he prepares a delicious, beautifully presented gourmet breakfast every morning between 8:30 am and 9:30 am.


Our first day there, he served some herb scrambled eggs that were served with fresh fruit and the most ah-mazing homemade apple bread.  On day two, we were treated to some apple pie stuffed french toast, which was served with some fresh fruit and a sausage.


Talk about a wonderful way to start the day!

On our second day at breakfast the staff at the inn came out in traditional period costume. If that guy in the Revolutionary War uniform looks familiar, you’re right.  It’s the same Robert from the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour.  He’s part of the staff at the Inn and he came all decked out for breakfast.  I loved Jennifer’s dress/apron and cap!


One of the other things that I loved about staying at the Old Mystic Inn is that the location is absolutely perfect.  It’s only a few miles to all that the town of Mystic has to offer including the Aquarium, the Seaport and all of the restaurants & shops. Since it’s not located right in the middle of the touristy area of town, the Inn was nice and quiet.  Plus, the Old Mystic Inn is only 6.3 miles from Foxwoods Resort Casino, so it will only take you about ten minutes to get there from the Inn.

The Old Mystic Inn is located at 52 Main St in Old Mystic, CT.  If you are thinking about staying there, and if you are heading to the Mystic area – I highly recommend that you do, be sure to take a look the rooms on the website. Each room is quite unique and you can also get pricing information for each particular room.

Christian and I had a fantastic experience staying at the Old Mystic Inn and will absolutely stay there the next time we are planning an overnight stay in Mystic. Michael was the perfect host and we were both impressed with everything that the Inn had to offer.

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  129 Responses to “A Stay at the Old Mystic Inn, Mystic, CT”

  1. I have been to Mystic and really enjoyed myself. This looks like a nice place to spend a quiet night or weekend away.

  2. I have totally been to Mystic as you know, but never stayed here. However after seeing your write-up might have to look into this if and when we return in the future 😉

  3. The outside looks almost exactly like a BnB we have close to us. It was made from an old barn, but is the exact same shade of red!

  4. I love the old furniture and the way the people are dressed. How fun!

  5. Looks like a fun BnB. I always love looking around to see what fun items I can find. I love when they leave out a journal for all of their guests to write in.

  6. Wow. Beautiful. Another beautiful place to write for hours. 🙂 Perhaps a destination for myself soon.

  7. How fun, I just love the staff’s uniforms and the food looks absolutely delicious! Bed and Breakfasts are always my preferred choice when traveling.

  8. Wait a sec! Mystic Pizza actually exists?! Looks like Mystic, Connecticut will be going on my bucket list of places to visit! This little BnB looks super quaint!

  9. OMGosh. My husband and I love history and recently stayed in a 100 year old hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thank you for sharning all the history about the inn. How great was it that they were in costume!

  10. What a quaint and adorable town! We would love to spend a weekend there! (And how cool is it that it’s related to Mystic Pizza!

  11. My first thought when you say Mystic is the aquarium. I’ve not seen the movie. heh
    It looks like a lovely place to stay.

  12. I am dying to visit New England some day and this would be such a fun place to go!

  13. I’d love to visit Mystic, mostly because of the movie, Mystic Pizza. One of my all time favorite movies. My cousins get to visit their often because they live in NJ. The Old Mystic Inn sounds like a nice place to visit and stay.

  14. I have never been to Connecticut or a bed and breakfast. This looks really cozy!

  15. Oh that food! Yum .. I’ve never heard of Mystic Pizza. So I was a little confused and had to google, ahah! the outside looks so charming!

  16. The Mystic Inn looks like such a charming place to stay and the food looks scrumptious! I have never been to Mystic, but I look forward to visiting one day!

  17. The Mystic Inn is a great weekend getaway place. When I lived in CT, I use to try to plan a trip to Mystic every year and stayed at the inn many times.

  18. It looks really nice and as though one is stepping back in time. The food alone would be a good reason for staying there.

  19. What a darling town Mystic is. The inn looks like the perfect place to stay while there. The charm really fits what I’d hope to enjoy while visiting.

  20. This inn look like a wonderful experience! I love that they dress the part too!

  21. I love staying at a Bed ^ Breakfast because you feel more like home than in hotels. The Mystic Inn looks really amazing and I would definitely stay there if I happen to be in the area.

  22. This looks like such a fun time! I love that it is not too too far from me too! I will have to try to find a weekend to visit!

  23. This just sounds so nice. The food looks great and the atmosphere seems so cozy.

  24. Looks like an awesome place to escape for the weekend! I love furniture.

  25. I love the very homey atmosphere at the inn. The breakfast room looks really cozy. This will be a perfect place to escape on weekends.

  26. It’s charming! It kind of has a grandmotherly, homey feel about it. I’d definitely stay there if we ever get to Mystic!

  27. I would love to stay at an Inn like this. It looks like you stepped back in time!

  28. I am book marking this. My son goes to camp about 30 minutes away, and we pass Mystic 3x every summer. I wold love to stay here during one of our trips!

  29. What an amazing in to stay at! I love inns like this the charm is beautiful looks so relaxing.

  30. Wow this place sounds like perfect to spend weekend night!! This looks really cozy!

  31. I have not traveled to Connecticut and I wish I could. The old Mystic Inn looks so cozy and the food looks so good. I will keep this in mind if I get to travel to the place.

  32. Sounds very relaxing. Connecticut is far from from us, but I would love to check it out

  33. I love this! It’s so beautiful and inviting 🙂 I want to come visit LOL

  34. I love the antique charm of the place. I would love to visit sometime!

  35. I think this is so interesting to visit places where they reenact the past. I have been to a few places like this in Williamsburg Virginia which was also neat.

  36. I love that movie! My mom and I used to watch it all the time! I wonder if the pizza is as good as it is in the movie and if there are still a lot of Portuguese people there. The Inn looks lovely and I think a weekend with no TV would be a great thing! More quality time!!

  37. I’ve never been to a Bed & Breakfast before but I love the antique furniture in the room and I’m sure the main house has a lot to tell if the walls could talk with how old it is.

  38. What a gorgeous place! I love all the traditional decorating and colors. Just beautiful.

  39. What history! I love staying at places like this! It looks so nice.

  40. I love everything about exploring different time periods! I cannot get enough of it! I would absolutely love to be absorbed into history like this!

  41. This place looks so awesome! I’d love to go here with my husband. It’s always fun to learn about new places and get a nice couples getaway at the same time.

  42. Wow what a quaint looking place, it would be one of those places I would want to explore as well as stay it I think. x

  43. This looks like a great place to stay and the food looks yummy. It would make for a great weekend getaway.

  44. I love staying at bed and breakfasts. The food at this one looks beyond tasty!

  45. I have never stayed at a B& B, but I have attended an event at one before. I love the eclectic nature of it and the history behind it, that herb scrambled eggs and homemade apple bread looks wonderful.

  46. The Mystic inn looks so cute and full of history, love the fact it used to be a book store

  47. You’re making me homesick for my childhood. I have fond memories of visiting Mystic with my family as a kid but that B&B looks wonderful for a romantic getaway to see the fall foliage with the hubby now that my own kids just started college.

  48. Wow – this inn is filled with character! Love it!

  49. This place looks absolutely beautiful! Pictures like these makes me want to take more time out of my busy life to travel the country!

  50. I want to stay at a bed and breakfast like this. It is so much like home.

  51. I adore Mystic – I used to teach music there 🙂 I never thought of spending a night or two there…I’ll have to look into this Inn! Thanks for the recommendation

  52. Oh my goodness! This place looks wonderful. My mom loved old colonial inns … We went to many when I was young. If I’m ever up in New England, I’ll have to remember to stay there!

  53. The food looks excellent! What a nice getaway! I can’t wait til my boys are older so hubby and I can do stuff like this!

  54. wow, it’s so cool that they dress up to give you a more authentic feel – awesome!

  55. I love the whole look and feel of this inn! There’s nothing better than having a host who knows the local history and lore of the place you’re staying. That’s a huge bonus! Thanks for sharing this little inn (which is not too far for me to consider making a trip)!

  56. Very awesome. I love creepy haunted kind of places!

  57. Oh I would love to stay at a quaint place like that! It seems so much more personal and less corporate. It is a little far for me to get to, but would love to check it out if I ever get out there way! It looks really cool!

  58. It was fun reading about this trip. The Keeping Room reminds me of the visiting room in my Great-Grandma Foster’s home years ago. I enjoy the way Michael named the different guest rooms.

  59. I’ve read and heard so many great things about this Inn and so it’s great to see it featured here… Some day, I’ll pay a visit. 🙂

  60. I’ve always wanted to go to Mysitc. I know they have a great Jazz/music festival there. This looks so quaint – great for an adult weekend getaway!

  61. Sounds like a nice quaint place to stay. I like the idea of the themed rooms.

  62. I have not heard of this inn before! What a beautiful place to stay at with your husband, looks like a relaxing and rejuvenating.

  63. What a quaint place. I would love to stay there. The food looks delish.

  64. This looks like a great place to go to unwind. I love the decor and I really like that there are no tvs in the rooms!

  65. Charm, for sure. I love places like that… Looks like a very relaxing time.

  66. I would love to stay there! The room is so quaint and in walking distance to shopping? Yes please!

  67. This looks like an amazing trip! The food looks amazing. Thanks for making me hungry!

  68. I have only visited Mystic once and did NOT go get pizza. SO much more to see than a restaurant.

  69. I love the idea of a quaint, quiet place to rest and unplug. The sweet added touches and gourmet breakfast would definitely win me over!

  70. That looks like a place that I would like to stay. I was just flipping through the TV and ran across Mystic Pizza just the other night.

  71. Oh my gosh what a charming place! Such character and perfect for a weekend getaway.

  72. Glad you enjoyed your stay there! The rooms are so spacious and I love the dining area too. The place is well kept and the food looks good.

  73. Mystic Connecticut looks like a beautiful place to go for a weekend getaway. The Inn you stayed at looks so relaxing.

  74. I have never been to Connecticut before. Mystic looks so beautiful. I would love to go there for a relaxing getaway. I love the decor of the Inn you stayed at.

  75. What a cozy looking place. I would love to stay at a bed and breakfast – I love the personal touch that they have much better than big hotels. Apple Bread – sounds amazing.

  76. Places like this are so much better than the standard hotel/motel. much better atmosphere and a real connection to your hosts. And I was going to say that I definitely hoped there would be a Thoreau room, and I think I’d be spending a lot of time by the fireplace with his books.

  77. The food looks great. Sounds like a fun place to stay.

  78. Never been to Connecticut, but I wish I could do it now. Seems like a very nice place to stay, just like home away from home.

  79. The Henry David Thoreau Room looks really nice, and I would love to visit CT Have not done that yet

  80. I just love visiting historical buildings. I never usually get to stay at them. I have always wanted to visit CT

  81. What a great place to visit in CT. We will make sure to visit this wonderful place during our next trip.

  82. My hubby LOVE history and would love visiting a place like this! Sounds like we need to make a trip over to CT!

  83. I would love to visit a place like this!

  84. This looks like a great place to visit. I love the quaint feel of it all.

  85. What a beautiful place! It looks so tranquil and peaceful….I could definitely visit there! Thanks!

  86. How quaint! You’ve been going on so many fun adventures lately!

  87. Such a lovely inn! I would love to stay there. Looks beautiful and peace

  88. My wife and I love to visit pet friendly B&Bs. I wonder if this one allows pets. Let me know because we’d like to check it out.

  89. I’ve heard of Mystic but have never thought of staying there. Seems like a very quaint town that would attract me though.

  90. That looks like a great place to visit! I would love to stay at a bed and breakfast like that.

  91. Seems like a place with a lot of charm!

  92. The Old Mystic Inn looks like a place I would really enjoy! What a nice touch to serve breakfast in period costume! My girls would love that!

  93. I really love the old furniture and i want to visit that place the bed was looks so comfy. I want to stay there

  94. This looks like nice place to get away for the weekend.

  95. I love the old décor. It gives the Inn such charm!

  96. Sounds like a great place to stay. I love to stay at bed and breakfast and inns when I travel! Thanks for the review.

  97. Looks like a nice relaxing quaint place to stay. I love how spacious the room is and how it is decorated!

  98. I wanteeed to gooo thereee :)…it’s not far from NYC..soo excited to see all those dresses and the furnitures are awesome too 🙂

  99. You do take the best trips. I would love to visit and the pictures look great!

  100. This looks like fun. Hubby isnt into stuff like this, but would be nice to do something different.

  101. What a quaint and cute inn! The food look amazing! I totally think Mystic Pizza when I hear that word, but I wonder if that’s aging myself haha.

  102. I was last in Mystic a few years ago. I am looking forward to going back and when I do, I will check out this inn.

  103. This looks like a wonderful Inn and the breakfast looks amazing!

  104. This sounds like a wonderful place to stay. I haven’t stayed at a bed and breakfast but it’s on my bucket list. It sounds like you had a great stay.

  105. Sounds like an interesting place to visit! Love the food it looks delicious!

  106. This sounds like such an awesome experience. I would love to visit and check this place out – plus, the food!

  107. I love staying at Bed and Breakfasts! Sounds like this would be a perfect get away with my husband. We love going places with a lot of history.

  108. That sounds like so much fun.I really love the costumes and the lovely rooms. How great was the stay! Loved the review.

  109. Such a wonderful experience for both of you. Love their outfits as well, so classic.

  110. What a relaxing looking place. I need a place like that to stay a weekend.

  111. Ive been there! Mystic is a lovely area to visit. So many activities to enjoy.

  112. I’ve always wanted to stay at a B&B with my hubs! How charming that place looks!

  113. Wow that Inn looks like such a fun place to stay. Filled with such character!

  114. I have never stayed a B&B before, but it’s my dream to do so someday. This one seems lovely! I love that it has an antique feel to it.

  115. I have been to CT often, but never visited the Mystic area, and I keep meaning to, you are making me think I should add them to my to do list for next summer and finally check out the aquarium while I’m at it! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  116. I would love to go there! It looks so quaint, and Connecticut isn’t that far away from Maine for a weekend getaway. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

  117. Oh my gosh! That looks so cozy and beautiful! I would love to spend the night there!

  118. I wish the west had more places like this! Thanks for shedding light on Mystic, Connecticut and letting the world know that it has more than pizza to offer the world.

  119. It looks so comforting and a world away from the hustle and bustle of London. Sometimes you just need an escape from reality.

  120. Mystic is such an amazing place to visit! I’ll have to check out this inn with my family

  121. I have never been to a B&B but they seem so cool! I would love to have a little romantic getaway!

  122. Looks like a cozy place. I’ve stayed at b&b in the past. They are so peaceful and quiet.