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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Three Months Until Spring Break!

If your travels are taking you to the eastern tip of the country, then you want to stay at the Steamboat Inn, in Mystic, CT.  This beautiful town is on the way to lots of fun east coast destinations and is worth an overnight stay.

This hotel is right on the Mystic River in the downtown area by the drawbridge.

There are 11 rooms at the hotel so you can imagine given the walkable location (with free parking for guests) that it fills up quick in season.  Each room is decorated differently with different amenities.  I like to go big so, of course, I got one of their biggest rooms, the Carolyn.

The Carolyn is a corner suite with a huge bed, living room and spacious bathroom that overlooks the Mystic River.  

The bathroom is a little dated, but that tub was a welcome respite after a very long drive.  We both enjoyed a bath with full power jets to soak in.  There were also quality toiletries.

We loved that there was a little kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge and sink and pretty fully stocked for meals.  A Keurig machine was awesome to have on hand with lots of coffee and tea to choose from.  (affiliate link) 

The cupboards and drawers are stocked for two people with plates and silverware.  It was a nice bonus especially if you've got leftovers from a restaurant or want to grab something from the local bakery to keep in the room for breakfast in the morning.

They have a good sized TV in the armoire with extra pillows and blankets.  There's also a fireplace that is only in service over the winter and early spring.  We missed it by a day.

Of course, you guys know I'm old school, so I totally loved the keys to the room.

On the second floor is a pretty awesome common room.  Come up in the morning for breakfast, the guy we saw stocking things said he makes an excellent omelet and makes everything to order.  There's always tea, coffee and hot water available and to go cups so you can pour and run.

They have local and national papers to read if you want to spend a leisurely morning.  They even have fruit for snacks as well as some chocolate because balance.  (The banana we took totally cancels out the Krackle, right?)

Then go out and stroll the town.  They have everything from cool spice/tea shops to vintage record stores to the fantastic Lis Bake Shop.  We highly recommend them!

Obviously, no stop to Mystic would be complete without a trip to Mystic Pizza where the movie is on loop.  (affiliate link)

It was April when we went, and that didn't deter paddleboarders.  There are plenty of places to rent paddleboards and kayaks if you want to take in the town by water.  This pic was taken from our room.

Were there any cons?  Well, I'll say that I'd probably go with a second-floor room next time only because of how many people were walking in front of the windows and looking in.  We were there in the off season so I can't imagine how loud it could get and the amount of foot traffic.  We had to keep the blinds closed a lot of the time, so if we wanted the river view, we had to go outside for it.

The sun gets up early on the east coast, and this is how bright the room was at 6am from the sun reflecting off of the water.

So if sleeping in is on your agenda, you'll need to bring an eye mask because even with the blinds closed and curtains pulled, it was no match for the ball of fire in the sky.

Steamboat Inn
73 Steamboat Wharf
Mystic CT 06355

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  1. I loved staying in that room, it was spacious and comfortable and the surrounding area was all walkable. Definitely a great place to stay on our way through to Maine but there is plenty to do for a longer stay too. And the pizza is delicious!

  2. Such a darling and quaint looking town! What a lovely place to visit!


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