We began our adventure with a trip to the Mystic Aquarium for a surprise penguin encounter that Chris planned for me. You can read all about it HERE - such an awesome experience! After the encounter, we spent time checking out all the other exhibits and even managed to catch the last sea lion show for the day! The aquarium focuses on education which was unique and quite interesting. I felt like I was learning all day!
After the aquarium, we popped next door to mill around Olde Mistick Village. We stopped in Bleu Squid for a sandwich and some tasty cupcakes before making a loop around the shops. My one suggestion for anyone visiting the area is to come hungry! There was a chocolate shop, tea tasting, various honey blends to sample, and even a local coffee shop! No shortage of treats to devour!
We stayed at the Hilton near the aquarium and enjoyed a live band as we ate dinner. The hotel also had a really neat outdoor fire pit area that we took advantage of before heading off to bed for the night.
On our second day, we headed to the historic downtown area. Grabbing a slice or two at Mystic Pizza was on the top of our list. Neither of us had seen the 1980's movie that was filmed at the restaurant, but we were certainly familiar with the popular pizza joint. And it did NOT disappoint! They advertise a special ingredient in their sauce. We couldn't put our finger on the exact difference, but we gobbled up our pizza pie in no time!
We spent some time browsing around the local bookstore before making our way down to a homemade ice cream parlor near the drawbridge. It was a perfect day to enjoy a scoop as we ventured across the bridge and around the river for a bit. As luck would have it, our timing worked out - we actually got to see the drawbridge rise for a boat! Pretty neat!
We capped off our weekend trip with a round of mini-golf in a nearby town as we made our way home. I started the game off with a hole-in-one. The lead was mine throughout the course. And then at the last hole, I sabotaged myself...and we ended the game in a tie! I couldn't even make up the insanity that ensued on that final hole. Maybe next time, right?
What is your favorite weekend getaway spot?