Sailing From Mystic
Heading south across the sound takes you to Greenport and the gateway to Shelter Island. Greenport is a bustling place and opens the way to Sag Harbor, Shelter Harbor, and Coecles Harbor. Farther to the east is Three Mile Harbor and Montauk Lake.
Sailing to the west consider New London for a stopover. the city is undergoing a revival with the soon to be built Coast Guard Museum and Broad River Walk. There has been an influx of new restaurants along Bank Street and you are right at the train station. There is a new set of floating docks and a nice mooring field. Sailing up the Thames River takes you by Electric Boat, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Groton Sub base. New London is often visited by tall ships that dock right down town.
Heading east from mystic Block Island is a favorite sail and overnight stop. A little crowded these days but Block Island is full of activities and restaurants for sailors. There are great walks and beaches to enjoy during your stay
Just a short sail from Mystic is Stonington Burrough, which heroically defended itself against the British in the war of 1812. Stonington is full of period homes, lovely shops, and great restaurants some of which you can sail right up to.
Crossing the mouth of Buzzards Bay will take you to Cuttyhunk Island, a charming little anchorage that is a joy to stay at. Watching a seaplane come in and land next to your boat is always an exciting event when staying at Cuttyhunk. From here it is an easy hop to Martha's Vineyard and the ports of OakBluffs Harbor and Edgartown. Martha's Vineyard is full of places to explore and activities to participate in. There is also a wonderful transit system to move you around the whole island.
A Full day sail to Newport will open up the whole of Narraganset Bay. Newport is the sailing hub of the north east. Full of history and sailing tradition it is always an exciting port for cruisers. From Newport it's a short hop to Jamestown, Bristol, Fall River and many other cruising destinations.
Just a short trip east is the town of Watch Hill with it's spectacular beach and lovely anchorage just off shore. It's a delightful spot for an overnight stay.
While your are in the Mystic area walk through Noank, another historical fishing village. Noank has Ford's for delightful lobster concoctions and Abbotts for a family fun full lobster dinner.
Mystic Connecticut is centered on some of the best sailing ground on the east coast. Numerous scenic and historic locations are within an easy sail from Mystic. Before leaving Mystic don't miss the charming downtown with its many shops and great restuarants and especially the world renown Mystic Seaport. This is the premier facility that celebrates New England's nautical life and brings the history of whaling and seafaring to life. It is a national treasure and a must see.
An easy day sail will take you to a number of other ports. Heading west Essex is a beautiful sail up the Connecticut River. Loaded with history the Connecticut River Museum tells the story of the river and its importance to the area. The Griswold Inn is the oldest operating inn in the region.