When I visited the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in 2005 for the first time it made an impression. The building is massive and the architecture, which features more windows than you can count, is certainly eye catching. The exhibits on display are interesting as well as well curated. There are also many elements of interactive technology to make learning hands-on. While I may not be a casino girl, I certainly am a museum girl. And the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is a favorite. So as we planned our recent trip to Mystic, Connecticut, I was hesitant to visit the museum again. Would it still be as impressive? Or has it gone downhill in the intervening years? Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. Continue reading →
If you’re a boat-buff or simply enjoy visiting historic sites, then Mystic Seaport is for you. Even landlubbers will enjoy it. The museum was founded in 1929 and consists of a recreation of a 19th century village complete with marina, shipyard and lighthouse. And did I mention boats? There are plenty of ships, including four that are recognized as national historic landmarks: the fishing schooner L. A. Dunton, the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, the fishing sloop Emma C. Berry, and the coal-powered steam ship Sabino. During our recent trip to Mystic, Connecticut, we spent the better part of a day exploring the family-friendly seaport.
It wasn’t quite the weekend we had planned. The original plan had been to see ZZ Top with Jeff Beck at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino along with a weekend away in quiet Mystic, Connecticut. But, unfortunately, only days before the concert, ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill hurt his hip and the show was canceled. Luckily, the legendary Beck still did the show and had some help in the form of Tyler Bryant, the pleasantly surprising and rather talented opening act who, with his long hair and leather jacket, could pass for a young Mark Lanegan. But it was what we did before the show, exploring Mystic, that was the most fun for me. Continue reading →