Mystic Travel Guide
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Thanks to Julia Roberts and screenwriter Amy Jones, the town of Mystic, CT was put on the map in 1988 when the film Mystic Pizza became a surprise hit. The movie, about three teenage girls who find their true selves while working at a pizza parlor, also happened to put Julia Roberts on everyone's radar.
The film was actually shot in the pizza parlor it was named for, making Mystic Pizza one of the most popular tourist attractions in eastern Connecticut. Movie fans line up outside to get a peek inside the restaurant that gave Julia Roberts her big break. The walls of Mystic Pizza are still adorned with newspaper clippings, reviews of the flick and photos of Julia and the rest of the cast in their "A Slice of Heaven" t-shirts.
When people think of Mystic, Connecticut, they usually picture quaint New England seascapes, drawbridges and pizza. But, there's another equally important food group that can't be missed when visiting Mystic: ice cream!
There are so many delicious spots for frozen treats in Mystic County that they've created an Ice Cream Trail, which follows routes inland and along the coast including stops at all the best dairies and ice cream shops along the way.
When fall rolls around we start to think about ways to fatten up, er, keep warm, for the impending chilly weather. One of the most ingenious? Creamy, calorie-laden New England clam chowda of course! This Columbus Day weekend, make solid use of your extra day off and head to the Annual Chowderfest at Mystic Seaport.
A three day long affair, this festival offers 'em all (New England, Manhattan, Corn, Rhode Island and Seafood) served up for just $4 each on Mystic's village green area. You can also take part in an awesome raw bar and learn about quirky chowda-related things like 19th century techniques for cooking it on an open flame and shell-fishing in the area.
Live music also takes place each day on the green--perfect for enjoying on an autumn afternoon with a cold one and your remaining oyster crackers. We're getting excited to break out the thick, muffin-top hiding sweaters after all...