USA Radio
June 24, 2014

Big stops in little places: Providence and Mystic


By 7:30 a.m. we were ready to rise, shine and hit the road to take in as much of the Northern Atlantic Coast as possible . Once we made it to Rhode Island, we were ready to drift down the Providence River from a unique vantage point — a gondola ride down the scenic river, thanks to La Gondola. The river walks, waterfront parks and vital “Renaissance” city of Providence floated by as we took it all in.

By mid-morning we realized that inspiration was to be the theme of the day as we toured the incredible Rhode Island School of Design Museum.  As one of the country’s top design schools (known as RIS-Dee), each building of the museum has been artfully re-created to best showcase its specialty. So much beauty in just one morning! 

But road-trippers cannot live on beauty alone, so we made our way to Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar for lunch.  It felt really good to settle in and enjoy a meal that was flown in that very day from the New England coastline just to the north of us. 

Next, it was time head south to take in another gem along the Northern Atlantic Coast — Mystic, Connecticut.  About 90 minutes later, we found ourselves boarding the wooden deck of ARGIA, a two-masted 25-meter 19th Century replica sailing schooner, to get our very own taste of maritime history among the light houses and islands of the Long Island Sound.  We soon found ourselves sailing back in time to the early 1900’s and even lent a hand in raising sails and crewing the boat. 

Later we decided to catch dinner at Mystic Pizza, which—you guessed it—served as the inspiration for the popular 1988 film Mystic Pizza. What used to be a little family-owned pizza shop has become a town hot spot. We give the pizza, the atmosphere and what we saw of the movie playing in the background two thumbs up.

So much fresh sea air and travel through time left us in the perfect mindset to melt into our relaxing rooms at the Stonecroft Country Inn B&B. Connecticut countryside on a warm summer evening — could anything be better?

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