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Adventures Along the Seafarer's Trail!

Note from Lisa:

Boating is in full swing in Mystic! New and vintage boats are coming through the Mystic drawbridge everyday.

Want the chance to swim under the drawbridge--or watch others brave enough to try? Then don't miss the first Mystic Sharkfest! It's not for the faint of heart--this is a 1500 meter swim from Mystic Seaport down the Mystic River to Seaport Marine, next to Red 36 Restaurant. 

Do you want to help tell the story of Mystic through your eyes and photographs? Arcadia Publishing is doing another book on Mystic, similar to the one above by the Mystic River Historical Society, but of more recent history--from the 1960s-today. For details on photograph submissions, click here

Are  you or someone you know visiting Mystic this summer? For my guests coming by train, plane or boat, I offer them the following sample itinerary:

"10 things to do in Mystic without a car"
1. Follow the Mystic Seafarer's Trail map (on foot or on a borrowed Mystic Community Bike) to the 7 Wonders, where along the way you will find several attractions, shops, restaurants, kayak rentals and unique boat & walking tours (be downtown at noon or 6 pm to enjoy the bell tunes played by the big white church on the hill); 2. Watch boats from all over the world go through the drawbridge at 20 minutes to the hour; 3. Visit Mystic & Noank Library to grab assorted trail maps, a beach read from their free books section, a great view of the Mystic River Valley, and a chance to place a piece in the group puzzle; 4. Stroll through Olde Mistick Village to the Tourist Info Center to find fun brochures and discount deals, then watch the duck drama at their pond or a movie at Art Cinemas where they proudly serve real butter with their popcorn; 5. Wave to the friendly beluga whales through the glass at Mystic Aquarium; 6. Spend a day (or two) exploring and finding adventure at Mystic Seaport; 7. Relax in the country surroundings of the historic 1717 Denison Homestead and tour the home of one of Mystic's earliest families; 8. Embark on the trails maintained by the Nature Center; 9. Swim in the Mystic River at William's Beach Park; 10. Find peace on Enders Island where you can leave a written prayer in the three-sided seaside chapel, visit St. Edmund's very old, withered arm, stroll through spectacular gardens, and buy island-made jams and jellies with names like "Fire and Brimstone" hot pepper jelly. 
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P.S. This newsletter is a continuation of my travel memoir, Mystic Seafarer's Trail, where I tell the secrets behind the "7 Wonders" and what it's really like to live in what National Geographic calls one of the country's top 100 "Adventure Towns" (click for my book's online and store locations).

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Lisa Saunders is an award-winning freelance writer, TV show host and "Widow/er's of History" columnist for Pathfinder. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of seven books and member of DAR (Anna Warner Bailey Chapter) and the Mystic River Historical Society. As the parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation, she recently helped Connecticut become the second state in the U.S. to pass a law combating the #1 birth defects virus. She lives with her husband, Jim, and hound in Mystic, Connecticut. Visit Lisa at:

Lisa's Guide to Mystic includes links for transportation.

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Photo of Lisa in bio by Cindy Barry. Sketches by Marianne Greiner.