For those looking for a romantic retreat, the Inn at Mystic is a distinctive resort nestled on fourteen acres in the heart of historic Mystic, Connecticut.
In the summer of 1945, it was the honeymoon destination choice of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart who stayed in the Gatehouse of the Inn.
The Inn at Mystic overlooks Mystic Harbor and Fisher’s Island Sound and features many ocean view rooms with romantic touches like wood-burning fireplaces and large whirlpools.
In all, the resort offers four types of lodging: the Main Building, the East Wing, the Haley Mansion, and the Gate House. All options offer turn-of-the-century charm you’d expect to find at a coastal country inn.
The Main building and East Wing are centrally situated on the property with 51 rooms featuring a nautical style décor. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities including a private bath, one king bed, one queen bed, two double beds, or two queen beds. Some rooms have outdoor balconies or patios.
The Haley Mansion is a 1904 Revival Mansion set atop a hill overlooking the Inn’s spacious grounds and offers scenic views of the garden orchard and waterfall. The second floor has five guestrooms with stylistic elements like classic woodwork and moldings, adding a sense of nostalgia to your stay.
The Gate House was added to the Haley Mansion as a private guest house for visitors when the property was privately owned. This is the time Bacall and Bogart honeymooned at the Gate House which today offers four intimate British Colonial styled guest suites decorated with original English wood paneling, wood burning fireplaces.
Romantic Sunset Sail
The seaside town of Mystic offers plenty of seaside photo ops. Couples can treat themselves to a romantic sunset sail aboard the two-masted Argia, an authentic replica of an 81 foot, 19th-century gaff rigged schooner.
The sail includes a view of Morgan Point Lighthouse, circa 1868, complimentary snack, and soft drinks. Tickets need to be purchased ahead by calling 860-536-0416.
Even though it’s a quiet small town, it does offer plenty of things to do and see. The main attraction is the Mystic Seaport which showcases restored ships and small 19th-century village.
Other than that, guests can plan to spent time at the aquarium, planetarium, and a nice selection of restaurants. And while you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the Inn’s beautiful gardens.
Photo credits: Beth Frank