Here in Part 2 of the Mystic Seaport I present an in depth view of this wonderful Maritime Museum.
As you enter the facility you first will encounter the Gift Shop on the left just prior to where you purchase tickets. Be sure to save time to visit the Gift Shop and the upstair Art/Photo Gallery. Also within you will find a large book store on all aspects of maritime lore.
Exiting the ticket pavilion the Village is to your right. Shipyard to the left. Throughout most of the historic buildings are the exhibits. Do take time to step into the past and explore these exhibits.
From the Shipyard stroll to the Village. Here is the Museum's recreated 19th century seafaring village. Step into any of the buildings and you will find a docent to show you the history of seafaring - the chancellery , the foundry, the old printing press, the stores and the chapel. Take a break or find
refreshments at one of the restaurants on site.
This stay, my room was spacious with a fireplace and a hot tub. The private patio was a great place to sit and enjoy the early evening, or a cup of coffee in the morning. After spending hours in the saddle and walking all over the "Seaport" the hot tub was a welcomed end to the day.
On the property there is the Haley Mansion. Located just above the motor inn. This elegant 1904 Colonial Revival mansion was first the home of Mrs Catherine Haley. Tragically she lost the estate in the crash of 1929.
Many antiques adorn the mansion. Here in the living room is the hand carved fireplace, The walls are made from 18th century pin pine wood paneling which were once in a duke's house in England. Even
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall honeymooned in the Gatehouse. Registered in the Historic Properties be sure to ask to take a walk through. Booking a wedding or a banquet the Haley Mansion offers classic charm and great views
For dinner I highly recommend the HARBOUR HOUSE. Offering a menu and wine list that will not disappoint. This evening I had Filet Mignon sides were Harbour House potatoes, red pepper hollandaise, fresh
vegetables, and a glass of "Cab". Two weeks later I am still salivating! The presentation was only surpassed by the meal!
Don't pass on the Harbour House.
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