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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Christmas in Connecticut (Part One)

So I'm a month late in saying this but- I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas!
Mine was quiet, and peaceful, and warmed by loved ones (old and new!)
Some memorable moments included being surprised by Jake with a gorgeous pearl necklace 
and matching earrings, and surprising my bride-to-be cousin with a custom made cake
fork set with her fiance's last name engraved on it, as well as the date of their wedding.

Speaking of Jake- it was our one year anniversary on the 28th of December,
and in celebration of the occasion, we drove up to none other than Mystic, Connecticut
to spend the night at the impeccably beautiful Another Second Penny Inn. Did we have a good time? 
No. Better! Not only was this trip lovely on its own, but it even snowed the night we stayed there,
and I officially experienced my very  first New England snowfall. I don't think I've ever seen
anything quite so beautiful in my life, and I'm not sure I'll ever see something so beautiful again!

So we arrived in the town of Stonington, the neighboring town of Mystic where
our inn resided. Of course, my jaw was permanently implanted to the floor-
even though I had been there before, it was such a different experience being
there in the winter. It was seeing the town in SUCH a different light...

We stopped at Noah's for some breakfast...

... of which we enjoyed immensely
(the wild blueberry pancakes were to die for!)

Then we walked off the calories around this perfect little town.

So long, Christmas-time!

Before we knew it, it was after 12, and we were off again...
this time to our little borrowed slice of heaven tucked away in the woods of Stonington.

Another Second Penny Inn

The festive dining room

Yummy snacks laid out for the guests

The library

Welcome to our room... the "Denison" room ♥

The fire crackling

Picnic basket filled with useful goodies

The HUGE bathroom, with a sitting area, two sinks, and an antique tub.

Toiletries... my favorite!

So, once we settled in a bit, we headed out for Mystic Seaport, the town's renowned
living history museum of a recreated 19th century New England coastal village,
adorned with houses, shops, ships, and shipyards all over the span of 17 acres! I had gone
with my mom during their famous Wooden Boat Show in '08, and I was excited to experience 
it again- this time at a more low-key time of year with my fellow history buff boyfriend :-)

And then suddenly, like magic, it began to snow!

You think that's big? Think of the ship it was for!

After spending the day at the museum, we decided to go back to the inn. 
It was coming down pretty hard at that point, so we thought it would be best 
to nestle in and relax by the fire until dinnertime when we'd venture out
again into the storm to dine at the Captain Daniel Packer Inne.

When we arrived back at the Second Penny, we were truly not prepared
for the unadulterated, heart-wrenching beauty that lay before us...

You'll just have to wait for my 
next post to witness it yourself!


  1. i can't wait to see more!!! i am so glad you are so happy and having the time of your life. how wonderful!

  2. Hey, you left me hanging. I can't wait to read and see more. Mystic is beautiful!

  3. Mystic is such an amazing place! Glad you had such a magical stay there! There is nothing better than a gorgeous snowfall on a quaint New England town. Can't wait to see more!

  4. Oh my GOSH, Erin. That looked like a fabulous vacation. I LOVE Mystic. And I also adore Stonington. Did you know that's where Alexandra Stoddard lives? She's another one of my all time favorite life Susan Branch and Gladys Taber. Check out Alexandra's website sometime. I was thrilled to walk right by her house!

    The Inn sounded sumptuous. Well, the whole trip did. Now hurry up and tell us what the beautiful things were that you saw! Susan

  5. Wonderful photos and words describing your lovely, romantic trip to Mystic. I am so glad you and Jacob got to take this trip, it must have made you so happy. Looking forward to the next installment of Erin's Mystic Adventure!!!

  6. A delightful tour of a pretty little town, recognised some of the streets from a recent movie too.

  7. Hi Erin..My folks live about 45 minutes away from Mystic, so I stop by occasionally...There is a beautiful store there called "Nest"...did you go there? Then there is The Mermaid Inn Of Mystic.... I have never been but I met the owner's nephew in my shop one day. Hope you get out here this Summer!
    Jake is a handsome guy! :):) Happy anniversary!Can't wait for the next chapter....

  8. What an idyllic break. Looking forward to part two...

  9. Thanks for creating this great blog, which I actually found while searching for pictures of the Elihu Coleman House on Nantucket (I'm reading a history of the island by Nathaniel Philbrick, entitled Away Off Shore).
    I'm a native New Englander, but I don't live there any longer (I moved to NC in 1990). I am quite keen on returning home (Plymouth, MA) at some point over the next few years. It's taken me a while, but I truly miss home now!
    Oh...back to Nantucket...not sure if you've gone yet, but it is a perfect destination at pretty much any time of year. I've gone in June (wonderful), July (fun), and December (GORGEOUS).
    Anyway, I look forward to the rest of your trip to CT. Keep up the blogging!

  10. A very nice place for Christmas.

  11. WOW. what a beautiful, beautiful place! Perfect for an anniversary trip as well!


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