The view from Stonington, Connecticut
I know we all enjoyed our visit to Mystic last week. But after we've had one last cookie at Sift Bakery and stopped for a slice of pizza, we would be remiss if we didn't drive east to one of the loveliest towns in all of New England, Stonington. You'll know you drove too far if you see signs that you're in Rhode Island.
Stonington is at the far southeastern corner of Connecticut. It was first settled by European colonists in 1649. This area of what would become Connecticut was then land belonging to the Pequot people. The town began to thrive when its fleet became active in the fur trade in the 1790s. A remnant of Stonington's seafarer years is the Lighthouse Museum, built in 1840.
The day is sunny and mostly clear, but the winds were not calm. It was so windy that it took at least three tries before I could close the car door.
We'll be returning to Stonington in the next post for a look at The Velvet Mill, that's now become an event space and a home to restaurants, craftspeople and shops. My visit to Stonington wasn't long enough and I missed getting photographs of the beautifully preserved houses in the center of town. That, too, requires another visit there. But even with this omission I'm glad I can share one of my favorite places as part of Pink Saturday.
It's truly autumn in New York now. It's socks weather and I've come to the realization that eating outdoors may get a lot less pleasant as the weather is less cooperative. I'm trying to enjoy as much of the time outside as possible and remember that there is no bad weather, just bad clothes, or so I am told. I do think there will be some weather that will be much less conducive to enjoying lunch out of doors, even with heaters and tenting.
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.