Mystic, Conn., is about 100 miles south of Boston, about a two-hour drive. Take Interstate 95 south to exit 90 and pick up Route 27 south. In a mile, parking for Mystic Seaport will be on the left.
What to do
Mystic Seaport: The Museum of American and the Sea
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Daily through October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., November-March, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $17; seniors, active military, college students $15; children $9; under 6 free.
Where to stay
20 East Main St.
Four-poster beds, wing-back chairs, private baths. Rooms $135-$249.
73 Steamboat Wharf
Prime waterfront setting on the Mystic River. Recalling Mystic's nautical past, each room is named after a local vessel. Rooms $140-$300.
Where to eat
56 West Main St.
Made famous by the 1989 film with Julia Roberts, this spot is more than a tourist mecca. Pizzas made by the Zelepos family are delicious and full-bodied with many toppings. Pastas and soups aren't bad either. Dishes $5-$20.
Seamen's Inne Restaurant and Pub
105 Greenmanville Ave.
On the grounds of Mystic Seaport. Consistently good, contemporary New England fare served in a 19th-century setting. Entrees $13-$18.
Captain Daniel Packer Inn
32 Water St.
Built in 1756 and named after a former square-rigger skipper who operated a rope ferry across the Mystic River. Both locals and tourists enjoy the attractive, American-style restaurant and cozy, dark, wood bar. Entrees $19-$29.