Travel the Trail: Groton to Mystic to Ledyard
The Holiday Shopping Trail is a fun way to shop local and win prizes. It’s also a great way to explore the region and discover new shops, restaurants and downtown destinations.
We have mapped out routes for a fun and full day of holiday shopping, with treats for you to enjoy along the way. Don’t forget your passport as you…
The southeastern corner of the Trail is filled with shops, restaurants and unique destinations as a center of tourism in the region. Fuel up for a full day at Puffins Restaurant in Groton. With views overlooking the Thames River, it’s the perfect spot to plan a day on the Trail.
Head to downtown Mystic for a bit of everything you can imagine, and some clever things you never thought of. Mystic Knotwork creates fascinating designs with rope. Mystic Seaport Museum gift shop features a variety of nautical, historic and interesting finds. Unique treasures for the man on your list fill Trove, and Tidal River has quality clothing for everyone on your list. Bank Square Books independent booksellers offers a fantastic collection to peruse. The shops in Mystic fill a page and a half, so you will have plenty of places to visit, shop and collect stickers.
Grab lunch at Chapter One Food & Drink in Mystic, then stop at Mystic Cycle Centre, where they fulfill every childhood dream of a bike under the tree.
An important holiday errand on our Trail in the southeast corner is to pick up a tree to trim. Visit Fleming’s Feed in Stonington or Holdridge’s Home and Garden in Ledyard. The stores offer lovely gift items as well! Our last stop is Gales Ferry. Gales Ferry Landing, business incubator, houses Tremblay’s Ceramic Creations, Jac’s Cleaning Service, and Connecticut Lash Co. As you wind down for the day, stop by Holmberg Orchards & Winery for a treat for yourself or your holiday parties. Pick up the perfect hostess gifts and try their tantalizing cider in a variety of flavors. It will be the ideal accompaniment for your tree trimming that night!