Why visit Red 36 Restaurant in Mystic?

Red 36 Restaurant Mystic, CT

Red 36 Restaurant Mystic, CT

So, throughout the summer we here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina have been recommending a local Mystic based restaurant called Red 36. And what’s not to like, great food, awesome setting and everything that embodies New England waterfront dining. Well, not only has Red 36 been a popular destination for our summer guests, our autumn guests have been enjoying it every bit as much. And so to that end, we thought we give you a bit more info on Red 36 via this blog post.

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Think – Stars and stripes hanging from the rafters of a huge whitewashed clapboard building on the Mystic River. You’re inside a stunning restaurant called Red 36 at Seaport Marine on Washington Street in historic Mystic. Opened in summer 2014, this glamorous, glorified clam shack has everything going for it. Mystic has gained fame for its relationship with the sea, so opening a waterside restaurant to capitalize on that connection seems like a recipe for success. The real challenge is actually taking that premise and making it work on a daily basis.

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All summer long Red 36 has been one of our favorite places to visit, dine and recommend; especially for lunch. Great well prepared food and awesome views make this a perfect spot. Aptly named for the red buoy that marks the starboard side of the channel when returning from the sea, it’s the quintessential seaside eatery—think, wide wooden decks, sturdy picnic tables surrounded by comfy Adirondack chairs and platters of fresh seafood. In the summer, walls of windows completely open and lead to an outdoor bar, multiple lounge areas and dining tables. In the winter, the roaring fireplace and the intimate indoor dining and bar area create a cozy atmosphere with stunning views. The eclectic American menu changes seasonally, always offering fresh seafood and an extensive raw bar. A diverse appetizer selection, multiple burgers and great flat bread pizzas complete the menu, creating something for everyone. We also like the fact that in addition to the aforementioned offerings, they also offer one of the best orders of nachos around (very tasty).  However, one of Dave’s favorite dishes is the Truffle Mushroom Ravioli’s with seared local Stonington scallops.  #absolutelydelicious

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Their food is prepared somewhat upscale as Red 36 which is owned by the same owner of Bravo Brave and Olio, which are two of the more of our favorite restaurants in the Mystic Country region.  Next time you visit with us, be sure to ask us about visiting Red 36.

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Come Experience a Traditional Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Just hear those sleigh bells ringin’, jing-jing-jing-a-ling too ~ come on its lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!

If you’re looking for something unique to do this winter to help celebrate your anniversary, a special birthday or simply are simply seeking a new winter adventure, let us help you. Sure, we’re known more for our summer time activities here on the Connecticut shoreline, but we must say it is every bit as beautiful and relaxing even in the winter. And, with rooms being more available with our quiet season rates in effect, it’s no wonder so many people still come to visit and stay with us. And why not, we have so many romantic and exciting ideas to make your experience unique and enjoyable – including traditional horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Whether you are looking for romance, relaxation, or a splendid taste of the New England countryside, enjoy it in an authentic horse driven sleigh or open carriage. Bring along a heart for adventure and some cozy companionship, and we’ll do the rest! There is nothing so enchanting as the sound of sleigh bells and the whisper of runners on fresh snow! Come have a “Currier and Ives” experience as you bundle up in furry lap robes and hand muffs, and let the sleigh take you from this bustling century to a more tranquil time of the past.

Now in their fourth decade, our local Allegra Farm is the largest authentic “livery stable” in Connecticut, catering solely to those who desire a unique experience with a bygone era. Located on beautiful Lake Hayward in East Haddam, Connecticut (just 35-40 minutes from our inn), Allegra Farms offers scenic romantic horse-drawn carriage rides around the lake or antique sleighs offering an invigorating ride through the New England snow.

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While it’s true the 19th century is well over 100 years behind us now, our good friend John Allegra and Allegra Farm are keeping this era alive with the restoration of vintage horse drawn carriages, sleighs, wagons and equipment. Allegra Farm is home to the Horse Drawn Carriage and Sleigh Museum of New England, and full time carriage service is their only business. From the carriages to the horses, proper attire to proper etiquette, the meticulous eye for historical detail will carry you away to the Victorian Age.

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Sue and Dave enjoying an open air horse-drawn sleigh ride

 

Virtually every carriage, in addition to being a true antique, has a history of having transported famous actors or individuals in numerous movie or television productions. Movie productions are a specialty, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad”, “The Time Machine”, and “Kate and Leopold.” Television appearances have included, “Sex in the City”, and “Ed”. A number of Allegra Farm’s horses and carriages are often seen at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut, virtually year round.

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A Sleigh ride is a wonderful way to take in the sights and sounds of winter, simply relax, and chase away the winter blues. As the snow starts to fall, it’s time to enjoy an adventure in the comfort of a horse-drawn sleigh. Bring your own refreshments to warm your body and spirit and just sit back and relax as you tour the countryside the way folks have for centuries. Experience a different sort of horsepower, as the sled runners glide across the snow and the sleigh bells jingle on. And if there’s no snow, don’t worry, Allegra Farms offers horse-drawn carriage rides around the beautiful Lake Hayward. Truth be told, there have been many wedding proposals made during the rides.

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So if you’re looking for that unique something to do this winter, give us a call and ask about a traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride at our local Allegra Farms. As its been sung, giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up let’s go,
come look at our show, you’ll be riding in a wonderland of snow; giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up it’s grand, just holding hands in our wintery fairyland….
Alright, alright enough already. Just give us a call at (860) 739-0331 to help arrange your horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Come visit the Oldest Steam Powered Cider Mill in the US

Clyde's Cider Mill in Mystic CT

   Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic CT

Let’s face it, autumn or fall conjure up thoughts of New England highways and byways surrounded with beautiful vistas of trees decked out in spectacular, colorful foliage. Is there a more beautiful place to be in autumn than in New England? Many folks forget about Connecticut (and Rhode Island) when they think about taking a fall getaway to New England. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and even Massachusetts are most popular when planning those New England leaf-peeping escapes. However, we’re here to tell you that all of the magnificent beauty and charm of autumn can be found right here in southeastern Connecticut.

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The oldest steam-powered Apple Press in the entire US.

For instance, we have B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic. A visit to Clyde’s Cider Mill is like stepping back in time. If you come you will see the only steam powered cider mill in the U.S. in production with scheduled apple-pressing demonstrations.
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There are locals that have been going to Clyde’s for so long that they remember getting cider and donuts and the only option for eating them was in the car! This cider mill has grown so much through the years but it hasn’t lost its’ historic New England charm. We think of Fall and we think of all things apple- Delicious pies, tarts, breads and cider served here every day. They start in September with a nice selection of Apple wines and hard ciders, jams, jellies, local honey, maple syrup, fudge, and what many people call “The best sweet cider on Earth!” Also available in the Fall are pumpkin bread, gourds, Indian corn, pumpkins, candy apples, kettle corn and apple cider donuts. A real favorite is the cider slushes, warm melt in your mouth cider donuts and the apple Dumplings. Also, let’s not forget the wonderful non-apple offerings of condiments and preserves. There are other areas at Clyde’s such as The Grist Mill which is a smaller shop with Christmas ornaments, tee-shirts, gifts, etc., a popcorn stand where they make fresh kettle corn, and tasting stations– for hard ciders and for apple cider wine.
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When you visit there are usually some tables from local vendors—perhaps selling cheeses and other products made from goats’ milk, and another selling honey and beeswax candles or offering local wines for tasting. They also have some colorful Adirondack chairs on the porch where you might be lucky enough to snag a seat and enjoy your cider and donuts.
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This is a great stop for a historical/educational/tasting & shopping tour. You won’t be disappointed even though it can get crowded on weekends – it is worth parking on the road (if necessary) and taking a walk. The air perfumed with freshly pressed apples, and then the knowledgeable and kind staff, are just a bonus! So take a break from the ordinary and come visit a National Historic Landmark and see the 6th generation of the Clyde family making cider just like B.F. Clyde did in 1881.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM SEPTEMBER UNTIL LATE DECEMBER
SEPT. – OCT. 9AM – 6PM
NOV. – DEC. 9AM – 5PM

CIDER MAKING DEMONSTRATIONS:
Saturdays & Sundays
October – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
November – 11am, 1pm Weather permitting

For additional information about Clyde’s Cider Mill, visit: www.bfclydescidermill.com

It’s Autumn and time to experience the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

As summer gives way to the beautiful and popular “Autumnal season” here in southern New England, many quests look for that quintessential New England leaf-peeping experience. You know what we’re talking about; places to see beautiful colored trees, visits to apple orchards and harvest festivals, corn-mazes and country drives to witness all of nature’s beauty. However, if you’re looking for a truly unique New England Experience, look no further than our local Essex Steam Train and Riverboat excursions.
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The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is just a short 30 minute ride from our inn, and provides a sightseeing journey through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. This 2-1/2 hour nature excursion blasting with nature’s colors is guaranteed to reawaken all of your senses. Relax and soak up the colorful sights while gently rolling through the countryside aboard vintage train coaches. From the open decks of the Becky Thatcher Riverboat, you’ll revel in stunning views of the hills breathtaking Fall Foliage reflecting on the river water.
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Imagine traveling through one of the “last great places on earth” in Living Color! Now, board the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for the ultimate Fall Foliage journey through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. Your journey begins in Essex station. There you board vintage train coaches and travel north along the banks of the scenic CT River passing by such notable historic icons as Gillette Castle, the Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. And, the train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. You might catch a glimpse of an eagle or two as this area is noted for occasional eagle sightings at this time of year. Then, you will depart the steam train to board the triple-deck Mississippi-style Riverboat “Becky Thatcher” taking in breathtaking views of the color-bursting classic New England foliage. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip to Essex Station.
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In closing, autumn here at our inn is one of the best times of the year to visit, and for us locals this is truly a favorite time of the year. The summer vacation crowds have come and gone, and the days are as lazy or as active as you’d like them to be. The days are sunny and warm, still perfect for walking the beaches or visiting the host of shoreline attractions. At night the cool ocean air off Niantic Bay provides the perfect excuse to sip a glass of wine and relax after a long day exploring the southernmost New England state ~ Connecticut.
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Want to see more, view our Fall “Inn” Love Getaway Package video