Drowsy port towns aren’t trying to make it big.
They’re content to sit quietly idle without the throngs of trend-seekers in search of a place to deem the next hotspot.
That’s why we like them.
Seaside towns are a mainstay of the summer months.
At these under-wraps locales you’ll find fewer tourists, eateries that are understated (though the grub is anything but) and that ever-photogenic lighthouse to lure likes on your Instagram feed.
Whether west or east, peace, quiet and home-style hospitality converge at these seaport hideaways.
The tall ships will tell you when you’ve reached Mystic, Connecticut’s cute coastal town and the muse behind Julia Roberts’ first film, “Mystic Pizza.”
Mystic’s maritime history dates to its days as a shipbuilding center, a time well preserved at the Mystic Seaport Museum, the world’s leading and largest of its kind, home to the famed 1800s whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.
It’s the perfect jumping off point for a sail at dusk or a trip on the 1908 coal-fired wooden steamer, Sabino.
The menu changes daily at the Oyster Club, save the hot buttered lobster roll — and the coconut mussels are a win.
Secure a spot in the Treehouse, the Club’s outdoor bar and deck, and you’ll eat with a view of Mystic River.