Mystic, CT

Hello everyone, welcome back!  Last weekend B and I found ourselves in the charming seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut and had a great time eating and exploring our way through it.  From Massachusetts it makes a great weekend getaway or even just a day trip!

Things To Do.

Mystic Aquarium.  This is perhaps the most obvious answer, but the Mystic Aquarium really knocks it out of the park.  Whether you have kids or are just a big kid at heart, I think everyone can enjoy a few hours here.  They have a pair of beluga whales, a penguin colony, and a sea lion show; amongst much more.  It can be a bit pricey, but if you live in New England you can try to find discounted tickets through your library or AAA office!


Mystic Seaport.  The seaport is a reimagined 19th century village complete with a settlement and historic ships!  It has an amazing location and you could easily spend hours here.

Olde Mistick Village.  Essentially a large shopping center, Olde Mistick Village has tons of great options for food and shopping.

Mystic Museum of Art.  The location of this museum cannot be beat.  It’s right on the water near historic downtown Mystic.  The coolest thing in my opinion is how many local artists it features.  I love getting to see how natives view a place!


Charles W. Morgan.  This amazing creation is the last wooden whaling ship left in the world… Need I say more?

Argia Mystic Cruises.  We didn’t do one this past weekends, but from past experience I can say that the sunset sails cannot be beat. The boat is a perfect size to bring a small group and still not feel like you’re taking up the entire boat.  And the views are exquisite.

Historic Downtown Mystic.  The downtown area is filled with shops and great places to eat.  It seems to be quite congested at times, but the waterfront boardwalk and unique drawbridge certainly make up for it.

Places To Eat.

Vault Coffee Roasters.  Conveniently located next to the Mystic Aquarium, Vault has a cute little setting and a strong community vibe.

drwb @ 24.  In the shadow she f the drawbridge lies this little gem of a bistro that B and I stopped in for brunch.  It’s so affordable we almost went back for a second round!


Engine Room.  If you’re looking for a burger or a cool spot with exposed brick walls, this is definitely your spot.

Sea Swirl.  This little unassuming clam shack serves everything from jalapeño poppers and clams to ice cream and fish tacos.  Grab something to go or pull up a picnic table to enjoy!

S&P Oyster Company.  You definitely pay for the river view and the romantic, cafe-light induced ambiance… But boy is it worth it.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Do you have any favorite places in Mystic?

xo, C

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How to Make the Most of Your Weekend

 

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great week.  I was doing some reflecting and realized that I scarcely have that Sunday night feeling of regret/dread that I used to, so I must have learned what works for me in the past few years.  While every person is different, these are some things I’ve noticed have helped me

 

Don’t leave anything unresolved.  I know it is tempting to run out the door on Friday afternoon, but I’ve found that it’s worth the extra 15 minutes to stay later and finish everything that I’m working on.  I’m the type of person to let an unresolved issue or a conflict I have to address eat away at me for days until it’s solved, so tying up any loose ends on Friday is worth staying late so that I can have a relaxed and stress free weekend.

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Schedule downtime for Friday night.  There are plenty of weekends when I don’t feel like I need any downtime at all.  If I do have a long and tiring week that makes me feel like I need time to do nothing, that time happens on Friday night.  Getting myself totally reset right away makes it so much easier for me to get on with my weekend than say, going out Friday night and putting that needed rest time off until later in the weekend, because without hitting that reset button I could just drag on all weekend and never make the most of the weekend.  Last weekend was super chilly so I spent the evening reading Bruce Springsteen’s book that’s been sitting on my shelf for months and looking into buying new pots for my growing succulents.  It was heavenly!

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Get going on Saturday morning.  Nothing makes me feel worse than waking up on a weekend morning and scrolling through my Instagram feed for an accidental two hours.  Yikes.  Instead I go to yoga at 8:30 every Saturday morning.  It’s late enough that I can sleep in a little bit if I need to, but early enough that I can’t really dawdle in the morning.  Plus I’ve found that yoga is the best weekend exercise since it really resets my hectic mind and allows me to stretch out some of the tension I’ve been holding on to, thus starting my weekend off on a completely clear slate.

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Do something you love.  Everyone who knows me knows that Saturdays are for adventures.  After a long week, or even a short one for that matter, I always look forward to doing things on Saturday.  I believe that life has to be lived more than just on vacation, so Saturday is my day to do just that.  For me it can be anything from going to a museum, exploring a fellow New England city, or just heading to a cool brunch spot.  Saturdays are all about exploration, and trying new things gives me a reason to get up and out of the house on Saturdays.  This means if it’s rainy, hitting up a museum or if it’s sunny, hitting up a hiking trail.

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Don’t waste Sunday afternoon.  Sunday afternoon by far can be the worst part of the weekend for many people.  Sometimes 4 o’clock rolls around and the Monday dread starts to kick in, even though there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the weekend.  When football season is over, I find myself making plans for Sunday evening so I don’t collapse on the couch into an endless internet scroll.  Sometimes it’s a family dinner to look forward to or a movie night with my mom.  In warmer weather, B and I take a twilight stroll or run to work off all the brunch food.

 

Schedule something to look forward to.  B and I have a regular Taco Tuesday reservation for many reasons (the most obvious being our undying love for tacos).  This also gives us something to look forward to on Sunday night.  Instead of dreading the work week, it’s a great opportunity to look for that early or mid week reward (my parents were always more into rewards than punishments when I was a kid, so this might explain a lot about my belief in the reward system).  For others it might be Margarita Monday or a Tuesday spin class… Whatever it is that actually keeps you looking forward into the week.

 

Don’t spend your entire weekend doing chores.  I heard somewhere (presumably Oprah) that housework can take as long as you let it, and it really resonated with me.  There’s never really a set end point for chores, especially if you’ve been meaning to clean out a closet or tackle a larger project.  Doing chores is just like more work, and really takes away from the enjoyment of a weekend.  Instead I’ve been trying to check them off on a weekday evening when I wouldn’t do much other than eat dinner and watch a movie.  My current project right now is cleaning out my closet, so instead of spending an entire weekend doing it I’ve been trying to just take out three things to sell or donate every day.  It’s easy to do while I’m getting ready, and I’ve found that I might be more willing to part with something if it doesn’t feel like I’m getting rid of so much all at once.

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What are your tips for making the most of your weekend?  Sound off in the comments below!

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Bad things happen when I walk into Target.  I go in for toothpaste and walk out at least fifty dollars poorer practically every time.  When I went to get these darling Adam Lippes for Target pumps I walked by this vest and instantly grabbed it off of the shelf.  It’s perfectly on trend for fall, incredibly cozy, and only $35.  Sold?  Yeah, so was I.

In other fun news, today is my last day being 23!  It still feels sort of surreal.  24 is pretty much full-fledged mid-twenties, so I feel like I can no longer use the ‘well, I’m 23’ excuse for everything like I have been.  I definitely thought I would have my life a little more together by 24, but I never knew I would have found a hobby that I love as much as I love blogging.  So whether this is your first visit to The Sol Compass or you’ve been reading for the past year since I started, I want to thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for making this blog a possibility and a very real ray of sunshine into my every day life!

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Outfit Details – Vest: Xhilaration | Sweater: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Jeans: GAP | Boots: BC Footwear | Bag: Banana Republic Factory Store (sold out, similar here) | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Bracelets: Lemon & Line, Chan Luu | Rings: French Connection 

Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a great weekend!
xo, Caitlin