I know it seems a bit early but it’s only because I want you to get out there and enjoy some Christmas events! You know if you don’t plan ahead it won’t happen.
I’m a bit of a history geek and my favorite of the living history museums is Mystic Seaport. For the 35th year they are presenting their Lantern Light Tours, a progressive play set on Christmas Eve 1876. Leave some time for lunch or dinner at S&P Oyster Company in downtown Mystic.
Old Sturbridge Village offers up Christmas By Candlelight, with a full slate of traditional activities such as caroling, roasting chestnuts and the like. The on-site Oliver Wight Tavern offers special dinners to coincide with their Christmas events, as well as Brunch with Santa.
Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth NH is unique in that it encompasses over 300 years of American history, up to 1954 when the site was saved from urban renewal. Sticking with the historical theme of ….candles….their seasonal event is the Candlelight Stroll. Weekends in December bring sleigh rides, live music and seasonal entertainment along walkways lighted with wood and glass candle boxes. This would make a fantastic weekend away, as Portsmouth is a great small city, full of shopping and dining options.
People tend to forget about Newport once summer’s over but it’s really got a lot to offer in all seasons. December brings Christmas At The Newport Mansions, probably the best time to see these amazing Gilded Age mansions decked out in their holiday finery. You can’t go wrong with dinner at The White Horse Tavern; in their own words “from farm to table since 1673”. Yes, really: 1673.
I’d like to end with a reminder that this Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday. Shop local! Shop small!!
There’s something special about summer resort towns in the off-season. One of my favorite ways to get through winter is to take advantage of a warmish day (mid-40s counts in New England) and visit a locale I associate with summer. I spent a few hours in Mystic, CT today, shopping the main drag and scarfing down nachos and beer in a yachtie bar. I’m looking forward to going back in spring and spending some time at Mystic Seaport, the town’s living history museum. Think Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation, etc. For the history nerds among you Mystic Seaport blows those others out of the water. Check out the giant counterweights on the drawbridge….it’s a bit freaky walking underneath them. We wanted to have a bite at the upstairs bar at S&P Oyster Company but they were closed for a private party. We wandered into Ancient Mariner and were pretty happy. Standard bar food but the nachos rocked.