Mystic, Connecticut – Kosher Vacation
Mystic, Connecticut is an old boating/fishing town which was smartly converted into a vacation destination and ‘saved’. You could find things to do there for a few days. There’s no kosher food or minyanim to speak of … it is, however, a great place to stop and find a fun activity on your way between New York and New England (Mass, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut…). Having done this a few times, I’ve now been to the seaport, aquarium, and ropes course so it’s time for Mystic to get it’s own article.
It’s nice – not too big, not too small. It’s … an aquarium, you know? It’s a good stop along the way for about an hour and a half.
Hidden in the woods, they give you a three hour window to go on five different courses in the trees. They vary in difficulty and are quite … difficult. The real hard ones require to climb poles and such things which are a great deterrent especially if you can’t get up the pole. Each course ends in a small zip line (don’t go here if you’re looking for just good zip lines) and you’re secured in from your harness to the ropes in two different ways. No one there (us or others) seemed to use the full three hours they give you. Again, it’s a nice place to stop on the way and breakup a long trip.
Take look at my earlier article where Mystic Seaport is described in detail.
In our family we just call the place “Vindalu” which is the name of an Indian dish, being unable to remember the name of the restaurant. Anyway, the restaurants designed or the masses that go kosher are often my favorites. This restaurant insists on cooking proper and actual Indian food by Indians who grew up in India (as opposed to Americans faking foreign food, or worse, sushi places staffed by Philippinoos which is quite common)
The restaurant is completely vegetarian and getting a hecshur probably wasn’t too difficult here. The menu is divided into sections by the region of India where the food comes from (India is bigger and more diverse than I think most Americans think it is). You probably won’t know what most of the menu says or what you’re ordering … doesn’t matter. Just order a wide variety of things and be happy. They cook everything fresh when you order which is great – the food quality is great. The wait, however, can be long … that’s the tradeoff.
Also check out Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven – I wrote about that here.
Stamford is also nicely on the way between the New York / New Jersey area and New England. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever actually “vacationed” in Connecticut … just driven through a lot. What’s to do in Connecticut?