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Mystic’s Culinary Gem

By Angela Fairhurst

Nestled along the shores of Mystic, Connecticut, where the sea whispers tales of a bygone era, lies a town steeped in maritime history and mystique. Known for its cobblestone streets, historic seaport, and a legacy woven from the threads of seafaring adventures, Mystic beckons to travelers seeking a glimpse into its captivating past. Amidst this tapestry of tradition and timelessness, The Whaler’s Inn stands as an icon of heritage with its on-property restaurant, The Shipwright’s Daughter, a guardian of sustainability. 


The Whaler’s Inn:

The Whaler’s Inn isn’t just a hotel; it’s a testament to timeless elegance and historical significance. Dating back to the 19th century, this iconic establishment embodies the essence of Mystic’s rich maritime heritage. Each of its distinct buildings tells a unique story, providing guests a glimpse into the town’s captivating past. From its antique-filled rooms to its charming courtyards, The Whaler’s Inn is a sanctuary for travelers seeking a blend of history, comfort, and sophistication. Its commitment to preserving Mystic’s legacy while offering modern amenities makes it a cherished retreat for visitors seeking an authentic experience. 


The Shipwright’s Daughter:

The Shipwright’s Daughter, a farm- and sea-to-table culinary gem is led by visionary chef David Standridge. Since its inception in 2020, this restaurant has redefined dining experiences in Mystic through its unwavering dedication to sustainability. Standridge’s culinary philosophy revolves around supporting local growers, farmers, and fishermen, and his commitment to utilizing the entirety of the catch. His menus boast innovative dishes crafted from unconventional yet delicious species like green crab and scup, pushing the boundaries of culinary exploration while actively combating overfishing.

The Shipwright’s Daughter is also notably recognized as a leader in the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program. This distinction underscores Standridge’s commitment to environmentally responsible dining. His collaborations with initiatives like Eating with the Ecosystem solidify his mission to support local fishermen and to preserve the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. Standridge integrates locally harvested sugar kelp into his menu, harnessing its environmental benefits while enhancing the flavors of his exquisite dishes. Here, guests not only savor extraordinary cuisine but also participate in a culinary journey that champions responsible dining practices. 

From its historic roots to its modern-day commitment to sustainability, The Whaler’s Inn and The Shipwright’s Daughter collectively offer an experience that intertwines heritage, comfort, and conscientious dining. Together, they stand as beacons of Mystic’s allure, inviting guests to savor history and relish in the flavors of a sustainable future.

www.whalersinnmystic.com and www.shipwrightsdaughter.com


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