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    Getting to Mystic
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Jan 29, 01:13 -0500

    Hello, World.
    For those of you planning your trip to Mystic for the Celestial Navigation
    Weekend (June 6,7,8, 2008):
    I'm sure you can find Mystic on a map. You'll note that it's very close to
    Interstate-95, the major east coast highway. I-95 west of New Haven (which
    is about an hour west of Mystic) can be a driving nightmare, so I'll start
    with options to the east. Boston, Mass. is about an hour and half away by
    car. It's an easy drive, also an easy train trip (about two hours, see
    amtrak.com), and of course it's a wonderful travel destination all by
    itself. Many international flights fly into Boston's Logan airport. About 40
    minutes away by car is T.F. Green airport south of Providence, Rhode Island.
    This is an extremely convenient airport, relatively uncrowded with numerous
    inexpensive flights. Southwest flies here. It's where I usually fly when I
    go to Connecticut. I recommend renting a car, but if you prefer not to, I
    can arrange rides. BUT I don't think there are any international flights
    into Providence.
    There are also sometimes inexpensive flights into Bradley, the airport north
    of Hartford, Connecticut. This is about an hour and a quarter from Mystic.
    This is an international airport.
    If you decide you want to visit New York City or you simply prefer flying
    into New York, LaGuardia airport, JFK, and Newark have many flights. I don't
    recommend these options unless you enjoy the big city. The driving is tough,
    to say the least. It's possible to take the train direct from Manhattan to
    Mystic or New London (about three hours, see amtrak.com). From the small
    train station in Mystic, it's an easy half-mile walk to the museum.
    Mystic itself is a great place to visit. If you haven't been to this area
    before, you may want to spend an extra day or two. In addition to Mystic
    Seaport Museum, the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus, is the center of the
    Submarine Museum a few miles away (only a small section of the submarine is
    open to visitors so that alone is maybe less interesting than it sounds).
    There are two enormous casinos about ten miles away with interesting
    entertainment options, some very good restaurants, and of course gambling,
    if that's your thing. And in general, Mystic, Noank, and Stonington are
    genuinely quaint New England seaside villages.
    I'm not going to suggest lodgings. There are many unremarkable but pleasant
    motels near the highway about half a mile north of Mystic Seaport, a couple
    of nice B&Bs and smaller hotels closer to the center of town about half a
    mile south of Mystic Seaport, and if you rent a car, plenty of other choices
    within ten miles. The casinos have big, fancy hotels. When we did this two
    years ago, there seemed to be a "center of gravity" of folks staying near
    the highway.
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