Cynthia near dock Edition #24, 8 September 2008

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New London, Connecticut

The city and waters of New London are very special to me, as it is here that I was born. New London is located at the mouth of the Thames River, about nine miles west of Mystic. John Winthrop, Jr. founded the first English settlement in the area in 1646. It was the 13th town settled in Connecticut. In March of 1658, the town was offically named after London, England. Here is a map of New London.

New London is home to a number of fine museums. The Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum at 11 Hempstead Street are just two of the offerings.

Ferry service from New London to Block Island, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York is available, weather permitting. Amtrak services New London at Union Station, 27 Water Street. New London Harbor Light, New London, CT

Make the short trip over the Gold Star Memorial Bridge to neighboring Groton, Connecticut. While there, make a point to tour the USS Nautilus at the US Navy Submarine Force Museum. The Nautilus was the world's first nuclear powered submarine. Take exit 86 from Interstate 95 in Groton. The museum is located off of highway 12 at Crystal Lake Road. The museum also houses a gift shop and exhibits of submarine instrumentation.

Back in New London, it is time for early afternoon coffee. I suggest a visit to the Muddy Waters Cafe at 42 Bank Street. This popular breakfast and lunch stop was recently featured in an article in the New London Day newspaper.

It may be off the beaten path, but Captain Scott's Lobster Dock is definitely worth a visit. Located at 80 Hamilton Street, Captain Scott's has diners raving about their fish and chips, lobster bisque, and New England chowder. Live lobster straight off the dock, to the kitchen, and then to your table at reasonable prices.

Bean & Leaf at 13 Washington Street is a cafe and rotisserie providing fresh fair-trade organic coffee. They also offer fine teas and light food. Live entertainment is available most nights. Coffee and tea lovers will want to check out the Bean & Leaf blog.

If you enjoy swimming as much as I do, then Ocean Beach Park is the place to be. Located at 98 Neptune Avenue, Ocean Beach features a half-mile 'sugar-sand' beach, a 50-meter Olympic pool, amusement rides, arcade, health club, miniature golf course, concession stands, gift shop, nature walk, and playground. Ocean Beach is rated as one of the best beaches by National Geographic.

End your busy day at The Colonel Eugene T. Kirkland House Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1896, the house is alive with New England history. All rooms are air conditioned and WiFi is available.

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Photo Credits:
Cynthia near dock: Reno Checchinato
New London Harbor: Webshots

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