Tara Donaldson, for CNN • Updated 2nd April 2017

1. Mystic, Connecticut

The tall ships will tell you when you’ve reached Mystic, Connecticut’s cute coastal town and the muse behind Julia Roberts’ first film, “Mystic Pizza.”
Mystic’s maritime history dates to its days as a shipbuilding center, a time well preserved at the Mystic Seaport Museum, the world’s leading and largest of its kind, home to the famed 1800s whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.
It’s the perfect jumping off point for a sail at dusk or a trip on the 1908 coal-fired wooden steamer, Sabino.
The menu changes daily at the Oyster Club, save the hot buttered lobster roll — and the coconut mussels are a win.
Secure a spot in the Treehouse, the Club’s outdoor bar and deck, and you’ll eat with a view of Mystic River.

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