Mystic Places is 'On the Money' as One of the Best Places to Vacation in America

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mystic Coast & Country Travel & Leisure Council

    MYSTIC, Conn., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mystic
 Places is getting national attention.  The April issue of Money magazine
 showcased a number of communities and attractions within the region among the
 "Twelve Best Places to Vacation" in America.  Noting the Victorian charm and
 natural beauty of the various communities in coastal Rhode Island as well as
 the various recreational areas and growing arts and culture scene, the highly
 influential publication specifically cited Westerly and Watch Hill as well as
 Misquamicut beach.
     Money Magazine's reporters based their rankings on a broad range of
 criteria, including interviews with travel experts who were impressed with the
 diversity of fine dining experiences, cultural events, outdoor activities and
 proximity to family attractions.  The magazine's list puts coastal Rhode
 Island in the prestigious company of such destinations as San Diego, the U.S.
 Virgin Islands, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Steamboat Springs in Colorado,
 Sedona in Arizona, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver, the Carolina coast, and
 California's Amador Valley.
     "For those of us who live in the region and for the millions of visitors
 from around the world who have already been here over the years, the quality
 of life in Mystic Places is almost a given.  This is an entire region of
 America in microcosm, an area where you can sample virtually everything there
 is to see and do in the whole New England region, from history to fall foliage
 to colonial architecture to year-round recreation.  So it is gratifying to see
 a national publication identify some of our favorite places as among the best
 in the country to vacation in," said Lisa Konicki, executive director of the
 Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce.
     Mystic Coast & Country Travel & Leisure Council is a 300-member non-profit
 private-sector organization responsible for promoting tourism to southeastern
 Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island.  The organization is dedicated to
 raising awareness about the attractions, hotels and other tourism-related
 facilities of its members within the 33 towns that make up Mystic Places.
     Mystic Places is a New England state of mind reminiscent of serene
 seashores, rolling countryside, American and nautical history and New England
 traditions including gardens, cuisine and charming Victorian architecture.
 Mystic Places' best known offerings define these various elements.  The
 biggest attractions are Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea,
 Mystic Aquarium, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and two of the
 country's largest casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.  Authentic
 New England experiences can be found in numerous parks such as Misquamicut
 Beach, Ocean Beach Park and Harkness State Park and historic towns including
 Stonington, Essex, Mystic, Old Lyme and Westerly.  The area is also known for
 its cultural establishments such as the Garde Arts Center, Eugene O'Neill
 Theater and Goodspeed Opera House where high-quality theater and musicals can
 be found and the Florence Grizwold Museum where American Impressionism
 thrives.  These locations and much more are Mystic Places.
     Imagine a place where the coast and the country are within minutes of each
 other.  A place where blue skies meet blue waters, white snowflakes meet white
 church spires and four distinct seasons offer something for everyone.  From
 world-class casinos with headlines entertainment, renowned family attractions
 and national historical landmarks to wooded hiking trails, quiet country
 roads, miles of beaches, acclaimed seafood and traditions that date back
 centuries.  Now imagine all of this in one region.  Welcome to Mystic Places
 where Southern New England's best attractions, accommodations, events, dining,
 arts and entertainment can be found.
     Located in southeastern Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island, Mystic
 Places is just two hours from New York and Boston and one hour from Hartford
 and Providence.  Centered around Mystic, Connecticut, the region is accessible
 via Interstates 395, 91 or 95.  For further information and a free copy of the
 Mystic Places Vacation Planner, call Mystic Coast & Country Travel & Leisure
 Council at 1-800-MY-COAST.  Also, ask for a free Coast Card offering regional
 discounts.  For an overview of Mystic Places, visit the destination on-line at
 http://www.mycoast.com.
 
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    MYSTIC, Conn., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mystic
 Places is getting national attention.  The April issue of Money magazine
 showcased a number of communities and attractions within the region among the
 "Twelve Best Places to Vacation" in America.  Noting the Victorian charm and
 natural beauty of the various communities in coastal Rhode Island as well as
 the various recreational areas and growing arts and culture scene, the highly
 influential publication specifically cited Westerly and Watch Hill as well as
 Misquamicut beach.
     Money Magazine's reporters based their rankings on a broad range of
 criteria, including interviews with travel experts who were impressed with the
 diversity of fine dining experiences, cultural events, outdoor activities and
 proximity to family attractions.  The magazine's list puts coastal Rhode
 Island in the prestigious company of such destinations as San Diego, the U.S.
 Virgin Islands, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Steamboat Springs in Colorado,
 Sedona in Arizona, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver, the Carolina coast, and
 California's Amador Valley.
     "For those of us who live in the region and for the millions of visitors
 from around the world who have already been here over the years, the quality
 of life in Mystic Places is almost a given.  This is an entire region of
 America in microcosm, an area where you can sample virtually everything there
 is to see and do in the whole New England region, from history to fall foliage
 to colonial architecture to year-round recreation.  So it is gratifying to see
 a national publication identify some of our favorite places as among the best
 in the country to vacation in," said Lisa Konicki, executive director of the
 Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce.
     Mystic Coast & Country Travel & Leisure Council is a 300-member non-profit
 private-sector organization responsible for promoting tourism to southeastern
 Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island.  The organization is dedicated to
 raising awareness about the attractions, hotels and other tourism-related
 facilities of its members within the 33 towns that make up Mystic Places.
     Mystic Places is a New England state of mind reminiscent of serene
 seashores, rolling countryside, American and nautical history and New England
 traditions including gardens, cuisine and charming Victorian architecture.
 Mystic Places' best known offerings define these various elements.  The
 biggest attractions are Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea,
 Mystic Aquarium, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and two of the
 country's largest casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun.  Authentic
 New England experiences can be found in numerous parks such as Misquamicut
 Beach, Ocean Beach Park and Harkness State Park and historic towns including
 Stonington, Essex, Mystic, Old Lyme and Westerly.  The area is also known for
 its cultural establishments such as the Garde Arts Center, Eugene O'Neill
 Theater and Goodspeed Opera House where high-quality theater and musicals can
 be found and the Florence Grizwold Museum where American Impressionism
 thrives.  These locations and much more are Mystic Places.
     Imagine a place where the coast and the country are within minutes of each
 other.  A place where blue skies meet blue waters, white snowflakes meet white
 church spires and four distinct seasons offer something for everyone.  From
 world-class casinos with headlines entertainment, renowned family attractions
 and national historical landmarks to wooded hiking trails, quiet country
 roads, miles of beaches, acclaimed seafood and traditions that date back
 centuries.  Now imagine all of this in one region.  Welcome to Mystic Places
 where Southern New England's best attractions, accommodations, events, dining,
 arts and entertainment can be found.
     Located in southeastern Connecticut and coastal Rhode Island, Mystic
 Places is just two hours from New York and Boston and one hour from Hartford
 and Providence.  Centered around Mystic, Connecticut, the region is accessible
 via Interstates 395, 91 or 95.  For further information and a free copy of the
 Mystic Places Vacation Planner, call Mystic Coast & Country Travel & Leisure
 Council at 1-800-MY-COAST.  Also, ask for a free Coast Card offering regional
 discounts.  For an overview of Mystic Places, visit the destination on-line at
 http://www.mycoast.com.
 
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