Welcome to Uncasville (un-cuss-ville), CT! The current home to the long-loved tradition of Miss America. As a former state titleholder and a current Connecticut resident, I hope to provide you with an “inside” guide that helps to enhance your Miss America experience.
Let’s start with Uncasville, specifically the casino and resort. Mohegan Sun is a wonderful casino, where you could stay for the entirety of your trip. If you do, try the locally loved pizza at Frank Pepe’s. Founded in 1925, the thin-crust style pizza is best known for getting its start in a coal fired oven. Or if you are looking for something sweet, the resort also has a Carlo’s Bakery, best known from the hit TLC show Cake Boss.
Now, you could stay at the resort, but you may be doing yourself an injustice. So, if you would like to venture outside the resort here are a few recommendations.
Foxwoods Resort Casino (10 miles away)- Another vibrant casino with popular restaurants and a large outlet mall.
Mystic, CT (15 miles away)- This quintessential ocean town has something for everyone; adorable local shops, fresh seafood, historic monuments, etc.
Olde Mistick Village– home of old-fashioned shops, the aquarium, and good local restaurants.
B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill– A historic landmark opened in 1881 sells seasonal favorites like hot, cold, and hard cider, apple cider, and bread.
Stonington, CT (25 miles away)- A “sea-side stretch of shops, restaurants, classic New England architecture and harbor views.”
Check out this great Stonington blog by Shannon Shipman.
Wine & Beer Tasting-
Barley Head Brewery in downtown Mystic, CT
Stony Creek in Foxwoods Resort Casino
Maugle Sierra Vineyards in Ledyard, CT
John Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT
Saltwater Farm in Stonington, CT
Stonington Vineyards in Stonington, CT
Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston, CT
Enjoy your trip! Let me know if you try one of these, or if you come across something new.