Here’s a little Valentine’s love note to the place we all call home. We wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.By Maria Allen
Whether winding past historic homes and coastal marshes on historic Route 3A or cruising down oceanfront avenues, there are plenty of reasons to put the top down and enjoy the local scenery from the comfort of your automobile.
We’re Pet FriendlyGazing at gourmet puppy biscuits in the glass cases at pet boutiques like Wishbones in Scituate or Maggie’s Dog House in Hingham, it’s clear that we love spoiling our four-legged friends. There are plenty of great parks for dog walking in the area too, such as Bare Cove Park and World’s End in Hingham.
Our VIBRANT Art Scene
Each year our community hosts highly attended art events, such as the North River Arts Society’s Festival of the Arts in May and the South Shore Art Center’s Annual Arts Festival in June. And even in the dead of winter, creative souls like oil painter Laura Tryon Jennings are busy beautifying canvases and holding classes at venues like the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury.
When it comes to eating out, there’s no shortage of options. Foodies can choose from casual clam shacks and burger bars or go for a more elegant experience and gourmet menus created by esteemed local chefs. Many restaurants like the Rye Tavern in Plymouth offer both cozy dining rooms and alfresco dining.
Hollywood Loves Us
Many movies have been filmed on the South Shore in recent years. Scenes for the film “The Way Way Back,” which starred Steve Carell (who has a summer house in Marshfield) and Weymouth native Rob Corddry, among others, were shot along Bay Avenue in Marshfield. More recently artificial snow covered Cohasset streets and Duxbury’s Powder Point Bridge for Disney’s “The Finest Hours” (due out in 2016).
The local fishing fleet may be smaller than it was in the old days, but that just makes the local catch taste that much sweeter. Our shellfishing industry is particularly robust, with oysters harvested in Duxbury Bay appearing on raw bar menus all across the country.
Our Rural Character Has Survived
Despite the pressure of urban sprawl, our towns remain tied to their rural roots with an abundance of family-run farms and old stone walls that have been crisscrossing the landscape for generations.
Were Caffeine Addicts
Two of the hottest names in coffee got their start right here on the South Shore. Dunkin’ Donuts first opened up shop in Quincy in 1950. Now based in Canton, the mega coffee chain has thousands of franchises in 32 countries. Another local favorite, Marylou’s got its start in Hanover in 1986 and now has more than 30 locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Theres always something brewing
With liquor stores stocking locally brewed labels like Plymouth Bay Winery and Mayflower (Plymouth) ales, and pubs gaining bragging rights based on how many taps they have on rotation, the craft brew craze is still booming. Meanwhile, small-batch liquor producers like Dirty Water Distillery in Plymouth make brewing spirits an art form.
We’re Cranberry Central
Cranberries are the number one agricultural crop in Massachusetts and the majority of berries are grown right in our backyard. Ruby-colored bogs dot the landscape in Carver, Wareham, Middleboro, Plymouth and Rochester and together these five towns account for 62 percent of the state’s cranberry acreage.
There’s acres of nature
All you need is a pair of sturdy shoes to explore the region’s countless picturesque parks and nature preserves, from the wooded trails of Wompatuck and Myles Standish State Forest to the rolling hills and sweeping views of Ellisville State Park and World’s End.
We have Rich History
Everyone from Pilgrims to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams has called the South Shore home. Pilgrim John Alden’s home still stands in Duxbury and the town of Plymouth honors its earliest residents both at Plimoth Plantation and at the 81-foot tall granite Forefathers Monument, which overlooks the harbor.
We’re New England Sports Fans
We love that dirty water—even if we do live a little south of its reach. Gathered around flat screens and in the bleacher seats at sports stadiums, we root (loudly) for our home teams: The Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. And we rest easy knowing that our main man, Coach Bill Belichick, calls Hingham his home.
We Shop Local
Nearly every South Shore town has a district that caters to those seeking gifts, clothing and more. Shoppers can find locally based brands like Talbots in Hingham Square, cooperative artisan shops like Expressions in Scituate and shabby-chic furniture shops like Roadside Redemption in Plymouth.
You Don’t Have To Cross A Bridge To Get Here
Conveniently located within an hour’s drive to Boston, Providence and Cape Cod, we live at the center of it all. Don’t feel like driving to Boston? Just hop aboard a train or ferry for a quick and leisurely commute.
We Have Sand in our Toes
With miles of sandy shoreline stretching from Plymouth to Quincy, our beaches are perfect for beachcombers and beach bums alike. Whether you’re the type who enjoys lounging on the soft sand at Duxbury Beach, working on your bocce game out at The Spit or simply want to park at Hingham Bathing Beach so you can enjoy your coffee with a water view, there’s a beach for everybody.
We’ve Got A sweet Tooth
Do you constantly crave cupcakes? Are ice cream sundaes your downfall? Just a whiff of the sweet scent wafting from local bakeries and confectionary shops is enough to make a person’s mouth water. For a creative Valentine treat, check out the mini conversation heart cookies made at Guilty Bakery in Plymouth.
We’re a Generous Bunch
On any given week you can find numerous charitable events taking place across the South Shore. Whether attending a spaghetti supper or a swanky gala fundraiser, South Shore residents are always willing to open up their hearts (and their wallets) for a good cause.
Horseback Riding Traditions
A small but passionate equestrian community calls our region home and there are numerous stables that offer horseback riding opportunities for all ages.
OUR “TECHNOLOGY CORRIDOR” LEADS THE WAY
With proximity to Boston, international airports and world-renowned educational institutions, the South Shore has long been a desired location for technology companies. Battelle Labs, for example, has had an office in Duxbury since 1965 and recently relocated to a larger space in Norwell. The world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, its employees provide environmental consulting services to government clients such as the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as industrial clients which include oil and gas companies and agro-science companies. Specific project work includes identifying sources of oil releases in the environment, monitoring and assessment of discharge into US ocean and coastal environments such as Boston Harbor, residue analysis of pesticides, and coastal pollution consulting – to name a few.
We’re Fitness Finatics
Fueled by adrenaline and fresh, salty air, elite runners and amateur road warriors don’t have to travel far to partake in a little charitable competition. There are major races throughout the year, such as the Cohasset Triathlon, which takes place in June, the Marshfield Duxbury Triathlon in August and the Nantasket Beach Triathlon in Hull each September. There are also seemingly endless 5K races, like Plymouth’s Old Sandwich Road Race (June) and Turkey Trot (November) to keep the blood pumping.
We’re Filled with American Spirit
Fireworks and bonfires blaze on ocean beaches on the fourth of July and crowds of over 200,000 people turn out regularly for America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth to wave flags and eat copious amounts of turkey and cranberry sauce.
We’re The home Of Lifesavers both Past and Present
The Hull Lifesaving Museum is today housed in the former Point Allerton Lifesaving Station. The station opened in 1889 under the leadership of Joshua James, who is considered the “father” of the United States Coast Guard. These days the tradition lives on at Station Point Allerton where active-duty Coast Guard crew members work to enforce federal laws and regulations in our waters and conduct search and rescue missions.
Between swimming and sunset sails, kayaking and paddle board excursions, not to mention whale watching and fishing trips, you never know when you might get your feet wet around here. And chances are pretty good that you keep a towel and flip flops in your trunk—just in case.
Going To The Faire
We thought archery was cool long before The Hunger Games made it a thing. Each year the forests of Carver are transformed into a 16th-century marketplace, bustling with minstrels and magicians, not to mention blacksmiths and buxom wenches. People come from far and wide to see the exotic animals, try their hand at letting an arrow fly and to cheer for jousting knights with a roasted turkey leg and plastic cup of mead in hand.