Fenway Park brings out the best in baseball. No matter how the Boston Red Sox are doing — and they are not doing well at all, at this writing — this unique ballpark is the ultimate place to celebrate the joys of summer, enjoy the magic of baseball, state your passion loudly for the game at hand, and revel in the one-of-a-kind ballpark elements like the Green Monster (the high left field wall, as pictured here). Fenway Park might not have the bells and whistle of the flawless 21st Century ballparks, but that’s OK with many of us locals. While Fenway Park might not be the prom queen, it does have a clear beauty of its own. Play ball!
After spending a day at Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, Onset Village, the New Bedford Whaling District, Horseneck Beach in Westport, Padanaram Village in Dartmouth and other wondrous South Coast of Massachusetts destinations, do yourself a favor and end the day by taking a ride up scenic Route 105 north.
A completely different landscape than the seaside travel gems mentioned above, Route 105 takes you through rolling farmland and beautiful lakes in small towns like Rochester, Acushnet and Lakeville. It’s hard to believe the coast is just minutes away from this remote but pleasant inland area in an underrated, virtually unknown part of the state to visitors. It’s especially nice if you can catch a colorful sunset that dances muted sunlight off the farmland and brings added personality to the lakes!
Editor’s Note: The beginning of Route 105 is located in Marion, right off Route 6.
The Woodstock Hill Cemetery in the Woodstock Hill Historic District of Woodstock, Conn., features a beautiful location overlooking rolling hills in a classic New England setting with church, village green, school, old homes.
Established in 1686 with many examples of 18th and 19th century gravestone carvings, this is a must-see as part of a Woodstock visit.
We leave you with a few more photos of the Woodstock Hill Historic District, which by the way, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places…
The outdoor Lobster Shanty restaurant sign in Salem MA stated, “Warm Beer, Lousy Food, Surly Waitresses, Rude Bartenders, Cranky Cooks…” so, naturally, we, as hardy New England natives, decided to give it a try.
What we found was a friendly little lobster, seafood shack dining spot with friendly staff, efficient service and delicious New England clam chowder and mussels. We can hardly wait next time to try the specialties of the house, lobster and lobster rolls — and also to dine outside at this seasonal restaurant on a warm summer day.
The Lobster Shanty is located at 25 Front St. (Artist’s Row), Salem MA. Tel. (978) 745-5449