Scenic North Street in Walpole, Mass., goes against the suburban grain. Most of the main roads within 20 miles of Boston consist of densely populated neighborhoods, strip malls and building after building. Not North Street!
Turning onto North Street from Route 109 in Westwood and past the beloved Bubbling Brook Ice Cream Stand reveals something that looks more like a picturesque rural Vermont scene (without the mountains, though). A seemingly endless rolling field and white fence change the typical suburban landscape in a hurry. The scene almost forces one to relax, like the feeling one gets while on vacation. Some people living in Walpole have said that seeing that big farm field influenced their decision in moving to, and laying down roots in Walpole. Scenic North Street is a real drawing card to this unpretentious, friendly town.
The rest of North Street isn’t too shabby, either. Big old homes, horse farms, glimpses of beautiful Willett Pond and Adams Farm (360 beautiful acres for walking, hiking, mountain biking, etc.,) ultimately make for one of the most scenic roads in eastern Massachusetts.
Additional Walpole reading:
A visit to downtown Walpole (VisitingNewEngland main web site)
Beautiful Bird Park in Walpole (VisitingNewEngland main web site)
Winter ice skating at Turner Pond in Walpole (Thrifty New England Traveler blog)
Winter in Walpole photos (New England Photo Travel and Food Tour blog)
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