There are two types of people in the Boston area: the south shore folk and the north shore folk. Most don't go both ways, but settle on their favorite, set up home there or return often to visit their favorite towns on the shore (especially during summer and early fall). Take a trip to explore the South Shore and you'll see why those who fall in love with life here rarely want to leave.
Head south on Rt. 3A and make your way along the back roads of many South Shore towns before you make your first stop of the day at the Hingham Shipyard. Home to various shops and restaurants, the Hingham Shipyard's most famous resident is restaurant Alma Nove. Partially owned by Boston bad boy-turned-rapper-turned-movie star, Mark Wahlberg, and his equally famous brother and former New Kid on the Block, Donnie, the restaurant is run by yet another Wahlberg who is a seriously great chef.
Give it a try and you'll see why Mark and Donnie were eager to invest in their brother's Italian eatery. Locals love Alma Nove, from the outdoor fire pit to the good eats, this South Shore eatery scores points with all who walk through its door.
Once you've filled up on fine cuisine, and spent a little time enjoying the scene at the Shipyard (catch a movie, enjoy a massage or get your nails done perhaps), continue on 3A south into Scituate. Park your car and explore this quaint New England seaside town by foot. Enjoy the art galleries, independent retailers and harbor views; just be sure to stop at Mary Lou's for a coffee (preferably iced) that you won't soon forget. Coffee concoctions taste like candy bars and are a perfect pick-me-up any time of day.
If the weather cooperates, park yourself on one of the many beaches (public parking at the beaches is limited), or better yet, cross the border into Hull and enjoy your time on Nantasket Beach. Famed for an amusement park that closed to make way for condos in the 80's, Nantasket still draws a crowd and maintains the feel of a seaside town. Complete with arcades, carnival games, mini golf and a carousel, there is much more to do than simply sit on the beach. Just be sure to avoid eating too much beach food because within walking distance is one of Hull's best eateries.
Jake's Seafood has lived on the shores of Hull for decades, and is just the sort of "no frills" beach joint (shirts and shoes are expected) you'll love any time of year (Jake's does take a short winter siesta). Overlooking the harbor are Jake's large windows, perfect for watching the sun set on this rocky shore, and window seats are plentiful.
Evening view from Jake's Seafood — Photo courtesy of Jake's Seafood
Jake's is everything you'd expect in beachside seafood and then some. Fantastic fried fish (the Fisherman's platter is a favorite), excellent lobster and fabulous, fresh grilled specialties delight diners (if they save room after sampling the sensational seafood appetizers). It's the perfect end to a South Shore day.