Mattapoisett and Marion’s whale of a history

March 15, 2015 - garden totes

MATTAPOISETT — Go East, immature man. (And woman.)

And only before we strech Cape Cod, you’ll find, nestled together on a shores of Buzzards Bay, a old-fashioned strand villages of Mattapoisett and Marion.

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Sister villages, we roughly can’t discuss one though a other, and combined, they make a ideal day outing — slices of Cape Cod though a traffic.

The area smacks of Old New England, Yankee fishing villages with slight streets, high unapproachable homes, and gulls o’er a rooftops. They are accurately a form of places where a sleet stays white, even on a categorical streets, and nobody needs a parking saver.

If you’re looking to rush a overload of a city or a headaches of a MBTA, we might wish to conduct to where we can see a open waters of Buzzards Bay.


Start out during Uncle Jon’s Coffee Cafe, where a muffins are done daily from blemish and a micro-roasted coffee smells like heaven. There are dual locations, in Marion and in Mattapoisett, though a Marion plcae is a bigger, comfier mark to dawdle over brunch with a newspaper. Grab a comfortable chocolate chip muffin or vegan breakfast sandwich with hummus, tomato, and sprouts on a croissant. 350 Front St., Marion. 508-748-0063,

For classical breakfast fare, conduct to Panino’s for apple-stuffed French toast, strawberry-banana or apple-walnut pancakes, waffles with berries and churned cream, cheesy omelets with home fries and toast, or a nation breakfast with ham, eggs, beans, home fries, and cornbread. 33 County Road, Mattapoisett 508-758-2700,

Nick’s Homemade Pizza is dear by locals and tourists alike. Pop in for a cut of Fenway or Tropical Chicken, or baked ziti, sirloin tips or prohibited eggplant Parmesan millstone among dozens of offerings, and drink and wine. 27 County Road, Mattapoisett. 508-758-2277,

Another mark desired by locals is Turk’s Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Depending on what we crave, enter on possibly side: a grill offers lobster quesadillas, Portuguese-style littlenecks with chourico, pan-roasted day-boat scallops, captain’s cut haddock, or swordfish pizzaiola with uninformed tomatoes. The sushi bar’s endless transport includes honeyed potato maki, orange soy lobster summer rolls, Snow Over Tokyo, or a Alaskan roll. There’s also a consequence menu. 83 Marion Road, Mattapoisett. 508-758-3117 (restaurant), 508-758-3113 (sushi bar),

Named for a aged Wampanoag name for a area that became Marion, The Sippican Cafe offers adult a annuity of a area, from linguica-stuffed quahogs and chargrilled Atlantic salmon to a Sippican cheeseburger. 167 Spring St., Marion. 508-748-0176,

If you’re formulation a outing in April, ambience a nostalgia during Oxford Creamery, a lifted-from-a-postcard roadside creamery and restaurant. Fish and chips, lobster rolls, quahog chowder, and extra-thick coffee frappes are staples, besides, of course, a ice cream cones. (Opens in April; call forward to check.) 98 County Road, Mattapoisett. 508-758-3847,


Inside Isabelle’s present emporium in Mattapoisett are whimsy, charm, and seafood cooking aids.

At Ropeworks, a common name for a cluster of wonder-filled shops. (33 County Road, Mattapoisett), you’ll find a toyshop from a storybook in No Kidding! No shoot-em-up video games or Bratz dolls here, though copiousness of colorful blocks, jigsaw puzzles, sight sets, Legos, indication dinosaurs, pressed animals, planetariums, glow-in-the-dark solar systems, learn-to-count toys, magnet sets, circuit house experiments, light-up globes, termite farms, art supplies, and books, books, books. 508-758-3323.

Next doorway is Isabelle’s, a dainty present emporium that oozes coastal charm, from driftwood iPhone advancing stations to Himalayan salt cooking blocks for barbecuing seafood. 508-758-7960. Check Panache for singular and indie code women’s clothing, jewelry, and robust scarves. 508-758-9622.

Town Wharf General Store has that old-fashioned aged Yankee fishing pier ubiquitous store vibe, though is crowded of complicated made-in-New England goods: organic coffee beans, epicurean whole-leaf teas, uninformed baguettes and chocolate croissants, and tender blueberry-patch honey, candles, soaps, ceramics, totes, wire wreaths, and, it is said, a best nightfall in town. 10 Water St., Mattapoisett. 508-758-4615,

For milk-glazed clay pasta bowls to nautical-themed valuables like charmer bangles or handmade china anchor pendants, conduct to Serendipity by a Sea for a singular collection of beach-inspired gifts. 160 Front St., Marion. 508-748-1800,

And for beach-inspired home items, there’s Dean Ross Home, charity baby blankets to physique milk, linen napkins to lemon bowls. 148 Front St, Marion. 508-748-0411,

Antiquers, see what’s in uncover down a highway during Marion Antique Shop. Exactly what’s in show, of course, is ever-changing, though we might find books, glass, China, paintings, silver, and, often, nautical antiques such as compasses, harpoons, or whale’s teeth. 335 Wareham Road., Marion. 508-748-3606.


The best partial of this area is it’s healthy beauty: a mouth of a harbor, a area of ocean, a wharf, a boats, a gulls. Explore a beaches. Smell a ocean. Look for sea glass. Skip rocks. Take photos. Bring your dog, your bike, your kids. Bring a football, a Frisbee, a kite. Or only move a crater of coffee and a demeanour out over a water.

Mattapoisett’s Water Street, in particular, is gorgeous, no matter a time of year, with sea views along a whole length. Ned’s Point during Veterans Memorial Park is a overwhelming swath of seaside and meadow to cruise or toss a football, fly a kite, windsurf, or watch a object go down over stately Ned’s Point Light. Built during a heyday of a whaling era, circa 1838, a mill building during a opening to Mattapoisett Harbor is also on a National Register of Historic Places. Grounds are open to a open daily until sunset. End of Ned’s Point Road, Mattapoisett.

Another Mattapoisett landmark is a nearby 40-foot seahorse during a intersection of Route 6 and North Street. Dubbed “Salty a Seahorse” by locals, a roadside idol stands nearby Dunseith Gardens — a playground, garden, and inlet travel confirmed by a Mattapoisett Land Trust. 38 North St., Mattapoisett.


Make a weekend of it by engagement a room on lifelike Water Street. The Mattapoisett Inn
has a extensive perspective of a city quay and whaling-era homes. Amenities embody breakfast, uninformed flowers, chocolates, and Wi-Fi. 23 Water St., Mattapoisett. 508-758-9733,

The Inn on Shipyard Park is a hybrid of a pub and inn, harking behind to a inns of those aged whaling days. Feel giveaway to cocktail in for live song and a few pints, sup on duck pot pie, sauteed scallops, or fish tacos, pitch by for lunch or Sunday brunch — or stay a night in a room with a view. Amenities embody Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, private baths. 13 Water St., Mattapoisett. 508-758-4922.

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