HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Share your adventure

Destination town with decent lunch...

hargau May 23, 2013 04:55 AM

Looking for a destination within 1-1.5 hrs from boston to spend a day this weekend. Someplace we can walk around , sightsee, have a good lunch.. Preferably near ocean, decent seafood options...
Marblehead/Salem was the 1st thought but been there countless times.. (used to live there)
Dont want to deal with cape bridge traffic on memorial day weekend either

  1. f
    femmevox May 31, 2013 01:20 PM

    There's the new train to the Cape, stops at Buzzzard's Bay and Hyannis. And a couple of other places, too, I think.

    1 Reply
    1. re: femmevox
      hargau May 31, 2013 02:26 PM

      yea, not worth the 6-7 hours travel and $70 fare +parking for a afternoon/lunch.

    2. h
      hargau May 27, 2013 01:53 PM

      Thanks everyone. We ended up going to Newburyport. Walked around downtown and looked at all the stores, also were a lot of outdoor tents/stands setup in the center and along various streets and a band too. Didnt buy anything but some kettle corn and lemonade. Lots of neat/overpriced/gifty sorta stuff...reminded me of Rockland Maine sorta.

      We then ate lunch at Bob's lobster. The lobster roll was meh.. not very big and with celery in it.. $11 i didnt expect much though.. The fish/chips was ok.. standard cysco fries and small chunks of schrod. Although the tarter sauce seemed like it was just plain mayo..

      Then went to plum island, drove to the end and went for a walk.

      Beautiful day for it.

      2 Replies
      1. re: hargau
        chompie May 30, 2013 08:09 PM

        thanks for filling us in! I thought Bob Lobster was sort of meh too. We went years ago and nothing much sticks in the memory except the nice view of the marsh..In Newburyport like the fried seafood better at a divey place on the left heading out of town. Cant remember the name.. Maybe Something Lunch? We got it to go and watched the fireworks from outside..Good clams and fries

        1. re: chompie
          chompie May 30, 2013 08:16 PM

          looked it up.. Its Park Lunch..

      2. trufflehound May 23, 2013 09:28 AM

        Plymouth is a great walking place with a smattering of decent food. Blue Eyed Crab and Driftwood Public House come to mind. A couple good beer bars around too. If you can arrive by route 44 the traffic may not be too bad either.

        2 Replies
        1. re: trufflehound
          Science Chick May 23, 2013 09:33 AM

          We also like the Lobster Hut when we're in Plymouth. Seafood is quite consistent there, and the view of the harbor is lovely

          1. re: Science Chick
            chompie May 23, 2013 05:56 PM

            Where are you starting from? That helps me know an hour from where? But I definitely second Portsmouth, or York, or Ogunquit or Rockport or Gloucester.. depends on what you like for food and scenery or entertainment.. Any specific interests? oops, I didn't see that you said Boston, although sometimes people say Boston but could mean a burb a distance away..

        2. cassis May 23, 2013 05:38 AM

          I always enjoy a walk on Plum Island, followed by lunch at Bob Lobster, then wandering around Newburyport.

          3 Replies
          1. re: cassis
            treb May 23, 2013 08:50 AM

            2nd Bob Lobster, plus lots to see in Newburyport. Also, KennebunkPort then go to Mabels Lobster Claw.

            1. re: treb
              phatchris May 24, 2013 08:02 AM

              Grand Trunk Imports is a great cheese/meat/wine/beer shop in Newburyport.

            2. re: cassis
              Science Chick May 23, 2013 09:30 AM

              To add to a Newburyport excursion: Along Rt. 1 in Rowley there is a fairly new winery: Mill River. We stopped there a few weeks ago and it was really quite nice. Tastings were reasonable and some of the wines weren't horrible, as far as Mass. wines go.
              Another fun place to wander while working your way up is Salt Marsh Antiques in Rowley Center:

              And, yes, Bob Lobster was definitely part of our trip a few weeks ago.....just can't be beat!

            3. a
              addiez May 23, 2013 05:14 AM

              I recently did the Westport Winery tasting/tour then dinner in New Bedford at Cork which was wonderful.

              Newport is also not too far away and a beautiful destination.

              Flan y Ajo in Providence is worth the drive by itself.

              1. t
                teezeetoo May 23, 2013 05:08 AM

                Portsmouth is lovely particularly the strawberry bank area. Check the NH board for recs on restaurants on or off the water. Providence has great food, I enjoy walking around the city and there's always an interesting exhibit or two at RISDE. If you want more Rockport/Small town as opposed to city, try Little Compton, RI.

                4 Replies
                1. re: teezeetoo
                  Science Chick May 23, 2013 09:25 AM

                  Love Little Compton too. One of the best coffee places within 100 miles of Boston is on the way: Coastal Roasters on Rt 77 in Tiverton:
                  Some cute shops along Rt. 77. at 4 Corners. If weather is good, there is an excellent cheese shop at 4 Corners where a decent ploughman's lunch can be assembled.
                  If bad weather, Commons Lunch on the town green is very good too, although not near the water. (no website). They have excellent seafood and nice Portugese-influenced dishes.

                  1. re: Science Chick
                    trufflehound May 23, 2013 11:04 AM

                    If good weather, the view at Evelyn's can't be beat. The food, not so much.
                    And keep driving to the point at the Yacht Club past the winery. A billion dollar view.

                    1. re: trufflehound
                      Science Chick May 23, 2013 12:06 PM

                      Agree about the quality of Evelyn's food. Don't be fooled by it's cool, promising look.

                    2. re: Science Chick
                      Pegmeister May 23, 2013 12:59 PM

                      Little Compton is great. You could stop at the Sakonet Vineyard for a glass of wine and a cheese tray out on the lawn.

                  2. c
                    catsmeow May 23, 2013 05:06 AM

                    I really like the village of Wickford in RI which is quaint and fun to walk around with little shops. It's like a toned down Rockport type setting. A few years ago, I stumbled onto it when I crossed the Jamestown Bridge heading towards CT. There are only a few restaurants there and I haven't tried them, but a search of the South board might help you out. There are numerous restaurants in Newport which is only about 15 minutes away. There's always the CT waterfront too...Mystic Seaport and Village. Theres a colonial era seaport museum which is similar to Plymouth Plantation but focusing more on seaport life in the 16-1700s. There are several good dining options in that general area. Again...search the South board for recs.

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: catsmeow
                      phatchris May 23, 2013 08:16 AM

                      Slightly further up north I'd do Portland. Great bars and restaurants, very walkable around old town.

                      1. re: phatchris
                        Allstonian May 23, 2013 08:59 AM

                        Second both Porsmouth NH and Portland ME.

                        1. re: Allstonian
                          Science Chick May 23, 2013 09:20 AM

                          I agree with Portland. Check out Fort Williams Park in S. Portland..Stop in at Scratch Bakery on your way for awesome EVERYTHING!
                          Seafood options abound nearby and on the trip up. One of my favorite is Fisherman's Catch in Wells.
                          And if the weather isn't cooperative, we love shopping at Portland Architectural Salvage..the most amazing collection of vintage stuff in a HUGE warehouse:

                    Show Hidden Posts