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May 23, 2013 04:55 AM

Destination town with decent lunch...

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

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  1. 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. the South board for recs.

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    1. re: catsmeow

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

      1. re: phatchris

        Second both Porsmouth NH and Portland ME.

        1. re: Allstonian

          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:

    2. 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.

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      1. re: teezeetoo

        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

          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

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

          2. re: Science Chick

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

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            1. re: cassis

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

              1. re: treb

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

              2. re: cassis

                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. 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.

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                1. re: trufflehound

                  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

                    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..