A few weekends ago, I headed up to Scituate, Massachusetts for a girls’ weekend with my good friend. My daughter had to attend a counselor training retreat for sleepaway camp this summer outside of Boston. So, we opted to stay in nearby Scituate which is a charming, quintessential New England town located on the south shore. This picturesque seaside town completely exceeded my expectations. We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel, enjoyed a couple of delicious meals, and of course, we squeezed in a little shopping. All in all, it was an ideal mini getaway but truthfully, any memorable trip is more about the company you keep rather than the destination. When you travel with people who are adventurous, fun, and who you genuinely enjoy, it doesn’t matter where you go!
If you happen to live in the Boston area or if you’re planning a trip to Boston or the Cape any time soon, I would highly recommend checking out Scituate. I’m going to break it down by where to stay, eat and shop below so read on! Oh…and a quick side note…it was positively freezing the weekend we visited! I would love to return in the summer because I’m sure it’s even prettier during the warmer months.
We stayed at the Inn at Scituate Harbor which was centrally located and right across the street from the water. The rooms were tastefully decorated and I loved the complimentary breakfast which was a pleasant surprise! There is also an indoor pool and an outside deck for enjoying the harbor views. I’d love to sit out there during the summer with a glass of wine and a good book. I also loved the fact that we could walk everywhere because all the shops and restaurants were minutes away.
We had dinner at the Mill Wharf Restaurant which was a stone’s throw from the hotel. It’s right on the water so I can only imagine the gorgeous sunsets you can catch if you snag a table by the window (unfortunately, we got there when it was dark). I ordered a Salty Dog and a beet salad and both did not disappoint! Afterward, we headed over to nearby TKO Malley’s where we enjoyed live music, cold beers and a big plate of fries….the perfect way to end the night. The next morning, after we had complimentary coffee and pastries at the Inn, we headed out for some shopping on Front Steet (I’ll talk about that below). But, after a couple of hours, we were cold and hungry so we decided to check out Cohasset which is another charming town about a ten-minute drive from Scituate. The woman at our hotel recommended 5 South Main which is a quaint and bustling breakfast and sandwich shop in the heart of town. I ordered the Cordon Bleu panini and it was soooo good! And naturally, we couldn’t leave without taking a big box of their homemade cookies with us for the road.
I would have preferred it if the temperature wasn’t in the teens when we were walking around town but we bundled up accordingly and popped in and out of stores to stay warm. I particularly liked three stores which I would recommend if you decide to visit. The Welch Company has beautiful gifts, home decor, and an extensive candle collection (the store smelled heavenly). I also wanted everything in Out of the Blue which is a boutique that sells unique women’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry. I was especially coveting their chic beach tunics and straw totes. And lastly, I loved Bundle of Hope, a children’s specialty store that sells clothing, furniture, and room decor. I found the sweetest baby gift while I was browsing which was the softest onesie and a blue knit whale hat. Too cute for words!
I would definitely love to return to Scituate when the weather is warmer and we can actually stroll down Front Street and along the harbor. I’d also love to try out Oro next time, visit the lighthouse and have more time to do a little antiquing in Cohasset!