Day Trippin’ in New England

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! I really had no idea what I wanted to do for my birthday, mainly because I am completely spoiled and had the option of doing many different things. We pondered a weekend trip to Martha’s Vineyard, but we both really wanted to watch Ireland kick England’s butt in rugby, so we stayed in town. My husband offered up a spa day or a drive to Newport, brunch, etc. I didn’t feel like doing any of those things for some reason.

I wanted to have a simple day that involved some fresh air, movement, food, and shopping at Whole Foods, and as a result we made some fun new discoveries. We hopped in the car in the late morning and headed down toward Hingham, MA which is about 20 minutes from Boston. Our destination was Wompatuck State Park.

Wompatuck State Park

I am constantly amazed at the abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces on all sides of Boston. You really don’t need to drive far to go for a hike, and we really enjoyed the level, easy trails of Wompatuck State Park. There were lots of families and cyclists, and everyone seemed to be in a great mood, grateful for the beautiful sunshine.

Wompatuck State Park

This would be the ideal place to hike if you weren’t looking for a strenuous workout because it was mostly flat. We walked for about an hour and would have walked for longer except I got hungry.

Wompatuck State Park

While Wompatuck State Park is a place I would visit again, we decided on our walk to try to do a different New England day trip throughout the spring, summer, and fall to see what else we can discover.

Wompatuck State Park

Since we were down in Hingham, we decided to check to see if the Hingham Lobster Pound had opened for the season. The Hingham Lobster Pound features some of the freshest seafood around, and we got lucky in that they are open a few days a week for the season!

Hingham Lobster Pound

Hingham Lobster Pound

This place is true New England and has been on this spot since 1958. It’s tiny and gets packed in the summer; in fact there were a lot of people eating there even yesterday. We apparently weren’t the only winter-weary ones!

The platters are huge, and with the sweet smell of fresh sea scallops in the air, we decided on fried scallops with fries and coleslaw. I truly love coleslaw.

Hingham Lobster Pound

We ate in the car overlooking the ocean. In just a few months, this beach will be filled with people, but we got to enjoy it almost all to ourselves. There was one man, laying out on the sidewalk in just a Speedo. . . I kid you not. It was about 35 degrees.

Hull

After lunch and breathing in some sea air, the hubs wanted to check out a boat broker in Hingham which happened to be in the same area as Alma Nove in the Hingham Shipyard. Alma Nove is the restaurant of Chef Paul Wahlberg, brother of Donnie and Marky Mark but also very well respected chef with a beautiful new restaurant.

Alma Nove Hingham

I’d been wanting to visit Alma Nove for some time, and while we were completely full of fried food, I still had some room for a little bit of bubbly. And the folks at Alma Nove were warm and welcoming enough to allow us to sit on their patio with our drinks. The hubs had the Sam Adams Brick Red, a beer I tried on a Sam Adams tour last year.

Prosecco Sam Adams Brick Red

With the fire pit on and the patio glassed in by walls, we were actually completely warm and cozy. There was some great music playing, and it was one of those moments that is so relaxing that you never want it to end.

Alma Nove Hingham

Hingham Shipyard

The rest of the day included some splurges at Whole Foods and Fresh Market. We had dinner plans in Boston, but I decided I wanted to make some snacks, listen to music, and drink bubbly at home. I’ll have a post on our spread coming soon. I am very lucky that my husband planned on a fancy dinner, but it just felt right for me to hang out and relax at home.

When the weather is good, there is seriously nothing better than a New England weekend. Am I right?

I am working on a list of places to visit throughout the summer and would love to hear your thoughts AND to get together for Boston-area day trips as well. I feel lucky to live in such an amazing place.

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  1. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)’s avatar

    Looks like a fun weekend!! I’ve never heard of fried scallops, but they sound delicious. Love scallops!

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  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Wow, I am really obsessing over Alma Nove right now. I just sent my husband an email saying “we NEED to make plans to go here.” The views, the fireplace – amazing!! What a great weekend you had. Happy belated!

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    It looks like you had such a fantastic birthday!

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  4. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That literally sounds like a perfect day. Thanks for the park recommendation. I’d never heard of it. For shorter trips I like to head west on rt 117 and explore different sections of Minute Man. There are lots of farms, some very old and historic and some I go to just for the food, like Verrill Farm. For a longer trip, Portsmouth, NH is always a favorite, and a 10 minute drive from town is Castle Island, a beautiful waterfront park.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I live 5 minutes from Castle Island and go there every evening in the summer! Let me know sometime, and I will meet you :)

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    2. Colleen’s avatar

      A: I don’t know if I’ve told you this yet or not, but I love your new site design! Looks awesome :) and B: Happy Birthday! Looks like you guys had a great weekend!!

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    3. Daisy’s avatar

      what a perfect day! such fun adventures you guys had.

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    4. Justin’s avatar

      I have such a nostalgia-based soft spot for crinkle cut fries. The fire pit looks cozy too!

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    5. Sues’s avatar

      That fire pit looks glorious!! It’s our goal to find new hiking and exploring spots in Boston this spring and summer, too :) Glad you had such a wonderful birthday!

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    6. Megan’s avatar

      I still haven’t been to the Hingham Shipyard but it’s on my list once we get some warm weather.

      We had all these plans to go on dog-friendly hikes all over Mass, NH, and VT last year, but I was so busy with Flour, we never had a chance. I’m hoping we get some fun walks in with the pup this spring/summer. (You’re welcome to come!)

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    7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      I’ve been dying to go to that restaurant ever since it was featured on TV Diner. The patio sounds lovely.

      Thanks for the hiking spot. I’m always looking for good places to hike in the spring/summer. I bet it’s less crowded than Blue Hills.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I actually thought of you while we were walking. It would probably be a good place for you to train for your half!

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      2. Mary’s avatar

        I’m so glad you had such a great day. Our state parks are a great little secret, especially this time of year. love your blog.

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      3. alicia’s avatar

        What a fun birthday! Glad you had such a great day – I’m envious of your scallops!

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      4. Lisa’s avatar

        Next time you are in Hingham, stop by our store- White Magdelena House
        60 South St., Hingham Square.We sell mostly furniture and architectural antiques, but also lots of local products. whitemagdelena.wordpress.com
        We are hosting an incredible local artist right now, Lisa Daria Kennedy, who paints some amazing still lifes of food (stawberries, peapods, radishes…). Also a few doors down in Bloomy Rind, which is a cheese shop to die for (lots of homemade creations to go…) and Nona’s- all homemade ice cream- just added Monkey, which is Banana ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chocolate chips….

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Thank you for your comment! I will definitely stop by. Hingham is so adorable with such great natural beauty all around. :)

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        2. Eric King’s avatar

          looks like a wonderful birthday – oh wait I was there too! – it was a wonderful birthday :) Happy birthday to you love – and many more – glad we could have this time together, we were lucky the weather held off.

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        3. Elizabeth’s avatar

          Looks like the perfect New England day! I love Wompatuck State Park– I run a 5k there every April, the scenery is really breath-taking. :)

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Ooh that sounds like fun! I will look it up.

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          2. Raija’s avatar

            Alma Nove looks amazing and so did the rest of this day. So lovely and delicious. New England is a beautiful place, even when its chilly.

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          3. Wandering Voyager’s avatar

            Hingham Lobster Pound is one of my favorites! I live on the West Coast but my mom’s from the South Shore (Cohasset) and I visit the area often. The outdoor patio at Alma Nove is gorgeous, isn’t it? Thanks for taking me back!

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            1. traveleatlove’s avatar

              Thanks for your comment! We had lunch at Alma Nove yesterday and it is always great!

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