Saturday, September 17, 2011
This Wellesley boutique has delicate treasures.
One wrong move at The Gifted Hand and everything in the store may shatter. This bright, colorful Church Square art store is filled wall to wall with beautifully handcrafted glass structures and other interesting knick-knacks. “We just have a lot of really good stuff,” said store manager Jill Rodday. Whether it’s glass sailboats and fish by artist John Volpacchio or crystal ball-like orbs by Glass Eye Studio in Seattle, each item is more delicate and intricate than the last. The shop sells wooden trinkets as well. The collection of ballpoint, rollerball and fountain style wooden pens via a shop in Vermont is striking, and a series of clocks behind the register will catch your eye. With another trip around the cases filled with wooden and …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
This location in Westford, Mass., has something for everyone in the family.
Kimball Farm has all sorts of activities to bring out the kid in everyone. A short drive from Weston, in about 30 minutes the family can be enjoying mini-golf, bumper boats, homemade ice cream, fresh seafood, a 9-hole pitch and putt, a driving range, a batting cage, an arcade, a wild animal tent and a hot air balloon ride that offers an unforgettable view.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Hop in the car and travel over to a hidden gem in Jamaica Plain.
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Friday, September 2, 2011
Tucked in the middle of a bustling urban area, the Arnold Arboretum offers something for everyone.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Patch Passport maps out where you can go on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home.
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Here is a unique option for you: the South Natick waterfalls along the Charles River.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. The Sunday Patch Passport maps out where you can go on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home.
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Here are three unique options for you, depending on how far you want to drive. Visit one, or visit all of them. How far will you go? For a 15-minute drive: Venture Out to Drumlin Farm This working farm in Lincoln has something for everyone—nature lovers, animal lovers, kids, grown-ups and more. For a 30-minute drive: Venture Out to Walden Pond See where Henry David Thoreau made his stand against the U.S. government, and relax by the water when it's hot out. For a 60-minute drive: Venture Out to the Peabody Essex Museum Visit this Salem museum that showcases classical and modern art.
Here are 10 things you should know about your trip to Walden Pond.
In southeast Concord, Mass., you’ll find a pond with just the slightest bit of history. OK, it has a lot of history associated with it, including perhaps the most famous book ever based on a pond. Walden Pond, once the isolated, tree surrounded centerpiece for Henry David Thoreau’s nature-geared “Walden,” is now a centerpiece for literary lovers, nature lovers and beach lovers alike. Because of its literary legacy, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and, according to the reservation’s website, is considered “the birthplace of conservation.” Today, visitors to the reservation can catch a glimpse of the isolation and minimalist quarters Thoreau experienced during his two years living on the pond's shores, or they …
This working farm in Lincoln is a fun and easy stop off Route 128.
Right off Route 117 in Lincoln is Drumlin Farm, a fully operational working farm and wildlife sanctuary operated by Mass Audubon. You can tour the farm, take a walk on the many trails around the wildlife sanctuary or buy fresh vegetables and meat, as well as wool, fleece, maple syrup and more, from the farmstand, which is open whenever the sanctuary is. The farm also offers many educational opportunities, including a preschool and a summer camp for older children. There are plenty of educational opportunities for adults, too: lectures on wildlife, workshops on food and naturalist walks. Because the farm is a working farm, many typical farm animals are on display—goats, sheep, pigs, horses, cows and chickens. Visitors can also check out a …
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. The Sunday Patch Passport maps out where you can go on a 60-minute drive from your home.
One of the oldest exhibit halls at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is filled with maritime curiosities from around the world, while a haunting, curious melody spills into the room from the speakers. PEM curators place contemporary art or music next to the older pieces from their collection. The goal of this is to make unique connections between the past and present by placing two unrelated things in context with each other. The museum began as a place for sea captains to store and share trinkets and curiosities from around the world. Over time, this collection grew to include rare artifacts from India, Japan, Korea, and American Indian tribes. For example, PEM houses one of the world's three remaining wooden carvings of the Hawaiian god of …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Saturday Patch Passport lists some local dining options, organized by international flavor.
OK, we admit it: You can't exactly dine around the world in Weston, which has very few restaurants. But there still are a few dining options. Off Center Cafe, 436 Boston Post Road Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, 31 Center St. Ye Olde Cottage, 403 Boston Post Road Weston Market, 284 North Ave. Omni Foods, 21 Center St. Dairy Joy, 331 North Ave. Theo's Pizzeria & Grille, 456 Boston Post Road
Friday, July 29, 2011
The Friday Patch Passport shows you where you can find trinkets in your town. Get out and explore the unique local shops and all they have to offer.
Wendy Wheeler, located at 411 Boston Post Road, offers a variety of high-end women's apparel and accessories. Visit the store to see what's available in designer jeans, jewlery, scarves, clutches and handbags and belts. The store also houses The Candy Bar, with luxury cosmetics, fragrances and skin care products. Check out the photos to the right to see the latest styles in the store.