A New England fishing village – Scituate, MA

The Inn at Scituate

Every room at the Inn at Scituate has a water view, and the action of Front Street is only a walking block or two away.

Scituate Harbor is the picture-perfect New England fishing village, and perched on the rocks a few steps from the docks sits the Inn at Scituate. Totally remodeled, and true to New England taste, this bright, cheerful place has won the hearts of both natives and visitors.

A mere twenty miles south from Boston, the village reeks of charm: Colonial History, lobster boats, deep sea trawlers, restaurants, pubs, and beaches. A large public parking lot adjoins Front Street, home to cafés, bars, gift shops, and a food market.

If you have always wanted a custom hand-carved sign for your home, 99R Front Street is just the place to visit the woodworking shop of Paul Kukstis. A deep blue quarter-board sporting a gold eagle and house number to crown your front door – now that would make a sensational housewarming present!

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Example of John Kukstis' Eagle quarterboard

Let’s celebrate your purchase! Within “walking distance” – and that describes the whole street – is Mill Wharf Restaurant. You can’t get closer to the water and docks than this. The large dining room is perfect for private parties and the upstairs barroom serves soup to nuts, especially seafood and steaks, at tables overlooking the harbor.

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Guests enjoy a chance to chat in the sunny parlor at the Inn.at Scituate.

After a typical lunch of New England Clam Chowder, followed by Lazy Man’s Lobster, it’s time to amble back to the Inn at Scituate and take a seat in the sunny parlor while waiting for your friends to return from one of the many town beaches or the Inn’s own pool downstairs.

Year-round swimming pool

Also “below deck” you’ll find the popular Dogwatch pub where you can enjoy fun and games plus food and drink in the warm and friendly atmosphere. The lighting is soft with mood-setting music and comfortable seating to round out a perfect afternoon or evening. The schedule of special events and the pub-grub menu can be seen on their website. They feature guest musicians, Trivia nights, Wine Down Wednesdays, and more.

Now, the Town

Scituate is one of a string of Boston’s South Shore suburbs along with Plymouth, Hull, Marshfield and Cohassett, to name a few. It boasts four beaches, “Widow’s Walk” public golf course, South Shore Summer Theater, and an assortment of restaurants to please every palate. Gift shops carry serious New England craft souvenirs as well as the fun lobsters, lighthouses, and toys the young ones love.

And, speaking of restaurants

Start the day with delicious pastries and freshly brewed coffee at Morning Glories Bakery. Their extensive, and somewhat expensive menu will excite your taste buds: wraps, quiches, sandwiches, salads all available to eat in or take out. The “fancy” holiday pastries will be perfect to take to your hosts if you’re visiting in Scituate.

P. J.’s Restaurant and Pub is a full service restaurant sure to please. Attractively outfitted with a blazing fireplace in cold weather, this is the sort of country inn you would expect in this part of New England. Please check out their website – the garden views, the mouthwatering food, the gracious hosts – you’ll want to go.

There are several other restaurants in Scituate, including those on Front Street with a variety of cuisines to suit everyone.

The Scituate Harbormaster’s website will tell you all about waterfront activities – where to moor your boat and Massachusetts boating regulations. The harbor is very protected and welcomes boaters both power and sail. Incidentally, if you want a great waterfront spot for a catered affair, the Scituate Maritime Center is for rent – reasonably.

One Final Note

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Sisters Lighthouse

I cannot let you go without one small bit of history concerning the Scituate Lighthouse, also known as Sisters’ Light.

It is 1812. The war is on and the residents of Scituate fear a repeat attack from British gunboats. The keeper of Scituate light left his two daughters Rebecca, twenty one years old and Abigail fifteen, alone there for a bit. According to local storytellers, Rebecca is quoted as saying:

“I’ll tell you what I’ll do,” says I to my sister, “Look here, you take the drum and I’ll take the fife.” I was fond of military music and could play four tunes on the fife — Yankee Doodle was my masterpiece. . . . “What good’ll that do?” says she. “Scare them, says I. “All you’ve got to do is call the roll. I’ll scream the fife and we must keep out of sight; if they see us they’ll laugh us to scorn.”

It worked! The Brits, hearing the din, figured the Scituate Militia was on their way, so they turned and went back to their boat. A sign in front of the lighthouse gives credit to the heroic “Army of Two”.

The current lighthouse keeper enjoys his roll as a history teacher and peppers his blog with fascinating bits of lore.

The Word from Old Scituate Light, blogspot by the Keeper

The History of Scituate Lighthouse

And for the true mariner – The Harbor Live Cam

The wood carvings of John Kukstis

The Mill Wharf Restaurant

Boston to Scituate Harbor – Google Map

Photos: Quarterboard sign from John Kukstis; others by Gail Hunter

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