Venture Out to Blue Hills, Derby Street Shoppes and Plymouth Rock [VIDEO]
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. You won’t want to miss these unique sto
Looking for somewhere to go? Check out three options from your West Roxbury Patch Passport. Some of these places you may have been before, but check them out again.
The Blue Hills Reservation
The Blue Hills Reservation, a 7,000-acre area owned and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, offers residents of Massachusetts with an oasis in nature just south of Boston.
With 125 miles of trails, a swimming area at Houghton’s Pond and golf at the Ponkapoag Golf Course, the reservation provides something for everyone.
Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham
One of the finest shopping areas of the South Shore sits right off Route 3 in Hingham at the Derby Street Shoppes.
Made up of 78 retailers, including clothing stores, delicious restaurants and boutique shops, visitors like Derby Street because it accommodates shoppers of all ages.
“They have ice cream, they have cake, they have all kind of great shops to go into,” said Jackie Dowding, a Hingham mother. “The kids get to walk around and they have some of their favorite places to go. We just love it.”
Besides the variety of stores on Derby Street, tourists can visit the "Serenity Garden" located behind Barnes & Noble, and the “Hidden Pond” behind Burton’s Grille for a quiet place to take a break from your shopping or have a picnic. The Derby Street Shoppes also has a bocce court in the summer months and a skating area during the winter.
It's not an impressive rock. So why do people travel to see it? Most don't know why. Once nothing more than the foundation for a wharf, it serves as a reminder of the foundation of the country.
Good arguments exist that at least some of the Mayflower voyagers stepped onto this piece of rock on their way to the first deadly winter in Plymouth. It occupied a spot on the coastline that, at high tide, might make a good place to step from a boat to the shore. At low tide, anyone would choose the adjacent beach.
The town had such affection for the artifact: It built the wharf with the rock as a part of the foundation. The rock has travelled about town, adopted by a variety of causes. Revolutionaries wrested it from the wharf, leaving half of it behind, and leaned it on a tree in Town Square. The Pilgrim Hall Museum claimed it, put it inside a portico too small for its already reduced girth, chipped away and began to make it a national monument. In 1921, for the 400th anniversary of the landing, a year late, the town reunited the top portion to the bottom part where it sits today under a grand granite canopy.