Day/Date: SUNDAY -5/22/22
Town visited: Cohasset
Had you ever been to this town before? No
Drive to 1st town: 34 miles Time spent in town: 3 1/2 hours
What did we do in the town/area?
COHASSET: (a rocky shore town)
Today was hot, and we were excited to make Cohasset our town to visit for the day as it sits along the coast both East and South of Boston.
We rolled into the cute downtown area and parked by the town green. We walked down Main St. toward the strip of shops that included a coffee roaster cafe that we had just learned about called SeaBird Coffee & Co. We popped in and ordered an oat milk cortado for Jo and a decaf latte for Jenny. The coffees were yummy. Unfortunately, they were out of bags of coffee beans, so we couldn’t take any home.
After exploring the downtown area a bit and seeing some historic buildings, shops and a Red Lion Inn that seemed similar to the one in Stockbridge, MA (it is NOT related), we walked back to the town green and found the Town Hall and two classic New England looking white churches. We noticed a street called Beach Street, so we decided to check it out. We walked along this newly paved road lined with beautiful homes, many with their backs privy to a beautiful water view. This area was part of Little Harbor. There were many large natural rock formations in this town that homes and other buildings in this town have craftily incorporated in their landscape.
Next, we drove to the entrance of the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary and had some homemade lunch before spraying ourselves with sunscreen and bug spray for our walk. The 32-acre property that is owned by the Cohassett Conservation Trust, abuts a larger green area known as Wheelwright Park (a park with woodland trails and a skating pond). “The towering trees and glacial rock formations provide wildlife habitat and awe-inspiring scenic beauty…”. We got a little confused by the trails and never saw the pond, but it was a lovely walk (albeit a bit buggy).
Since we felt hot and wanted to cool off by maybe dipping our feet in some water, we drove along the scenic Jerusalem Road to Cohasset’s local beach known as Sandy Beach. But alas, we weren’t allowed to park our car and enjoy even a half-hour of beach and water time here because Sandy Beach is a “private beach” for residents of Cohasset (proof of resident sticker required). We did drive through the parking lot to grab some pics as it is a beautiful beach. While it is understandable to want the residents of this town to have access to the beaches in their own town, it can be frustrating to a visitor. To see so much beautiful shoreline and have no access to the water (or sand for that matter) unless you are affiliated or invited by a resident of this town was a bummer for us, especially on such a hot day. The laws in MA allow for property owners along the shoreline to take as their own the shoreline between their properties and the water, essentially making that beautiful stretch of nature “theirs to claim ownership of.” Because of these laws, towns like Cohasset succumb to exclusivity.
We then drove to another coastal area known as Cohasset Harbor and Minot Ledge, located just off of Border Street. There is some fascinating history here about the Minot Ledge Lighthouse.
Once again, due to residents-only parking restrictions, we were only able to quickly get out and take pictures of the area that also had a replica of the historic lighthouse. BUT, then we did see a little pass-through off of Lighthouse Lane that led us to another parking lot near a little trail called Beacon Trail, a short climb to where, in the mid-1800s, the original lighthouse once stood. We don’t really know if we were allowed to park there, but as there were not many cars there, we did park and walked the trail atop this rock for some fantastic views of Cohasset Harbor. It was beautiful but windy up there!
After driving around a bit more to the edge of Scituate (the next town over) and along many shorelines (so much water in Cohasset), we decided to make one more stop before heading home. Motivated by our desire to pick up some treats to bring to an outdoor potluck dinner with friends, we stopped at Mullaney’s Seafood Market on Chief Justice Cushing Hwy. and picked up some shrimp and potato salad. We were super pleased with our decision to stop here! Everything looked excellent, and the shrimp and potato salad tasted fresh and delicious.
Indigenous/ Native land info for this region: Massachusett, Wampanoag, Pokanoket