Just a half-hour ferry ride from the center of Boston, Hingham, MA is a commuter’s waterfront paradise. Leaving work to head to Boston’s South Wharf and boarding a ship home is reminiscent of older Boston times. It’s got a classically American feel to it; coming home by sea. Founded in 1633 and named Bare Cove before its current moniker became permanent two years later, Hingham is 23 miles to Boston proper. For its waterfront dwellers, suburban life outside the city has some amazing perks. If you were to visit on a weekend, here’s what our locals would have you do.
“On Friday before a big night out, I like to attend a class at OrangeTheory on Shipyard Drive in the center of Hingham. Makes me feel less guilty about a big meal later that night. I either do that or take my dog to the Stodders Neck Dog Park to let him run for ages on the beach and in the water.” notes Monica Smith, an agent with our Raveis office in town. A 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn will ensure no guilt spent on that big, juicy burger later. “Afterwards, I fuel up at Lido Juice Bar for a Superfood Smoothie, combining young coconut water, coconut meat, kale, blueberries, banana, organic goji berries & spirulina.”
Nancy McVay, another agent with Raveis in Hingham, enjoys a night of dining al fresco on Italian at Tosca. “They bring out a white bean paste with some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted to start, and then my friends and I order brick oven pizzas, tangy salads and burrata with sliced peaches. The side of polenta with carmelized onion jam is so decadent but you need to try it. Another fan favorite is the pan-seared scallops over sunchoke and shiitake risotto with fig vincotto and organic pea shoots.”
A weekend in Hingham wouldn’t be complete without a community event. Tricia Powers, manager at the Raveis office is bringing her whole family to the Raveis Ride + Walk at Derby Academy this Saturday, October 1. The William Raveis Charitable Funds 2nd Annual event sends 100% of proceeds to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which in turn, raises 100% of funds to directly assist scientists researching the cure for cancer. This Saturday, starting at 7:30am, there will be a 25-mile bike, a 12-mile bike & a 5K walk for those willing to participate and raise funds. Food, music and a children’s dash make it an event for the whole family in downtown Hingham. Visit www.raveisridewalk.com to sign up, volunteer or donate if you can’t make it!
Afterwards, Mary Morrison plans to head to the Hingham Harbor Marina for a cruise on her boat with some rosé before it gets too cold.
The Hingham Farmers Market, recommended by Michael Leary, is only held on Saturdays but has been running since 1977. “Afterwards you can walk along the harbor and visit various shops/boutiques on Main Street and restaurants.”
“Only about a mile away is a nature preserve called Worlds End with beautiful hiking trails along Hingham Harbor/Boston Harbor with sweeping views of Boston. Fun fact – Worlds End after WWII was considered a site for the United Nations. Worlds End also contains a special new art installation that you must see,” writes Leary. At World’s End, Danish artist Jeppe Hein installed a reflective labyrinth installation, made of mirrored posts of differing heights, whose structure mimics the shape of the surrounding drumlin formations. Visitors can walk through the labyrinth, touch the mirrored panels, and create their own photographic interpretations of “art and the landscape.” The sculpture was installed in August and will be on-site for a full year, allowing visitors to experience the transformation of the piece in different seasons.