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The South Shore is known for its beautiful neighborhoods, coastline roads, and beach-day destinations. But that’s not all it should be known for. Hidden around this iconic Massachusetts region are restaurants, shows, experiences, and more that will leave their mark (unlike a sunburn on Duxbury beach). Check out our list of some of the most unique experiences you can find on the South Shore.
Enjoy the view at Rye Tavern
To get to this culinary hideaway, you need to take a trip down Old Sandwich Road, a path carved out by early colonists centuries ago. This 1700s-era tavern features farm-to- table fare that showcases produce grown in a garden right on the property. Sip drinks on the patio next to the fire pit or around the outdoor bar and enjoy your meal while overlooking the historic rye field and the Pine Hills of Plymouth.
Restore something with Plymouth CRAFT
The Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades has a mission: to enhance the appreciation of traditional arts and trades through workshops. Harkening back to the days where craftsmanship was of the highest value, CRAFT gives students and visitors the chance to learn something new or make something beautiful. Try making lace, hewing timber, knitting a scarf, welding at a forge, and much, much more.
Discover the Bistro and Wine Bar at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills
At this Chinese restaurant in Hanover, a plate of General Gao’s chicken is often served with a side of laughs. Known for its traditional, upscale take on Chinese food, Quan’s Kitchen has built up an excellent reputation with its menu. Now, it also serves as the stage for some of the most hilarious local comedians in New England. Regulars include Paul Keenan and Christine Hurley, and the specials vary day-to- day.
Shop at Art on the Green
Each June, Art on the Green comes to The Pinehills Village Green in Plymouth. It has become one of the South Shore’s most attended and most talked about events since it started 12 years ago. Showcasing more than 80 artists and artisans, this free weekend event features watercolor and oil paintings, jewelry, photography, and ceramics, as well as homemade specialty foods, snacks, and more. Plus, kids can participate in craft time and “Make a Tie for Dad” just in time for Father’s Day.
Bring a prehistoric appetite to The Rivershed
No matter where you visit, everyone has their answer to “Where can I get the best burger in town?” On the South Shore, one of the biggest contenders for that title has to be The Caveman Burger at The Rivershed in Scituate. Topped not only with cheese, smoked bacon, and a fried egg, it also comes heaped with—wait for it—baby back ribs. Visit this local spot to pair this mammoth burger with a craft beer and heaps of southern charm.
Spruce up your wardrobe at a fashion-truck festival
Shopping on Wheels pulls in to The Village Green at The Pinehills in May—and is bringing tons of great fashion along with it. A caravan of trucks will arrive with everything from ready-to- wear designs to accessories, shoes, gifts, and more. Already a huge shopping trend in Houston, fashion trucks are making their way up to New England by bringing great style right to you. And while you’re there, shop the stores that make The Village Green their permanent home and grab something delicious from The Market.