Daytrip Destination: Cohasset

Some places have so much going for them that it just seems unfair to everywhere else.

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Take Cohasset, Massachusetts, for instance. This idyllic coastal community southeast of Boston boasts a beautiful, protected harbor featuring lobster boats and historic Minot’s Light. Its shore is lined with magnificent homes with breathtaking ocean views. From its harbor, a short walk brings visitors to a downtown where they can stroll among quaint shops, businesses and award-winning eateries. The area is home to museums and antique buildings. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, it has Whitney and Thayer Woods, and Wompatuck State Park, among the best places for outdoors enthusiasts in the region.

 

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Visiting boaters who want to fill their stomachs after arriving in Cohasset can grab a bite to eat at Red Lion Inn (www.redlioninn1704.com/; 781-383-1704) or Bia Bistro (www.biabistro.com; 781-383-0464). After eating, art enthusiasts may enjoy the South Shore Arts Center (www.ssac.org/; 781-383-2787), with its inspiring art exhibits. Cohasset is also a wonderful place to go kayaking, as the harbor is popular among flatwater kayakers. Those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of whitewater can take advantage of nearby Gulf River when the tide is right.

 

imgres-1_largeWhile Cohasset is a wonderful boating destination, navigating there can prove tricky, and visiting boaters must pay attention to their surroundings when navigating the area. Upon approaching Cohasset, most boaters will first notice Minot’s Light a half-mile offshore between the towns of Scituate and Cohasset. The iconic light built of granite blocks between 1851 and 1860 warns boaters about Minot’s Ledge and about the reefs and boulders sprinkled throughout the surrounding waters. The channel leading to Cohasset Cove is also bordered by shallow mud flats. Pay close attention to channel markers, as well as your instruments as you enter and leave the harbor.

 

Once in the harbor, visiting boaters can often find transient moorings with the town by contacting the harbormaster (781-383-2787; VHF Channel 10). Cohasset Harbor Marina (www.cohassetharbormarina.com; 781-337-1964) often has transient slips available. Boaters can also drop anchor in the outer harbor in 5 to 11 feet of water west of Strawberry Point and east of the channel when winds are from the south or west. There is no charge for dinghy tie-up at the town landing.