Summer in Cohasset, Massachusetts

Managing Real Estate Broker with Brad MacKenzie

Summer in Cohasset, Massachusetts

Minot Lighthouse

Cohasset is a residential town, with some great things to do. Cohasset has a walkable downtown, with shops and restaurants in the Village. Main Street and Elm Street are lined with historic homes. At the east end lies the beautiful protected harbor with its lobster boats and historic Minot's Lighthouse. Along the coast, magnificent homes and ocean vistas from Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road comprise the “Gold Coast”, one of the loveliest waterfront home areas in the country.

Like much of the east coast of Massachusetts, the area is packed with early American history, and Cohasset has many museums and antique buildings. The Cohasset Historical Society hosts events during the summer. It is located on South Main Street. The Cohasset Library is in the beautifully renovated Osgood Building on Ripley Road and includes Our World Children’s Museum.

Cohasset has three beaches. Sandy Beach, Minot Beach in North Scituate, and Egypt Beach. Minot Beach is best for children, while rocky Egypt Beach is best for beach-combers. During nor'easters and other big storms, these beaches are famously broadcast on television because of their dramatic storm surf.

Walk through Whitney and Thayer Woods, a reservation maintained by the Trustees of the Reservations two miles south on Route 3A. It's free and there are many trails through the woods. The rhododendrons in bloom are an amazing sight in June. Follow trails to the top of Turkey Hill and enjoy fantastic views of Hingham, including historic Glastonbury Abbey.

The South Shore Music Circus has national talent outdoors throughout the summer.

The South Shore Arts Festival is being held on June 13-15, 2013, this year. Music, art and vendors of the highest and most intriguing calibre come here to display -- and be judged on -- their wares.


The South Shore Art Conservatory puts on the Arts Festival, but it has events throughout the year, and they are busiest in the summer. The list is too long to put here. Just browse their website!

The Cohasset Yacht Club is a great place for residents to indulge in water sports. 99 Howard Gleason Road. (781) 383-9633

The Cohasset Sailing Club is the place to go for sailing lessons.  

For golf, Scituate has the challenging Widow's Walk Golf Course. (781) 544-0032

Cohasset Harbor Inn

Playdipity is a destination playroom for children ages 5 and under, with wooden climbing structures, playhouses, play kitchen, dress-up, and more. Open play hours Monday - Saturday. Private rentals and party packages are available. 132 Chief Justice Cushing Highway. (781) 923-1749.

Where to stay?

I must recommend the Cohasset Harbor Resort, with a quaint 50-room inn, positioned on one of the most charming harbors along the eastern seaboard.

Where to eat?

The best simple walking breakfast is clearly Atlantic Bagel in the Village. No frills, no table service, and the best coffee and bagel sandwiches. 5 S Main St. (781) 383-8700

French Memories features a delicious bakery and café. Fabulous desserts, too. 64 S Main St. (781) 383-2216 

Bia Bistro has won Best of Boston awards. 35 S Main St. (781) 383-0464

Brasserie Zapp is wonderful. You should try it. 71 Main St. (781) 383-1704

Atlantica has great views of the harbor. 44 Border St. (781) 383-0900

The Old Salt House, which is next door to Atlantica and offers outdoor seating. 44 Border St. (781) 383-0900

Ava Cucina is famous for fantastic Italian food. 107 Ripley Rd. (781) 383-8300

Bernard's is a terrific hole in the wall. 107 Ripley Rd. (781) 383-8300

You'll enjoy the charm and character of Cohasset.  It's a beautiful place to spend your summer, or to live year-round!

Summer means a Red Sox game

Contact me to arrange a private showing of any home for sale in Cohasset.

To view all the homes for sale in Cohasset, go to this list of Cohasset Homes for sale.



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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have only ever seen one lighthouse in person.  That was in Cape May, NJ.  That would be a great place to start summer sight seeing in Cohasset.

May 23, 2013 08:11 AM #1
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Ah, Cape May and Avalon.  Many a good memory there.

May 23, 2013 11:06 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Brad - your post provides a great trip in itself through Cohasset -- so many things to discover.

May 24, 2013 03:24 AM #3
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Words and pictures will never do Cohasset justice, Michael!

May 24, 2013 04:47 AM #4
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