New Bedford maritime day trip

With a chill in the air and our coastline dressed up for chilly weather, head out to Southeastern Massachusetts and enjoy a coastal day trip. Did you know New Bedford Massachusetts boasts one of the largest seafood ports in the USA. Also home to many lobster fisherman and we have great ideas to spend a day!

Day trip idea? Start at that cozy coffee shop on a quaint cobblestone street (Tia Maria’s) which is also super close to the Whaling Museum – Leisurely stroll and browse the cute shops. Soak in the maritime history – You really MUST visit the Whaling Museum if you have time. It’s amazing – Take a selfie or two near all the cool boats in the Black Whale parking lot (yes, go for lunch.) If you go: Have lunch at the same charming Black Whale (sit at the bar looking out at harbor) and enjoy the different lobster items on the menu.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Relax and Rejuvenate in Plymouth

Lobster on the Menu

As if lifted from the pages of a fairy tale book, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a Parisian countryside-styled property that warms the heart the moment you arrive.  Nestled in the The Pinehills of Plymouth just about 10 minutes from the Town Wharf – this 50-room wellness retreat is elegantly appointed and the service is impeccable.  With grounds that embrace the Monet Gardens, you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a trip to the Louvre in Paris, not Plymouth, Mass.  Rejoice, New England lobster is closer than you think!   Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers fabulous seafood dining options such as Surf & Turf  – Filet and Lobster, Lobster Ravioli and Lobster Mac and Cheese!

Ideally located off the major highway, you can drive to the historic sites in a matter of minutes and check out the lobster boats in water – OR climb aboard “Lobster Tales” for a one hour scenic tour and learn about lobsters in their natural environment!    Reservations required, of course. Then, after an exhilarating day of eating and playing in Plymouth, head back to the Inn and its 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau for a deep tissue massage as you reminisce about your lobster lover’s day.

Why we love it:  It’s a AAA Four Diamond experience!  A perfect retreat in lobster country. 

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  • Open Year Round
  • Spa Services
  • Onsite Dining
  • Located next to a golf course
  • 35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • (508) 209-2626


Above the Bay At Thornton Adams in Scenic Plymouth

Located Directly Across the Street from the Ocean

This lovely “home away from home” offers beautiful newly renovated suites.  For a special treat ask for a room with a view of the bay! This fantastic B&B offers homemade breakfasts and is a perfect stay one mile from downtown Plymouth.  With modern conveniences and eclectic charm, all rooms have private ensuite baths.  A huge plus, the innkeeper is very helpful in planning visits to all the area has to offer.

Close enough to enjoy all the wonderful lobster related activities the area has to offer with the peaceful location for a great nights sleep.  Perfect any time of year, the warmer months bring special delights like views of Plymouth Bay from relaxing Adirondack chairs.  So do everything or do next to nothing and just enjoy the tranquility – but make sure you have a lobster roll before you go.  A favorite with locals and visitors alike is Wood’s Seafood.  It’s not fancy, but some of the best seafood in town and a favorite with locals and visitors alike!

Why we love it:   Above the Bay is so close to the ocean – the salty air washes over you the second you arrive!

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Hingham and Hull Ferry to Boston

Ferry Fun from Hingham and Hull

From the South Shore to Boston By Boat

Nothing says a great lobster themed day like a trip on a ferry.  This little gem of a boat offers a great opportunity to plan a lobster roll lunch with a stop on Grape Island, which is the center of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation area.  Here’s the plan to add harbor views by boat as part of a fun filled day.

This enclosed ferry shuttle from Hingham Shipyard and Hull lands at Boston’s Rowe’s Wharf.  But you can ask to stop and be picked up on Grape Island and then journey onto Boston.  If you just go straight through, the ferry lands next to Christopher Columbus Park and very near Quincy Market, the New England Aquarium, and the North End.   All great places to walk along the harbor and grab a quintessential Boston lobster roll at some of our favorites places.  These include Barking Crab, Neptune Oyster, Legal Seafood on the Harbor and Yankee Lobster.   Set sail and enjoy!

 Why we love it:   These commuter boats run on a regular schedule!

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Enjoy a Lovely Lighthouse Visit in Mattapoiset

Have a Lobster Roll Picnic and Enjoy the Sunset

Looking for a great lobster roll picnic spot and maybe a fun place to take a Shellfie (our version of a selfie) Ned’s Point Lighthouse in Mattapoisett  is a great spot by the harbor and offers a small park for all sorts of 4 season activities.

Built in 1838, the grounds are open daily to the public and the tower itself  during July and August, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon.  This beautiful lighthouse can be enjoyed as part of a day trip to the Cape or just a nice relaxing day with a roll from nearby restaurants.  The easiest way to navigate your way there?  The lighthouse stands inside Veterans Memorial Park on the eastern side of the entrance to the harbor at Mattapoisett.

Why we love it:  This lovely spot offers a great place to watch the sunset, so bring your camera!


{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

By the Sea Bed and Breakfast – Stunning Views

Picture Perfect in Plymouth

A private home offering two nicely appointed suites with private entrances, By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is situated in a highly desirable part of historic Plymouth –  right across from the Harbor and steps away from the Mayflower replica.    The Mayflower Suite features a queen sized canopy bed and 9 windows that overlook the picturesque harbor filled with boats  and the Governor Bradford Suite includes a bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and stunning views of the ocean!

Here, breakfasts work a little differently.  You’ll start each day with coffee, tea and freshly baked coffee cake on the wrap around porch and then your hosts will provide you a voucher for a heartier breakfast at your choice of two restaurants just stone’s throw from their home.  Eat at your own pace!

Why we love it:   You can welcome your lobster-inspired day by watching the sunrise from your suite!

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Delano Homestead Bed & Breakfast – Lovely, Historic

In a Lobster Town of Presidential Proportions

Located on a quiet residential street just minutes from Fairhaven’s working waterfront, the Delano Homestead Bed and Breakfast is a lovely 3,800 square foot property built in 1832 by wealthy merchant and sea captain Warren Delano I. Complete with a conservatory and green house, stone walls and wrought iron gates, this lovely property offers three cozy guestrooms featuring private baths and modern amenities.   Once the home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, FDR spent his boyhood summers and holidays at the Homestead and visited quite frequently as an adult with his wife Eleanor.

Not only will history buffs find this place appealing but lobster lovers will also enjoy this bed and breakfast especially since it’s so close to Fairhaven’s piers and fresh seafood restaurants. What’s more, Delano Homestead is within an easy distance for day trips to neighboring New Bedford, Cape Cod and the Islands!

Why we love it:   Step outside, walk three short blocks and see lobster traps piled high on the town piers!  An authentic experience.

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  • Open Year Round
  • Smoke-Free
  • No Pets Allowed
  • 39 Walnut Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719

Jesse Harlow House – Walk to the Waterfront

Hidden Gem Just Minutes from Plymouth Rock

Once the home of the Revolutionary War Sea Captain, the Jesse Harlow House is a favorite bed and breakfast among travelers from all over the world!   Quaint, clean and spacious this 200- year old refurbished home offers nicely appointed rooms, a comfortable living room with TV and a back deck and a lower garden with koi pond.

Serving hot, gourmet breakfasts each morning, Jesse Harlow House is the perfect place for a getaway in “America’s Hometown”.   Located on a hill just minutes from the harbor (and lobster) – this intimate bed and breakfast is close to Plymouth attractions with Cape Cod and the Islands with an easy distance for day trips!

Why we love it:   It’s a cozy B&B – perfect respite after an exhilarating day exploring the coast!

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Fairfield Inn & Suites – Lobster Inspiring Views

Prime Working Waterfront Location!

If you want to stay right in the thick of New Bedford’s historic fishing port – The Fairfield Inn & Suites is an ideal choice.    Newly built, this property is clean, spacious and offers amenities such an indoor pool and fitness center. Step outside into the salty air and see tall, rusty fishing vessels and lobster boats – the real deal.

Staying at this hotel by Marriott will surely make your mouth water for seafood!  No worries.  You will find a few very good, casual restaurants  within walking distance –  so grab a lobster roll and enjoy this authentic destination!

Why we love it:  Its location!   The hotel is minutes from the New Bedford Whaling Museum and across from the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.

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Lobster Hut – Lobster Enjoyed Fresh Off the Boat

Located on Historic Plymouth Harbor

For fresh seafood and succulent local lobster, Lobster Hut is the place to eat!   Located directly on the ocean, this casual eatery offers over 50 menu items from lobster bisque to fried clams, broiled salmon and more!

Lobster Roll anyone?  Choose from a big lobster salad roll and if you’ve worked up an appetite touring Plymouth – you can order an even BIGGER lobster salad roll.  Then,  take it outside and savor every bite of it as you watch the fishing boats bob up and down in the water.    Not a fancy restaurant by any means, you walk up to the counter and order to your tummy’s content!   In minutes, out comes your generous portions.   Dining with landlubbers? Lobster Hut serves burgers and chicken fingers, too.

Why we love it:   It’s fresh and fried seafood heaven! 

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  • Seasonal
  • Reopens in February
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 25 Town Wharf, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
  • (508) 746-2270






Winter day trip to historic New Bedford

With a chill in the air and our coastline dressed up for the holidays, head out to Southeastern Massachusetts and enjoy a coastal day trip.  Did you know New Bedford boasts one of the largest seafood ports in the USA.

❥ Trail Trip Idea:

  • Start at that cozy coffee shop on a quaint cobblestone street (Tia Maria’s) which is also super close to the Whaling Museum.
  • Leisurely stroll and browse the cute shops.  Soak in the maritime history.
  • You really MUST visit the Whaling Museum if you have time.  It’s amazing.
  • Take a selfie or two near all the cool boats in the Black Whale parking lot (yes, go for lunch.)
  • Have lunch at the charming Black Whale (sit at the bar looking out at harbor) and enjoy the different lobster items on the menu.

The Black Whale – “Just Caught” Seafood

A New Bedford Favorite

With scrumptious seafood right off the fishing boats, a raw bar featuring locally sourced oysters, outstanding views of a  busy working waterfront and lively deck dining with ocean breezes washing over you, The Black Whale is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner and a wonderful lobster restaurant in Massachusetts.

Located on Fisherman’s Wharf on Pier 3 in New Bedford, The Black Whale offers a New England Lobster Roll expertly prepared with fresh, hard shell lobster tossed with lemony-mayo on a toasted bun and the Black Whale Lobster Roll made with hard shell lobster tossed will dill mayo on a toasted brioche.  For dinner,  The Black Whale adds a 1.25 lb. steamed hard shell lobster to its menu.  Lobster pure and simple!

Why we love it:   It’s in America’s #1 Fishing Port.  See tall, rusty fishing vessels and lobster boats just steps away.  An authentic experience!

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The Galley Grille – Casual Dining in Westport

The Galley Grille

The Galley Grille serves the freshest seafood caught in nearby waters as well as the finest beef, chicken and creative pasta dishes.  Insider’s note, they have a Lobster Shepard’s Pie.  YUM!!

With its casual atmosphere and nightly specials, the Galley Grille is perfect for any occasion.

This location is perfect for pairing with a lobster themed visit to nearby Horseneck Beach. You could watch the sunset and then catch a lobster dinner or grab lobster roll takeout and have a picnic on the beach.

Why we love it:  The Lobsterfest special on the weekends!

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Plymouth – A Lovely and Historic Place to Visit

Spend the Day or a Week!

Scenic and full of history, Plymouth is home to the Pilgrims and nestled in the waters of Plymouth Harbor along Cape Cod Bay.   It also ranks high up on the list as a vibrant lobster fishing village.  As a beautiful coastal town, Plymouth offers offers boat views, charming seafood restaurants (yes lots of lobster), beaches and so much more.

Our short list of the top things to do in Plymouth include watching the lobster boats from the town dock, visiting the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, and of course enjoying your pick of lobster rolls!

Fun facts?  Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Boston and in the 19th century, the town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping.  Back in the day, it was home to the world’s biggest rope making company called Plymouth Cordage Company.

C’mon and enjoy a stay, a day and for sure lobster with your history lesson!

We we love it:   Lots of places to wear a lobster bib!

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  • 40 miles south of Boston
  • 32 miles to Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 1 iconic lighthouse
  • 3 beaches
  • Plimouth Plantation – a 17th Century village
  • Home of approximately 63 commercial lobstermen and 31,000 lobster traps

The Back Eddy – Local Food Done Differently!

The Back Eddy

The Back Eddy is a seafood restaurant that does things a little bit differently!    They also have a beautiful waterview and boat access.

Using ultra fresh produce from the many farms of Southeastern Massachusetts and Coastal Rhode Island; the wide variety of fish brought to shore by New England’s Fisherman; wine, beer and cheese from local artisan producers and the mixture of Portuguese influence with the oldest American cooking style, provides the kitchen with an incredibly diverse range to work with. With the concept of thinking coastal and eating local provides guests, with the freshest food from the area.

Located on the Westport River, The Back Eddy’s menu items include Naked Sakonnet Lobster, Fried New Bedford Scallops and locally cultivated oysters.   Almost like a lobster roll but without the mayo   – the lobster sliders are a must!

Why we love it:   Locally sourced food – pure and simple.  During the summer weekends, the place rocks with an outdoor bar and raw bar & grille on the docks.

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Scituate Lobster Pound – Local Seafood For Here or To Go!

Fresh, Local Lobster

A popular seafood market and take-out restaurant, Scituate Lobster Pound has been serving delicious seafood, meat and marinades to hungry visitors for a long time! Choose from mouth watering lobster dishes such as the signature lobster roll – piled high with a half pound of lobster salad, classic steamed lobster, lobster skewers, lobster cerviche, lobster mac and cheese and the all time favorite Lobster Pizza house made with diced tomatoes, artichoke, artisan cheese, and lobster meat, served on top a hand stretched wood fired thin crust.

Family owned and operated, Scituate Lobster Pound offers over 20 years of commercial fishing experience. By harvesting sustainable resources and supporting local fishermen, Scituate Lobster Pound provides the freshest Lobster and Seafood around!

Why we love it:   You can pack a yummy  lobster lunch and head to the beach!

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The Inn at Scituate Harbor – Overlooking the Ocean

Comfortable and Quaint

Located just 25 miles south of Boston, in the historic town of Scituate, The Inn’s 29 plush guest rooms are decorated in a charming Cape Cod seaside style.  Accommodations offer nice views of the Harbor and just beyond the docks and boats pulling on their moorings, you can see the Situate Harbor Lighthouse.  Enjoy Continental breakfast each day, a heated indoor pool and all the amenities of a New England inn including an onsite restaurant and bar.    Within walking distance of shops and other attractions, the Inn is close to 5 beaches and a must visit while in Scituate.

Why we love it:   It’s located in the heart of Scituate!   Location, location, location.

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Legal C Bar – Casual Seafood Dining South of Boston

Shop and Dine on Lobster!

Located within the Derby Street Shoppes, Legal C Bar  offers classic ‘C’ fare like clams, cod, crab and calamari as well as custom cocktails provides a contemporary, comfortable experience.

A casual seafood restaurant developed by Legal Sea Foods, you can eat at the bar or in the dining room. Enjoy tried-and-true Legal favorites like Steamed Lobster or indulge in a new creative menu selection.  Oyster lovers will find at least 8 different varieties daily.  Nineteen signature cocktails, 37 wines by-the-glass, 20 beers and 16 super-premium Irish Whiskeys satisfy any thirst for fun.

Why we love it:   This Legal C is off Route 3.   Perfect place for a lobster roll on the way to Cape Cod!

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Quahog Republic – A Waterfront Eatery

Live, Give, Relax!

Step inside the Waterfront Eatery in Onset Village and be transported to the positive energy capital of the Quahog Republic. You are sure to find some friendly faces, good eats and fantastic cocktails. The Quahog Republic Waterfront Eatery is open from April-October. Pair the mouth-watering Monsta Lobsta Roll (plenty to share) with a refreshing mudslide, or try the Raw Bar! Live music, awesome water views and a lively vibe help create an unforgettable dining experience.

Why we love it:  Quahog Republic believes in giving back through charitable events and community involvement!

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Bayside Restaurant – Lobster Rolls With A Stunning View!

Locally Sourced Seafood

With stunning views across the Massachusetts Audubon’s Allen’s Pond Sanctuary, Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands, the Bayside Restaurant offers locally sourced food – sometimes organic and always delicious and nutritious.

A family restaurant serving guests for more than 40 years, the Bayside Restaurant prepares  an awesome lobster roll voted by Food & Wine as one of the best in America!   With naked lobster meat on a grilled bun and butter or mayo on the side, you’re sure to enjoy this seafood favorite!

Why we love it:  The awesome views and the fresh lobster rolls!

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Meet Jarrett in New Bedford – The State’s Largest Seafood Port!

Started Lobster Fishing as a Young Teen

Having worked on lobster boats since he was 13, Jarrett has spent almost thirty years in the business. Like lobster fishermen along the Atlantic coast, Jarrett has a ton of heart for the business and life. His boat Cynthia Lee is named after his wife.

As a second-generation fisherman in Massachusetts, Jarrett plays an active role in the state’s ongoing lobster legislation. He keeps his boat in New Bedford Harbor, which remains the largest fishing port in the United States.  New Bedford boasts fish landings values at approximately $369 million (of which lobster plays a part).

Meet Captain Todd – A Plymouth Lobster Fisherman

A 3 a.m. Wake Up Call

With a 3 a.m. wake up call, Todd moors in Plymouth Harbor.  He arrives at the boat by 4 a.m. and then steams 2 hours out to sea, to reach his traps.  For anyone via land or sea, it’s a very long commute.

Todd is used to hard work, and gained his first boat for $20 bucks.  He found the boat  buried in the snow after the Blizzard of 1978.  Much has changed since then, but Todd has always loved the sea.  Quoting his father, “Some people hear the mermaid, and some people don’t.”  Todd is one of those people, and claims that catching lobster on a snowy day is one of the most beautiful and peaceful times to fish.

Today, Todd has a large boat and that means big overhead.  His vessel burns 80 gallons a day in gas and the cost of maintaining his boat and gear continues to rise.  Despite economic conditions, Todd continues to fish lobster for a living and can’t imagine doing anything else.