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Welcome to scenic Scituate, the perfect town for that old-fashioned Sunday drive. Arriving in Scituate from the north, you will be welcomed into North Scituate Village. North Scituate is a lovely small business district featuring many thriving local businesses. Take a look at Board 143 for a snack or get your surfing fix at Northeast Surf Shop.
Driving east you’ll enjoy a scenic tour of the village of Minot, a small enclave of homes with a rich history often referred to as the Irish Riviera. Meander through the streets and do not miss the drive along Glades Road for the ocean views and the perfect sighting of Minot’s Ledge Light flashing 1-4-3.
Leaving Minot and driving south on Hatherly Road will lead you first to Old Scituate Light where you’re welcome to park and walk the breakwater for the best view of the Harbor boat traffic. Once you have experienced that view, then travel to Scituate Harbor by way of the Barker Tavern up on the hill overlooking the Harbor where they are well known for fine dining and delicious swordfish. And you can’t go in that direction without thinking about a fried seafood lunch or dinner at the Satuit Tavern.
As you are approaching the Harbor area, The Inn at Scituate Harbor has the welcome mat out for your overnight stays and the Town Pier is on full display as you enter the Harbor Cultural District. In the Harbor you’ll find quaint shops like Joye, The Welch Company, Out of the Blue, Goodies II, and more, plus spectacular dining at Salt Society or Mill Wharf, ice cream at Nona’s Homemade and your favorite libations at Hibernian Tavern, T.K. O’Malleys, or Galley. You’re welcome to park in Cole Parkway and sit and enjoy the views of the Harbor from a different vantage point and maybe a slice of pizza from Harbor House of Pizza or coffee from Lucky Finn or Coffee Corner!
Continue along south and you will see First and Second Cliff on the immediate left after the Harbor and further along the Driftway will lead you to Third Cliff off of Gilson Road. All three neighborhoods are worth a casual drive to see cottages nestled among stately homes with spectacular views of the open ocean and the North and South Rivers.
Greenbush Village is an emerging live/work/play area of Scituate. Located along the Driftway as you enter from the 3A rotary or approach it from Scituate Harbor. There is natural scenic beauty with the river meeting the ocean that is unparalleled and peaceful. While new and exciting things are about to happen in the area, there are already a number of vibrant businesses to visit. Untold Brewing is “the” place to be if you appreciate craft beer done locally. There are also a few delicious pizza options at CP’s Woodfired Pizza and Crust. Stop into Rivershed for a sit down casual meal and listen to live music on some evenings. Don’t miss taking a look at Birchbarn to see the beautiful hand made wood products available right here in Scituate. And of course, we have the Grist Mill in Greenbush which is the oldest grist mill in the nation!
To complete your tour, drive south on Route 3A and wander through the streets of Humarock to get a feel for the summer life of yesteryear. Many houses have been replaced after storms or expanded as space needs required, but most look as they did many years ago. Always a family haven, Humarock retains that special feeling while being up to date in other respects. Many neighbor/family centered activities on or along the beach are treasured memories for residents. Perhaps the greatest is the “Horribles Parade”, a bittersweet celebration of a summer paradise held annually on Labor Day Weekend as another season comes to an end.