Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem has a collection of maritime treasures from around the world, along with art and other exhibits, and it's less than an hour from Watertown.
One of the oldest exhibit halls at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is filled with maritime curiosities from around the world, while a haunting, curious melody spills into the room from the speakers. PEM curators place contemporary art or music next to the older pieces from their collection. The goal of this is to make unique connections between the past and present by placing two unrelated things in context with each other. Click on the video to the right to see more of the museum. The museum began as a place for sea captains to store and share trinkets and curiosities from around the world. Over time, this collection grew to include rare artifacts from India, Japan, Korea, and American Indian tribes. For example, PEM houses one of the …
Enjoy the serene scenes of this nearby pond.
After fighting crowds at the mall or a stressful lunch with your boss, relax at the surprisingly serene Hammond Pond in Newton's Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Don't sweat the drive, it is only 15 minutes. Click the video right to take a look around Hammond Pond.
Hop in to the car for a fun get away just minutes from Watertown. Patch Passport has some spots to Venture Out to in 15-, 30- or 60-minutes.
The Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series shows you some of the best places near your hometown you can visit using less than a tank of gas. Enjoy the drive. 15-Minute Drive 30-Minute Drive Less than a 60-Minute Drive
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Saturday Patch Passport lists some unique, local dining options, organized by international flavor.
Persian Molana Restaurant 5 Spring St. 617-923-2554 Shiraz Persian Cuisine 72 Bigelow Ave. 617-923-2222 Chinese China Rainbow 36 N Beacon St. 617-926-5170 Master Wok 485 Arsenal St. 617-926-1216 Green Peapod Restaurant 557 Mount Auburn St. 617-926-8881 Asian Asiana Fusion 1 Waverley Ave. 617-923-3874 Greek Demos Restaurant 64 Mount Auburn St. 617-924-9660 Aegean Restaurant 640 Arsenal St. 617-923-7771 Indian Lazziz 51 Main St. 617-926-0002 Italian Grappa Restaurant 71 Elm St. 617-924-2941 Verona Restaurant 18 Mount Auburn St. 617-926-0010 Porcini's 68 School St. 617-924-2221 Stellina 47 Main St. 617-924-9475 Japanese New Ginza Japanese Restaurant 65 Galen St. 617-923-2100 Super Fusion Cuisine 54 Mt Auburn St. …
Friday, July 29, 2011
You don't have to travel out of town to explore unique local shops. Here are two of them.
Arax Market Several Middle Eastern specialty markets clustered along one side of Mt. Auburn Street have become destinations for shoppers looking for authentic Middle Eastern and international products. They offer a dozen different kinds of fresh olives, many soft cheeses, spices, grains and dried fruits in bulk, honeys, tahinis, flat breads, Middle Eastern yogurts, pastries, and prepared foods. One of the busiest is Arax Market, at 585 Mount Auburn St. Along with all the foods above, it also has two aisles loaded with fresh produce – peaches, apples, pears, melons, greens, peppers, and tomatoes – different kinds of dried peas and beans, loose-leaf and bagged teas, olive-oil soaps and other skin products, and, most eye-catching, water pipes…
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Patch Passport takes you to the aptly named Tranquility Day Spa, where therapeutic massage offers relaxation, stress relief and a mini vacation.
As I headed to my appointment for a hot stone massage at Tranquility Day Spa, the temperature reading on the dashboard said 90 degrees. It seemed counter-intuitive to go indoors, slip under a blanket and be massaged with hot rocks, but the appointment was already scheduled and I was excited to try something new. My experience with this type of massage was limited to an image I had seen on a resort brochure of a woman on the massage table, stones in a "T" shape down her spine, pale purple orchid tucked behind her ear, as the surf crashed in the distance. I was hoping to be transported to a place where deep relaxation hid behind every corner, and hot stones seemed like the way to go. Opened in 2007, Tranquility Day Spa is tucked in at 15 …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The cemetery located in Watertown is a National Historical Landmark and is the final resting place for some of Boston's most famous residents.
A visit to the Mount Auburn Cemetery takes visitors away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century and into a hilly-green enclave, filled with some of the area’s most historic figures. Founded in 1831, the cemetery – which lies in both Watertown and Cambridge – was named a National Historic Landmark in 2003. Boston residents built the cemetery when burial space became scarce in the city, and to provide a final resting place for their loved ones in a natural setting. To see more, click on the photos and video at right. Not only does Mount Auburn provide the final resting place for poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, artist Winslow Homer, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and many more figures, it is also the first large-scale garden cemetery. …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tucked at the end of some dead end roads near Watertown High School is a forested enclave called Whitney Hill Park.
Despite being tucked between residential neighborhoods, a walk through Whitney Hill can take you away from the hustle-bustle of Watertown Square. The park shows up on Google Maps, but there are no signs to mark the beginning of the park. Paths stretch through the trees and provide a place for people to take a quiet stroll or give their dogs some exercise. On the south end of the park, the paths start at the end of Marion Road and where Oliver and Marshall streets come together in a "U." From the north, the path comes out on Marlboro Terrace, a small street off Springfield Street.
Patch will be your guide as you become a tourist in your town.
Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, we're here to show you what there is to see. Check back to Watertown Patch daily to see what excursion is next. We will feature stories, photos and videos showing off the best of Watertown. And you can tell us what you love about Watertown, and we'll include it as part of our project. We hope this project encourages you to shop local, eat local and be local. Patch wants to show you how much your own town has to offer. And although everything will appear this week, it's not going anywhere. This page will remain a resource for you all year long. Whenever you're hosting visitors or need a Saturday activity, come back to this page. Your 7-Day Itinerary: MONDAY: …
Friday, July 22, 2011
Join us every day next week as Patch becomes your guide as you become a tourist in your own town.
Beginning Monday, Patch will help be your guide as you become a tourist in your town. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, we're here to show you what there is to see. Come back to Watertown Patch daily to see what excursion is next. We will feature stories, photos and videos showing off the best of Watertown. And you can tell us what you love about Watertown, and we'll include it as part of our project. We hope this project encourages you to shop locally, eat locally and be local. Patch wants to show you how much your own town has to offer.