I have an early childhood memory of picnicing at a park and then doing exercises in the woods. I remember walking on a path with exercise equipment in the middle of the woods. My most vivid memory is the delight I had watching Daddy on the chin-up bar. This was back in the 70's and throughout the years I've asked my parents if they remembered the...more
Menotomy Rocks Park has a pond and walking trails in the woods. It's a good spot for a picnic or romantic stroll. Lots of people walk their dogs here. I've seen families fishing but I don't think you can swim in the pond. I hadn't been here in at least 25 years and although smaller than I remember, Menotomy Rocks Park brought back a lot of...more
Farmer's Market is a seasonal open-air market that runs from June to October, every Wednesday. It's located in the parking lot in Arlington Center. You will need quarters for parking.It's small and many of the tents have the same kind of produce but if you can stand the crowds it's worth a visit. The produce is good quality and you will be...more
ARLINGTON RESERVOIRThe "Res" is a man-made pond. There's a roped off swimming area in the summer. I haven't actually swam here since around 1987 and only because my mother made me go. It's a pit of filth frequented by mothers with their kids. People pay good money to swim here for some reason. You feel like your walking around on a pile of dung. Go...more
Old Schwamb Mill is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. It's been in operation for 300 years.Originally an old grist and saw mill, it was converted for woodworking purposes over 100 years ago.They still make wooden frames here now.Schwamb frames are in every major art museum in the United States and are included in the...more
Arlington's icon is the Menotomy Indian Hunter, sculpted in 1911 by Cyrus Dallin. It is the located between the Robbins Library and Town Hall. My parents took me here a few times as a kid but then I forgot about it for years. During a moment of nostalgia (otherwise know as feeling old) I went back to check it out. It has recently been restored and...more
When we moved to this part of town, we noticed a cemetery with a freemason symbol on it. We have personal interest in anything mason related, so I tried to find some information on what the heck this grave stone was doing on my street. The Arlington Historical Society didn't know a cemetery had been here until 1987. The cemetery was restored and...more
I found myself in need of food while avoiding the locals, so I stumbled upon what appeared to be a safe haven , Krazy Karry's Backyard Grill. First and formost , the sign outside is crooked! ? If I had to guess , I think someone was trying to put a clever accent on the position of the words to make you feel like this is really neat , but what it...more
The owner of Krazy Karry's is very attentive and even a little quirky. Chances are good that he'll stop by your table to say hello and he just might ask you, "Are these are the best burgers you've ever had?" Back when the restaurant first opened, I overheard the owner asking an informant (not sure if it was an employee or a customer) what the word...more
Arlington has many restaurants come and go. I usually stick to my local favorites and go out of town to eat. I never noticed Tryst before but saw it on opentable.com, a website I trust for fine dining recommendations. Tryst is a wonderful find! I hope it doesn't disappear like so many restaurants in this town do. Tryst has the best food in town....more
Tango presents Argentinean cuisine, with an emphasis on beef. The menu also offers chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes. But, it's the steak that Tango is known for.Tango is only open for dinner. The restaurant has too many tables for it's small size, I felt awkward and more than a little claustrophobic. Besides the over-crowdedness, the ambiance is...more
If you tire of the dozens of restaurants in Arlington, fear not, for nearby towns have great places to eat too! This is one of my favorites.Tu y Yo is an authentic Mexican restaurant in Somerville. You will not find typical Boston-area "Tex-Mex" here. Tu y Yo serves homemade dishes based on family recipes. The menu isn't comprised of tacos or...more
I was surprised recently when I read reviews on the Arlington Diner, most of them were very negative and full of nitpicking from whining, picky people. The Arlington Diner certainly doesn't have the best food in the world or the best service but with all the choices in the area I can't help but wonder why people just don't pick another place to eat...more
Jimmy's has been around for as long as I can remember and before the restaurant boom in Arlington it was the only local place to get a good and inexpensive meal. Now that the town is restaurant-rich, Jimmy's is still old reliable. Jimmy's is huge compared to other restaurants in the area and is almost always crowded. Reservations aren't accepted...more
The Olive Branch is located off the beaten path of Mass. Ave on nearby Broadway St. Unlike many Arlington restaurants, The Olive Branch has parking and uncrowded seating. Wow!The Olive Branch serves Mediterranean cuisine, specializing in Middle Eastern, Greek, and Italian food.more
Scutra isn't on the main dining stip of Mass. Ave so I will label it a "hidden gem", although it's popular enough that reservations are recommended. Like many restaurants in Arlington, Scutra is small with tables too close together. Unlike many restaurants in Arlington, Scutra actually has parking!The food has a European flavor and the menu...more
Arlington has a lot of chinese food and they range from average take-out to good sit down places. Shanghai Village is one of the good places to sit down and eat. I would say Shanghai Village is standard, the quality is good. Shanghai Village serves Mandarin, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Cantonese food. Sizzling Rice Soup with Chickenmore
Arlington has the advantage of having many nice little stores to shop in. Stop & Shop is the biggest and most convenient supermarket. Although the town won't allow a Super store for some reason, Stop & Shop still has just about everything you need. Here's one thing you may not know, Stop & Shop is EVIL! It's overpriced and crappy. Take it from...more
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Ahh, the life of a Townie...
Town Day takes place every year in September . Town Day takes place on Massachusetts Ave. from Pleasant Street to Mill Street. There are food vendors, informatin booths, crafts, bake sales, education booths, local stores, banks, etc.
Really fun as a kid until you realize how lame it is. You stop going for some years before curiosity gets the better of you and you go check it out. Becomes interesting again when you are old enough to be interested in carrying around pamphlets and free magnets.
At Town Day 2005, I was amused at the dunking booth sponsered by Stratton School PTO. The arrest your friend thing has been going on forever... nice to see the Arlington cops get theirs! A donuts revenge, get it? Dunking booth... Dunkin' Donuts...., cops eat donuts...
Oh, never mind. Quit spraying shaving cream in your eyes and be serious.
Town Day is fun and educational for all! (yeah)
Bring the whole family! (right on)
Hours of fun!! (okay, that's pushing it just a little.)
Mount Auburn Cemetery is gorgeous. I feel totally at peace walking around here!
Established in 1831 by Dr. Jacob Bigelow, whose intent was to create the first garden cemetery in the United States, this became the archetype for suburban garden cemeteries throughout the U. S. Interred in the cemetery are such renowned figures as Charles Bulfinch, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Winslow Homer, Dorthea Dix, Margaret Fuller, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Mary Baker Eddy. A Guide to the Cemetery is available.
580 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge/Watertown
An 11 mile path from Alewife MBTA station in Cambridge to Depot Park/South Street, Bedford.
Good for bicycling, walking, jogging, in-line skating. Although there's a constant battle between bicyclists and walkers, a lame suburban turf war. I've been altered from the path by aggressive bikers several times.
This picture was taken in Arlington Center, next to the Uncle Sam memorial.
The bikeway is managed and maintained by the four communities it passes through: Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge.
This was the site of Friendly's in Arlington. In June 2004 there was a hepatitis A scare here. One of the staff found out they had hepatitis A and the town went nuts. Everybody who ate at Friendly's around that time was asked to go to Symmes Hospital to get a shot in the butt. Of course Cory and I had eaten there so we got to leave work for the...more
This is Dallin's beloved Arlington sculpture.Cyrus E. Dallin is best know for his sculptures "The Appeal To The Great Spirit," in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Paul Revere statute in the Public Garden in Boston. I went to Dallin School, of course named after Cyrus E. Dallin.more