Westport Rivers Winery tastings and tours is a perfect day trip if you want to get in touch with nature and enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful rural community. The landscaping cannot go unnoticed as you arrive in Westport. So many acres of untouched land coupled with those fabulous New England stone walls ... everyone in the car was pointing to...more
At Head of Westport you will find Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures which is pictured on a previous tip where you see the side of the building and the river on which it sits. Colorful kayaks brighten the entire corner. This is where you rent and launch your kayak. (see sports tip)Stop in for a cold drink or light groceries at The Head Town Landing...more
There is a woman who lives in Westport named "Pete". (real name is Anne Baker) She has spent years rescueing old buildings from rot and destruction. Her specialty is what we call 'early' buildings.... 1600's and 1700's. She will take the building apart board by board and reassemble...restore it in a safe spot. She is a master at restoration and...more
The Bell School House dates to 1841... a charming little building opposite the park overlooking the river and kayaks. The Westport Historical Society is housed here and offers changing exhibits as well as historic information about the town and its structures. You can become a member or contact the part time staff to answer questions.This is the...more
I love sand dunes. We were remembering the days years ago when we cooked on hibachi pots in the dunes... under the hot sun. mmmmm burgers and hot dogs never tasted any better than that. Wash it down w/ a brew and be happy!As you can see... we got a bit wind blown the day we were there. We'll be back in the summer.more
Everyone was pleased with the very fresh and tasty lunches served at the Bayside. Their chowder is a broth style...which you don't find often cause only the 'down easters' prefer it to a milk or tomatoe style.
Sorry I can't tick off all the things served to our group, but suffice to say that altho their specialty is seafood... they make a mean burger as well. They pride themselves on being "green" ... no plastic used here... much of their waste is re-cycled. Lucky for them there are farm animals around who can help w/ their cast offs.
Large windows look across the street at old stone walls encircling large fields owned by the nature conservancy.
It's just down the street from the brewery in one direction... and the beach in the other. What else do you want?
Farmer's Market is open in season on Mondays from 2 - 5 pm. Be sure you look for the heirloom tomatoes and Lyn Keith's chowder names.... New England Clam Jams. Excellent chowder - best I've had in years. I usually don't favor a milk style chowder cause most people make it like wallpaper paste. This was just thick enough, loaded with clams, and seasoned to perfection. It's a winner!
We didn't have the time to explore the Sanctuary at Allens Pond, but there is so much beautiful nature in Westport, that I can imagine the wildlife must be fabulous. I'd like to spend some time on a warm sunny day...
Meantime, I have imported the following information from their web site for all the bird lovers in our crowd. Enjoy!
Grab your binoculars if you’re heading to Allens Pond. You can observe spectacular bird life and salt marsh activity from a number of vantage points at this site. Over 300 bird species have been recorded during migration or nesting season. The sanctuary’s half-mile stretch of beach provides important nesting habitat for rare piping plovers and terns. The sanctuary also attracts many raptors in all seasons including nesting ospreys and migrant bald eagles.
The Quansett Trail system offers visitors the opportunity to observe, interact with, and learn about the great diversity of habitats in the sanctuary. Visitors have many options to choose from including two western loops: one around a fresh pond, the other with a giant boulder to climb for treetop views. Two smaller loops provide east and west overlooks of the pond. Please note that we do not have a nature center; however, correspondence may be directed to 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, MA 02790, or call 508-636-2437.
The Allens Neck Trail system, located off Allens Neck Rd. in Dartmouth, MA offers 1.5 miles of trails along the Woodland and Boulder Loops. Visitors can wander through rich wetlands, across old pasture land and among giant boulders or pass vernal pools throbbing with fairy shrimp and tadpoles.
1280 Horseneck Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
Nature Center/Trail Hours:
Trails open every day, dawn to dusk.
From Interstate 195, in Westport, take Exit 10 (Rt 88 South). Follow Route 88 to its end, passing Horseneck Beach on the way. Turn left at the ocean-side stop sign onto East Beach Road and follow the road east along the shoreline. As it makes an obvious, 90 degree bend to the left, turning north and away from shoreline, look for Sanctuary signs at the corner and right. This BEACH LOOP entrance is marked with Massachusetts Audubon Society logo signs. There is only limited parking on the town road (along Horseneck Road going north).
My historic architecture buddy knew how to find Newton Millham's Blacksmith Shop hidden away in an old shed adjacent to his home... under the shade of some big old trees. The fires are burning all the time as this very talented artist creates iron hardware of 17th, 18th and 19th century America.
My friend ordered several pieces to be forged for a restoration project he has in progress.
Newton does amazing work and can supply a catalogue as well as a price list. It's a joy for us to find tradesmen who work in these old crafts.
I'm not sure if you call it wind surfing with these little sailing crafts... but I can tell you these guys are tough nor-easters. It was some cold and windy when we were there and to be out on those little boards would not be my cup of tea. There were a number of them out at the point enjoying their challenges in their wet suits and we wished them...more
We were off to Westport to see an exhibit in one of their historic buildings, but were delighted to find this beautiful place where kayaking was the order of the day. It was pretty busy even tho it was a weekday. This little narrow Westport River is a perfect spot to paddle with beautiful scenery all along the way. A shaded peaceful park...more