This is the first installment in our "Where's My Bag?" series by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. As a proud owner of our Morrison laptop bag, Michelle will be sharing about some of the destinations she's visited with this Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.
Our week in Cohasset, Massachusetts is the perfect example of our favorite flavor of travel: laid-back, budget-friendly, relational, and a little bit unconventional.
Why We Went
We actually met our hosts from this beautiful New England farm while participating in a triathlon during our Peace Corps service in Jamaica. Michael and Michelle, a married couple who love running and biking, were there on an active vacation, and we all hit it off sharing about our experience on the island. A year later, we ran into them at the triathlon a second time. When they found out we were interested in learning more about farming and gardening, they invited us to visit their home—a farmstead, which they built from the ground up, set in a charming sea-side town just south of Boston.
With the goal of getting some hands-on experience working a farm, we arranged to stay with Michael and Michelle for about a week at the end of their farmer's market season. They put us up in a spacious apartment above the barn, where visiting family typically stay. Each morning, we helped with various projects: gardening, feeding the horses and chickens, raking leaves, or painting the basement. In exchange, they generously supplied all of our meals, showed us around town, let us use their Jeep and their bikes, and shared invaluable insights into the operations of a family farm. After getting some of our own work done online in the afternoons, we enjoyed lots of home-cooked dinners together and swapped stories over red wine.
More About Cohasset
If you ever have the chance to visit Cohasset, I highly recommend it. It's a quick trip from Boston, accessible by commuter rail or ferry—or 45 minutes by car.
You'll find quaint shops and restaurants downtown and historic homes (a few of which are owned by the rich and famous) in the community's well-kept neighborhoods. On Thursdays in the summer and early fall, there's a lively community farmer's market where you can find fresh, local produce, fish, meat, cheese, flowers, delicious baked goods, and more. For outdoor enthusiasts, several parks in the area are full of trails. The harbor marina is the perfect place to launch for watersports, or to just relax and enjoy the serenity of the bay. The community even has its own beach, but it's also a neighbor to the well-known Nantasket Beach Resort just up the coast.
To learn more about our stay in Cohasset, you can see the original trip report here.