With a strong emphasis on boating and the arts, Duxbury feels like Cape Cod without the crowds.
This seaside spot a half hour south of Boston is sometimes referred to as “Deluxe-bury.” You’ll spot plenty of the Yankee-preppy crowd in J.Crew and Lily Pulitzer. A picture-perfect Colonial-scape of historic ship captains’ homes, complete with hydrangeas and well-kept yards line the ocean frontage, which is zoned residential.
It’s five miles of white sand with no big development or retail, just one little beach shack selling burgers and sodas.
Shipyard Lane Beach
This hidden beach sits off Washington Street and makes for a great midday lunch escape to watch the oystermen.
Head to the beach or join one of the many small boat regattas in summer. The Duxbury Maritime School offers year-round sailing
and crew opportunities.
The town has long been a sort of artsy escape for Bostonians, some of whom founded the Duxbury Art Association 95 years ago. It now shares space with the music conservatory at the Elephant Center for the Arts, where there’s always music, art workshops for kids and adults, and gallery shows to attend.
The local watering hole where everyone goes for cocktails and fireside chats. 390 Washington Street; winsorhouseinn.com.
The local outpost of the quintessential East Coast patisserie. 459 Washington Street.
The Milepost Restaurant & Tavern
A Duxbury landmark for more than 50 years, a live piano player entertains diners on Friday and Saturday nights. 581 Tremont Street; milepostrestaurant.com.