A mansion and daymarkers at the entrance to Cohasset Harbor. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

A mansion and daymarkers at the entrance to Cohasset Harbor. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

If you’re a Boston or South Shore-based boater, consider a fall daytrip to the charming and historic town of Cohasset.

The Cohasset Yacht Club docks.

The Cohasset Yacht Club docks.

Once you make your way through the gauntlet of rocks that guard the harbor entrance, Cohasset appears as a kind of tucked-away Brigadoon. Massive homes dot the rugged coastline, some perched on rocky promontories such as Windmill Point, to starboard as you approach the channel to Cohasset Cove. To port is an expanse of shallow mud flats. Pay close attention to the channel markers and your plotter as you proceed.

Cohasset is a great paddling destination.

Cohasset is a great paddling destination.

After passing the venerable Cohasset Yacht Club, Cohasset Cove opens up. The Cohasset Harbor Marina, whose docks fringe the shore along a small finger-like cove behind Bassing Beach, offers transient slips if you want to stay overnight, but call ahead (781-337-1964). The town also maintains transient moorings; contact the harbormaster for more info (VHF 10; 781-383-0863).

A trio of very different restaurants—the Old Salt House (781-383-2203); Brisas (781-383-6650), and Atlantica (781-383-0900)—are on the northwest side of the cove. There are floating docks for visiting boaters to use.

The harbormaster's boat points toward the harbor entrance.

The harbormaster’s boat points toward the harbor entrance.

The town landing and dinghy dock are next to the restaurants as you near the head of the harbor. From here, a half-mile walk up Elm Street brings you to Cohasset’s downtown area—a quaint collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. (If the area looks familiar, it might be because many scenes in the movie The Witches of Eastwick were filmed in Cohasset.)

Enjoy coffee and delicious pastries at the French Memories bakery, take tea at the Windsor Teas Shop & Tea Room, or grab lunch at the Red Lion Inn or Bia Bistro. Farther along, on Ripley Road, is the South Shore Art Center, which offers showings and exhibits throughout the year.

Cohasset Harbor is home to working vessels and pleasure boats.

Cohasset Harbor is home to working vessels and pleasure boats.

A power cruiser swings on its mooring just outside the harbor entrance.

A power cruiser swings on its mooring just outside the harbor entrance.

 

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