Sunday, July 31, 2011
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Patch Passport maps out where you can Venture Out on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home in Belmont.
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we show you some of the best places you can visit in less than a tank of gas. Believe it or not, you actually don't have to go that far to feel like you're miles and miles away from Belmont. The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Habitat on Belmont Hill has the duel role of informing the public and members of the wildlife in a suburban location as well as being a haven for nature and animals. Just six miles from downtown Boston, this 90-acre urban oasis has been devoted to environmental education since 1970. One of the oldest exhibit halls at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is filled with maritime curiosities from around the world, while a haunting, curious melody spills into the room …
A formal garden and natural trails at the Mass. Audubon Society's center in Belmont.
The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Habitat on Belmont Hill has the duel role of informing the public and members of the wildlife in a suburban location as well as being a haven for nature and animals. Just six miles from downtown Boston, this 90-acre urban oasis has been devoted to environmental education since 1970. With more than two-and-a-half miles of trails that wind through deciduous and evergreen forests, across meadows, around a pair of ponds, and along a wetland containing a vernal pool, the Habitat's focal point is the visitor and nature center, a brick Georgian-style mansion where monthly art exhibits can be viewed. Outside the building is a formal multi-seasonal garden. The Habitat's sanctuary is home to animals as wide in …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Did you know your town offers places to sample all the tastes of the world?
Here are the international restaurants that you can travel to with your Patch Passport. Italian il Casale 50 Leonard St. 617-209-4942 Comella's 43 Leonard St. 617-489-7777 Thai Patou Thai 69 Leonard St. 617-489-6999 Pho & Thai 63 White St. 617-484-1118 Japanese Asai Restaurant 30 Leonard St. 617-489-6333 Italian/Mediterranean Savinos Grill 449 Common St. 617-484-3499 Local Kitchen on Common 442 Common St. 617-484-4328
Friday, July 29, 2011
The Friday Patch Passport shows you where you can find trinkets in town.
No journey is complete without scouring the local stores for unique trinkets or picking up a gift or two for friends and family back home. Today, get out and explore this unique local store and all they have to offer. See what treasures you can discover. Marmalade 63 Leonard St. 617-484-0093 For anyone coming to Belmont, the prospects of finding that special gift, card or trinket were greatly improved with the colorful addition of Marmalade in April. “Belmont Center is sparking up a little bit, getting a little more color in its cheeks and with the additional space, we will be able to carry the stuff that I love, like more jewelry and stationary,” said Leigh Standley DiBernardo CEO and creative director of the shop's parent company, Curly…
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Thursday Patch Passport offers you local spas where you can relax the stress away.
Sometimes the stress of the day – and afternoon and night – can be overwhelming; the endless e-mails, traffic, the little mishaps and family obligations. So it's great to have places that you can go to for a touch of paradise: the local spa. And while Belmont doesn't have the number of locations as many surrounding towns, the four in town will have a spa treatment that can help you, even for an hour or two, to bring you back to a healthy equilibrium, refreshed in body and mind ... until, as least, the next day. 1. Skintelligent Face & Body Spa, 86 Leonard St. A full service salon located in Belmont Center, Skintelligent Face & Body Spa offers facials, hair removal and nail care services. Services include exfoliating and anti-aging facials…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Travel Back in Time with your Patch Passport to explore the history and roots of the community.
It's one of the most famous houses in the "Town of Homes." Built during the first great expansion of residential properties in the 1850s, the house on Pleasant Street – one of the finest examples of early residential Victorian design – was a summer house for a rich Boston merchant. It was where the owner hosted his wealthy friends before, during and after the Civil War and was used as settings for one of the foremost painters and illustrators in 19th-century America. And for the past 80 years, the William Flagg Homer house overlooking Town Hall has been the home of the Belmont Women's Club, celebrating its 91st anniversary in 2011. "What a magnificent treasure to have in our town. There are so few of these sorts of homes left," said Sandy …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Take advantage of time with your kids and get out and enjoy this hot spot.
Belmont's historic Underwood Pool is located adjacent to the Belmont Public Library on Concord Avenue. The place for kids to cool off during the summer for the past 99 years, the Underwood Pool is the oldest community pool in the United States. But it is also the place that countless generations of Belmont children learned to swim, take their first steps off of diving board, purchase their first treat from an ice cream truck and have some fun! Relax poolside, swim, dive and a nearby playground. You couldn't ask for more!
Monday, July 25, 2011
A guide to your hometown.
Patch will help be your guide as you become a tourist in your town. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, we're here to show you what there is to see. Check back to Belmont Patch daily to see what excursion is next. We will feature stories, photos and videos showing off the best of Belmont. And you can tell us what you love about Belmont, and we'll include it as part of our project. We hope this project encourages you to shop local, eat local and be local. Patch wants to show you how much your own town has to offer. And although everything will appear this week, it's not going anywhere. This page will remain a resource for you all year long. Whenever you're hosting visitors or need a Saturday …