Day Trip: Buzzards Bay
The park, the former train station and the public parking area for access to the Canal are all situated at the intersection of Main Street and Academy Drive. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is one of only six State Maritime Academies that offer four-year undergraduate programs providing the instruction, theory and at-sea training necessary to become a commissioned officer and Merchant Marine. The institution is considered a world-class entity in the industries of shipping, transportation, and engineering, and is held as the number one public university in Massachusetts for return on investment. Like any thriving and competitive university, their athletic competitions draw crowds from miles away, especially the fall football weekends.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop
The big red building that is home to this popular thrift shop is well organized and full of great finds at great prices. Friendly volunteers and the weekly 50% off sale every Friday make this thrift shop a local favorite. The Society receives “gently used” or new donations and sells a vast amount of clothing, furniture and various household goods using the revenue to support various community needs and the mission of St. Vincent de Paul.
From this west end of Main Street, visitors are also in a perfect position to witness the twice-daily descent and ascent of the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, originally built in 1933 as the longest vertical lift span in the country, now only surpassed by the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge connecting Staten Island to New Jersey. Individuals interested in crossing the train bridge can dine aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad’s various dining trains throughout the year. Businesses at this end of Main Street have seen some of the most dramatic transformation in recent years. Kim Finn, of Kimberly Finn Photography has family roots in Bourne that go back generations, and from her studio which is opposite all of the activity at the park, the chamber and the academy she says, “I feel like I’m right in the middle of everything.” She says it has been encouraging to see people returning to the village to re-discover its unique charms.
Kimberly Finn Photography
Local to Cape Cod and the Islands, Kim has always had a passion for photography. She and her team love to find beauty in all things, and they have the experience as well as expertise to capture the best moments of your special occasions, creating lasting memories that you will love to look at for years to come.
Next door to Finn is Buzzards Bay Antiques where owner David Cowan demonstrates the collective power of collections. Fiesta ware, Sandwich glass, bits and bobs and small furniture and décor are just some of the things visitors can expect to find. Cowan has been in the business for years, so inquiries on specific items are always welcome. Additional recycle, repurpose and reinvigorated items can also be found down the street at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop.
Buzzards Bay Antiques
Enjoy the vast collection of vintage items located in this 7,000 square foot showroom, formerly the Buzzards Bay Hotel. The knowledgeable staff looks forward to helping you find a unique gift, and they offer free appraisal of any item that you may like to sell. Stop in and ask about the spooky things that still happen.
Buzzards Bay Brewing is one of the several success stories that are now anchoring the village. The local Westport brewery has just opened a taproom at 85 Main Street. Currently open Wednesday through Saturday, the popular “Massgrown” beers are served to anyone 21 or older in a playful and fun atmosphere. They don’t serve food, but are great neighbors to Vela Juice Bar next door at 87 Main Street, where they highly recommend the salmon burgers. Food from Vela’s or any other neighbors or delivery is welcome in the unique space that also offers live music and karaoke throughout their evening hours.
Buzzards Bay Brewing Bourne Tap Room
Visit this fun, quirky taproom for delicious locally grown beer, cider and wine. Try some special brews and enjoy a unique thirst quenching place to recreate. Stay a while; you might find live music, various events and lots of tavern style games. On the run? Pick up some cans or growlers.
Co-owners of Vela Juice Bar, Ana Walsh and Daniel Gallivan first started offering high-quality, fresh juice to the public from their Plymouth location that they opened in 2014. Now, the same fresh products sourced from local farms when available and including vegan options are available in Buzzards Bay. “I think what sets us apart from other juice bars is that everything on our menu is truly delicious and nutritious,” Walsh offers. Protein acai bowls with homemade peanut butter, juices, smoothies, toast, wraps and salads all contribute to a menu that appeals to almost everyone.
Vela Juice Bar
Healthy food should taste delicious, and at Vela, it does. Juices, smoothies, shots, a variety of salads and bowls, including Acai Bowl options, wraps, paninis, sandwiches, gourmet toast, coffee and tea, oh my! There are so many healthy choices, you will want to make Vela your local healthy habit! Sit and stay or grab and go! Open 7 days a week 8:30am-3:30pm.
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