Day Trip: Plymouth
Simply sophisticated is the vibe that permeates this entire boutique. From jewelry by LOLA, Dovera and other high-quality affordable brands; to clothing and accessories that set the stage for casual and comfortable living, one stop is all you will need to feel confident and stylish.
For those looking to make a serious dent in their shopping list, 3 Daughters on Water Street has something for women of all ages. With a concentration in jewelry, the shop has casual and comfortable clothing and accessories that evolve with the seasons. Owner Joan Lyons landed on the name of the store because she has three daughters (and a son) and says the name also brings customers in who also have a house full of spirited progeny. “My goal when I opened the store was to provide jewelry and clothing for women that will make them feel comfortable and confident,” Lyons explains. Mission accomplished as she has created a comfortable space where regular customers and visitors are drawn into the warm and sophisticated boutique, and leave with something special.
Alyssa Smith, along with her parents had a great idea! Design, produce and sell soft, comfortable clothes you look forward to wearing that subtly promote your love of America’s Hometown. Using ethically sourced and often USA grown material, they make it easy to relax and get cozy.
A bit further down Water Street, Locally Yours is another retail space fueled by another bright and innovative woman. Owner Alyssa Smith was sharing a cold beverage with her parents Pam and Rob, when the conversation turned to catchy t-shirt slogans that would adequately represent their hometown. Together with her mother, a talented graphic designer, Alyssa and Pam now own this fun and approachable shop that truly does have something for everyone. In 2018 just after graduating from college, Alyssa hit the ground running as they opened their first store. “We refer to our apparel as hometown clothing,” Alyssa explains. “It just gives you that homey vibe. We try to use the softest and most ethically sourced material we can find, and as much USA grown as possible.” All of the designs are created by Alyssa and Pam, making a purchase from Locally Yours, uniquely yours.
The Pretentious Pickle
Pickles, relishes, vinegars, oils, you name it. If your pantry is a bit bare, this the place. Perfect stop for hostess gifts, souvenirs, or just something delectable to enjoy this weekend. Tasting samples and gift collections available at their bustling showroom.
When looking for a perfect hostess gift or a remembrance of your day in Plymouth, two stops top the list. First, The Pretentious Pickle on Water Street is nirvana for anyone who loves anything pickled, but definitely not pretentious. Pickles, Piccalillies, Bloody Mary mix, relishes, and even cornbreads are among the items you can sample and scoop up to take home. Also on Water Street is Plymouth’s oldest winery, Plymouth Bay Winery. Owner Michael Carr says, “We are in the business of hospitality, we just also make really good fruit wines.” The hospitality he mentions is evident as soon as you walk through the door with the warm welcome and accommodating navigation and explanation that accompanies every tasting. Visitors can choose from the number of wines they would like to sample, and most options include a commemorative wine glass. In addition to the 11 to 15 wines offered, the winery features a variety of jams, jellies, sauces, oils and vinegars. Many of the concoctions are surprisingly innovative and sometimes a bit perplexing. Not to fear, Carr and his team have a bunch of delicious recipes that feature the entire line of his products.
Cork + Table Kitchen and Bar
American cuisine with a southern flair is how owners Bill Cubbage and Deb Tanis characterize their unique cuisine. Cubbage’s background of growing up in South Carolina where he was a restaurateur, combined with the fresh offerings found here in New England make for a sensory excursion. An extensive wine list by the glass provides an opportunity to explore for those who want to expand their horizons.
After a day of shopping and exploring, a meal is the perfect ending. Plymouth’s dining scene has been getting rave reviews for some time now, making the town a bit of foodie destination. But not every restaurant and eatery are big, bold and boastful, some are just delightful finds that locals happily keep quiet about. One such place is Cork + Table Kitchen and Bar. This cozy and sophisticated bistro is a refreshing southern breeze that has blown up Court Street. The intimate and cozy restaurant features American cuisine with a southern flair. Owner Bill Cubbage, a South Carolina native along with his wife Deb Tanis have brought a culinary wake-up call to the New England seacoast. Another huge benefit to Cubbage’s approach to good wine and a great dining experience: every wine on their impressive list is available by the glass. What better way to explore and enjoy something a bit different?
Bramhall’s Country Store
Go back in time, when things were simple and wholesome. This authentic country store has been serving up groceries, homemade goodies and cheer for almost 200 years. Thursday nights in the summer, a new Beer Garden serves local Second Wind Brewing. Family friendly, including the dogs, everyone will leave with a smile on their face. Insiders tip: don’t miss their lobster rolls available at the store daily.
Bramhall’s Country Store might not be the first thought when thinking about dining out, but the 1700s historic location, on the outskirts of Plimoth Patuxet has been in the Bramhall family since 1828 when it was started by the current owners’ great-great-great-great grandfather.
Today Sally Bramhall shucks over 150 lobsters every morning for their famous lobster rolls that come in two sizes, a standard size on a toasted New England roll and a jumbo on a toasted brioche roll. Thursday nights now feature a Beer Garden with local Second Wind Brewing. The event is kid and dog friendly with corn hole, making it a generally good time for everyone.
When you feel as though you need to go home again, Plymouth is waiting to welcome you as though the town belongs to all of us.
Julie Craven Wagner is the editor of Cape Cod LIFE.
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