Bourne is thought of as a cut-through town by people who don't know it.
If you know it you love it. My wife Christina brought me back to her hometown to meet her parents while we were dating and soon after we bought our first home together in Bourne. While living in Boston full time, we found ourselves spending more and more time exploring Bourne and the area.
Bourne is a large town made up of 10 villages. Bourne Village, Bournedale, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Gray Gables, Monument Beach, Otis Air Base, Pocasset, Sagamore, and Sagamore Beach. We found our favorite spots and eventually called Bourne our home. Here are some of the reasons I love Bourne.
THE CANAL The flat consistent terrain of the canal is perfect for walking, biking, and running. Keegan has tracked many miles on the canal! The history of building the canal and bridges in the early 1900s is a fascinating history lesson. The Bourne Rail trail is an organization that is working to connect the canal trail to the bike path in Falmouth. Plans for new bridges and parks along the canal are sure to make this area an even more popular attraction.
WATERFRONT DINING The Lobster Trap has been our go-to restaurant since landing here. Many special occasions and dinners and drinks with family and friends have been shared at this favorite over the years. Just past the canal on Shore Road, the Delancey Brothers have created a special place. The Lobster Trap offers a fish market, indoor/outdoor dining, and a friendly bar scene. The year-round restaurant is on a coastal inlet. The sun shining through the large windows creates a great vibe. Fresh seafood, creative dishes, and a well-rounded menu keep us going back.
THE CHART ROOM CATAUMET is a hidden gem that a lot of people know about. It has an old-school nautical feel and indoor and outdoor dining on the water at Kingman's Yacht Club. Known for their mudslides and sunsets. It is hard to have a bad time at The Chart Room.
CAPE LEAGUE BASEBALL THE BOURNE BRAVES The Braves play at Upper Cape Tech School ( close to the Bourne Bridge and rotary ) The field provides an up-close seat to watch feature Major League stars. ( Recently Pete Alanzo ) The free games and great baseball is one of my favorite ways to end a summer night.
THE BEACHES ( see Bourne Beaches )
Scusset Beach is located at the southwest corner of the Cape Cod Bay. Enjoy 1.5 miles of beachfront, or take a walk along the jetty to watch ships pass through the Cape Canal. The Reservation also offers 98 R.V. sites with hook-ups, and 5 tent-only campsites.
Barlows Landing Beach: Medium-sized beach on Pocasset Harbor with nice views. Hard sand. Rock jetty. Boat ramp. Small parking lot. Calm water. Off Route 28, Bourne. Electric Avenue: Smaller beach. Not crowded. Good sand. Nice water on Buzzards Bay. Playground. Bike rack. Medium-sized parking lot. Electric Avenue , Buzzards Bay. Gray Gables Beach: Big beach. Lots of room. Smaller swimming area. Hard sand. Nice view. Smaller parking lot. Small creeks at low tide. Basketball net. Gilder Road, Bourne. Hen Cove: Large beach. Hard sand. Lots of boats. Plenty of room. Small parking area. Good family beach. Calm water in cove connected to Buzzaeds Bay. Circuit Street, Pocasset. Monument Beach: Large beach. Lots of room. Good for families. Hard sand. Marina nearby, so lots of boats. Large parking lot. Calm water on Buzzards Bay. Shore Road, Bourne. Picture Lake: Popular fishing spot. Small beach. Shady spots available. Families. Pine needles. Softer sand. Limited parking. Old County Road, Pocasset.Queen Sewell Pond: Fishing spot. Small beach. Hard sand. Little pebbles. Benches. Some shade. Not crowded. Medium parking area. Very short walk to water. Cherry Street, Buzzards Bay. Sagamore Beach: Large beach on Cape Cod Bay. Lots of rocks. Slope down to the beach. Rock jetties. Small waves. Nice view. Borders private beaches. Limited parking. Standish Road, Bourne
PLYMOUTH Neighboring Plymouth has a lot to offer! A Downtown Main street with shops and restaurants, world-class golf courses, and of course more beaches. Pinehills has always been one of my favorite places to visit. While dating, I booked a weekend for Christina at the Mirbeau Hotel and Spa. A few years later we got married there and enjoy celebrating special occasions there. The feel and vibe are amazing and it is a relaxing destination only a few miles up the road. The Pinehills Golf Course is my favorite place to play. Their slogan is "become a member for the day" and the staff and service are exceptional. The two-course designed by Reece Jones and Jack Nikaulas are spread out over 15,000 acres and all the holes offer a private feel. The clubhouse has a complementary driving range and practice facility, pro-shop, event space, and one of my favorite restaurants, The East Bay Grill. The open to the public community also has private dining at a great farm-to-table restaurant, Rye Tavern, off Old Sandwich Rd, and a casual Italian favorite, Mama Mias.