Updated: Jan 17
By 4Squares Residential Group in Partnership with Judi 411
Welcome to another segment of 4Squares Residential Group's "A Day Away," where we feature fun places to spend the day across Massachusetts.
City of Presidents
This month, we're heading southbound on Route 93 to Quincy, Massachusetts, or "Quin-zee," as the locals would say. Known as the City of Presidents, Quincy is the birthplace of two American Presidents: John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, who served as 2nd and 6th Presidents of the United States. Quincy is also the birthplace of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first and third Governor of Massachusetts.
Fun Facts about Quincy
Quincy was initially part of Dorchester and later became the north precinct of Braintree around 1640. In 1792, Quincy split from Braintree and named itself in honor of Colonel John Quincy, whose granddaughter, Abigail Adams, was the wife of John Adams and mother to John Quincy Adams. Quincy officially became a city in 1888.
Like many Massachusetts cities, Quincy is defined by its industries, in this case, shipbuilding and granite excavation. Quincy's granite quarries supplied stone for the King's Chapel and Bunker Hill Monument in Boston. Quincy is also home to the Granite Railway, the United States' first commercial railroad.
And last (but not least!) Quincy is also the home of none other than Dunkin' Donuts, founded here in 1950.
Something to See: Adams Historical Site, 135 Adams Street, Quincy
Learn the story of how America started by visiting the National Park Services Adams Historical Site, which prides itself as the memorial to the “heroes, statesmen, philosophers and learned women” who influenced the transformation of thirteen colonies into one united nation.
While the homes are closed, the grounds are open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week. Stroll along the paths, which include signs identifying the cultural elements of the landscape. You can also study up on all things Adams Family by downloading the NPS app to your smartphone and dazzle your family and friends with your newfound historical knowledge.
If weather is less permitting, opt for an NPS-led tour of the United First Parish Church at 1306 Hancock Street, across from the National Park Service Visitor Center. Tours of the “Church of the Presidents” include the history and architecture of the building and the Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams. Tours of the church and crypt are available from 11 am – 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 12 pm – 4pm on Sundays.
Somewhere to shop: William James Gifts, 1543 Hancock St, Quincy
Are you craving some retail therapy? Then be sure to stop in at William James Gifts, the local gift shop that's gained national fame on the Food Network! Choose from gift baskets in a variety of themes, from chew toys for your four-legged friends to self-care collections for a girls' night in.
The gluten-free crowd will have a field day mixing and matching all the foodie selections, including gluten-free pasta, brownies, chocolates, and candies!
Someplaces to eat (and shop some more!): Marina Bay, 333 Victory Rd, Quincy
You've likely spotted Marina Bay from the highway, but nothing beats an in-person visit, where you can stroll along the boardwalk and breathe in the ocean air. Pick a spot to dine and enjoy the fantastic views of the ocean and the boats docked within the marina.
4Squares favorite, Victory Point, offers something for everyone, from lobster rolls and clam chowder to North End-style pizza, as well as a variety of brunch options.
New Englanders are known for enjoying ice cream no matter the season, so save room for dessert at Donato's Gelato, which offers gelato, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. Or have ice cream for dinner!
Once you've had your fill, make a final stop-in at Marina Bay Living and snag a souvenir to commemorate the day. We couldn't resist the Triple Decker Candles, which pay homage to the classic homes of the South Boston, Dorchester, and Quincy areas. And of course, Hippy Pilgrim Salts were another must-buy, especially the "Thanksgiving" and "Everything Bagel" varieties.
What are some of your favorite towns to visit south of Boston? Showcasing cities throughout Massachusetts is one of our favorite ways to help our readers (and clients!) love the way they live in Medford and beyond. Drop us a note at Jen@4SquaresRE.com and tell us your hidden gems hangouts! Want more? Subscribe to our newsletter!