We dedicated an afternoon and a few of our Zipcar credits to exploring Winthrop last week. Our dog Poppy enjoys an occasional ride in her car crate so we took her along and were happy to find so many public spaces where our whole family was welcome, as long as we obeyed the rules.
Today, we'll tell you about the Belle Isle Marsh, one of the MDC reservations.
Airplanes landing and taking off are a part of the scene here. Ed was having a great time photographing them. This is a great destination for a photowalk. We plan to gather a group of friends with cameras and come back in the fall. Marshland is often overlooked as a place to enjoy autumn's colorful show.
Boston's last remaining salt marsh, this conservation area is right in the city and you can include houses in some of the views. You can also see the reservation's observation tower in the center of this photo.
We originally had not planned to include Belle Isle in our explorations but needed a place to have lunch. Our hopes that the new outdoor seating at Belle Isle Seafood might be dog friendly were dashed since you have to go through the restaurant to get to it.
So, we ordered our lobster rolls to go and drove to a lovely picnic table at the Belle Isle Reservation to enjoy all that lovely lobster and great onion rings.
There was so much lobster in our rolls that we had leftovers and took some home for supper!
After a big seafood lunch, you can walk off some of the calories on the winding trails. We saw lots of folks with their dogs enjoying the day.
Here's the info to plan your visit!
Bennington Street, East Boston, MA (Map)
Open year-round, 9:00 a.m. to dusk.
Has relocated across the bridge to 1 Main Street, Winthrop MA (Map)
Phone: (617) 567-1619
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2013 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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