Sunday, July 31, 2011
Enjoy the serene scenes of this nearby pond.
After fighting crowds at the mall or a stressful lunch with your boss, relax at the surprisingly serene Hammond Pond in Newton's Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Don't sweat the drive, it is only 15 minutes. Check out the video in the photo box to the right.
Enjoy this gem in Acton, only 30 minutes away.
Acton's NARA Park is one of the most unique places in town. Not every town has a nine-acre pond to swim in (with on-duty lifeguards), a beach to lay-out on, a trail to walk through, fields for a picnic and play and a stage for live entertainment — all in one place. Whether you have a family who wants to cool off on a hot summer day or want a nice quiet place to clear your head during a walk, NARA Park offers all this and more. Watch the attached video interview with Acton's Recreation Director, Cathy Fochtman, as she takes us through the many exciting summer activities offered at NARA Park.
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Patch Passport maps out where you can Venture Out on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home.
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we show you some of the best places near your hometown you can visit in less than a tank of gas. Enjoy the drive. 1 Hour Drive 30-Minute Drive 15-Minute Drive
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Did you know your town offers places to sample all the tastes of the world? The Saturday Patch Passport is a complete list of places to eat in your town organized by international flavor.
Do you want to get out of the kitchen, but are bored of the same old places you always go to? Want some fresh ideas for tasty meals? Then the Patch Passport can help. We have assembled a list of local places with international flavors. Try one out and let us know what you think. Bon Appetit!
Friday, July 29, 2011
The Friday Patch Passport shows you where you can find trinkets, including flowers, in your town. Get out and explore the unique local shops and all they have to offer.
Few things say summer more than flowers, and Waltham's Florist offers one of the finest places in town to get them. Located at 174 Lexington Street, this colorful locale offers a variety of flowers and arrangements. Although currently undergoing renovations, the store remains open and improvements should be complete by September. Orders are available for pick-up or delivery.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Thursday Patch Passport shows you a Little Bit of Paradise. This is a local place where you can feel like you are a million miles away from the daily stress of life, without having to go far from home. Come along and relax...
The treatment menu is extensive at Elizabeth Grady in Waltham. From skin care and massage, to nails and makeup application, hours of pampering and rejuvenation await. The numerous options offer the chance for a soothing retreat right in the city, or a way to prepare for a wedding or special night out. Watch for promotions offered throughout the year or purchase a series for a discounted price on repeated treatments. What I tried: The Marine Essentials Facial and eyebrow waxing. One of the dozen facial offerings available at Elizabeth Grady, this treatment is meant to balance and hydrate the skin. It includes products made with seaweed extracts, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Eyebrow waxing uses warm wax to shape and sculpt the …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Travel Back in Time with the Wednesday Patch Passport, to discover the history and roots of Waltham.
Vestiges of the city's rich history still dot the community today, evoking recollections of eras past when the city was filled with old railroads, a watch factory and even a famous writer. Let Patch Passport be your guide to discovering some historic sites in the city. But first, some back history on the city's beginnings. Waltham was founded in 1738 after succeeding from Watertown. The city was finally incorporated in 1884. The first settlers arrived during the 17th century and laid their roots in the Chester and Beaver Brook areas. Years later in the 19th century, philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson started spending his summers in the city, where he displayed his first thoughts of transcendentalism during sermons at the First Parish Church…
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Take advantage of time with your kids and get out and enjoy these hot spots. Your Patch Passport gives you options for great local spots for kid-friendly fun.
The Hagop N. “Jack” Koutoujian Playground, located at 901 Moody St. in Waltham, has a skate park, basketball courts, a baseball field, a swing set and climbing equipment with two slides, which kids can spend hours enjoying. The park closes at 8 p.m.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Discover a Hidden Gem in Waltham that you may have driven by and never known it existed. Or maybe you have not visited this interesting spot in years. So take a little trip with Patch...we’ll show you the way.
We all know the Charles River runs through Waltham, but what you may not be aware of is that it has a beautiful path to run, walk or bicycle. Check out our photos of the walkway.
Patch will help be your guide as you become a tourist in your town.
Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, we're here to show you what there is to see. Check back to Waltham Patch daily to see what excursion is next. We will feature stories, photos and videos showing off the best of Waltham. And you can tell us what you love about Waltham, and we'll include it as part of our project. We hope this project encourages you to shop local, eat local and be local. Patch wants to show you how much your own town has to offer. And although everything will appear this week, it's not going anywhere. This page will remain a resource for you all year long. Whenever you're hosting visitors or need a Saturday activity, come back to this page. Your 7-Day Itinerary: MONDAY: For the …