Welcome to Coastal Kate, a blog about America’s cultural coast — the area that runs adjacent to Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays from Boston and Quincy through the South Shore suburbs to the tip of Cape Cod and off shore to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
For the purposes of Coastal Kate, the area includes several regions: Boston, Quincy & Weymouth, Hingham & Cohasset, Scituate & Marshfield, Duxbury & Kingston, Plymouth, Upper Cape, Lower Cape, The Islands. (However, sometimes news about some of the inland towns Abington, Avon, Canton, Carver, Halifax, Hanover, Pembroke, Plympton, Randolph, Rockland and Whitman might appear.)
Born in Boston, I’ve lived on or near the seashore most of my life. The first few years were spent just off Adams Street in Quincy until my dad moved our family of seven further south to Whitman, not on the immediate coast but proud of being home of the Toll House cookie. Summers were spent with relatives in Barnstable Village or friends in Falmouth.
Though I’ve contemplated moving out of state from time to time (and did venture to Philadelpha during college and Vermont just after), as an adult I’ve called the coastal towns of Hingham, Scituate, and Marshfield home. Today, I live in on a hill overlooking the South River with distant views of Humarock and Rexhame Beaches.
From the Pilgrim settlers to Presidents, the coastal areas south of Boston have been home to some of our country’s finest thinkers and leaders, including Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the statesman Daniel Webster. In addition, it has been the summer get-away for Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The goal of Coastal Kate is simply to share my vision of where I live, work and play. My hope is that it inspires you to love America’s cultural coast as much as I do.