Monday, June 28, 2010

Patriots - All American Bar & Grille

Located in a strip mall in Bellingham, Massachusetts, the Patriot Bar & Grille is the quintessential biker hangout. Is it fancy? No. Is it a dive? Eh...not really. Somewhere in between. It is somewhat dark inside but it is comfortable, has plenty of room, the bartenders are friendly and drinks are cheap.

The Patriot Bar & Grille offers keno, several televisions, darts, pool table and occasionally, live music.

We have never been on Friday or Saturday evenings but hear that it can be a bit crazy. Our drop-in time is usually late afternoon/early evening on the way back from a ride. Always has its fair share of regulars at the bar but have never felt like an outsider or unwelcome.

Plenty of paved parking at the Patriot Bar & Grille with spots on the sidewalk in front of the building in addition to a large parking lot. No shortage of space here.

Located off Route 126 and a few miles from Route 495, the Patriot, while not much to look at from the outside, is a welcome place for a quick pit stop.

Contact info:
Patriots Bar & Grille
15 North Main Street
Bellingham, MA 02019-1592
(508) 966-2662

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hey Boo-Boo, how about a Pic-i-nic?

If your travels take you out to the Sutton/Northbridge, Massachusetts area, consider a stop at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.

Located right off route 146, this state park offers plenty of free parking and picnic areas. The Chasm itself is about 1/4 mile long with plenty of trails, rock climbing and even some caves.

Although extremely busy on weekends and sunny days, we have always found our own grilling area since many people are there to hike the trails and climb the rocks. There is a Visitors center with CLEAN bathrooms - very nice.

Pictures show our last visit to Purgatory, a few weeks ago. Packed up the bike, bought one of those charcoal bags that come coated in lighter fluid, and filled up a cooler. This picture shows our favorite spot - plenty of space, picnic table and tall hibachi. Many spots have privacy, while some are out in a wide open field. Most of them have room for several bikes.

Check out this meal my hubby made for me...better than going to a fancy steakhouse and a heck of a lot cheaper.

For a nice after picnic treat, there is a cute little ice cream stand right down the street. Within the park on weekends and holidays, there is normally an ice cream truck parked by the visitor center that sells the usual and refreshments.

Admission to Purgatory Chasm is free and we think a wonderful way to spend a day.

Contact info:Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
190 Purgatory Road
Sutton, MA (508)234-3733

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Enjoy a Cheeseburger in this Fall River Paradise

I know what you're thinking...paradise and Fall River in the same sentence? Really? Yes, really. Straight out of a Jimmy Buffet song, The Tipsy Seagull is an outdoor tiki bar, palm trees and all, located dockside in Narragansett Bay.

Literally a floating bar, the Tipsy Seagull juts out over the bay and is a popular spot for boaters to dock up to. It is located next to the marina so has a bit of a 'locals' feel as many of the guests have boats tendered there and all seem to know each other.

There are several seating areas...around the bar, tall tables along the dock and some very comfortable couches at the beginning of the ramp. For rainy or cold days, there are retractable awnings around the bar to protect from the elements. New this year is the addition of bathrooms...years past, the only option was a port-a-potty which was clean, but I still found quite unpleasant on a 90 degree summer day.

Drinks are a bit pricey at the Tipsy Seagull but specials are offered every day - for $5 you can try the drink of the day, normally a fruity concoction...not sure if it is offered on weekdays but there have been specials each time we have visited. Last time, I asked for a rum runner and the bartender didn't know how to make one...thought that a bit odd but no big deal.

Food is inexpensive - all items are under $10, and although limited, the menu seems to be much improved from last year. Appetizers and sandwiches are very good though I recommend the clam chowder served in a breadbowl. Perfect for a New England afternoon by the sea.

Acoustic entertainment is offered most weekend days at the Tipsy Seagull. Our last visit was a on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining, a singer was playing acoustic Jimmy Buffet songs, the beer was served icy cold....we really felt like we were over 1,000 miles away in the Keys.

The Tipsy Seagull is open during the summer from Tuesday - Sunday from noon to midnight. They have recently instated a policy allowing only guests aged 25+...not sure what that is all about. Must be some crazy times at night. We have only been during the day since we are out on the bike and looking for a low-key time.

So if you're looking to kick back a few cold ones or are craving a bit of the Key West lifestyle, consider Fall River. Yes...Fall River.

Contact Info:
Tipsy Seagull Dockside Pub
1 Ferry Street, Fall River, MA
(508) 678-7547