Life is Better in Belmont…

Life is Better in Belmont…

Posted by Tina Bacci on 03/15/18

On the border of Arlington, Cambridge, Watertown, and Waltham, the town of Belmont offers the best of both worlds. It’s a great place to live and play in its own right, AND it’s a mere 8 miles from the center of downtown Boston. With so much to explore right on our doorstep, here are a few of our top picks around town:

SHOP: Westcott Mercantile, on Common Street, opened its doors in April 2014 as Belmont’s flagship modern general store, or, as their motto goes – “Goods and Good Company.” The term gift shop doesn’t quite encompass the vibrant selection of creative and unique items offered. From home décor to luxury candles and specialty pet gear, they offer a little something for everyone. They even carry vintage and new furniture! Need help selecting the perfect gift? Give them a price range and a few details about the recipient and the team at Westcott Mercantile will hand-pick items for a perfect gift basket.

PLAY:  Now that spring is on the horizon, it’s a great time to get outside. Located on Juniper Road in Belmont, The Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary (part of Mass. Audubon) is an incredible resource in our very own backyard. Take a trail walk through the evergreen forests or explore the meadows and ponds. A long-standing center for environmental education, Habitat offers year-round educational programs for all ages. Planning a party? The Georgian-style mansion and formal gardens can also be rented for weddings and special events, and you can even have afternoon tea!

EAT: Is there anything more enticing than tucking into an authentic Italian meal in a cozy setting? If you agree, you must check out Chef Dante de Magistris’ lovingly prepared classics at Il Casale, located in a converted firehouse in the heart of Belmont. From fresh swordfish scallopine to sumptuous oven-roasted chicken, there is something to satisfy every appetite. All pasta is handmade in-house and you can even try the family recipe for ‘polpette’ (nonna’s meatballs). Il Casale also offers Sunday brunch and has a special Easter Sunday menu planned. Make your reservation and be sure to come hungry!