Many people flee the city for one last summer fling during Labor Day weekend, but there’s plenty to do if you stay put in Somerville. Here are some of my favorite ways to spend a free day or two in (or near) the city.
Somerville is bursting with amazing restaurants right now. From tasty cafes like 3 Little Figs and Bloc 11 that satisfy your casual dining needs to excellent dinner options like Highland Kitchen, True Bistro and Bergamot, it’s hard to go hungry in Somerville. I’ve got more than a year’s worth of restaurant reviews right here, so check them out to find the perfect place to have a meal this weekend.
Having an extra day or two off from work means you probably have more time on your hands than during a typical weekend. One of my favorite ways to spend a few hours is cooking a delicious meal, mixing up incredible cocktails and sharing them with friends. Looking for menu inspiration? Click here to see seasonally appropriate recipes crafted by locavore chefs Cuisine en Locale and master mixologists Booze Époque.
Visit a Market
Stock up for a long weekend of eating locally by visiting the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Or drop by the Somerville Mobile Farmers Market on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) or from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. inside the Clarendon Hill Housing Development on North Street. You can also shop local artists and snag lunch from a food truck at the Assembled market at Assembly Row on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. And on Sunday, you can visit The Davis Flea to scour vintage and antique goods for a unique piece of furniture, jewelry or item of clothing.
Dilboy Pool is closed for the season, but Latta Brothers Pool at Foss Park is open until September 2. Drop by to beat the heat from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. And when you’ve had enough sun and swimming, stop by one of Somerville’s scoop shops for the quintessential summer treat, an ice cream cone.
Take a Day Trip
One of the reasons I love Somerville so much is the ease at which you can escape the city when you need a break. I love heading just a few miles north to hike in the Middlesex Fells, driving up to the North Shore to hit the beach or taking the train into Boston to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or the Tea Party Museum.
What are your Labor Day weekend plans?