Get Up and Go Blog: Boating on the South Shore

Life in Massachusetts offers many recreational activities – including easy access to boating during the beautiful summer weather months. No ocean view outside your apartment home? No problem! A taste of the nautical life awaits—no kayak, canoe or jet ski needed! This week’s “Get Up & Go!” provides suggestions for nearby facilities where you can enjoy boating on a lake, river or the ocean—of course! Whether you are an experienced boater or a novice, there’s nothing like a day on the water when it comes to family fun or recreational pleasure with friends. When you go, don’t forget to tag a digital snapshot on our Facebook page!

Nantasket KayaksLocated at Steamboat Wharf Marina in Hull less than 30 minutes from The Commons, guests here rent kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP) for use in the Weir River Estuary and access to the Boston Harbor Islands. The amazing World’s End in Hingham is also accessible via kayak . Novices and beginners take note: calm estuary waters offer a safe, scenic spot to perfect kayaking skills or give SUP a try!

Fishing fanatics will love the Nantasket Kayaks’ “Redfish Anglers” service, which allows kayakers to fish from deck-mounted rod holders. Some of the larger bass are rumored to give fisherman free kayak rides!

Hingham’s REI Store at the Derby Street Shoppes offers an Outdoor School that includes standup paddle boarding (SUP) and kayak tours.  This month and in September, the shop is offering a “Full Moon” paddle tour (August 10th and September 7th) where, weather permitting, an entourage of kayakers and SUPs will take an evening tour of the Charles River Peninsula after completion of introductory kayaking lessons. Visit REI’s website for a full listing as well as times and pricing.

Plymouth Water Sports – Fun is the operative word at Plymouth Watersport, located on Town Wharf Drive on the harbor. Especially when it comes to the single, double, and triple jet ski rentals that PWS offers to guests. Instructions and life vests are included in all rentals, but drivers must be 18 years of age with a driver’s license (any age can ride as a passenger.)  PWS offers an amazing “Fly Board” rental with Jet Skis (see picture below) that is all the rage in water sports. Users literally fly “Iron Man” style up to 25 feet in the air while leaping headfirst through waves like dolphins!

Boston Sailing Center – The Sailing Center gives beginners a chance to learn sailing in the open waters of Boston Harbor. In addition to free Sailing Open Houses (including 30-minute sail cruise around the harbor), BSC’s Learn-To-Sail program starts covers nautical sailing and on-the-water experience. The program offers students use of boats outside of class as well!


Paddle Boston – This canoe and kayak rental service has five different locations along the Charles River in Boston, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham. Offering guided tours, lessons and rentals, Paddle Boston also has Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). Check out their SUP yoga classes, which provide a full workout on the water!

Courageous Sailing
– Courageous Sailing (CS) offers another opportunity to learn to sail on the Boston Harbor but has special focus on children and families.  Visit their website for a full listing of courses, camps and activities.

Commons Ground: Three Ways to Frame

There is no better way to spruce up a bland, empty wall than with photos of friends and loved ones. Taking the first steps toward making an eye catching wall of art can, however, be intimidating. Between choosing the right frames, photos and their arrangement, there is so much that goes into making a beautiful display of memories and art. Luckily, crafty people on the internet have done all the leg work for you! Here are three different ways to frame and arrange art on you wall to take your apartment home’s décor to the next level.

1. 3×3


This classic 3×3 arrangement has a clean, elegant feel that would look wonderful displayed along the walls of a hallway. Talia from Pieces of Me explains how she bought inexpensive IKEA frames, printed photos at home and hung them in this square shape to create a vibrant, fresh display. Get details on this arrangement here.

2. Asymmetrical Magazine Art


Just about everyone has a stack of old magazines lying around, collecting dust. Here is an easy and creative way to repurpose some of the images from those magazines. Flip through the pages and pull out any art-worthy images, run them through a scanner and frame. Then, scatter the scanned and framed images amongst some of your own photos and arrange in an asymmetrical, playful display. Visit the Baby Center blog for details on how to create this whimsical photo arrangement.

3. Picture-less Frames


Pictures aren’t the only things that can say 1000 words. This trendy display made up of antique frames found at tag sales is a stunningly cool way to display some of your vintage treasures. Hang similarly colored frames with varied shapes and sizes in an asymmetrical design to create a unique arrangement and a definite conversation starter. Design stand-by, Martha Stewart has the scoop on how to achieve this look.