Besides the lure of affordable living in a seaside community, the main draws for many people to Fairhaven and Mattapoisett are the numerous fish and waterfowl that populate these waters. Other major attractions are the seasonal eel and fish runs along the banks of the Mattapoisett River and the many eel ponds scattered throughout the area. Historians believe that this sheltered harbor was a popular gathering spot for tribal communities long before the first colonial settlements began to spring up.
Although Mattapoisett and Fairhaven neighbor one another, the towns remain member cities of separate counties. Mattapoisett lies within Plymouth County and Fairhaven is a part of Bristol County. This distinction, however, is more or less the only one that can be made regarding the lifestyle shared by residents in these southeastern parts of the state.
Both Fairhaven and Mattapoisett boast a number of educational, recreational and cultural attractions. Throughout these two towns and their respective counties, America?s proud roots run deep. Both areas have strong Revolutionary and Civil War ties and are known for their fascinating maritime lore and historical importance.
For beachgoers, there are warm, sandy beaches and hundreds of ponds and lakes for water sports. Kayak rentals are always available as are narrated boat tours and scavenges along the scenic coastland or Cape Cod Canal. State forests and parks offer the perfect setting for picnics and outings. There are bird watching, whale watching and deep-sea fishing for the outdoor enthusiasts, in addition to hiking trails, natural science museums and conservation areas. The communities also boast many challenging and award-winning golf courses, many featuring beautiful and scenic vistas.
When it comes to shopping, returning home empty-handed is almost impossible. There are such a wide variety of independent crafters, antique shops and specialty boutiques that finding just the right gift is always easy.
Lastly, when it comes to dining out, there are few better places to eat than at any of the restaurants in either of these towns. From lobster to clam cakes, bisque to chowder, seafood defines nearly every menu. Fortunately, though, when the catch of the day is not exactly what you are craving, there are still plenty of classic American, Mexican, Italian, Indian and Japanese establishments in the area, as well as a multitude of small, independently owned cafes and delicatessens.
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