Plymouth is 40 miles south of Boston. Routes 3 and 44 (now a highway extending west to the Carver-Middleborough line) are the main roads into town. It's also accessible from Boston by bus and commuter rail (with stations at Cordage Park and in neighboring Kingston).
Where to eat
Plenty of national chains have discovered Plymouth, but an increasing number of unique eateries have developed loyal followings. This is a sampling:
Tuscany Tavern 294 Court St.
North End-style restaurant in North Plymouth. Cuisine evokes the owner's Italian hometown near the Amalfi Coast. Seats only 28 close together. Dinner $11- $24.
Namaste 56 Main St.
Indian cuisine. Friendly staff, impressive menu. Ask for a window seat, and start with a basket of freshly-baked nan. Lunch $5.50- $6.25, dinner $9- $12.
Daniela's Cafe 23 Court St.
Intimate, creative dining with attentive service. Breakfast $3- $7, lunch $5- $7, dinner $17- $31.
16 Main St. Extension
Glass-enclosed dining room, cozy bar accented with mahogany and marble. Dinner $11- $28.
What to do
Dead of Night Ghost Tours 508-866-5111; 508-277-2371
Explore Burial Hill and other shadowy places in search of restless spirits. Nightly tours are about 90 minutes long. Adults $12, children 12 and under $10. Call for times.
Ellisville Harbor State Park Off Route 3A, in the Ellisville section
A gorgeous strip of undeveloped coastline perfect for a brisk autumn walk.
The Vine 18 Main St. Extension
European-style wine bar offers wine tastings and live music -- from blues to jazz to pop.
Kiskadee Coffee Co.
18 Main St.
Jazz Tuesday evenings; open mike night Thursdays; blues, jazz , and pop weekend afternoons. Free.