Once a bustling ship building town turning out coastal schooners and whaling ships, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, has since settled down into a quiet coastal community nestled on a deep water harbor. The natural harbor and grand stone wharves (dating back to the 1800s) allow boats of all sizes access to the area, and with its location on the western shore of Buzzard’s Bay, visitors and residents alike can enjoy all kinds of waterfront activities. The streets of the area lend more to its historic ship building past, dotted with Victorian ship captain homes, giving the town a charming feeling.
Within a short walk of the Harbor is the Bay Club, a golf and country club community that calls this beautiful area home. It delivers to its residents a peaceful lifestyle offering the only full service country club and golf community along Massachusetts’ South Coast. The beautifully manicured 18 hole course designed by Brad Faxon and Brad Booth sits within 625 acres of rolling forested terrain. The course is also the only Silver Sanctuary Community in Massachusetts certified by Audubon International, and 94 percent of the 625 acres is “green”, with hundreds of acres of open space that allows residents and golfers to enjoy the natural beauty of Bay Club’s setting.
While Mattapoisett may be considered quaint, it still offers residents and guests plenty to do. Buzzards Bay offers predictable wind for sailors and windsurfing, while hundreds of coves and harbors dot the coastline with easy access for boating and swimming. Notable places to visit by boat include Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Elizabeth Islands, where you can enjoy natural beauty, pristine beaches, and marvel at beautiful, historic mansions from the 1700-1880s scattered throughout the coastline. The town of New Bedford is also nearby—just a quick 10 minutes away— full of festivals, arts and culture, a working waterfront and the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park and Museum.
The town of Mattapoisett is also not far from the excitement of one of the most historic and culturally important cities in the world: Boston, Massachusetts. Less than an hour’s drive will have you in the midst of this cultural hub, able to enjoy everything from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the Museum of Fine Arts as well as world-class collegiate and professional sports.
Mattapoisett is in the perfect location to provide you with the charm and peacefulness of an historic small town life, and natural beauty, but close enough to have the benefits of big-city life at your fingertips. The Wampanoag Indians had it right when they described Mattapoisett and the surrounding area as “a place of rest”.