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Summer in New Bedford: A few favorite things

Buzz at Slainte

The rooftop deck at Slainte


I recently moved to New Bedford after commuting from the Cape all winter, and I must say that I am enjoying life more and more in this little seaside port. I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about my summer in New Bedford with all of you.

Yoga in Buttonwood Park

I’m a regular climber at Carabiner’s; in fact, it is one of the things that first attracted me to New Bedford. (Climbing + burritos + beer = heaven.) But when the weather is beautiful I have a hard time justifying an indoor workout. Fortunately Carabiners runs a free summer fitness program in the parks around NB. I’m enjoying Monday mornings at Buttonwood, and there are also classes at Cushman Park and Slocum Reserve. Seriously, nothing beats meeting your neighbors and doing some down dogs in the shade of leafy trees. Check out the schedule online.

The rooftop deck at Slainte

It seems like this spot is under-appreciated and under-utilized, but it’s a lovely and relaxed place to chat and enjoy views of the harbor. I first discovered this spot during the June Business Buzz, and I returned last week to check out the full moon. Slainte is downtown on Union St., just a block or so above the pier.

Riding my bike

I started riding my bike to Groundwork! and it’s great. I love getting a little extra sunshine, fresh air, and exercise built into my day. Biking is such a great way to get to know a new city or place. I try to vary my route slightly every day so I can discover new streets and hidden spots. One caveat: it seems bike commuters are still a rare sight around here; lots of people are compelled to honk their horns at me as they drive by. One woman even held up her hand in exasperation while talking on her cell phone as she drove by. Hmmm. Anyone want to join the bike revolution with me? Is it time to start Critical Mass New Bedford?

Second Beach Newport

Big surf day in Newport.

Dawn patrol in Rhode Island

Okay, I’m stretching the New Bedford bounds a bit here, but I have to mention how close this city is to some great surf spots! It’s pretty easy to sneak in a morning session and still make it to Groundwork! by 9am. As long as you don’t mind an early morning here and there.

Cold brew at the Green Bean

They have cold brew coffee at the Green Bean! And it is made with coffee from our friends at Coastal Roasters: in other words, local, freshly roasted, and good. Did you know that cold brew coffee is less acidic than the regular version? Go get some!

Movies in Buttonwood Park

They are showing movies at sundown in Buttonwood Park! I actually missed the first installment of this awesomeness, but you can bet I will be there for the Goonies on July 31. These movies in the park are organized by one of Groundwork’s own members, out of pure love for the community. Because down here, it’s our time. 

On my to-do list:

  • Farmer’s Market – Can’t seem to fit this in my schedule, but I must go.
  • Ice Cream – Where do you people go around here? Please comment below!
  • Seafood Market – I know there are good places to buy fresh fish here, but I have yet to do so.  Any tips?
  • Outdoor walks and hikes – I need your feedback on this too. Comments please!

I’m still very new here, but so far so good. I heartily welcome your suggestions and favorite spots in the comments below. All in all, I’d say New Bedford is a pretty sweet place to live. Especially since there is a new coworking space in town… ;)

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  1. Scott on July 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I can help you with the ice cream question, around here there is a unanimous champion; Acushnet Creamery. Check them out at

    • Sarah on July 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Scott! Now I have plans for the weekend…

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