Explore and Enjoy

Welcome.  One of the positives about being an empty nester is having more time to explore and enjoy the things that have been put on hold while children were at home.  This is the perfect opportunity to investigate all that is available, try something new or indulge in a favorite hobby.  In this section we’ll share activities that we’ve enjoyed and places that we have visited.

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Big sky, rolling hills, impressive architecture and peaceful surroundings. A few weeks back, with a couple hours to spare and a wish to explore, I drove to Milton to visit the  Eustis Estate and Museum.  It was a delight and a gratifying surprise.  Congratulations to Historic New England, they have completed impressive work on this lovely property that sits on 110 acres of land.

“Designed by renowned Boston architect William Ralph Emerson and built in 1878, the Eustis Estate sits on eighty acres of picturesque landscape at the base of the Blue Hills. Full of stunning, intact architectural and design details, the Eustis Estate is a historic site unlike any other in the Greater Boston area”.

The preservation is remarkable.  A guided-tour costs $5.00 (in addition to the price of admission, members are free) and is well worth the money. Self-guided tours are available as well with technology tablets and screens throughout, that give visitors the ability to delve further into areas of the house, the lives of those who lived there, and related subject matter. Our guide, Heidi Graf was warm and welcoming, and full of knowledge.  I especially enjoyed speaking with her about the ways in which W.E.C  Eustis, inventor, entrepreneur, and environmentalist created a self sustaining estate.  He loved solving problems and created some fascinating ways to run his estate efficiently in the late 1800’s. I won’t give anything more away, so you’ll have to hear all about it when you visit.
Admission is only $15.00,  Historic New England members-free.

Wed. – Sun., June – October
Thurs. – Sun., November – December
Fri. – Sun., January – May

Self-guided experience:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours:
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.