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Overnight Adventures: Big Mamie Can Host You

Photo by Andrew Ayer

In last year’s print issue, we set out to find a half dozen cool overnight adventures on the South Coast. We’re rolling them out online for those of you who don’t have the 2016 magazine. Today’s feature: overnight at Fall River’s Battleship Cove. If you’d like to see it as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Otherwise, just read on….

Under the Guns

USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove Photo by Andrew AyerDocked in the Taunton River is the USS Massachusetts, a steady and impressive presence in Fall River for over 50 years. Christened by her wartime crew as Big Mamie, she was rescued from the scrap heap by them and by Massachusetts’ citizens in 1964. At the time, thousands of Massachusetts schoolchildren helped by contributing their pennies to bring the World War II battleship home. It’s appropriate then that today, thousands of children come to her each year to enjoy an overnight stay in the nation’s oldest maritime camping experience.

Along with scout and school groups, the USS Massachusetts also provides overnight accommodations for families. It’s clear the staff has as much fun with the overnights as the families. They lead in depth and knowledgeable tours of various parts of the ship. They answer any question you can think up and provide additional activities for families to participate in like Morse code, rope tying, Navy lingo bingo, storytelling and World War II-era cartoons.


Like real WWII sailors, you’ll find yourself bunking in narrow cots stacked four cots high. You’ll line up for dinner and breakfast chow-line style in the officer’s mess.


Sleeping Quarters at Battleship Cove. Photo by Andrew AyerLike real WWII sailors, you’ll find yourself bunking in narrow cots stacked four cots high. You’ll line up for dinner and breakfast chow-line style in the officer’s mess. If the weather cooperates, you can bring your sleeping bags up and sleep under the big guns (and the stars). You can’t beat it for a piece of living history.

Overnight stays start at $60 per night and include dinner and breakfast, as well as two days’ admission to Battleship Cove. The next family overnight experiences are on August 5 and September 2. For more information, go to Battleship Cove’s website or call 508-678-1100. Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River.

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Hold the Resolutions! Bloody Marys to Soothe Your New Year’s Hangover

Bloody Marys in Fall River

Put all your resolutions on hold and head to Fall River. Our Director of Advertising and Marketing Rebecca Hemsley researched the best places for Bloody Marys so that you can extend the holiday just a little bit longer (and soothe any overindulgences):

Maybe you rang in 2017 toasting with close friends and family around a roaring fire. Maybe you were out and about on the town. Either way, you may have indulged in just a bit too much bubbly. We’re here for you!

New Year’s Day is a day to drag out the holiday, to take advantage of a lazy decadent morning and to embrace our old friend Bloody Mary to repair last night’s damage. She debuted in the 1890’s as a non-alcoholic health elixir. Tomato juice boasts high levels of simple sugars which provide our brain with the glucose it needs to help get back in action after a late night of popping corks. Lycopene doesn’t hurt either by providing anti-inflammatory benefits you’ll need after a week of celebrating.

Depending on your mood we’ve found a few spots in Fall River for you to spend the first day of 2017 to tackle the hair of the dog.

Al Macs Diner will be serving Bloody Marys until they close at 2. They have a tangy recipe, the perfect complement to their cookie dough pancakes. Yes, that’s right…I said cookie dough pancakes! They’re surprisingly delicious. But if it’s savory you’re after, try their Portuguese omelet with chourico and pepper jack cheese. 35 President Avenue, Fall River.

Pop in at the Tipsy Toboggan Fireside Pub to warm up by the fire and enjoy the sweetness of their Bloody Marys. It’s just next to the Borden Marina where you can see the Borden Flats Lighthouse in Mount Hope Bay (featured as a “Surprising Stay” in our 2016 inaugural edition).  Maybe you’ll be inspired to book at night there in 2017. 75 Ferry Street, Fall River.

At Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill, you’ll find a real kicker Bloody Mary.  It’s a thick, hearty recipe that rolls satisfyingly over the palette. Remy’s Manager Ashley Dusoe tells us that it’s entirely made from scratch. It’s a secret recipe but I did manage to get a few key ingredients out of her (lime juice, celery salt, horseradish and ground mustard seeds). They’ve nailed the perfect blend. It’s everything you’ve ever hoped for in a Bloody Mary. As an added treat, you can choose vodka that’s been infused with wasabi or garlic and basil.  Match it with the Remy Burger on Portuguese sweet bread and it’s a sure fix for a New Year’s hangover. 1082 Davol Street, Fall River.

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Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2017 from all of us at South Coast Almanac!

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