Why it’s so great: Have you noticed that lifelong urbanites have been packing up and relocating to this South Shore haven? For starters, there’s a harbor ferry that leaves straight from Rowes Wharf every weeknight. That’s right: Monday through Friday, you commute by water -- and yes, there is a bar on board. For visitors, the ferry drops you off right in Hingham Shipyard, a shopping and dining enclave that lets you enjoy your chardonnay with a side of harbor views (yeah, you’re going to get boat envy). Hingham is also a stone’s throw from some of the South Shore’s loveliest beaches, including Nantasket, and Stodder’s Neck offers dog-friendly harbor-side walking paths. Hey, if a Wahlberg made his home here, it has to be good, right? (Paul, not Marky Mark, but still.)
Must-eat foods: Tosca for homemade pastas and wood burning oven pizzas; Trident Galley & Raw Bar for small plates and oysters. Wahlburgers gets all the reality show accolades -- and an adult shake is still a must -- but Paul Wahlberg’s first venture, Alma Nove, is still a bastion of Italian fine dining. Either way, you’ll still hit up Hingham Beer Works before taking the ferry back to reality.