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Wellesley's Top Private Schools

Ask almost anyone what makes a community desirable, and you're likely to find great schools at or near the top of the list. In 2016, Wellesley families have access to a number of highly rated learning institutions. We've chosen a couple of the top options to consider this February.

  • Schofield Elementary School
  • Wellesley High School

School Kids with Books at the Library in Wellesley, MA Children thrive in a supportive, comfortable learning environment. That's just what you'll find at Schofield Elementary School. Children receive a level of teaching considered on par with what is found at elite private schools. Teachers and administrators strive to create a sense of community in which students feel comfortable, encouraged and engaged. After school, kids can participate in sports ranging from track and field to basketball.

27 Cedar Street Wellesley MA 02481 781.446.6280

--- Young Boy in Front of Chalkboard at Private School in Wellesley, MA Wellesley High School offers an educational experience that will last well beyond 2016. Young adults receive a progressive education to prepare them for the academic and real-world challenges that lie ahead. Open communication between faculty, administrators and parents is one of the keys to ensuring students' success. Students are encouraged to reach beyond their perceived capabilities and enroll in advanced courses that suit their interests. In addition to swimming, hockey, basketball and other athletic offerings, the high school hosts a wide range of extracurricular activities. Student government, performing arts, community service and other programs aid in older children's development.

50 Rice Street Wellesley Hills MA 02481-6099 781.446.6305

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Whether your children are elementary school-aged or just a few years away from heading off to college, Wellesley schools offer everything they need to prepare for the future while enjoying the learning experience. In 2016, area schools offer academic, social and athletic programs that meet or exceed institutional and parental standards. We hope our February post has given you a better idea of how these needs are met.

 

3 Date Night Restaurants in Wellesley

Do the winter blues have you down this January? A super-special date night may be just what you need. Whether that means an evening with your significant other or spending time getting to know someone special, you'll find the perfect spot right here in Wellesley. Put your best foot forward in 2016 with a visit to one of these romantic restaurants:

  • Juniper
  • Bocado Tapas Wine Bar
  • Takara Japanese Restaurant

Mediterranean Appetizers from Juniper in Wellesley, MA Attentive service, fantastic Mediterranean cuisine and a creative cocktail menu make Juniper a popular date-night destination. The staff is friendly and accommodating whether you bring the kids for lunch or turn out dressed to the nines for dinner. Dishes like Lamb Bolognese and Kakavia, a Greek seafood stew, keep patrons coming back for more. In 2016, when diners have come to expect an all-around great experience more than ever, Juniper's popularity comes as no surprise.

13 Central Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.446.6950

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When it comes to romance, the Spanish have it figured out. With low lighting, flavorful sangria and small plates to share, it's easy to see why locals count Bocado Tapas Wine Bar as a go-to date-night spot. From mouthwatering charcuterie plates to vegetarian paella, Bocado offers everything you need to start a romantic evening in style this January.

45 Church Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.772.2390

--- Sushi Roll Platter from Takara Japanese Restaurant in Wellesley, MA There's nothing like "oohing" and "aahing" over beautifully plated food to bring people together. Be prepared for just that when you and your date choose Takara Japanese Restaurant. Creative combinations, quality ingredients and a quiet, intimate atmosphere make Takara a no-brainer for a couple's evening out. The restaurant's full bar, convenient parking and all-natural organic rice are the icing on the cake.

151 Linden Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.235.9888

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When it comes to offering amazing meals in romantic settings, Wellesley restaurants are more than up to the task in 2016. This January, treat that special someone to an equally specially dining experience without heading to the city.

 

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Explore Wellesley Trails

December is a great time to take a hike. Resolve to get out and hit the Wellesley trails during the 2015 winter season for a refreshing cold-weather workout.

  • Rockridge Pond Trail
  • Brook Path
  • Charles River Path

Lotus Flower Lily Pads at Rockridge Pond Trail in Wellesley, MA If you're looking for a short, simple hike, head to Rockridge Pond Trail. Beginning at Hundreds Circle, the path makes its way to Cliff Road and ends up at Rockridge Road. The trail, which runs alongside a pretty pond, offers amazing scenery. At just 0.4 miles, it's the perfect place to stave off cabin fever and squeeze in a little exercise on a cold December day. Purple arrows mark the trail.

Brook Path provides another opportunity for a relatively easy hike. The 2.3-mile trail offers level paths, some paved, as well as a safe hike with little traffic. Follow the trail along the Fuller and Caroline brooks into Fuller Brook Park. Brook Path starts at Maugus Avenue and ends adjacent to the Nehoiden Golf Course. Please note that parts of the path are currently closed to hikers while improvements are made to Fuller Brook Park. Click here for details. Pink arrows mark this path. Forest Trail in Wellesley, MA at Charles River Path The Charles River Path is a little more challenging, but the payoffs are big. This 3.2-mile trail runs alongside the Charles River from Weston's town line and ends at the Sudbury Aqueduct. The varied terrain calls for good hiking boots but makes for a stimulating hike. River views, foot bridges, a dam and Longfellow Pond make up some of the path's best scenery. The trail is marked by red arrows.

Don't let December weather keep you indoors! Whether you just want fresh air and a change of scenery or a full-on outdoor workout, Wellesley offers an impressive variety of lovely trails. End 2015 on a positive note by getting out and enjoying an abundance of natural beauty right here in our community.

 

3 Kid Friendly Activities Around Wellesley

Keeping the kids engaged and entertained during the cooler months can be a challenge. This November, we've compiled our list of top activities for keeping cabin fever at bay in Wellesley. No one needs to mention that some are educational too! Enjoy these and other kid-friendly local attractions as Fall 2015 winds down:

  • The Globe at Babson College
  • Jammin' With You!
  • Hardy School Playground

Some people have to travel to see the country's best roadside attractions. Fortunately for us, Wellesley boasts its very own must-see site: The Globe at Babson College. Kids love anything super-colorful and enormous, so it's pretty much a given that they'll adore the 25-ton globe. Treat them to November photo ops in front of the massive orb; at 28 feet in diameter, it's guaranteed to render nearby objects and people ant-like in comparison.

231 Forest Street Babson Park MA 02457-0310 781.235.1200

Girl Playing Violin at Jammin' With You! in Wellesley, MA Studies have linked music to academic achievement. Besides helping your children succeed in school, learning to play an instrument provides plenty of personal satisfaction -- and it's just plain fun! Jammin' With You! is a program offering Wellesley kids the chance to develop musically and socialize with children their age in a welcoming environment. Private, in-home lessons are also available, making it easy to stave off boredom on late-Autumn 2015 days.

12B Mica Lane Wellesley MA 02481 781.237.1511

Kids Playing on Tire Swing at Hardy School Playground in Wellesley, MA Sometimes, a kid just needs to get out and play. Take advantage of nice November days by heading to Hardy School Playground. From babies to bigger kids, children in every age group will love the wide range of exciting equipment at this Wellesley playground. An abundance of slides, climbing structures, tire swings and other equipment in a variety of sizes ensures that every November play session at Hardy will be a smashing success. Stimulate their imagination and keep them active and fit throughout 2015 at this local kiddie hot-spot. Picnic tables provide resting spots or the perfect places for refueling.

293 Weston Road Wellesley MA 02482 781.446.6270

 

Get Lost in the Gardens at Elm Bank

You don't have to wait until summer to enjoy nature. Take advantage of our lovely October weather as you marvel at the natural beauty of The Gardens at Elm Bank in the fall of 2015.The gardens' name dates back to the 17th century, when Colonel John Jones took ownership of the land and planted elms alongside the Charles River. The parcel was purchased by numerous owners over the years, including Benjamin Pierce Cheney, a founder of what would become American Express. Cheney's daughter, Alice, and her husband, Dr. William Hewson Baltzell, inherited the property upon his death in 1895. The Wellesley couple had a neo-Georgian manor house built and enlisted the famous Olmsted Brothers firm to design equally magnificent gardens.

After Mrs. Baltzell's passing, the land was occupied by numerous organizations. At one time, it became a seminary housing the Stigmatine Fathers. Later, it was home to the Quinobin Regional Technical School. After landing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, the site came under the ownership of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MassHort leased the land in 1996 as part of an agreement to restore Elm Bank so it could be enjoyed by all -- in 2015 and well beyond.

The Gardens include the following:

  • Bressingham Garden
  • Garden to Table Garden
  • Italianate Garden
  • Jim Crockett Memorial Garden
  • New England Trial Garden
  • The Welcome Garden
  • Weezie's Garden
  • Other gardens maintained by horticultural groups

Flower Garden at The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA Visitors in 2015 can find information in the four-season Welcome Garden. Adrian Bloom designed Bressingham Garden, which shares a name with gardens designed by Bloom in England. The Olmsted Brothers-designed Italianate Garden is just one of two publicly accessible Italianate-style gardens in the Commonwealth.

Children will love Weezie's Garden, where they can explore acres of garden delights, as well as plenty of trails. Youth educators are on hand to optimize the experience. The Garden to Table Garden supplies area food banks with fresh produce, promotes sustainable gardening and educates visitors on gardening and cooking practices. Come to the Jim Crockett Memorial Garden and celebrate the life of its namesake, an author and local TV host. The New England Trial Garden displays new and award-winning varieties of plants. Vote for your favorite this October! Produce at the Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA Children of all ages delight in the natural wonders of the Gardens at Elm Bank. Join the other Wellesley residents and visitors enjoying this unique attraction in Autumn 2015.

5 Top Wellesley Restaurants

Wellesley is a foodie's dream. Make the most of September by sampling the diverse options designed to please the sophisticated 2015 palate.

  • The Cottage Wellesley
  • Cafe Mangal
  • Yama Japanese Restaurant
  • Papa Razzi Trattoria
  • CK Shanghai

Tuna Nachos from The Cottage Wellesley in Wellesley, MA You don't have to visit the Golden State to enjoy California cuisine this September. The Cottage Wellesley blends western flavors with diverse menu items ranging from old favorites to the latest in 2015 food trends. From eggplant fries and French toast to tuna nachos, the Linden Street restaurant offers perfectly sized portions of its creative creations in an airy space flooded with natural light.

190 Linden Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.239.1100
Mediterranean Kebabs from Cafe Mangal in Wellesley, MA When you're craving the taste of the Mediterranean, Cafe Mangal is a reliably delicious choice. Amazing salads, lamb, seafood, yengen, grilled veggies, kebabs and other Turkish delights vie for your attention at this BYOB cafe. You'll always feel welcome here, and the fresh, complex flavors will keep you coming back for more.

555 Washington Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.235.5322
A fun atmosphere and friendly service make the delicious dining experience at Yama Japanese Restaurant even better. The Red Sox maki and Celtics rolls are people-pleasers -- and not just for their whimsical team names. The Zagat award-winning food is fresh, authentic and tasty. Servers' kimonos lend an exotic touch to the setting, which is firmly rooted in 2015 with its lovely contemporary furnishings and decor.

245 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Wellesley MA 02481 781.431.8886
Papa Razzi Trattoria will far exceed your expectations of a chain restaurant with its great service and high-quality fare, including gluten-free options that actually taste amazing. Papa Razzi's many repeat diners enjoy the restaurant's neighborhood feel, as well as the fabulous pizzas, super-fresh salads and nightly specials like Osso Buco or striped bass. Special pricing is available on Mondays, providing extra incentive to try the trattoria this September.

16 Washington Street Wellesley MA 02481 781.235.4747
Authentically yummy Chinese food, wonderful service and reasonable prices are the drawing cards at CK Shanghai. Try the dim sum brunch, or browse the enormous and varied 2015 lunch and dinner menus. Vegetarians, seafood lovers and carnivores can enjoy familiar entrees like Cashew Chicken and a variety of moo shu dishes. Or add some spice to your September with vegetarian goose or pineapple fried rice with Chinese sausage.

15 Washington Street Wellesley MA 02482 781.237.7500

 

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Get Out and Play: Best Wellesley Playgrounds

There's no time like July to get out and enjoy playtime in Wellesley. Even with access to tablets, video games and other 2015 technology, kids like nothing more than playing in the fresh air. Boost their vitamin D levels and kick up the fun factor by taking them to these area playgrounds:

  • Warren Playground
  • John D. Hardy School Playground
  • Katherine Lee Bates Elementary School Playground

 

Children on scooters playing outdoors in Wellesley, MA

If you're the parent or caretaker of children in varying age groups, Warren Playground is the perfect playtime destination. With a large variety of equipment, Warren offers something appropriate for children ranging from toddlers to bigger kids. Fussy moms needn't worry, either; the spot is clean and provides plenty of shade for hot July days. Whether cooling off with a juice box and snack, ascending the mini climbing wall or whizzing down the tubular slide, your little (and older!) ones will love you for bringing them to this 2015 kiddie hot spot. From foot races to dog shows, you'll also find fun events for the whole family.

90 Washington Street Wellesley MA 02481

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Young Blonde Child on Playground Good, old-fashioned fun is always in order -- even in 2015. The playground at Hardy School offers old-school equipment and lots of seating for picnics or quick breaks. Tire swings and a jungle gym provide as much fun for reminiscing parents as for the kids playing on this classic equipment. And with a dozen slides to choose from, youngsters will have no shortage of good times -- and with less waiting time than at most playgrounds.

293 Weston Road Wellesley MA 02482 781.446.6270

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If you've never taken the kids to the playground at Bates Elementary School, you're in for a treat. Spend a July day here, and they'll be hooked for life. With two playgrounds and fun public wall art, it's a pleasant addition to any Wellesley family's 2015 playground roster. Rope- and rock-climbing, basketball, swinging, sliding and other activities will keep your children happy and busy for hours. On-site baseball diamonds mean parents of Bates School students can bring the other little ones along for a little leisure time while their siblings are on the field.

116 Elmwood Road Wellesley MA 02481 781.446.6260

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Notable Wellesley Residents Past and Present

We've always known Wellesley was a great place to call home. Its rich history, convenient location, small-town charm and educated population have virtually guaranteed our community a spot on many a list of best places to live. In 2015, these attributes continue to help make our town a magnet for the best and brightest. From technology to comedy, our community has produced or attracted people at the top of their fields, including these and countless others:

  • Steven Tyler
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Roger Nash Baldwin
  • Biz Stone
  • Jane Curtin

Steve Tyler, musician from Wellesley, MA

Steven Tyler has the kind of staying power most musicians can only dream of. The Aerosmith frontman has survived personal trials and weathered the always-changing climate of rock-n-roll by adapting and evolving. In fact, Tyler stunned music fans this June with a country music video.

Sylvia Plath might have produced poetry of a different kind, but the author of The Bell Jar is another creative force who impacted and was influenced by our town. Plath spent her formative years in Wellesley.

As June makes way for July and we prepare to celebrate our independence, it makes us proud to think that freedom defender Roger Nash Baldwin is a Wellesley native. As the first director of the American Civil Liberties Union, he helped determine the direction the organization would take. Baldwin also participated in famous cases -- the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial and the Scopes trial, to name a couple -- cases whose outcomes and histories are still discussed in 2015.

Biz Stone, Twitter Co-Founder from Wellesley, MA

If you're a social media user, Biz Stone's "baby" has most likely been a part of your life. Anyone who's used a hashtag has the Twitter co-founder to thank, at least in part. Stone's graduation from Wellesley High School marked the last milestone in his academic career, but was only the beginning of a highly successful future.

Jane Curtin made a name for herself in hilarious depictions of Saturday Night Live characters during the 70s and into the early 80s. Even in 2015, though, fans remember Curtin for her work on SNL, as well as long-running sitcoms Kate and Allie and 3rd Rock from the Sun. It brings a smile to our faces as we run errands or enjoy June walks to think this funny lady strolled the same Wellesley streets growing up.

 

Wellesley is beautiful city and it is no wonder many notable residents feel the same. Do you think there is someone who deserves to be on our list. Share with us below.