Hopkinton: It All Starts Here!
Recently I visited Hopkinton, Massachusetts with a friend who has a small summer cottage there. We ducked off the turnpike on the way home from Boston to check the property and to have a cup of coffee at the local Dunkin Donuts, which she was dying to show me. This DD is a thing of beauty, discreetly added onto a quaint pub on the corner of South Street as you head into Milford. No tacky pink-and-orange logo is visible from the street, and inside, in sharp contrast to every other DD I've ever been in, were tasteful and comfy couches, club chairs, and plasma TVs.
Franchise establishments like this are found in very tony towns, where zoning is extremely strict. But Hopkinton is no pricey suburb. It's a dinky little town which seems determined to stay that way.
Hopkinton's claim to fame is that it's where the Boston Marathon starts. Hence the motto. The official town website is a marvel of understatement. Tourists are advised:
If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting, we recommend looking at towns that are adjacent to Hopkinton.A few other excerpts to give the flavor:
The tone is a bit wistful. But I hope the author realizes what a gold mine Hopkintonians are sitting on. The "Places of Interest" section describes several projects undertaken by Boy Scouts in the area: clearing brush, opening up old cart roads, cleaning and marking trails. It seems the Scouts have done more for the town than the politicians. These days, no amount of money can buy what Hopkinton seems to have been able to hang onto, idyllic or not: its past.