Red fishing shack on pier
Red fishing shack on pier

Rockport MA

Rockport is potentially the most quintessential coastal New England town there is! Located just past Gloucester, it is one of the best places to spend the day on the Northshore. Rockport is a magnificent spot for art, shopping, seafood, and gorgeous views.

Aptly named “Rockport” for its historical granite quarries, the town separated from Gloucester in 1840 as it grew its reputation for high-grade granite. Rockport is just a 45-minute ride from Boston, and accessible via the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail.  

This gorgeous coastal community is full of hometown spirit, maritime history, independent shops, and beautiful views for everyone to enjoy. 

Groceries and Snacks

Two Little Birds Eatery

Located by Front Beach, Two Little Birds is a nutritious and wholesome beachfront eatery. They are open for breakfast and lunch, and known for their amazing smoothies and smoothie bowls. 

Brothers Brew Coffee Shop 

Brothers Brew is the perfect spot to caffeinate before exploring the shops and sights of Rockport. Not only do they have plenty of breakfast sandwich options on the menu, they have incredible donuts and pastries! 

Bean & Leaf/The Ice Cream Store 

Located side by side, this cafe and ice cream shop are a perfect place to stop while in downtown Rockport. Maybe some members of your family like coffee, but others would rather have a sweet treat! There are tables and chairs in the small space between the two, making it a perfect stop for everyone. 

Gorgeous Views

Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park features a beautiful quarry and park, great for an afternoon stroll with a view. If you visit on a clear day, you may be able to see Mount Agamenticus, located 40 miles away in Maine!

Front Beach 

Located right near downtown Rockport, Front Beach features incredibly soft sand and incredible views out to sea. The beach is not too large, and has lifeguards on duty in the summer, making it perfect for visiting with your children. 

Delicious Eats

Feather and Wedge

Feather and Wedge is a local favorite for sure! With picturesque outdoor seating right off of Bearskin Neck, this spot is perfect for a date night. Feather and Wedge is more upscale than the other nearby eateries, so keep reading if that isn’t your style! 

Roy Moore’s Fish Shack

Roy Moore’s is a local pillar for a reason. Enjoy beautiful views over the water while eating some of the freshest seafood that New England has to offer! They have a family-friendly dining room with a and very kind and welcoming staff.  

Top Dog

For a more casual eat, any hotdog lover would be remiss to pass by Top Dog. They offer a wide variety of hot dogs with plenty of adventurous options for toppings. Their fun menu, chalkboard walls, and ideal location make it a great stop on your Rockport adventure! 

Things to Do

Shopping at Bearskin Neck

There are simply too many shops to feature in one blog! Many are located in the Bearskin Neck area of downtown Rockport. You can buy books at Susie’s Stories, gifts and housewares at Carol Lee’s Cottage, or toys and games at the Happy Whale. Check out the Bearskin Neck website for a list of even more shopping options in the area. 

Motif Number 1

You have probably seen this red fishing shack before in your life, whether in person or in an artistic recreation. This well-known symbol of New England maritime life is regarded as the most painted building in the United States! Be sure to take a picture while you are in town. 

Biking

There are so many beautiful roads and homes in Rockport that are the best scene from your bike! Whether you have a specific destination in mind or you are just cruising along the ocean, Rockport is an ideal town for a bike ride. 

Art Galleries

While exploring Rockport, you are bound to come across dozens of art galleries. Rockport’s art colony is one of the oldest in America, and the town features many events and festivals year-round. The town is not only known for the visual arts, the Shalin Liu Performance Center was built for chamber music and hosts some impressive performing arts. You may even recognize this beautiful theatre from the best picture winning movie CODA!


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New Summertime Activities on the Northshore

If you live in the area, you probably already have favorite local spots to visit in the summer. This year, why not try some new spots? Beverly, Salem, and Marblehead have some fantastic new additions that you’ll want to check out. Here is a compilation of some of the best new activities and places to visit this summer in Northshore Massachusetts. 

Marblehead

Jordan’s Launch 

Marblehead’s beautiful harbor is one of its main attractions, and now it is more accessible than ever! You don’t have to be a yacht club member to travel across the harbor, just call Jordan’s launch to take you back and forth to a boat or a public dock. Pay cash or use a card to pay online, you can even buy a season pass to take unlimited guests to and from your boat all summer long! 

The Beacon

The Beacon restaurant is a fabulous choice for summertime eats. Featuring live music, outdoor seating, and Sunday brunch, this restaurant has it all! If you aren’t in the mood for a sitdown meal, they feature a to-go window in the back for afternoon takeout. 

Maria’s Gourmet

Maria’s Gourmet has recently expanded, offering a grab-n-go section with fantastic premade food. Stop by for an empanada, or check out their frozen section for fabulous dinners that can be quickly heated in the oven at home. Maria’s even has a catering department with amazing pasta dishes, salads, and Puerto Rican specialties! 

Elia Taverna

On a beautiful summer night, going out for Greek food is incredibly fitting. Marblehead’s newest restaurant came just in time for warm weather, stop by for Greek wines and fresh grilled fish on your next outing!

Salem

Super Taco and Holy Cow

Many Northshore families include Salem Willows in their summer traditions, but have you tried their latest additions? Super Taco is located right next to all the fun and games, and it simply cannot be beaten. Be sure to get a birria taco (or three!) when you’ve finished playing skeeball!

No arcade outing is complete without ice cream. Holy Cow’s newest location is perfectly located near all the action and features a huge selection of award-winning flavors. If the Willows are too busy, both of these new eateries feature online ordering so you can easily get your food to go!

Salem Skipper 

If you took the T into Salem, or aren’t in the mood to find parking on a crowded summer day, their newest rideshare service is incredibly exciting. For only $2 a trip (I know, right?) you can book a ride to Salem’s best attractions instantly. Download the app or call their number, and a van from their fleet will meet you at the nearest corner or pickup spot to take you to your destination. 

Beverly 

Hale Summer Porch Sessions 

Pack a picnic and bring your beach chairs, the Porch Sessions at Hale Farm are back for summer 2022! What started two years ago in response to the pandemic has become a summer staple. Intimate concerts on the lawn of a historic farm are an incredible way to spend a Friday night. Buy your tickets in advance before they sell out! 

Otto Pizza 

Conveniently located on Rantoul Street, Otto Pizza’s new location has been a huge success in Beverly. Their delicious and unique pizzas are known across New England, and are a perfect way to switch things up if you are feeling bored with your typical takeout this summer!

Off Cabot Comedy 

If you don’t feel like driving into Boston for a comedy show, look no further than Off Cabot Comedy in downtown Beverly. This club is a brand new venture with the Cabot theater, in a beautiful and convenient location. Their summer schedule is jam-packed with successful comedians, making it the perfect spot for a unique date night. 

Ipswich MA

Just north of Hamilton-Wenham and south of Rowley and Newbury, Ipswich Massachusetts is the perfect Northshore town to explore in any season! Whether you are interested in walking its expansive nature trails, lounging on the beach, antiquing, or eating a lobster roll with a view, Ipswich is a perfect town for summer activities. In the fall, its many farms provide apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and beautiful views of the changing leaves. 

When looking for outdoor activities on the Northshore, Ipswich has just about everything. This beautiful town has beaches, rivers, marshes, and plenty of history. Incorporated as a town in 1634, Ipswich used to be comprised of fishermen, farmers, and shipbuilders. In the 1800s, its economy became more heavily based on the mills built along the Ipswich River. Today, you can see Ipswich’s rich past in the historic architecture of its homes and public buildings. It is approximately 33 square miles and home to almost 14,000 residents. Interested in visiting or relocating to Ipswich? Here are our top recommendations for food, views, and activities. 

GROCERIES AND SNACKS

Ipswich Fish Market

If you are looking for fresh fish to cook at home, or pre-made meals and sides for a picnic on the beach, the Ipswich Fish Market has an extensive selection of the best local catches and more. 

Ipswich Butcher Bros

Visit Ipswich Butcher Bros this summer to find everything you need for a fantastic backyard barbeque. As one reviewer writes, “The maple bourbon steak tips alone are worth a half day’s journey.”

Shaw’s

For essentials, Ipswich has a Shaw’s location near its downtown area! Although Shaw’s is a chain grocery store in the Northeast, this particular location has wonderful local ties, and its workers participate in Ipswich’s yearly Chowderfest.

Appleton Farms

One of the oldest continuously operating farms in Massachusetts, Appleton Farms features a wonderful store that sells their produce, meats, breads, pastries, and more!

Sandpiper Bakery 

In the mornings, visit Sandpiper Bakery for pastries and coffee! They also feature a breakfast and lunch selection with sandwiches, salad, and more. 

GORGEOUS VIEWS

Hamlin Reservation

Only accessible at low tide, Hamlin Reservation is a must-see for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and hikers alike. It features a one-mile loop trail through beautiful fields and marsh meadows. 

Sandy Point State Reservation

At the southern tip of Plum Island, Sandy Point State Reservation offers swimming, educational programs, hunting, and magnificent ocean views. 

Crane Wildlife Refuge

Comprised of islands and salt marshes, the Crane Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place to spot rare birds. Go for a boat tour, kayak trip, or a guided hike of Choate Island. 

DELICIOUS EATS

Clam Box

A nationally recognized landmark built in 1935, the Clambox is probably the #1 must-see on your visit to Ipswich. They have perfected their recipe for fried clams, and we recommend visiting on a weekday to avoid the (understandably) long lines!

Choate Bridge Pub

Located in historic downtown Ipswich, Choate Bridge pub is the perfect place to end a summer day. Classic American pub fare and seafood, what’s better than that?

Fox Creek Tavern

Visit Fox Creek Tavern for incredible flatbreads, burgers, or fish. They also offer brunch on the weekends! 

The Brown Dog

A well-loved local American food spot with outdoor seating, The Brown Dog is always a fan favorite in Ipswich’s yearly Chowderfest. 

HAVE SOME FUN/SHOP SMALL/THINGS TO DO

Russell Orchards

If you find yourself in Ipswich any time between May and November, you have to visit Russell Orchards. Pick your own berries, see the barnyard animals, or buy food and wine in their store! Whatever you do, don’t leave without one of their cider donuts. 

Crane Beach

Crane Beach is a big attraction for both locals and tourists alike. If you want a full beach day, Crane Beach is worth the cost of admission, but the price is reduced after 4:00 pm. With four miles of beautiful sandy beach and dunes, this beach is the top summer spot in Ipswich. 

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

A personal favorite, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate is a beautiful and historic spot to spend an afternoon. The Trustees offer guided tours through the Great House, as well as events and concerts on the beautiful rolling lawn. You may recognize it from movies such as Witches of Eastwick or Little Women (2019)! 


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Hamilton-Wenham

When you look at a map of the North Shore you may notice two small towns north of Beverly. While they may be separated on the map, to locals, these neighboring towns are simply known as Hamilton-Wenham. 

Together Hamilton-Wenham has a combined population of 12,500 residents. The towns include a variety of classic New England homes, beautiful trails, and picturesque tree-lined roads. Though they may be more inland than other North Shore towns I’ve covered, Hamilton-Wenham is still bordered on the south by Beverly and on the east by Manchester-by-the-Sea making it a quick drive to the beach and only about 20 miles from Boston. ​​Additionally, the MBTA Commuter Rail provides service from Boston’s North Station to the Hamilton/Wenham station via the Newburyport/Rockport Line.

Even though these towns are small, Hamilton-Wenham has enough community, opportunity, nature, and activities for these towns to stand strong alone and together! Interested in relocating? Check out these top spots in Hamilton-Wenham.

GROCERIES & SNACKS

Honeycomb.

Honeycomb is a local bakery and café that focuses on bringing beautiful foods and products to Hamilton. Their bakers and baristas spent years perfecting their delicious recipes made with the finest ingredients.

Tendercrop Farm

Want farm-fresh produce? Tendercrop Farm sources its products from local farms across New England. Stop in and get everything from produce, meat, and baked goods to flowers and gifts. 

Wenham Tea House

There’s nothing like a warm cup of tea. Chef Brenden Crocker serves a proper tea, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, too! The patio is the perfect spot on a warm spring day.

Bagel Shop 

It can be hard to find a good bagel, but it’s easy at the Bagel Shop! With locations across the North Shore, the Bagel shop is a local staple for an everything with cream cheese and lox!

DELICIOUS EATS

  • Enjoy a home away from home at 15 Walnut Tavern + Kitchen. The relaxed institution is a great spot for unique cocktails and eclectic eats like sushi, burgers, BBQ & more. I highly recommend the fried Brussels sprouts!
  • Small but mighty, the Weathervane Tavern is a local favorite!  The homestyle cuisine and cozy and comfortable atmosphere make for a great night out for the whole family.
  • Black Cow is a top spot for classic American eats and one of the best restaurants in the area! From their vintage marquee sign, outdoor bar, stylish decor, and extensive menu you’re sure to have a great time at BC.

THINGS TO DO

It’s all about the community in Hamilton Wenham! Explore museums, events, nature, and the surrounding towns for a variety of fun for all ages.

The Wenham Museum celebrates childhood, interprets history, and explores a variety of cultures through its collection of over 45,000 objects! The museum is perfect for all ages and even has amazing events like Silhouette Portrait Artist Painting, “First Dibs Shop and Sip” and more.

Want to get outside this spring? Hamilton-Wenham is full of great trails and activities. The Chebacco Woods Trails near Gordon College are some of my absolute favorites. The trails are well maintained and run beside a group of beautiful ponds that make my walks both easy and scenic!

If you’re looking for the whole family, try the Community House! Serving the Hamilton community for over 100 years, Community House is a pillar on the North Shore. It has music for kids, local theater, summer programs, and fun events like the Sweetheart Ball all year round! If you can’t make it to an event or production I highly recommend donating to this great institution

Did you know the oldest polo club in America is right here in South Hamilton? Myopia Polo Club has been around since the late 1800s. Get your tickets now for one of their world-class summer Sunday matches!

SHOP SMALL

  • We can’t forget about the pets! The Natural Dog ​​provides a wide selection of natural foods, whole food supplements, and environmentally friendly products for your dogs and cats. 
  • Connect with North Shore history at True North Gallery. They started ​​as a gallery focused on indigenous art, and have expanded their collection to include art, fine craft, and creative gifts inspired by nature.
  • Looking for the perfect gift? The Monogram Shop creates completely custom embroidered gifts right in downtown Hamilton! From backpacks and lunchboxes to totes and masks there’s nothing they can’t customize!

Looking to buy or sell in Hamilton-Wenham? Contact me to learn more.

Gloucester MA

When many think of “coastal New England,” Gloucester is the first town that comes to mind. From picturesque seascapes, quarries, lighthouses, lobster-boats, and more Gloucester is one of the most beautiful towns on the North Shore. Gloucester even served as the backdrop of the Academy Award-nominated film CODA this past year.

Did you know Gloucester was one of the first colonial established communities in New England? The town was first settled in 1623, just three years after the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Today, Gloucester is home to just over 30,000 residents!

Just a 45-minute ride from Boston, and accessible via the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail, this small fishing town has grown into the ideal destination for residents and vacationers alike. 

This gorgeous coastal community is full of hometown spirit, maritime history, job opportunities, independent shops, and vistas for everyone to enjoy. 

Whether you’re looking for ​​ocean-front homes, estates, modest cottages, antiques, turn of the century dwellings, mid-century homes, waterfront condos or apartments read on to learn why Gloucester should be your next home base.

GROCERIES & SNACKS

Looking for a quick bite? Try these great shops:

  • If you’re looking for creative & classic breakfast & lunch fare, try Sugar Magnolias. They always have yummy specials and even a pancake of the day!
  • Castaways Vintage Cafe is one of the coolest spots for coffee on the North Shore. Not only do they sell great coffee and healthy snacks, they also sell curated vintage clothing and unique beach shirts in a laid back California-inspired atmosphere.
  • Have you been to Ryan and Wood Distilleries? Stop by to visit and tour the first legal distillery on the North Shore since Prohibition! Their spirits are incredibly flavorful, aromatic, and smooth.
  • Common Crow Natural Market is a locally owned health food store with an emphasis on supporting locally grown organic agriculture. Common Crow offers a wide variety of organic fruits, vegetables, meats and shelf staples, along with health and beauty options, from vitamins to protein supplements. Check it out for yourself!
  • At The Cave, in Downtown Gloucester, they will show you the world of cheese, wine, chocolate, gourmet delights & local specialties all at affordable prices!

GORGEOUS VIEWS:

Lush parks, stunning sunsets, and beautiful ocean vistas are just some of the sights you won’t want to miss in Gloucester.

There’s no shortage of lighthouses in Gloucester. Eastern Point, Annisquam and Ten Pound Island Lighthouse are all worth the visit if you’re looking to see some of New England’s finest!

You’ll have to see the crystal clear water at Wingaersheek beach to believe it! From the white sand to the picturesque rocks, Wingaersheek is a Gloucester favorite for those who love to walk for miles along the beach.

Resting on a granite base along the Stacy Esplanade, the Fisherman’s Memorial Monument in Gloucester is set looking out over the harbor to memorialize the thousands of fishermen lost at sea in the first three centuries of Gloucester’s history. ​​Take a walk along the esplanade and admire the beautiful sculpture and the scenic ocean views.

Need a spot to watch the sunset? Visit Plum Cove! This small, quiet beach is the ideal spot for families with small children, summer picnics, and beach games.

DELICIOUS EATS

Gloucester Seafood is as fresh as it gets! If you’re looking for lobster or just for a great meal, check out these spots:

  • The Beauport Hotel Gloucester has made a significant impact on Cape Ann and brought a high level of sophistication and luxury to both Gloucester and the North Shore.  It features stylish upscale accommodations and dining.  The 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar provide an idyllic oceanfront deck and dining showcasing the very best in New England coastal dining and spirits. The outdoor deck is the perfect place to meet friends and family to enjoy the stunning ocean vistas and appreciate Gloucester’s nautical and maritime history!
  • Seaport Grille is a Gloucester staple! The restaurant is located directly on the harbor with two decks for classic water view dining and some of the most beautiful views of the ocean.
  • The Causeway Restaurant is a local favorite offering Italian dishes, fresh seafood, and fried favorites. Located right downtown, it’s also a quick walk or drive from Stage Fort Park and Stacy Boulevard.
  • In the summer months, the Studio is one of my favorites! Located near the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Studio serves up delicious seafood, great cocktails, fresh oysters, and even sushi. It is a true Gloucester landmark!
  • Looking for great Italian cuisine on the North shore? Try Tono! The sister restaurant of the North End’s Prezza, you can trust Tonno to deliver an authentic Italian meal featuring special catches right from the harbor!
  • The clam chowder at Milemarker is one of the best around! Their “trap to table” cuisine is always fresh and never disappoints. Stop by and check out their seating options, from waterfront views, outdoor igloos in the colder months, and fireplaces!

THINGS TO DO

There are endless options for activities in Gloucester. Whether you’re looking to go boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, sightseeing, or enjoy festivals, cruises, and charters, I know you’ll find something great!

If you’re in Gloucester you have to stop by Good Harbor Beach! This beautiful soft sand beach is excellent for walking, body surfing, and sunbathing and is my personal favorite beach on the North Shore!

Built into the town’s stunning seaside cliffs, The Hammond Castle Museum is breathtaking. Originally built in the 1920s, the seaside castle ​​brings together a unique combination of art, architectural elements, and culture. Explore John Hays Hammond, Jr’s inventions, beautiful rooms, and outstanding grounds when you visit the North Shore’s European castle.  

Did you know Gloucester was home to an abandoned 17th-century village? Dogtown is now home to miles of beautiful trails, charming woods, giant boulders and rock formations left behind from melted glaciers. Legend has it, Dogtown earned its strange name from the dogs that women kept while their husbands were fighting in the American Revolution!

If you’re like me, you love to explore beautiful homes in the area. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in East Gloucester is a National Historic Landmark. The beautiful home is known for its colorful decor. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same and one is worth the visit.

I always love to see the great art in Gloucester. Dozens of working artists from painters, potters, and textile designers to photographers and more, display their work in The Rocky Neck Art Colony galleries during the summer months! I also enjoy stopping by the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck to check out their latest exhibits. 

Hit the open seas on a Cape Ann Whale Watch! The tour provides ​​guaranteed whale sightings out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester deemed one of the “Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World”!

Looking to buy or sell in Gloucester? Contact me to learn more.

Lynn MA

Seated along the Atlantic Ocean right below Swampscott, and only 3.7 miles north of the Boston city line, Lynn is the largest city in Essex County! Placed along the commuter rail and the MBTA Blue line  “T” stop in the nearby City of Revere, Lynn is an easy-to-reach destination a quick commute to Boston. 

Settled by Europeans in 1629, Lynn is the 5th oldest colonial settlement in the Commonwealth. What started as a small fishing town has grown into a fully populated manufacturing and commercial hub! The city is even home to the first U.S.-made Jet Airplane Engine built at Lynn’s General Electric plant in 1942. Today, however, the city is known for its public art, diverse population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, job opportunities, and lush public parks and open spaces! 

Read on to find out why Lynn may just be your next dream home base on the North Shore

GROCERIES & SNACKS

Looking for a quick bite? Try these great shops:

The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe is complete with live music, a cozy fireplace, and comfortable seating to make you feel right at home. They also make a variety of delicious treats right on site!

In 2020, Sommelier Sarah Marshall opened Lucille Wine Shop and Tasting Room with a simple mission: to bring restaurant-caliber hospitality and sommelier-level knowledge to a friendly, neighborhood wine shop! Stop in and explore their broad selection of wines at all price points, plus some other fun surprises!

Ivory Pot Bakery is a Counter Style Bakery for both sweet and savory eats. All of their products are made using the freshest and most authentic ingredients and baked fresh daily. Their sweet crepes and fruit tarts are absolutely delicious.

Lynn is home to all of your favorite grocery stores! From Stop and Shop to Market Basket, to Price Right Marketplace find all of your weekly essentials in one place. 

DELICIOUS EATS

When it comes to restaurants Lynn is a city full of choices. From Italian and Vietnamese to American, there’s something for everyone. Some of Lynn’s finest include: 

  • Since its opening in 2009, The Blue Ox, an upscale, casual American restaurant, has become a favorite in the Lynn neighborhood and surrounding area. Its signature Sin Burger has even won Boston Magazine’s “Battle of the Burger” competition three years in a row!
  • In the heart of Lynn, Nightshade Noodle Bar brings together Vietnamese & French-inspired cuisine, tropical decor, and unique cocktails! Some of their dishes you’ll have to see to believe!
  • Date nights are meant for Rosetti Restaurant. From the candle-lit atmosphere to the extensive wine lists and tasty desserts, a trip to Rosetti’s is never a bad one!

GORGEOUS VIEWS

Some of my favorite views on the North Shore are found right in Lynn!

If you’ve taken a drive along the North Shore, chances are you’ve passed by Red Rock Park. This historic waterfront park offers wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and access to the expansive beaches on either side of the park’s lush greenery. It’s the perfect spot for your next picnic. 

Stroll along a beautiful two-mile stretch at Lynn Beach! It is perfect for walking the dog, hanging out, catching some rays or just reading your favorite book!

Designed in 1907 by the Olmsted Brothers, the High Rock Tower Reservation is a Lynn treasure! The tower is home to the city’s largest telescope with lenses powerful enough to view the rings of Saturn. If you’re not looking to see the stars, the tower sits on a vast green perfect for activities!

Just because it’s a city doesn’t mean you can’t find nature! The Lynn Woods, or the second largest municipal park in the United States, are a 2,200-acre municipal forest park with over 30 miles of scenic trails for hiking, running, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more! If you have time, stop by Dungeon Rock, an underground tunnel with a history of pirate lore and hidden treasure!

THINGS TO DO

Lynn is a city that provides something for everyone, from local theater to baseball and everything in between. You won’t want to miss these attractions on your next trip to Lynn.

The Lynn Memorial Auditorium is one of the premier entertainment venues in Massachusetts! With performances from The Boston Pops, BB King, Cheap Trick, Kenny Rogers, and more, the venue is one of the best places to see top talent on the North Shore!

There’s no shortage of shopping in Lynn! From small shops like Ravenstone Gifts to larger stores like Walmart and the Lynn Marketplace, it’s easy to find unique pieces and essentials. 

Calling all baseball fans! Over the last 75 years, Fraser Field in Lynn has been the home field to the Lynn (Boston) Red Sox, Lynn (Detroit) Tigers, Lynn (Pittsburgh) Pirates, and most recently the North Shore Navigators. Take the whole family to a game for an exciting afternoon full of classic snacks and America’s favorite pastime!


Looking to buy or sell in Lynn? Contact me to learn more.

Manchester-by-the-Sea MA

Many may recognize Manchester-by-the-Sea by the film of the same name directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. However, there is a lot more to this seaside town than just a Hollywood blockbuster. 

Settled by colonists in 1629, Manchester by the Sea or “Manchester” as it was known until 1989, was primarily a fishing village until it became a summer vacation destination for Boston residents. Covering 18.3 square miles, Manchester by the Sea sits along Massachusetts’s beautiful coast between Beverly and Gloucester. For the next fifty years, Manchester by the Sea grew into an adorable town full of seaside cottages and architectural homes.

Known for its classic New England homes perched along rocky shorelines with gorgeous ocean views, Manchester-by-the-Sea is the ideal home base for those looking for the perfect combination of charm and luxury. 

Groceries and Snacks

All the gazing at architecture and beautiful seascapes is bound to work up an appetite! Stop by these local spots for a quick snack!

Originally selling small bites off Singing Beach, the Laughing Gull Cafe has grown into a delicious cafe in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea. Stop by for their great coffee, fresh bakery items, and friendly faces.

If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, Crosbys Marketplace is for you. From cheese to organic produce Crosby’s has all the ingredients you’ll need for a quick snack or your next dinner.

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is a local favorite for a reason. Allie’s is a family operated full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a French Bistro flair. Make sure to try the Shakshooka if you’re in the area.

Gorgeous Views

Manchester-by-the-Sea is known for its unmatched ocean views. 

If you’ve heard of Manchester-by-the-Sea you’ve probably heard of Singing Beach. The beach is famous for its “singing sand” that squeaks as you walk along the dunes. However, if you’re not into singing sand, White Beach faces southwest with stunning views of the Boston skyline and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. 

If you can’t find time for a beach day, one of my favorite ways to explore Manchester-by-the-Sea is by car! to Jump on Route 127 and 127A for a drive full of beautiful coastal views.

If the beach isn’t your thing, the Coolidge Reservation is the perfect destination to enjoy nature. The reservation sits on a scenic pond and a small forest of pine and oak that lead to a spectacular seaside lawn with beautiful views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore.

Delicious Eats

Manchester is more than scenic views. Try out these restaurants for delicious coastal cuisine. 

  • Bravo by the Sea is the place for fresh wood-fired pizza! The pizza bar uses all fresh ingredients imported from Italy. From the appetizers to their pies you have to try it all! You can also check them out on Phantom Gourmet.
  • Cala’s Food and Spirits food is “Homestyle” modern with a  “Cheers” casual ambiance. The beer and wine pours are never skimpy and their lobsters are caught right off of the shores by one of their regulars! 
  • Antique Table is a local favorite along the North Shore! The trattoria-style restaurant offers a culinary tour of Italian food and culture. Each meal is cooked from scratch and is sure to impress even your toughest critics. 
  • The Mooring is a breath of fresh air! The restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere and delicious cuisine make it a staple in Manchester-by-the-Sea. I recommend the Flatbread salad!

Things to Do

From sailing to shopping there’s something for everyone in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

If you’re looking to catch ocean views from a different point of view, head out on the high seas with Frayed Knot Sailing Charters. They provide a gorgeous vessel for parties, day trips, overnight trips, and even lessons right off the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea.

If you need a break from the sun, stop into some of Manchester-by-the-Sea’s quaintest stores. Located downtown, 4 Beach is a lovely family owned business selling all of the coastal gifts and goodies you could ever need. Also stop by Manchester by the Book for a variety of used, new and classic books. 

Spend the day exploring the rich history of Manchester-by-the-Sea at the Manchester Historical Museum. The Manchester Historical Society was founded in 1886 “to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.“ Learn more about the museum through their feature on Chronicle.

Swampscott MA

Welcome to Swampscott! First settled in 1629, this seaside town is located just 15 miles northeast of Boston. Widely known as a fishing village or the home of the first lobster pot, Swampscott has grown into a bustling small town! 

With a population of 15,100 residents, Swampscott offers a friendly, welcoming, and nurturing family environment, exciting businesses and activities for young professionals, a superb public educational system, amazing public safety and support systems, and a town government that is responsive to the needs of its citizens. 

Read on to see some of the businesses that have helped Swampscott grow into a charming, safe, and scenic town.

Swampscott may be a small seaside town, but it has something for everyone!

Groceries and Snacks

Whether you’re doing a weekly shop or looking for a sweet treat Swampscott has a lot to offer. Vinnin Square, a popular shopping center in the area has everything you need. From restaurants, a variety of stores and shops, grocery stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods, doctors’ offices, and banks, it’s a one-stop shop for everything you need. 

Little G Eatery is a great spot for shopping or a meal. This neighborhood restaurant sells a variety of essentials like scratch meals, sauces, beer, wine, cheeses, marinated meats, and “chefs pantry” items. 

The Swampscott Farmers Market is a local staple. Open every Sunday, June through October the market features a variety of local farms, restaurants, and artisans!


Authentic flavors with a modern twist! Founded by Italian Restaurant veteran Teresa Sirignano, Cafe Avellino is a local favorite for homemade Italian pastries and paninis!

The Cookie Monstah is famous for its fresh-baked cookies! From birthday cake to salted caramel, they even have the option for you to design your own homemade ice cream sandwiches!

Gorgeous Views

Located right along Massachusetts’ gorgeous coast, Swampscott has some of the best parks and beaches on the North Shore. 

Home to a variety of beautiful tide pools and rock formations, Preston Beach  is a top pick for Swampscott residents and tourists alike. Whether you’re looking for a spot to take the kids or just to relax in the sunshine, this is the place!

If you’re near Preston Beach, you have to check out Beach Bluff Park. This small park features a dramatic Sun Circle installation which includes a 24-foot-diameter circle of ten immense stones that orient one to the passage of the sun; it’s a must-see!

Swampscott’s beaches are more than just picturesque views. Have you spotted the Swampscott Anchor? Located on Fisherman’s beach, this stunning sculpture serves as a memorial for the missing ship “Tedesco.” Additionally, An English Cannon, cast in 1798 is still standing at the entrance of Fisherman’s park. 

Delicious Eats

For great brunch and dinner options, check these out:

  • Mission on the Bay– This gorgeous waterfront restaurant is the best place in Swampscott for delicious seafood, date nights, outdoor patios, and killer views! They even have a roof deck and an ocean bar coming soon.
  • Lincoln’s Landing– Calling all brunch lovers! This local-family-owned spot is known for its delicious brunch treats. If you’re in the area, you have to try the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. 
  • G Bar and Kitchen– This award-winning restaurant features an unforgettable marriage of food and wine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. With an ever-changing menu highlighting seasonal ingredients, G Bar and Kitchen is a must-try!

Small Shopping

Located right next to Lynn, Marblehead, and Salem there is no shortage of shopping opportunities around Swampscott. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, try these shops!

If you’re looking for a unique seaside gift, The Hiccup is for you! This small shop carries beautiful pieces made by local artisans, makers, and creators across the North Shore. They also offer a variety of fun workshops like beading and weaving. 

Located in the historic Olmsted district of Swampscott, Kats Boutique is the perfect spot to find women’s wear pieces.  They sell unique clothing & jewelry and aim to transcend the typical boutique setting by engaging with our community through educational and artistic events.

Welcome to the North Shore

First and foremost, what is the North Shore? The North Shore is the region north of Boston located along the Atlantic coast. Over the years, there has been much debate over which towns and cities should and should not be included in the official North Shore.

Some believe the North Shore includes the entire coastline from New Hampshire to Boston and is made up of the following:

Beverly, MA

Danvers, MA

Essex, MA

Gloucester, MA

Ipswich, MA

Lynn, MA

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Marblehead, MA

Nahant, MA

Newbury, MA

Newburyport, MA

Peabody, MA

Revere, MA

Rockport, MA

Rowley, MA

Salem, MA 

Salisbury, MA

Saugus, MA

Swampscott, MA

Winthrop, MA 

However, The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s North Shore Task Force, defines the North Shore as also encompassing Cape Ann and several other communities:

​​Amesbury, MA

Beverly, MA

Boxford, MA

Danvers, MA

Essex, MA

Georgetown, MA

Gloucester, MA

Groveland, MA 

Hamilton, MA

Haverhill, MA

Ipswich, MA

Lynn, MA

Lynnfield, MA

Manchester, MA

Marblehead, MA

Merrimac, MA

Middleton, MA

Nahant, MA

Newbury, MA

Newburyport, MA

Peabody, MA

Rockport, MA

Rowley, MA

Salem, MA

Salisbury, MA

Saugus, MA

Swampscott, MA

Topsfield, MA

Wakefield, MA

Wenham, MA

West Newbury, MA

No matter what you define as the “official” North Shore, we can all agree that the region has so much to offer. From historic towns, stunning beaches and picturesque views it is the perfect place for a day trip, vacation or even your home base!

Looking for travel advice? Check out our North Shore guides to find out what to do, where to eat and everything else about our favorite towns and cities.

Visit Beverly

The North Shore’s best-kept secret, Beverly, has something to offer for the whole family.  “The Garden City,” only 40 minutes away from Boston’s downtown, has easy access to the city, beach, countryside and beautiful wildlife. Read On

Visit Salem

Named by TravelMag.com as one of the top 30 most charming small cities in the U.S., there is a lot to love about Salem, Massachusetts. Whether you’re interested in the atmosphere, the rich history, the people, or the restaurants, Salem has something to offer everyone. Read On

Visit Marblehead

When you think of New England coastal towns, you may think of Gloucester, Rockport, and Newburyport—gorgeous fishing towns where you are guaranteed to find a classic sailboat magnet at a cute boutique shop on the main stretch. But there’s another iconic coastal town on the North Shore that is somewhat of a hidden gem. A quaint town that offers a timeless quality and a sense of belonging. Read On

Beverly MA

The North Shore’s best-kept secret, Beverly, has something to offer for the whole family.  “The Garden City,” only 40 minutes away from Boston’s downtown, has easy access to the city, beach, countryside and beautiful wildlife. Beverly is also a commuter’s dream! It has 4 (yes, 4!) commuter rail stops: North Beverly, Beverly Depot, Beverly Farms, and Montserrat.

Beverly has come up around families. They have a variety of public and private schools, a top-tier hospital and a downtown full of fun businesses big and small. From delicious restaurants, arts centers and theaters you and your family may never have to travel outside of town to find everything you need.

Between its amazing schools and low crime rates, Beverly is the perfect home base for you and your family.

Groceries & Snacks

Got a sweet tooth? Beverly is the best place to find delicious cupcakes and treats. Stop by Crave for one of their signature breakfast sandwiches or cupcakes in flavors like Key Lime Pie or Salted Caramel Brownie.

If Key Lime isn’t your thing, check out Half Baked on your next beach day where every item is 100% peanut-free and 110% delicious!

For those looking for something a little more savory these are some great options:

  • Henry’s Market– Great premade foods! We recommend their chicken pot pie, chicken salad and steak tips.
  • Vidalias– Located in Beverly Farms, Vadalias specializes in farm-fresh produce and gourmet foods, signature sandwiches, and tempting home-baked treats

Gorgeous Views

Once you’ve picked up your cupcakes, you’ll want to head to one of Beverly’s beautiful lookout spots.

One of Beverly’s most familiar landmarks, The LightHouse at Hospital Point, built in 1822, has spectacular views of Salem Sound.

For those looking to explore on foot, Beverly’s Lothrop Ave is a beautiful street full of historical homes perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Lynch Park is the perfect place for the whole family. This public park has ocean views, lush greens and an ice cream stand to help your kids cool off on a hot summer’s day.

Delicious Eats

Once you’ve stretched your legs along the coast, check out these delicious lunch and dinner options:

  • Bonefish Harrys is a fun seafood saloon featuring great New England seafood cooked with an international flair.  We especially love the fish tacos and breezy back patio.
  • A&B Burger has the best burgers in town and a fun open front to sit on nice days
  • FRANK Two words- high quality! FRANK is one of our absolute favorites- we can’t get enough!
  • Rossetti is a must for anyone in the North Shore area. An Italian inspired dining experience, Rossetti has a great atmosphere, service and even better food.
  • Tartine is an idyllic French café serving up wonderful quiches, tasty soups in a bright and chic atmosphere. It’s located right on Cabot Street and it’s the perfect place to grab a café au lait or to indulge in their extensive beer and wine list!

Have Some Fun! 

One of the best things about Beverly is that there is fun for the entire family!

If the adults are looking for a hoppy time, downtown Beverly is crawling with breweries!

Cabot Cinema, “An Irreplaceable North Shore Treasure” puts on a variety of films and concerts every year! We love the annual Porch Sessions sponsored by the Cabot which bring together amazing musicians every member of the family is sure to love.

Enjoy a night outside the box at the Castle, a game bar in town! Boasting a library of over 1,000 games, from simple roll and move board games to in depth strategy, Castle has something for everyone. They also have a full menu of snacks, burgers and drinks.

After the kids have gone to bed, enjoy a nightcap at Soma. Their menu is full of delicious bites and even better cocktails.