About The Area
The North Shore of Massachusetts is one of the most beautiful and interesting regions in New England—not to mention all throughout the East Coast. Its uniqueness comes as a result of an extremely rich heritage dating back to the Pilgrims and equally as impressive culture centered around good old fashioned Yankee ingenuity. If you’re considering taking up residence in one of the many communities throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts (the area between Boston and the New Hampshire border) make sure you remember these key details first!
1. The Beaches
Aside from the occasional rocky coastline, the North Shore of Massachusetts features some of the best beaches around for summertime fun and pristine views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here are just a couple examples of the memorable beaches the North shore has to offer…
Crane Beach may be the reigning king of Massachusetts beaches, given its size, miles of trails, and location on a historic estate. Usually things are massively popular for a reason, and Crane justifies the hype.
Rocky cliffs dotted with beautiful Victorian-style mansions slope down onto soft sand that welcomes cool ocean water. Singing Beach is an idyllic escape from busy city life. After you’ve had your fill of the sun and sand, check out the quaint downtown—Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream is a must-visit.
2. The Sports
The first thing anyone moving to the North Shore of Massachusetts should do is go out and buy a Red Sox ball cap, a Bruins hockey sweater, and Patriots and Celtics jersey. Sports fans in the North Shore are like no other. We live and die by our local sports teams.
3. The History
Ipswich has than any other town in America. Known for it’s massive amount of mill buildings, Lawrence is considered the nation’s first planned industrial city.
If you’re looking for a bit of local history you can check out some of my favorite places to visit…
The most popular story in North Shore history is that of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Museum is where to go to learn about this black mark in New England history.
With its location near the Atlantic Ocean, the North Shore has strong ties to the maritime industry. Many cities in the North Shore were once vibrant fishing communities. The area’s maritime legacy can be viewed at places including the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
4. The Seafood
Few other places in the country feature the amount of delicious seafood options as the North Shore. The North Shore’s Ipswich Clams, which are hand-harvested from the muddy tidal flats of the Essex River, are unlike any other. Legend has it that friend clams were invented in Essex. No matter if you like sitting outside of a traditional shack, or inside a quaint family restaurant setting, the Seafood in the North Shore is wicked good.
You can check out some of the local favorites below…
Although it’s nothing fancy, if you want some of the best friend clams around, there might be a line out the door and down the road to greet you at this restaurant. The #1 local favorite is the best place around for your seafood fix.
Woodman’s offers award-winning seafood year round in Essex. This popular restaurant dates back to 1916 when Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman fried up his first clam. Many years later, locals still love the fried fish platters, chowder, lobsters, steamers and much more.
5. The Events
There is always something happening in one of the many towns on the North Shore. Most towns have weekly farmers markets filled with fresh produce from local farms and resident art and wares from the small businesses around. There are a few events that a local would never miss, check them out below…
While you’re waiting for the snow to thaw and the sun to shine, take in a Broadway quality musical at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly. A professional theatre offering musicals, concerts and Kids Shows presented in their 1500 seat signature theatre-in-the-round.
From downtown entertainment, fireworks and more, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities to explore throughout the week, including free waterfront concerts, theatrical performances and a variety of food vendors serving the best New England bites.
The Topsfield Fair is the nation’s oldest agricultural fair. There is something for everyone here! –animals from local farms to pet for the kids, the rides for the teens, and live performances for everyone!
Ski Bradford has offered great skiing near Boston for decades. The ski mountain located in Haverhill has something for every skier and the best ski lessons near Boston.
So there you have it—5 great reasons to call the North Shore of Massachusetts home. Erin Lane has helped countless numbers of families get the help they need to move to this region of the Bay State. In fact, Erin was born and raised in the North Shore town of Ipswich so her knowledge of the area is beyond expertise. If you are considering making the move to the North Shore, contact Erin today!