North Shore, MA, Travel Review
MA, and The North Shore
Rockport Harbor, photo courtesy of MOTT
England is full of appealing things to do. The
coast of Maine and the Lakes Region of New
Hampshire are beautiful areas to visit, as well as good "Old Cape Cod."
With gas prices soaring, I am afraid many day trips will fall by the
wayside this summer. Some people may not venture out and enjoy the
great places they have been looking forward to all winter long..
There are alternatives, however, to becoming housebound during this difficult situation. Let us not forget that the North Shore in
is a unique part of New England, and has a
lot to offer. Our coastal cities are lined with beaches and filled with
museums, parks, campgrounds, golf courses, restaurants, movie theaters,
famous monuments, and sporting arenas.
about a day at the beach? Packing a cooler
with lunches, cold drinks, and snacks will spare the cost of eating
out. Building sand castles must still provide lots of entertainment for
children. It did when we were kids. Beaches, such as Winthrop, Revere,
Nahant, Lynn, and Swampscott are minutes away.
is an interesting city that many of us take
for granted. I am ashamed to say I have never been to the Witch Museum,
but it is on my list of places to see. I do visit Salem often and enjoy
some of the fine restaurants, such as Victoria's Station, on the
water's edge, and The Tavern on The Green and Nathaniel's, in The
Hawthorne Hotel. I have been to the Peabody Essex Museum and the House
of Seven Gables and highly recommend both.
have fond memories of Pioneer Village and Salem
Willows from my childhood. Still there today and close to home, these
places are a great way to beat the price of gasoline. With its picnic
area, rides for the kids, and games to amuse people of all ages, Salem
Willows is only minutes from home. Even a short trip to enjoy an ice
cream cone and a stop at the famous Everett, (Buddy) Hobbs popcorn
stand, for the best popcorn ever, is well worth the trip.
Rockport, the charming seaside village on
Cape Ann? Known for its unique shops, extraordinary art galleries, and
excellent seafood, it has been one of my favorite places for years. My
girlfriend and I recently enjoyed a few relaxing hours walking around
downtown and Bearskin Neck. After buying teeshirts in Bearskin Neck
Sweats, we wandered into the Bearskin Neck Country Store, where you can
listen to a player piano and purchase a bag of "penny candy" for $5.95
favorite little shop was a bead and jewelry
emporium, called Beadazzled. Being a jewelry lover and a bead lady
myself, I was quite interested in the one-of-a-kind creations made by
the talented proprietor. Lampworking is the common name for melting
glass rods in a flame and wrapping the molten glass around a steel
mandrel to form a glass bead. We bought some lovely beads to make our
own designer necklaces with before moving along to the Village
Silversmith. This shop has a wide variety of gold and silver jewelry.
The silver chains are nicely made and the prices are reasonable..
picturesque village has plenty of fun and
interesting things to do. Besides the browsing, shopping, and dining,
there are a number of events that take place all year round. If you
like walking, biking, swimming, sailing, whale-watching, sunset
cruises, xcanoeing, or fishing, you will find it here.
Did you know that there are no traffic lights in Rockport? For details on the history of Rockport, visit the Sandy Bay Historical Museum on King Street. There you will find out why Rockport is a "dry" town, and learn who Hannah Jumper was.
commuter train runs between Boston and Rockport every day and is an
alternative to driving. The Park N' Ride is located at the transfer
station on Upper Main St. (Route 127), with free parking from 11a.m. Â
7p.m. daily. A trolley ride from here to Dock Square will cost you
fifty cents. It runs every 20 minutes, back and forth. For further
information a good website is www.rockportusa.com.
People come here from all over the country to see what we often take for granted. Sometimes we overlook the many wonderful things available to us right in our own back yards. Let's get out there and enjoy the North Shore.
For more of Lina's writings, be sure to visit her web site at My Web World.
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