Hop in the car and take a drive up to Crane's Beach - named after the former proprietor of the Castle it sits just underneath
A very popular beach destination. Very crowded in the summer months, but we love to walk here in the spring and the fall. Crane Beach is a 1,234-acre conservation and recreation property located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, immediately north of Cape Ann. It consists of a four-mile-long sandy…
RESERVATIONS REQUIREDStunning beach with views towards Gloucester. 2.5 miles from the boardwalk to the Essex end of the beach makes it a wonderful walking beach. Check trustees.org on Mondays and Thursdays to grab a spot.
A beautiful beach year-round. Soft sand, gentle waves, horseback riding through the marshes.
This is one of the top 10 beaches in Massachusetts, if not in all of New England. Check out the Trustees for Reservations website for advance passes and restrictions: thetrustees.org
“Fried fish, clams, scallops, shrimp, onion rings or fresh boiled lobster. A visit to Essex means eating at Woodmans. ”
“Drive to Wingaersheek if you run out of beach on Brier Neck! Go early as parking is likely to be limited. ”
“Upscale yet comfy restaurant serving creative Greek-Mediterranean fare, plus a full bar. Always fresh, beautifully prepared and inspired foods, served by outstanding waitstaff. Pricey, but worth it! One of my favorites! (6/10 mile from John Brewer House.) ”
“The best fried clams around -- hands down. They only serve Ipswich clams, so call ahead to make sure they have them. Cash only. Total locals scene but definitely worth the trip! ”