If you fancy a picturesque New England experience, it’s best to do it in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Filled with national historic landmarks, a stunning rocky coastline, and breathtaking 17th and 18th-century architecture, Marblehead is a laid-back option, especially if you want to avoid the crowds of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, or Nantucket.
“Whether you’re in town for a day trip or an extended stay, Marblehead, with its peaceful coastal charm and deeply rooted history, offers the best of New England,” Alyson Horrocks told New England Today . “With its many layers of history, quaint neighborhoods and endless scenic drives, Marblehead will make you want to come back to see its changing landscapes with each season.”
Navigate the rich history and architecture of the city through the streets of the old town with classic colonial-style houses. You can also browse its adorable boutiques and galleries or grab a bite to eat at one of its restaurants, all just steps from the harbor. Visit Marblehead Neck and the iconic lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, which, with its tall skeletal tower, is the only lighthouse of its kind in New England. History buffs can visit Fort Sewall, which was fortified in 1634, repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt and used in conflicts such as the French and Indian War, the War of Independence, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. . Additionally, paranormal investigators found the fort haunted, citing apparitions, disembodied voices, and a high level of electromagnetic energy.
For beach lovers, Devereux Beach, Marblehead’s most popular beach, offers picnic tables, playgrounds, on-site restrooms and a Neckrun Cafe, open all summer until the party. work. The lesser-known Gas House Beach features a beautiful rocky shoreline and small fishing boats, which resemble the picture of picturesque New England. Historically, Marblehead is famous for fishing and shipbuilding, and today is considered one of the largest yachting centers on the east coast. Tranquil Redd’s Pond, just off Pond Street, spans 1.81 acres and features ice skating in the winter and miniature boat races in the summer.
Just off the coast of Marblehead, venture to Crowninshield Island, a small 5 acre island with a sandy beach perfect to spend a few hours. Visitors can walk or wade to the island at low tide, or take a kayak, canoe or paddle board in the higher waters. Hike several trails around the island, including easier trails for kids and a small swing. Take the little ones in search of seashells or explore the saltwater and tidal pools and the sea creatures that live among them.
To end the weekend, settle in at the Harbor Light Inn, nestled in the center of Old Town, a quaint bed-and-breakfast. Built in 1729, it is both historic and chic, offering modern amenities, 20 rooms, and a remarkable breakfast buffet.
Speaking of great meals, Driftwood Restaurant offers a classic dining experience with views along the Marblehead River. Dine seaside with fresh catches and delicious lobster rolls at Barnacle Restaurant or Landing Restaurant.
Head to Five Corners Kitchen for a more upscale dining experience, or stop by Haley’s Wines & Market Cafe to unwind with an afternoon wine or a hot cup of coffee.
Don’t forget to sample the local cuisine, including a ‘Joe Frogger’, Marblehead’s famous molasses cookie, originally made for anglers to take on long sea trips, or a signature cocktail from the classic pub. Maddie’s Sail Loft.
Most attractions and sites require masks and social distancing and follow other guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check with each establishment before going there.
While Marblehead holds hundreds of years of history and culture, it establishes itself as a contemporary and chic New England destination with a personality of its own.
“Marblehead, Massachusetts is a beautiful seaside town located just 17 miles north of Boston,” said Melissa Stacey, founder of Discover Marblehead, who also owns a small business in the city. “Its rocky coastline, breathtaking views and picturesque streets with houses dating back to the 1600s make the town a great place to visit. Whether you are in town for a day or a longer stay, take the time to visit the local shops and galleries, stroll along the beautiful harbor, savor fresh seafood and soak up the rich history. and the coastal New England charm of Marblehead. ”