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Ipswich + The North Shore
Ipswich is at the heart of the North Shore of Massachusetts, and is the center of the Essex National Heritage Area, one of only twenty-four nationally designated regions of cultural and natural significance. There is so much to do and see here!
Settled in 1630, Ipswich boasts the country's largest assemblage of pre-1724 (First Period) houses. With 58 houses still standing, an amble down one of the town's narrow streets is like a journey back in time. Nearby Essex is famous for its 300-year-old tradition of shipbuilding and clam harvesting and is an antique shopper's paradise, with interesting shops located within walking distance of one another.
Just north is Newburyport, a charming seaport with Federal mansions, locally owned shops and restaurants. South of the Crane Estate is historic Cape Ann, where the region's fishing tradition still lives on in Gloucester, site of the movie The Perfect Storm. Summer artists and artisans find inspiration in the seascapes of Rockport, selling their works in galleries on famous Bear Skin Neck. A short drive away is Salem, with the Peabody Essex Museum and other landmarks that collectively tell the story of the city's infamous 17th century witch trials and its later prosperity in maritime trade. Just beyond are Boston and Cambridge with their prestigious academic institutions, abundant historic sites, centers of fine and performing arts, and world class dining establishments.
The Trustees of Reservations own and mantain some beautiful properties within an easy drive of the Inn. We highly recommend that you make time to visit some of the more than 100 reservations, including: