Oceanside living in northeastern Massachusetts.

Travel + Leisure
July 30, 2012

This “other Cape” offers affordable ocean delights. Located about 30 miles northeast of Boston, the rugged cape has pristine beaches, gentle hiking trails, and seafood fresh from the docks. It’s never crowded, and is prettiest in summer.

Halibut Point State Park

Explore all 30 miles including the breathtaking views and uncrowded beaches of the coast along route 1A; stop in the fishing town of Gloucester (made famous in The Perfect Storm); and pursue the galleries and hike the rocky shoreline at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport.

Woodman’s of Essex

The town of Essex on the West Side of Cape Ann is famous for fried whole-belly clams. Shabby-chic Woodman’s claims to have invented the treat in 1916.

Yankee Clipper Inn

Those from out of state may not realize that Massachusetts is home to more than one Cape. About an hour north of Boston is Cape Ann, and at its outer tip lies the picturesque town of Rockport. True to its name, the shores are strewn with boulders and the Yankee Clipper Inn offers a spectacular vantage point to see the waves crash over the rocks. All but one of the eight rooms at the inn offers an ocean view, and the wall of windows in the dining room offers the most panoramic vista.


Clam Box of Ipswich

This spot is indeed shaped like a cardboard clam box—try the creamy, delicious clam chowder.

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