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Best of the North Shore 2018

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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site. Through the open roof, slivers of blue sky and light play against the intricately carved windows of this mag- nificent structure that housed the Huang family for more than 200 years before it was brought from southeastern China to Salem. FUN FACT: Yin Yu Tang was oriented in a village according to principles of feng shui to ensure a harmonious relation- ship with the landscape and was constructed according to local building traditions and customs. 161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500, pem.org READERS' CHOICE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, SALEM N A T U R E T R A I L S EDITORS' CHOICE HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK, ROCKPORT STANDOUT QUALITIES: Ex- plore trails and tide pools and picnic on the sea rocks, while also learning about the history of Cape Ann's granite industry at the quarry nearby. INSIDER TIP: Climb the 60-foot renovated World War II fire tower for a panoramic view. On a clear day, visitors can see Mount Agamenticus, which is 81 miles away in Maine, and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. FUN FACT: The granite that makes up Halibut Point is esti- mated to be 440 million years old. Gott Ave., Rockport, gov/ locations/halibut-point-state- park READERS' CHOICE MAUDSLAY STATE PARK, NEWBURYPORT STANDOUT QUALITIES: This park features 19th-century gardens and plantings, rolling meadows, towering pines, and one of the largest naturally occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts. INSIDER TIP: In late spring, hikers are treated to blossom- ing azaleas and rhododen- drons along trails. FUN FACT: You can adopt an acre of Maudslay State Park through the Maudslay State Park Association. Sponsoring an acre at Maudslay is a great way to contribute directly to the improvement and preser- vation of the park. 74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978- 465-7223, mass.gov/locations/ maudslay-state-park P A R K EDITORS' CHOICE MAUDSLAY STATE PARK, NEWBURYPORT STANDOUT QUALITIES: With its idyllic paths and old stone bridges, this state park along the Merrimack River is practically in downtown Newburyport, and offers gorgeous hikes and winter cross-country skiing. INSIDER TIP: Programming

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