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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 142 AUGUST 2018 play includes guided walks and a whimsical site-specific sculp- ture show in the fall. FUN FACT: Maudslay's remark- able gardens and designed land- scape were created in the early 1900s. The Maudslay State Park Garden Committee is a volun- teer organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of the historic rose gardens. 74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223, mass.gov/locations/maudslay- state-park READERS' CHOICE MAUDSLAY STATE PARK, NEWBURYPORT P U B L I C S K A T I N G R I N K EDITORS' CHOICE MARKETSTREET LYNNFIELD OUTDOOR RINK, LYNNFIELD STANDOUT QUALITIES: This classic 50- by 100-foot open air skating rink is situated on The Green, the centerpiece of MarketStreet Lynnfield's com- munity events, performances, and gatherings. The rink is il- luminated by snowflake lights and features festive music during the holiday season. MarketStreet Lynnfield has been known to incorporate the rink into its numerous seasonal celebrations, includ- ing New Year's Eve. INSIDER TIP: With J. Crew and various shops within a skater's eye view, you can thoughtfully window shop as you go 'round. FUN FACT: A 200-ton refrigera- tion unit ensures an optimal ice temperature, even in warmer weather. Market St., Lynnfield, 781-484-5400, mar- ketstreetlynnfield.com READERS' CHOICE HENRY GRAF JR. MEMORIAL SKATING RINK, NEWBURYPORT OUTSTANDING QUALITIES: Since 1973, the Graf rink has been an invaluable community recrea- tion center for figure skating, ice hockey, and special events. The rink offers private and semi-pri- vate lessons and can be rented for private events. INSIDER TIP: Their website has tips for new skaters, like how to make sure your boots fit properly. FUN FACT: Not a fan of the outdoors? Spend summer at the indoor rink brushing up on hockey skills, like goaltending and defense. 28 Low St., Newburyport, 978-462-8112, thegrafrink.com T O U R I S T A T T R A C T I O N EDITORS' CHOICE THE CRANE ESTATE, IPSWICH STANDOUT QUALITIES: There's nothing that wows your com- pany from Ohio quite like a European aristocratic lifestyle right here in America. Drive up to the grand seaside mansion on Castle Hill and tell them it's your go-to hangout, where all the best parties are held. INSIDER TIP: If you find yourself needing your own staycation, book a room at what was once a gentleman's farmhouse and is now the The Inn at Castle Hill. Wake to the spectacular views and walk the grounds of Castle Hill with your morning coffee, taking it all in as if you owned the place. FUN FACT: While you're there getting some "me time" or stroll- ing with your arm around your honey, take in some wildlife. Due to the estate's location on the Atlantic and adjacent Crane Beach, unusual species such as turkey vultures, migratory hawks, and even an occasional bald eagle can be seen soaring above the landscape. 290 Ar- gilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-4351, thetrustees.org READERS' CHOICE THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, SALEM STANDOUT QUALITIES: In 1668, a merchant and ship- builder created this seaside mansion that has become one of the most beloved historic houses in America. Though it's best known for Nathan- iel Hawthorne's 1851 novel, perhaps the more interesting story is that of Caroline Em- merton, a philanthropist and preservationist who founded The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association to assist immigrant families who were settling in Salem in the early 20th century. Emmerton's dual goal was to preserve the house for future generations and to fund her settlement programs for newly arriving immigrants. INSIDER TIP: This year is the home's 300th anniversary, celebrated with parties and creative programming. But a visit to the seaside garden is inspiring anytime. FUN FACT: The Gables hosts several community dialogues each year. Residents and civic leaders from Salem and sur- rounding communities are in- vited to listen, learn, and share their thoughts on immigration and immigration reform. 115 Derby St., Salem, 978-744- 0991, 7gables.org W A T E R S P O R T S EDITORS' CHOICE FOOTE BROTHERS, IPSWICH STANDOUT QUALITIES: This family-owned and operated business in Ipswich was started by Harold and Rose Foot. They've been renting canoes from their livery at Willowdale Dam on the Ipswich River since 1955. Shuttle service will take you to several drop-off points upstream. And there's instruction for tippy beginners. Overnight and longer trips are available with advanced reservations. INSIDER TIP: River etiquette: Dogs are prohibited in the Ip- swich River Wildlife Sanctuary. FUN FACT: Foote Brothers' stretch of the river runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, Bradley Palmer State Park, and Willowdale State Forest. 230 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, footebrotherscanoes.com READERS' CHOICE CAPE ANN S.U.P., ESSEX STANDOUT QUALITIES: Rent- als, lessons, tours, yoga—this is everything you can think of on a stand-up paddle board. INSIDER TIP: In March 2019, join a group of outdoorsy, water-loving North Shore folks in Costa Rica. Paddlers, surfers, and yogis are go- ing together with Cape Ann S.U.P. in search of sun, sand, and surf, as well as dinner with the world- famous surfer, Robert August. FUN FACT: In August, paddlers race on an open-water course inside Gloucester Harbor. 2 Southern Ave., and 35 Dodge St., Essex, 978-233-1SUP, capeannsup.com

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