Northshore Magazine

May / June 2015

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

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40 | MAY + JUNE 2015 1640 Hart House Not only does 1640 Hart House serve excellent food in a cozy, historic house, but it's also got a world-renowned claim to fame; one of its original rooms is now on display at the Metropoli- tan Museum of Art. 51 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich, 978- 356-1640, Ithaki is the gold standard BONS award winner for Mediterranean food on the North Shore. 25 Hammatt St., Ipswich, 978- 356-0099, The Crane Estate transports visitors back to early 20th-century grandeur. 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-345-4351, Crane Beach Soak up the sun, sand, and surf at the pristine and family-friendly Crane Beach. Must-Do List The Bancroft on the town Items for your Ipswich and Essex Itinerary 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978- 356-4354, Russell Orchards Farm Store & Winery boasts pick-your-own fruit crops, a large farm store, activities for kids, and a wide variety of deli- cious locally made wines. 143 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978- 356-5366, Choate Bridge Pub is a downtown local favorite serving up brews, burgers, pizza, and more in a friendly, casual environment. 3 South Main St., Ipswich, 978-356-2931, Whipple House Visit the Whipple House museum to get a look at life in 1677 America. 53 South Main St., Ipswich, 978-356-2811, photographs by Robert Boyd within a mile of each other on Route 133, where "you can spend a dollar on a post card or $55,000 on a painting." Endless hours spent scouring antiques shops can make even the heartiest New Englander work up an appetite, and luckily, Essex has its share of restaurants along the same one-mile stretch. "We're starting to think of our- selves as New England's restaurant capital as well," says Coviello, pointing to eateries where din- ers can get everything from pasta and pizza to Chinese food and Massachusetts' classic seafood. Among the most famous of these restaurants is Woodman's of Essex, birthplace of the fried clam, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. In fact, Maureen Woodman, the iconic eatery's director of cater- ing sales, says the summertime smell of fried clams coming from restaurants like Woodman's and J. T. Farnham's is one of her fa- vorite things about the town. "I like every restaurant in town," she says. "For a small street we have the best food." Woodman also says she loves the town's natural beauty, and its centerpiece is the lovely Essex River, which changes constantly throughout the year. "It's the most beautiful thing at high tide," she says. "Look at how many people just come and paint it." Coviello agrees, saying, "I have a boat on the river…. I'm prone to sit on the boat and just go out and float." And like the residents of Ip- swich, both Woodman and Coviello love the small-town intimacy of Essex. "When you live in a big city you're just one cog in the wheel," Coviello says. "But in a small town like Essex an individual can have an impact on what's happening." Ithaki PLACES

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