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Northshore January February 2021

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 36 JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2021 FAC E S + P L AC E S where you can browse new and vintage items that evoke the beauties of the European countryside. "Andover really is a unique community," says Joe Bevilacqua, president of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. "It still has that charm." Foodies will be tempted to eat their way through town. For "fast food" try the wings and burgers at Sauce, the artisanal sandwiches at La Rosa's, or a slice or two of pizza at OTTO—perhaps one topped with buffalo cauliflower and blue cheese or mashed potatoes and bacon. If you're in the mood for something different, try takeout at Yella Grille, serving modern Mediterranean fare or the approachable steakhouse menu (think $27 steak frites) at Smythe and Dove, a new restaurant that is fashioned after an old barn. Between meals, consider a stroll. Just south of downtown, the campus of renowned Phillips Academy is an iconic New England scene. Pop in at the Addison Gallery— admission is free—to view its notable collections of American art. Green Meadows Farm was recently purchased by Essex County Greenbelt. PHOTOGRAPHS BY HANNAH WHIRTY (TOP AND MIDDLE), BY BRIAN DEMELLO (BOTTOM) Or go a little wilder and hit the trails in one of Andover's numerous conservation areas, parks, and reservations. Ward Reservation provides sweeping hilltop views, Harold Parker State Forest lets you immerse in the woods, and the many properties managed by the Andover Village Improvement Society offer up dozens of options for casual strolls or lengthier hikes. Looking ahead, the town is laying plans to redevelop land in the historic mill district, a short walk from downtown, along the Shawsheen River. Home and furniture store MAK and Co. already has a location in the neighborhood, in addition to one downtown. Local beermakers Oak and Iron Brewing also operate out of the area. Adding more shops and community spaces will help Andover become an even more appealing destination, as it continues its recovery from the troubles of recent years, Gilbert says. "It will greatly expand our current downtown," Gilbert says. "It will be transformative." Clockwise from top right, Harold Parker State Forest, downtown Andover, steak frites from Smythe and Dove

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