Updated: Jan 17
By 4Squares Residential Group in Partnership with Judi 411
Welcome to another segment of 4Squares Residential Group's "A Day Away," where we feature fun places to spend the day across Massachusetts.
Northbound Adventures in Beverly, MA
We're heading northbound on Route 95 to picturesque Beverly, Massachusetts, this month. Easily accessible by car or commuter rail, Beverly offers a beautiful coastline, plenty of green space, and boutique shopping and dining experiences.
Fun Facts about Beverly
Originally part of Salem, the Beverly area, which includes Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing, was first settled in 1626. Since then, Beverly has been home to various types of commerce.
While there remains a controversy over whether Beverly or Marblehead holds the title of "Birthplace of America's Navy," the fact remains that the first ship commissioned by the U.S. military, an armed schooner commissioned by the military, was built in Beverly at Glover's Wharf in the late 1700s.
In the early 20th century, Beverly became home to the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, later acquired by Cummings Properties and turned into a campus for numerous hi-tech companies and biotechnology firms.
But the 4Squares Favorite Fun Fact about Beverly? Parker Brothers, makers of the real estate game Monopoly, has headquarters in Beverly.
Something to See
Hailed as the Crown Jewel of Beverly, Lynch Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean views. Stroll along either Lynch Beach or Woodbury Beach (or both!) to breathe in the salt air and soak in the sunshine.
The nearby Rose Garden, a popular spot for locals, is a must-see for garden lovers. Meander along the flower-lined pathways leading to the gazebo and marvel at the iconic statues and figures, most notably the two lion statues, which watch over the park from their perches atop two brick railings, and the Falconer, which stands guard between the Rose Garden and the seawall.
Somewhere to Shop
Copper Dog Books, 272 Cabot Street, Beverly
Once you've enjoyed the great outdoors, head to the discovery destination known as Copper Dog Books in Downtown Beverly.
Copper Dog offers a range of book, book-related products, gifts, and cards for children and adults alike. Families who jumped on the pandemic's puzzle-palooza bandwagon will find a new challenge in the Copper Dog puzzle selection. Budding artists can peruse the sketch pads and pencil sets, and other fun tools of the trade.
Readers will find the latest releases in all genres, plus staff at the ready to offer suggestions for those looking to expand their horizons. Readings and book signings featuring authors local to Beverly are standard fare. The store's book consignment program ensures that self-published authors and smaller book presses continue to have a voice in the community.
And if you're looking to enjoy a cup of joe and dive into your new book (or books…because really, is it ever only one?), be sure to pop in next door to Atomic Café for a hot brew, cold brew, a refreshing juice smoothie, or one of their signature acai bowls!
Someplace(s) to Eat
Bone Fish Harry's 218 Cabot Street, Beverly
Beverly is a seaside town, so why not stop for seafood by the seashore at Bonefish Harry's? A West Coast-style fish restaurant with tiki bar flair, Bonefish Harry's is best known for the fish tacos and fun island-style atmosphere. Savor nachos, deviled eggs, or Buffalo cauliflower while sipping a traditional Mai Tai, or dig into a Bossman Burger or the Thai Me Up Chicken Sando with a Frozen Drink of the Day.
Tartine Kitchen & Eatery, 192 Cabot Street, Beverly
If you're looking for lighter fare, visit Tartine, the European style eatery, café & wine bar. Select from several tartines (that sounds so much nicer than "open-faced sandwiches," no?) each served on toasted artisanal bread with a side salad or soup. Or indulge in one of their quiches, including the iconic Quiche Lorraine, for a true savory treat. Wine by the glass and an array of Belgian beers are also available, or if you're looking for a less potent beverage, opt-in for tea or an espresso beverage.
What are some of your favorite towns to visit north of Boston? Showcasing cities throughout Massachusetts is one of our favorite ways to help our readers (and clients!) love the way they live in Medford and beyond. Drop us a note at Jen@4SquaresRE.com and tell us your hidden gems hangouts! Want more? Subscribe to our newsletter!