Summer 2021: Your Guide To Summer On The North Shore

It doesn’t matter if you’re a history buff, beach bum, fitness fanatic, whale watcher or avid window shopper, the North Shore is the place to be. For many, summer on the North Shore of Massachusetts means sandy toes, lobster rolls and endless glasses of iced tea, but there is so much more to know about!

Depending on who you ask, the defined area of the North Shore varies, but the non-negotiable towns include places like Salem, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport, and (arguably the best….) Amesbury!

Since most people tend to work their way from Boston up the coast, we’re going to share our favorite things to do starting with Salem and ending with Amesbury.

Summer Activities On The North Shore

Difficult to squeeze everything this magical pocket of land has to offer into one day, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do things like:

1. Grab a coffee (or a craft beer & bite to eat) from Gulu-Gulu Cafe in Salem

Open 7 days a week, Gulu Gulu Cafe is a spot you can pop into for an eye-opening coffee, mimosa-fuelled brunch, refreshing craft beer, unique wine or an evening of live music! They also have incredible local art for you to view and shop. With food options to suit vegans, meat lovers and those with food intolerances, we give it the award for being a true one-size-fits-all.

The other spot you can check out in Salem, is Gulu-Gulu’s sister restaurant, Flying Saucer Pizza Company! They have traditional pizzas as well as vegan and gluten-free options!

Contact Gulu Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St
Salem MA 01970
(978) 740-8882
Gulu Gulu Cafe Website

2. Visit the Salem Witch Museum

When in Salem… do as the witches do of course! Look, not everyone loves a beach and sometimes the weather does not permit it to even be an option! Not to worry, the Salem Witch Museum is a legit must-do.

After your visit, we recommend doing the self-guided Salem Heritage walking tour and checking out other historical spots such as:

Contact the Salem Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square North
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692
Salem Witch Museum Website

3. Jump On a Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Marblehead

You don’t have to be a mad fisherman to enjoy a day of deep sea fishing! The crew at Keepin It Reel Fishing Charters in Marblehead are pros at making it an exciting experience for both novices and professionals! With numerous packages to choose from, you can make it a full day activity or simply feel the fresh ocean breeze for 2 hours!

Wondering what you might catch? In Marblehead, depending on the time of year, you can expect fish like: Striped Bass, Cod, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Blue & Mako Shark, Atlantic Mackerel, Haddock, and Black Seabass.

Contact Keepin it Reel Fishing Charter
Keepin It Reel Website

4. Grab A Lobster Roll at Marblehead’s Little Harbor Lobster Company

The Little Harbor Lobster Company is a waterfront seafood market that will have you drooling!! With loads of prepared food to nosh on, it also sells wine and beer AND (wait for it) – the region’s award winning lobster roll!

One of our favourite things to do is buy fresh shrimp & oysters and a bottle of bubbles to nibble and sip on while watching the sunset from our accommodation.

Contact Little Harbor Lobster Company
3 Beacon Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 639-1961
Little Harbor Lobster Company Website

5. Go Whale Watching in Gloucester

Is there anything more refreshing than sea spray on your face and the majestic sight of a whale leaping out of the water? (No, there’s not.)

Whale watching is something you 100% need to do on the North Shore and Gloucester is one of the best locations in the world. While there are a few tried and trusted companies running tours, we’ve always had a great experience with Cape Ann Whale Watching.

Contact Cape Ann Whale Watching
415 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-5110
Cape Ann Whale Watching Website

6. Treat Yourself to Ice Cream from Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe in Gloucester

Open seven days a week for both scoops and takeaway pints, Holy Cow Ice Cream is basically a mecca for ice cream enthusiasts. Crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients (and even made-from-scratch cookies!), their flavors include things like salted caramel pie, cold brew Oreo, cinnamon churro dough and key lime pie. And yes! They have dairy-free ice cream options.

A true Gloucester staple, you can now get a taste in Peabody, MA too!

Contact Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe
80 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 281-0313
Holy Cow Cafe Website

7. Grab Lunch at Sea Level in Newburyport

Shut up…. You had me at ‘Oyster Bar’.

While the oysters are what’s going to get you through the door (and keeping coming back for more), it’s Sea Level’s endless menu of tacos, poke bowls, burgers, fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails that’s going to want you to move in and never leave. With locations in both Newburyport and Salem, it’s a destination worth visiting multiple times while in the North Shore!

Contact Sea Level Oyster Bar
1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA
(978) 462-8862
Sea Level Oyster Bar Website

8. Spend a Day Exploring Plum Island

Plum Island is a quintessential MA spot for lobster rolls, beach strolls, and sundowners, but we extra love this spot for the Plum Island Lighthouse as well as the Hellcat Marsh Loop Trail at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

The welcome center is closed due to Covid, but you can do a mile-long loop and take in expansive views from a lookout tour. It’s built with elevated boardwalks, so perfect for all ability levels. If you’re someone who likes to get out in nature, this is an activity sure to soothe your soul!

And when you’re ready to refuel, you can grab some necessities from the iconic The Cottage Island Market & Spirits.

Contact Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

9. Hang Out in The Biergarden at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury

Open Wednesday-Sunday, Barewolf Brewing is one of our favorite North Shore breweries to meet up with friends or family for an easy afternoon of beer and life chats. Known for their 11 rotating draft lines and beer fridge full of cans to-go, this Amesbury brewery also has various resident artists, loads of events, and is dog-friendly!!

Contact Barewold Brewing
12 Oakland Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 572-6520
Barewolf Brewing Website

10. Visit Bryony & Birch for yoga, wellness, beauty, hair and art!

While Bryony & Birch is an actual space that houses a hair salon, yoga & wellness studio, fully equipped photography & videography studio, art and the best finds from local artisans and apparel & jewelry designers, it’s also a community of creatives who are actively seeking to network, collaborate and champion each other’s successes.

Pop in:

  • For a little hair care
  • To browse & shop local art, jewelry, and apparel
  • To take a yoga or wellness class
  • To simply say hello!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Contact Bryony & Birch
48 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6421
Bryony & Birch Website

Find Your Next Amesbury Flow Class

With the warmer weather upon us and Covid finally feeling at bay, we are loving getting back to our group practices outdoors!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Can’t make it in person? Not to worry! On the Bryony & Birch Yoga App (available on the App Store and Google Play), you’ll find restorative classes you can do from home that focus on mindful movements of the body and breath as well as power sessions designed to intertwine strength, balance and flexibility.

Amesbury Activities To Do With Mom

Are you planning a mother-daughter trip to the North Shore or looking for an out-of-the-box Mother’s Day gift idea?

Make sure that Amesbury is on the list!

Located just below the New Hampshire border, this historic town (that the Bryony & Birch bunch is proud to call home!) runs along the Merrimack and Powow rivers, is known for numerous historic landmarks and has the type of architecture that makes you instinctively want to use it as the backdrop for a Nancy Meyers movie.

While the tourism scene is alive and well, you won’t find bumper to bumper traffic or impossible-to-get-into-restaurants. In fact, you’re more likely to get to know a local artist, chef, brewer or yoga instructor. The community of entrepreneurs, wellness practitioners and artisans is one of the best parts of Amesbury and the inspiration behind the Bryony & Birch collective space. Which also needs to be on your list! (But more on that soon!)

It doesn’t matter if you’re coming for the day, the weekend or a whole week – there are loads of must-dos. From what to eat to where to practice your yoga, scroll down to learn more about the best places to visit in Amesbury, MA with your mama!

Amesbury Activities To Do With Mom

#1 Morning Buzz Cafe

Open from 7 am seven days a week, Morning Buzz cafe doesn’t just have a clever name. This is the place you want to go for a post-wine-night fry up, soul-warming cup of coffee, or simply a gratuitous brunch!

Contact Morning Buzz Cafe
37 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 792-5394
Morning Buzz Cafe Website

#2 Cider Hill Farm

Arguably one of the most magical places on earth, Cider Hill Farm is a must-do so make sure you book your day there in advance! With numerous activities on offer and super kid-friendly, you’ll get to pick tulips, grab lunch, go for a farm stroll, pick fruit, or grab a drink at their hard cider bar.

Contact Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-5525
Cider Hill Farm Website

#3 Board & Brush

If you’re a DIY-er who loves a good sign for your home or business, Board & Brush is the ultimate experience. From the wood to the paint to expert instructors, everything is supplied, which means all you need to do is simply show up with your mama and let those creative juices flow.

You’ll get to do things like assembling sign boards, distressing wood, choosing stains, working out lettering and more! The cutest part: you’ll have a special sign to remind you of your time away with Mom.

Click here to learn more and to book your experience.

Contact Board & Brush
25 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 971-8150
Board & Brush Website

#4 Bryony & Birch Collective

While Bryony & Birch is an actual space that houses a hair salon, yoga & wellness studio, fully equipped photography & videography studio, art and the best finds from local artisans and apparel & jewelry designers, it’s also a community of creatives who are actively seeking to network, collaborate and champion each other’s successes.

Pop in with your mama:

  • For a little hair care
  • To browse & shop local art, jewelry, and apparel
  • And take a yoga or wellness class
  • To simply say hello!

Click here to discover the yoga and wellness classes Bryony & Birch offers.

Contact Bryony & Birch
48 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-6421
Bryony & Birch Website

#5 Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe

Open seven days a week, Market Square Bakehouse is our go-to for coffee dates, breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Featuring a menu with loads of gluten-free and vegetarian options, they also offer specialty brews like cold brew, kombucha and local beer and cider!

Contact Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe
5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 792-5237
Market Square Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe Website

#6 Amesbury Carriage Museum

While the Amesbury Carriage Museum has been around for a long time, it’s been undergoing quite the transformation and is definitely a place to watch! With renovations slated to be finished by the end of 2021, this space will be the ultimate welcoming history center, museum and backdrop for a ton of events.

Portions of their historic building are still underwork, but it’s super worthwhile to pop over and check out what’s happening! They also offer fantastic walking tours, which is a fantastic way to learn about Amesbury’s rich history as well as the A-Z of carriages!

Contact Amesbury Carriage Museum
Suite 101, 5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-5058
Amesbury Carriage Museum Website

#7 Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum

Nautical by nature (see what we did there?), Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum is one of New England’s most iconic buildings and boat production facilities. While COVID has made visiting slightly limited (we’re hoping that changes in late 2021), it’s located on gorgeous land and offers stunning views that are totally worth strolling or picnicking on.

Contact Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum
459 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-0050
Lowell’s Boat Shop & Museum Website

#8 Flatbread Co.

When it comes to pizza you can feel extra good about, the minds behind Flatbread Co. are the masters. Through their use of organic ingredients, clean & chemical-free meat and gluten-free/vegan options, they create some of the freshest, tastiest and photo-worthy food in Amesbury.

Available for dine-in or takeaway, you need to eat Flatbread Co. AT LEAST once while in Amesbury!

Contact Flatbread Co.
5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 834-9800
Flatbread Co. Website

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