Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 1.0 Bath, (Sleeps 7)
We were a group of 4 and enjoyed our week in Marblehead. A couple of negative points first - it's not quite clear from the description that you have to walk through the double bedroom in the Eves to access the twin room. Also there is no door on the bedroom situated just off the living area nor was there any lights (either overhead or lamp) in there. We rectified the lighting issue by moving a small table and spare bedside lamp from the twin room and, as we were all family members, the privacy aspect was not really an issue but it did mean we all had to go to bed at the same time really. This didn't spoil our holiday at all but I do think it should be highlighted more clearly as it may bother others. One other small point is that the windows only have sheer white curtains which allow light from the street lamps (and the cinema listing board opposite the property) into the bedrooms which particularly bothered one of our group. On the Positive front, the property was very clean, has everything you need, a good supply of towels and a great shower. Plenty of dining space and a small decking area at the back where we enjoyed a coffee in the morning and a cold beer at the end of the day. The apartment is centrally located, directly opposite the cinema (which is a great cinema by the way) and within easy walking distance to some nice shops, a number of good restaurants and a couple of bars so our dedicated driver got a few nights off which made him very happy. One last note - this property is managed by a company called I-Trip who added on a cleaning charge and an insurance fee over and above the price noted on the HomeAway site so double check those costs before booking. All said, we had a good week here and I would recommend it.
Vacation in North Shore Massachusetts and see history fused with natural beauty and world-class attractions. iTrip Vacations North Shore Massachusetts manages vacation rentals in Gloucester, Ipswich, Newbury, Newburyport, Rockport, Salem and Salisbury. Each of these New England towns feature their own coastal charm and easy access to Boston, one of the area's most thriving cities.
In this region, outdoor enthusiasts and beachcombers will find plenty to do. Upon arrival, find miles of protected seashore with long stretches of private, all-natural beaches. Whale-watching and deep-sea fishing rank among the most popular water activities, with several local charters offering tours for all ages and skill levels.
Plum Island, an 11- mile barrier island in Newburyport, has opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking and relaxing - or escape to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation. When it's time to recharge, sample local culture at Newburyport's galleries, restaurants and shops. In the southern portion of Plum Island, find the town of Ipswich and see Crane Beach, tour Castle Hill, and learn at Russell Orchards and Wolf Hollow wildlife area.
Located next to Newburyport, vacationers can tour Salisbury. Home to its own beach, boardwalk and small restaurants, families enjoy honky-tonk vibes and ocean views. Play games at Joe's Playland and see a live concert at Blue Ocean Music Hall, a local summer venue.
Experience more adventure in Rockport. This area attracts nature lovers to Long Beach, Pebble Beach, Halibut State Park and historic Motif Number 1 boat dock. While in Rockport, visitors can hike, admire architecture, view art and monuments, and plan boating excursions. In addition, tour Thatcher Island's 3 miles of groomed trails, two lighthouses and on-site museum. Don't forget to browse art galleries and boutiques for special gifts, or grab a bite in this seaside village.
For more historical sites and things to do, Gloucester delivers. This city houses both beautiful beaches and must-visit attractions. Enjoy a day at Good Harbor Beach, Stage Fort Park and Beach, or Wingaersheek Beach. After reconnecting with nature, spend time at the museums, a castle, Eastern Point Lighthouse and shopping Main Street. Gloucester also houses Cape Ann Brewing Company and Ryan and Wood Distilleries for those who want to try local beverages.
Another popular city in North Shore Massachusetts is Salem. Although best known as home to the Salem Witch Trials, today the city showcases a lively district full of shopping, tours, art and events. Top sites include over a dozen museums, parks and historic walking areas. While exploring, keep an eye out for nearly 50 small shops and boutiques selling specialty souvenirs, local food and handmade items.
Those who plan a North Shore Massachusetts vacation also sample some of the best food and entertainment in the state. The region offers everything from beach-side dives to fine dining, with top restaurants serving barbecue, burgers, pizza, native Maine lobster and other local seafood.
Visitors should also attend family-friendly events and live shows. Popular options include Gloucester Schooner Festival, Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival, Salem Arts Fest, Haunted Happenings and Salem Film Fest. North Shore Music Theater and Shalin Liu Performance Center host live performances for all ages in elegant and intimate settings.
If this doesn't seem like enough to do, ride to Boston. The city is within easy access via ferry or train, relieving the hassle of driving and parking. Boston features big-city entertainment, historic sites, professional sports and other well known attractions. Top things to do include games at Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, Freedom Trail, the vibrant North End neighborhood and Boston Public Garden.
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