4 places to visit in and around the Boston area

Because there’s more than just beans in Beantown.

Gigi Gelateria

Stopping into one of the North End’s most popular gelato shops feels like you’ve taken a trip to Italy. The giant red case that peeks out onto Hanover Street and the dozens of flavors it holds lures you in even before you’ve entered the store. Their tiramisu flavored gelato never fails, and their lemon strikes a delicious balance between tart and creamy. The family who owns Gigi Gelateria also runs a number of restaurants in the North End, each with a different ambiance and price range.

Peabody Essex Museum

If you head to Salem, Massachusetts, it’s hard to pass up the kitschy Witch Museum or the tourist trap shops with an overwhelming amount of crystals, stones, and tarot cards for sale. If you’re wanting to see something not related to the strange history of this Massachusetts town, visit the Peabody Essex Museum. Their permanent and rotating exhibits display a variety of art from around the world–Chinese sculpture, American Indian dance, and European watercolor, to name a few. Years ago, the museum exhibited fashion-icon Iris Apfel’s collection; this year, it has Rodin’s “the Thinker” on display.

Rockport, MA

Drive an hour or so North of Boston and you’ll reach Rockport, a quaint fishing town with, reportedly, the most painted scene in the country. Motif #1, a small red shack speckled with multi-colored buoys, has drawn artists’ attention for hundreds of years. Walk down Bearskin Neck and check out local art galleries or more touristy shops. Perhaps you’ll recognize The Fudgery as a faux-Alaskan background from the movie The Proposal. Be sure to buy a treat from Helmut’s Strudel, a small bakery with melt-in-your-mouth pastries. And don’t miss the spectacular view at the end of the neck.

Good Harbor Beach


Travel a few minutes down Cape Ann to the centuries-old fishing port of Gloucester. Here you’ll find the ever-popular, if chilly, Good Harbor Beach. Enjoy some boogie-boarding and a game of pickleball, or, wait till the tide goes out and walk across the sandbar to Salt Island. Bike down the street half a mile and indulge in one of the hundreds of flavors of ice cream at Long Beach Dairy Maid. Or, stay in Gloucester for the evening and explore the quaint downtown area or one of the country’s oldest art colonies: Rocky Neck.


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