North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley
The Northern most corner of Massachusetts is a microcosm of the rest of the state. From sandy beaches and picturesque harbors to the dusty streets of America’s first towns, there’s enough to do here to fill more than one visit.
North of Boston is a haven for beach lovers and seafaring types alike, with beautiful coastlines, excellent boating and some of the best seafood in all of New England. The town of Salem, site of the legendary witch trials of the 1600’s, is today a kitschy village with a visible gay community that has more than a bit of fun with its historic past. Inland, the inspirational beauty of the Greater Merrimack Valley, was home to some of the greatest names in American Literature from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Louisa May Alcott. History buffs will love visiting the Revolutionary war towns of Lexington and Concord or any of the myriad of historical museums.
Discover North of Boston and the Greater Merrimack Valley, where maritime lore meets American history.
Lowell, Home of Bette Davis
Bette Davis is often referred to as the “first lady of American film” for her groundbreaking roles portraying powerful women in the first half of the 20th century. Visit her home town of Lowell Massachusetts, the fourth largest city in the state, which is now a world class destination for theater goers. Don’t miss the Merrimack Repertory Theater or the 3,200 seat Lowell Auditorium.
A unique seaside community, Salem, Massachusetts, welcomes people visitors regardless of religion, ethnicity, or orientation. Most noted for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Salem has learned – and now teaches – the lessons of tolerance learned from the Trials. Today Salem has an emerging LGBT community, as well as a diverse population, including vibrant Witch and Wiccan communities.
Newburyport, Massachusetts & Plum Island
Newburyport is a small coastal city with a distinct flair for the arts. The art galleries of Water Street draw visitors from all over as do one time events like the Bruskers festival, celebrating the old traveling circus and the arts walk, and the Riverfront music festival. Don’t miss the beautiful oceanfront Plum Island with its serene beaches and natural wonders.
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester
Beauport was the eclectic seaside retreat of antiquarian, collector and one of America’s first professional interior designers Henry Davis Sleeper. The house contains Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, with each more visually dazzling than the last. Since 2008, the tour includes that Sleeper was gay man and never married.
A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.