summer time is here, red tide… be damned!
With all of the crazy springtime weather, I think we can finally say that summertime is here. My favorite summerime activities in Boston? Beaches and clam shacks!
Since I moved to Salem recently, I’ve been checking out the North Shore for the little whole bellied delicacies. There are definitely the favorites out there.. The Clam Box in Ipswich and Woodman’s in Essex spring to mind. One of my favorite spots though is Red Rock Bistro on the water in Swampscott. The restaurant inside is pricy (tasty! but sometimes not what I’m looking for while covered in sweat and sand).. but the takeout window is the place to be. They will serve you fried clams in a proper paper bag (they also have great ice cream!) and you can either enjoy them at the tables provided, or you can walk 20 feet and enjoy a great ocean view at Swampscott Beach. I enjoy this beach alot.. plenty of space and easy access.
Want to venture out a little further? The Lobster Pool in Rockport has amazing views on the water, it is also BYOS (Bring Your Own Spirits) and they have homemade pie. The outside tables are also dog friendly if you’ve been hiking around with fido on Cape Ann for the day. Beaches I like? Good Harbor Beach or check this guide for other Cape Ann spots.
My advise? Get out there, explore and frolic! This is just the tip of the iceberg (and only the North Shore!) as far as great beaches and clams in the Boston area. The North Shore is completely accessable by the MBTA as well…
oh.. and a side note… best fried oysters on the North Shore? Finz, hands down. But thats a whole other entry!