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Manchester-by-the-Sea

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Manchester 3 PNGManchester-by-the-Sea is a picturesque New England seaside village offering visitors a respite from busier Cape Ann destinations like Rockport and Gloucester. Originally settled in 1629, the area spent over 200 years as a working fishing port before evolving into a favored summer getaway for Bostonians in the mid-19th century. Today, visitors enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants, historical attractions and nature walks.

Manchester Marine offers transient services in Manchester-by-the-Sea’s sheltered harbor. Slips are limited, and reservations highly recommended. Facilities onsite include showers, restrooms, fuel and ice. Downtown Manchester is just a five-minute walk from the harbor.

The Trask House Historical Museum is one of the town’s biggest attractions. Originally constructed in 1823, today the Track House is a museum offering an inside look at maritime history and Victorian life in the region. Of particular note is a children’s room with dolls and period toys.

Manchester 1 PNGManchester-by-the-Sea’s downtown area is a two-mile loop. Visitors should stop by the Seaside No. 1 firefighting museum, a white structure with black and red trim. The museum, affiliated with the Trask House, contains antique fire engines and exhibits about the history of firefighting. There are approximately twenty shops, galleries and restaurants to visit in the downtown commercial area. Popular spots include Captain Dusty’s ice cream shack, the Manchester By the Book bookstore, and The Grove boutique. Other notable sites include the traditional 1809 white-steepled First Parish Congregational Church located on the town green. The Manchester-by-the-Sea Historical Museum recommends several walking tours that let visitors explore the culture and history.

Nature lovers seeking outdoor hiking or casual walking opportunities by the ocean won’t be disappointed. Singing Beach is a popular option that’s described as one of New England’s most scenic beaches. The Coolidge Reservation offers a gentle stroll with green lawns beside the ocean. Agassiz Rock is a park taking visitors past striking examples of large glacial boulders common to the region. Now

For information on how to reserve dock space call the Manchester Marine at 978-526-7911.  The Trask House can be reached at 978-526-7230 and more information can be found at www.manchesterbytheseahistorical.org.

Liz Alton

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