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Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

This winter I traveled up to Marblehead, MA for work and was able to explore the area for a bit. This visit (and this post) are more than a tease than anything else!

Marblehead is best known for being a peninsula with lots of coast and ocean views, being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy and the yachting capital of the U.S.  It’s also the filming location for several popular movies, most recently Grown Ups 1 and 2.

Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

Like most of our favorite towns on the North Shore of Boston, it has a village full of shops, lovely window decorations and countless art galleries.

We were there on a cold afternoon in February, so life there was quiet. So I’m told, it gets very busy in the summer.

I had lunch at Haley’s – there is a cafe inside the wine & spirit store.Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

We sat next to this AWESOME painting, which I took several photos of. I’m determined to try and DIY one just like it, because I still can’t stop thinking about it. It’s also my iPhone background. <— such is the life of a nerdy art  major.

Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

For lunch I had the Vegetable Chili and the Chicken Arugula Sandwich.

I hope you know I’m not exaggerating when I say that the sandwich was the BEST one I’ve had in years. Maybe I was high on cold air, or the dullness of February was going to my head but… it was kismet.

I won’t lie. I hardly shared because I wanted to eat the whole thing myself. YUM.

Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

One of our favorite things about the North Shore of Boston is looking at all the buildings and architecture. When my husband and I started dating it was, and still is, one of our favorite things to do.

Marblehead is no different and full of interesting, old houses to check out.

I definitely will be returning in the summer with my bike!Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

And of course ocean views were inescapable.

The ocean looked mighty, mighty cold that day. Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

We headed up to Chandler Hovey Park, home of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

And it was COLD so we didn’t stay long!Day Trip to Marblehead, MA

While we spent only an hour or two checking out town before we had to move on, I definitely hope to return to this lovely seaside town.

And you can bet I’ll be bringing my bike. And a swimsuit. And a picnic basket for the 18 Chicken Arugula sandwiches I will be eating all by myself.

Have been to Marblehead? Seen the movie Grown Ups?

Fun fact: A friend and I saw and met Maya Rudolph shopping in Salem with her newborn son while she was in town filming for the second movie!

I ‘ve also heard a few stories about people meeting Adam Sandler when he was in town filming. One fun story was that he stopped at a kid’s lemonade stand and gave him a one-hundred dollar bill for a cup of lemonade. Not sure if it’s true, but cute nonetheless.

Spend an Afternoon in Concord, Massachusetts

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One of my favorite things about living in Massachusetts is that you aren’t more than a stone’s throw away from a historical location. When my parents came to visit a few weekends ago, we decided to introduce them to Concord, MA – as in the battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battle of the Revolutionary war, and birthplace of the Concord Grape.

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It was the perfect New England town to visit on a gorgeous autumn day.

We started the day with a trip to Walden Pond.

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The pond is open for swimmers in the summer, and freezes over in the winter (I have twirled and swirled all over the iced-over pond once upon a winter).

There is a 2-3 mile hike around the pond. And, thanks to man-made fencing, is extremely narrow. This is not hiking, this is “hiking”. But it is a pretty trail nonetheless.

There were a lot of people out while we were there – many people perched upon the edge of the pond reading and writing. The place inspires intellect.

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The pond was made famous by existentialist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau lived in a small cabin (and I mean SMALL) near the pond and made the small pond famous.

Nearly makes me want to sell all my belongings and live in a hut.

Concord is a literary hotspot – home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, in addition to Thoreau. All writers are buried in the infamous Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

All the writer’s homes are in town and a short drive away from each other.

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We stopped at Louisa May Alcott’s home, which, being a lover of Little Women, I like to refer to as “Orchard House” – the home of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Directly next to Alcott’s home was the “Concord School of Philosophy”.

Next we moved on to Old North Bridge and the grounds of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

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It’s a sombering sight, visiting a battlefield.

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We spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting the small, picturesque village of Concord.

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It’s stores are small and expensive stores, but the streets are lovely to wander around.

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Only 20 miles west of Boston, Concord is a must-see New England town.

Just be sure to bring your philosophy book so you fit in. ; )