Bella from our marketing team traveled to northern Massachusetts not long ago and discovered a whole new world of culture. Here she writes about her favorite moments…
Think Massachusetts, think Boston and Cape Cod. At least that’s what I did when I first found out I was taking a trip to this state in New England. However, upon arrival we were driven swiftly out of the bustling city and up into Northern MA to visit the coastal town of Rockport, the renowned witch town of Salem, Lexington and Concord on Patriots’ Day, and some stunning and rural towns in The Berkshires.
The appeal of northern Massachusetts is its rich culture with more museums, art galleries, music venues and large estates than you could possibly imagine. To be honest; the idea of museums and galleries is not something that would usually take my fancy, however I was seriously impressed and fascinated by what MA had to offer. I’ve put together my top five places to visit…
- Crane Estate, Castle Hill
This spectacular estate covers more than 2,100 acres near the town of Ipswich. The Estate includes The Great House which offers some interactive tours from guides in traditional dress and has all sorts of fun and games in the garden; the Crane Wildlife Reserve, which you can kayak to, to see many rare plants and animal species and finally a popular public beach which stretches up the coast for as long as the eye can see. It’s a great option for families staying in Boston with it being a short drive away and a perfect escape from the city.
- Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
The Cape Ann Museum tells the history of Gloucester, the oldest fishing port in America. It has a stunning art collection including work by the well-known marine artist Fitz Henry Lane, a model of the famous boat Andrea Gail, that inspired the movie The Perfect Storm and artifacts from major industries of the area.
- Tanglewood, Lenox
The Tanglewood Estate was given to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1936 and now, every summer, the venue is filled with gorgeous music not only from the Orchestra but from visiting artists of every genre. This summer’s music is coming from the likes of Lady GaGa, Diana Krall and James Taylor. What really makes this venue unique though, is that the arena is opened up to the surrounding lawns, so visitors can relax and listen with a picnic of gourmet goodies, a glass of wine and a sky fall of stars. Dreamy? I think so.
- The Clark Institute, Williamstown
When arriving at the Clark you immediately start to feel relaxed. The art gallery has recently been extended and now includes an architecturally stunning building with oodles of space, reflective water pools surrounding it and situated within a gorgeous natural environment. View its incredible art collections in total serenity, a far cry from the heaving art galleries you find in London. Their collections include American artists John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer and famous European artists from Van Gogh and Turner to Monet and Manet.
- Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
This is another brilliant museum in Salem that showcases art and culture from destinations all over the world. What made this museum really stand apart from the others though, was our knowledgeable guide who knew the story behind every piece she showed us, she really bought everything to life. The most fascinating piece here was a 200-year-old Chinese house that had been imported from China’s southeastern Huizhou region, an incredible insight into Chinese architecture, art and culture.