In downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
At the start of Bearskin Neck, the location of the original settlement previously known as Sandy Neck.
Alley spaces reveal ocean views.
A few Sundays ago, we skipped church and drove to the North Shore. We passed briefly through Manchester-by-the-Sea, pausing to walk out to the harbor and take a few pictures of this charming town. Then we moved on to Rockport, where we took advance of their Park-N-Ride shuttle service (which I highly recommend). We got off at the beginning of Bearskin Neck, a collection of streets that head toward the coast that are filled with very charming shops, eateries (almost all seafood, heavy on lobster), and artist galleries. We stopped for lunch (hot buttered lobster roll + fish and chips) and dessert (ice-cream + apple strudel) and walked out to the rocky neck that wraps around the harbor. We had carried our beach stuff with us so we walked on to Front Beach and spent a couple of hours digging in the sand and cooling off in the freezing water. I even got in the water up to my neck and did not have a salt-water induced anxiety attack (a real sign of maturity for me, just ask my parents).
I normally despise summer and spend July and August counting down the days until fall begins. However, this outing and our trip a week before to Crane Beach has helped me to appreciate summer activities, and I'm hopeful that next year I will embrace the season earlier and more fully.