Warm hospitality and service is the way of life in the North of Boston. Enjoy the historic atmosphere of a grand hotel, family fun at a destination resort with a water park, or relax and unwind at a charming bed and breakfast or a seaside inn.
See fascinating pieces of extraordinary art and culture from local artisans as well as from all over the world in our numerous galleries and museums. Or, visit one of our many attractions which encompass the history, culture, and natural beauty of Essex County.
If you want to truly experience all that the North of Boston has to offer, let our guides lead the way. See where your favorite film was shot, sample some of the best restaurants, or sit back and enjoy the sites as you are guided around our cities and towns. You may learn of the hidden gems even locals may not know about…
Explore a region rich with savory bowls of chowder and succulent lobster as well as the latest trends in epicurean delights. Just make sure to leave room for dessert!
Hop on board a schooner at set sail on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget to pack your camera as you get up close to see Humpback Whales, Right Whales, and Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins on a whale-watching excursion!
The North of Boston region is brimming with talent in the performing arts. See a Broadway-style musical or a play by a local writer. Music lovers can sit back and enjoy one of the many musical offerings around the region, from large venue shows to cozy, intimate performances.
Delve into the rich history of Essex County. Step back in time as you walk down streets lined with historic homes and architecture. Unlock the mysteries, myths, and legends of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, explore the factories of the Industrial Revolution, or discover the secrets of our nation’s birth.
Explore the region’s maritime treasures. Climb to the top of a lighthouse for a spectacular view. Spend a day at the warm, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re quiet, one of them may sing for you…
Getting around the North of Boston could not be easier. Hop on a trolley and ride to your destination or sail over on a boat or ferry. Walk, bike, or drive through the scenic vistas, historic cities, and scenic seaside towns.
Enjoy the fresh air and take in the unspoiled natural elegance while biking along the scenic coastline or paddling along the lazy rivers. Take in the kaleidoscope of changing leaves in the fall, soft blankets of white winter snow, beautiful blooms of spring, and warm hues of summer.
Getting away from the hustle and bustle is a cinch! Pack your binoculars and spy on the many different species of birds that call the North of Boston home or relish in the bountiful harvests supplied by the many farms throughout the region.
Shopping in the North of Boston region is an experience like no other; the quaint seaside towns contain a treasure trove of unique gifts and gourmet specialties. From high-end boutiques to numerous malls and shopping outlets, whatever your taste or style may be, you can literally shop until you drop!
Join award-winning Gloucester artist David Curtis for a plein air painting workshop at Cogswell's Grant. Beautiful vistas including the Essex River and Great Marsh, farm fields and forests, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns offer an ideal setting for landscape painters looking to refine their skills with expert instruction. For this drop-in class, bring your own materials and equipment, receive direction as you work, and gather for an end-of-day critique with the instructor.
Watch the finals of the teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, Lynn Live Oaks, Newburyport Clamdigggers, Lowell Nine and Portsmouth Rockinghams, play baseball using 1860s rules.
Gallery Talk for In Tandem: Inspirations and Collaborations with exhibition curator Kelley Tialiou. Free and open to the public.
Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
North of Boston CVB seeks venue and services for the 10th Annual Tourism Summit on January 29, 2016. Please CLICK HERE to download the RFP. Deadline for submissions: August 21, 2015
North of Boston 2015 Grant Awards Breakfast will be held on September 23rd! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
North of Boston CVB Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony to be held on November 10th!