A Cozy sunday Getaway into the Coast – StreetsblogMASS

Before the windy that is cold officially come and stay, gift yourself a little getaway to the northern coast this fall. 

Destination: Ipswich – a cute small town that is coastal a population of 13,785 men and women about 30 kilometers northeast of Boston.

To make it happen, buy a $10 pass and catch the MBTA’s Newbury/Rockport Commuter Rail Line from North Station weekend. Check the schedule and see what time works best for you.

The trick to making this trip special that is extra taking your cycle along regarding the train that will permit you to drive to Crane seashore, a wonderful coastline just about a 6-mile trip from the town’s center.  

Never taken your cycle regarding the train before? Just move your cycle on the one and platform of the train conductors will let you know which car has space for your bike. Note that if you’re making this trip on a weekday, there are certain rush-hour trains where bikes aren’t allowed on board: look for a bike symbol on the train schedule.

Group of people walking toward the train doors on the North Station platform,
Passengers walk on the platform at North Station to board the Newbury/Rockport Line Commuter Rail train.

After the train that is 50-minute within the shore through Lynn, Salem, and Beverly, hop down during the Ipswich place, one or two hours obstructs from Jetti’s Bagels and Zumi’s Espresso, a cozy cafe with an ice ointment club in.  

a blue and pink bike leaning against the metal bars on the commuter rail platform in Ipswich.
Ipswich commuter train place: A ramp contributes to a level that is high that makes it easy to roll your bike on and off the train.

When we went in the weather was overcast and there was a light drizzle, but that only made the experience feel like even more of an adventure october. Simply bring your rain that is favorite jacket you should be fine.  

In case you worked up an appetite during the train ride, Heart and Soul Cafe is another block down, at the corner of Market Street and Central Street/S. Main Street. The cafe that is 70s-themed a lighthearted eating environment where you could pick from tasty waffles and lots of snacks.

a yellow wall with differently colored posters hanging, including a heat shaped sticker reading, "Heat and Soul Cafe."
A little glimpse associated with the wall that is 70s-themed at Heart and Soul Cafe.

Let’s go to the beach! 

Despite the lack of bike lanes, the ride from Ipswich to Crane Beach feels pretty comfortable, since there’s not traffic that is much automobiles have a tendency to provide area when driving. Be sure to have a set that is good of on your bike. 

There is a bike shop in town, Ipswich Cycle, where you can pick up any last minute things or fill your tires up with atmosphere if they’re reasonable. The employees is extremely friendly and may provide advice and guidance before you head out.  

Argilla Road will get you most of the way to the beach. Google Maps shows Labor in Vain as an option, but this dead ends at a gated property that is privateergo the title?). The views listed here are however spectacular and don’t incorporate too much effort to your general journey, therefore then turn around and make your way to Argilla Road if you have the extra time and are feeling curious, feel free to take this detour. See the bike route on Google Maps.

Map showing the route from Ipswich to Crane Beach via a blue line.
Map showing the route from Ipswich to Crane Beach. Courtesy of Google Maps.

About 6 miles later, you’ve arrived at Crane Beach! There is some bike parking off to the side behind one of the buildings where you can lock your bike up. 

Choose an area across the beachfront that is four-mile set up camp and take in the sounds of the crashing waves, the seagulls flying overhead, and the dogs running and playing in the water. 

Fun fact: the beach scenes from Little Women (2019) were filmed here.

a sandy beach with the water in the far background and a grayish blue sky.
View of a calm cloudy afternoon at Crane Beach.

There are also 5.5 miles of trails you can explore through the sand dunes, maritime shrubs, and beachfront.

After a couple of hours and sandwiches later, we unlocked our bikes and headed back into town around sunset when the sky had an orange tint to it – as there are even fewer cars on the road and it can feel quite magical biking past the beautiful open landscapes lining the road if you’re comfortable riding in the evening, we highly recommend it.  

A large grassy landscape with trees in the far back and tree branches lining the frame of the photo.
View associated with the landscape that is open Argilla Road on the way to Crane Beach. Photo by Siddharth Mayya.

Feel free to walk/roll through the town. Take in the colorful Ipswich Mural along the river depicting the town’s history, grab a coffee and sit in the town’s quaint library courtyard or try a flight out of mead inside 1634 Meadery’s tasting room utilizing the owner himself.     

a black fenced entry way leading to a red brick building
An 1869 Greek Revival building, the Ipswich Public Library courtyard benches under a tree that is massive a great spot to relax in. Bike parking is located along the fence that is right


a colorful mural painted on the side of a red brick building
The Ipswich Mural portrays town’s record through colorful photos. A plaque that is large positioned close by detailing the schedule and concept of each picture.


6 small glasses filled with different colored mead
A journey of mead served to us because of the owner of 1634 Meadery himself.

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