Favorite Beaches

Looking to beat the heat on your trip to Boston this summer? Take one of our recommended day trips to the beach.

singing beachOne of my favorite options in the area is Singing Beach in Manchester by the Sea. This is the best option if you don’t have a vehicle and are still looking for some fun in the sun. The beach offers lovely sand, plus rocky outcroppings ideal for climbing and privacy. Singing Beach is a 45 minute train ride from North Station and a 10 minute stroll to the beach once you arrive in Manchester.
craneKnown as one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of New England, Crane beach in Ipswich is an excellent option within a 1 hour drive from the city. More than 1200 acres of beachfront, dunes, and maritime forest are managed for recreation as well as conservation. Ample parking is available at Cranes. When visiting Ipswich, stop by The Clam Box for tasty, local seafood delights.
wingaersheek 2Finally one of the truly best Massachusetts beaches is Wingaersheek beach located in Gloucester. Within a 1 hour drive from the city, Wingaersheek is a great family beach with some of the finest white sand in the area. There are climbing rocks and small tide pools that are fun for the kids to explore. The parking lot can get very busy on the weekends, so starting out early is recommended.


Perfect Spots to go Tanning

charles river esplannade

–> Charles River Esplanade
Miles of grass to layout in the sun and enjoy the magnificent view of the Charles River !






colannade hotel

–> The Colonnade Rooftop Pool

This is undoubtedly the best rooftop pool in the city. Opens for the season Memorial Day weekend; serves lunch and beverages aswell !





–> The Boston Public Garden

Oldest public garden in the country that has plenty of open space to lounge in the sun, as well as shaded areas  in which to relax !




tanorama suntanning center

–>Tanorama Suntanning Center

Located on posh Newbury Street; don’t let those rainy days prevent you from getting a little sunshine !

Our top 10 Summer Picks

cranes beach

Cranes Beach in Ipswich is one of the top beaches on the East Coast and is only a short one-hour drive from Boston. Sand dunes, magnificent views, and clean grounds make it a true escape.




charles river

The Charles River is known as one of the most beautiful urban walking paths in the country. You can pick-up the path just blocks from the hotel and enjoy the passing sailboats. Be sure to run across the Mass Ave. Bridge to Cambridge on your route back so you can take on unobstructed views of the city’s skyline. 





Fenway Park is America’s most beloved ball park. Even if you are not a Red Sox fan, you can appreciate the intimacy you have with the game from every seat.





Kayaking is a great workout for you upper body. Foote Brothers Canoe Rentals drives you upstream the Ipswich River and lets you Kayak or Canoe for 4 hours downstream passing marshes, bird sanctuaries and beautiful wildlife. Don’t have time to drive up the North Shore? Charles River Canoe & Kayak right here in Boston; a fun way to explore the esplanade.





Walking around the city’s largest historical neighborhood, South End Stop for a coffee at the Buttery and stroll home design stores like Lekker, Mohr & McPherson and Reside. On Sundays explore the SOWA Open Market with open studios, art/crafts and a farmer market.





Enjoy lunch or dinner at Sam’s @ Louis Boston with breath-taking views of the entire city from Boston’s waterfront district.





isabella stewart gardner museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the most interesting museums I have been to in my life. The building is designed in the style of a fifteenth-century Venetian palace, with a magnificent, flower-filled courtyard. Each gallery has a character of its own, and unique installations, chosen by Mrs. Gardner herself, impart an air of intimacy to a distinguished collection.




charlestown navy yard

If you don’t have time for a day of sailing, take the MBTA’s F4 Inner Harbor ferry service from Long Wharf to Charlestown Navy Yard. This 10-minute ride on the city public transportation system is a fun way to quickly get out on the water.




harvard 1

Our Universities are really what put the city this size on the world’s map. Explore the contrasting campuses of Harvard University and MIT.





cap cod

Spend the day on Cape Cod! Ferry service from Boston to Provincetown takes 1 hour 30 minutes and the vacation starts the minute you step foot on the boat. Once you arrive, rent a bike and explore the beautiful beaches and sand dunes. After a day at the beach, head into town and have and grab an early dinner of oysters and lobsters outside in the sun.