Recreation, Entertainment, Services!

Living on Massachusetts’ Beautiful North Shore

No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s proximity to Boston, Newburyport, the many beautiful beaches of Boston’s North Shore, shopping outlets or the New England mountains, the Massachusetts North Shore has something for everyone. With year-round activities for the young and old alike, the North Shore is the ideal location for all ages. In addition, Ipswich is conveniently located near several major roadways and has access to the MBTA.

Ipswich Town Directory

Ipswich Club Homes – a secluded place to live yet convenient to everything.

The companies mentioned and locations on this page are a partial listing ment to demonstrate the diversity of services available in the area. The Ipswich Club Homeowners’ do not recommend or endorse one company or service over another. We have not accepted payment of any kind in exchange for listings.


Ipswich is a coastal town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Home to Willowdale State Forest and Sandy Point State Reservation, Ipswich includes the southern part of Plum Island. The Town of Ipswich offers highly regarded public education that attracts numerous “school of choice” students from surrounding communities. Public school transportation is right on your secure street here at Ipswich.

Cape Ann

Cape Ann Cape Ann is located approximately 30 miles northeast of Boston and it includes the city of Gloucester, and the towns of Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.


The Town of Essex, on Cape Ann, not quite like any other town in Massachusetts, is steeped in maritime history and possesses the wondrous, natural beauty of the Essex River as it meanders it way to the Atlantic Ocean through an extensive, related marsh system and acres of unspoiled woodlands. Visitors come to experience all of our natural wonders plus the largest assortment of antique shops and restaurants to be found anywhere in such a small town.


Gloucester For nearly 400 years, Gloucester has been a city of explorers, fishermen, artists and dreamers. With over 60 miles of coastline, there is a wealth of stunning views to enjoy. Discover Gloucester CLICK HERE.

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea was originally founded as Jeffery’s Creek in the mid-1800’s. The twon is located at the southerly end of Cape Ann. A trip to Singing Beach or Tuck’s Point is worth your time and then some.


Rockport is primarily a suburban residential and tourist town, and home to lobster fishermen and artists. Its rocky beaches and seaside parks are a favorite place for tourists from the Greater Boston Area.


The Town of Newburyport is only 20 minutes away and was recently voted the # 2 Destination in the North East by the New York Times.


Boston – 35 minutes. With rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone. There are a variety of free walks and trails throughout the City of Boston. There are a a wealth of museums, galleries, theaters and some of the finest restaurants. Stop at Faneuil Hall Market Place, visit the famous Cheers bar, and shop in the many unique stores. From there it’s only a short walk to the New England Aquarium. You can take a ferry to Provancetown or even go on a whale watch cruise. Boston is a walkable city of small neighborhoods like the North End, famous for columbus park and many fine italian restaurants.


Salem Only 30 minutes drive, famous for its 1692 witch trials, during which several locals were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Landmarks include the Witch House and the former home of a trial judge among many others. The Peabody Essex Museum has a massive collection of global art and artifacts, including a rebuilt Qing-era Chinese house. There are many unusual shops and good restaurants in Salem. If the weather is nice stop by Salem Willow’s “One of Salem ‘s Treasures!” Fun & Games: Historic 1866 carousel,odern video arcade and water views.

If you want to understand the Salem Witch Trials, you have to experience Cry Innocent.


Our Robert Trent Jones Sr. Championship golf course features a contemporary styled clubhouse with dining both inside and outside on the newly redesigned veranda and a short game practice area and driving range.

  • Fitness Center and Fitness Classes
  • Pool, sun deck and pavilion
  • Clay tennis courts
  • Numerous club tournaments and social events


Crane Beach right here in Ipswich. As an Ipswich resident, you may purchase a Full Year pass to Crane Beach for a nominal fee.
Get a Beach Sticker – for area beaches

Plum Island / Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – 20 minutes

Ogunquit “Beautiful Place by the Sea” , Maine – 60 minutes


Skiing & Mountains –The two largest Mountains in New England; Sunday River in Maine and Killington in Vermont are less than 3 hours away and many smaller mountains are even closer.

Retail Outlets

Northshore Mall – 20 minutes
Liberty Tree Mall – 20 minutes
Outlets at Kittery – 40 minutes
Specialty Shops

All shops in Ipswich, MA unless noted.

AnnTiques – Antique, vintage, mid-century collections are curated especially for those who are collectors, decorators and discerning individuals.

Be Modern – Danish modern teak furniture.

Completely Clematis – Specialty nursery specializing in all type sof clematis. We are particularly interested in small-flowered species and hybrids that are so easy and rewarding to grow. Our aim is also to introduce new but proven varieties of both small and large-flowered clematis.

The Equestrian Shop, Inc – Ipswich – We are a family owned and operated, full service saddlery shop dedicated to serving our customers. We offer personalized, knowledgeable service for new riders, recreational riders, seasoned competitors and riders that are challenged by disabilities.

Fine Finishes Art & Frame Shop – Our design expertise can help you choose the proper frame. You will discover that the making of framing fine art, photos and keepsakes will be a pleasant and satisfying experience.

Gifts 4 Soul – Organic Clothing, fair trade products, organic and USA-made apparel. We support local artisans.

Gordon Florist and Greenhouses – We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt.

Green Elephant Toys – We offer a wide range of carefully selected toys and gifts and strive to provide a fun and positive shopping experience both in-store and now on-line.

Ipswich Cycle – Bikes, gear, serice and Maintenance.

Ipswich Pottery – Owner, artist and teacher Nancy Kemp-Soucy, who has been throwing forms for over 35 years.

Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery – The Shop offers exceptional, handcrafted “Made in America” artisan goods. The Gallery offers Johanne Cassia’s original folk art.

Teterault Jewelers – Since 1940, Tetreault Jewelers have been matching our clients with outstanding jewelry.

Tri City Sales – Ipswich and Salem – Tri City Sales has been a landmark in Salem since 1959, with a second location in Ipswich. We are a family-owned and operated discount appliance store serving customers all over New England.

Wolf Hill Garden Center – Since 1978. We have your garden center needs; fertilizers, gardening tools, potting soils, grass seed, hoses, watering cans, pesticides, fungicides, bird seed, pest control and more.

Daily Needs

All listings are in Ipswich unless noted.

Aubuchon Hardware – Founded by William E. Aubuchon in 1908, Aubuchon Hardware is the oldest family-owned and managed Hardware Store chain in America.

Conley’s Drug Store – All pharmicies are not alike. Conley’s is an independent, family owned, traditional pharmacy offering full prescription services, homeopathic and herbal products, medical supplies, specialty items and home delivery. We also specialize in custom compounded medications for your family and pets.

Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market – Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market owner Chrissi Pappas has taken a novel approach in re-inventing the fish market concept. Offer an impressive array of the freshest hand-selected fish and shellfish available plus offer prepared seafood to take home.


The North Shore is home to some of the finest restaurants available.
Here’s a couple of top ten lists from TripAdvisor and Yelp

All listings are in Ipswich unless noted.

Choate Bridge Pub – Our menu includes such favorites as fresh seafood, pizza, grilled steaks, burgers and salads. In addition, we have a wide variety of beers on tap.

The Clam Box – Welcome to the Clam Box, a nationally recognized landmark, located approximately 30 miles north of Boston in historic Ipswich. We have been a New England tradition serving generations of families only the finest in fried seafood for over 80 years.

Georgia’s Pizza – Great food, excellent service! New tasets and concepts.

Ipswich Ale Brewery – Watch the brewing process through industrial-sized windows and follow the process from grain to glass. The Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, nestled uniquely inside the brewery itself, features 15 tap lines and a diverse menu with a mix of tastes ranging from gastro and brewpub to New American cuisine.

Ithaki – a perfect destination for North Shore diners, whether it’s for a bridal shower, a meal with friends or a lamb gyro at the bar while watching the game.

Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar – We hope you have a bit of an adventurous side, because we love anything interesting or unusual in our drinks and dishes

Zabaglione Ristorante – One stop on Central Street in Ipswich offers you two ways to enjoy exceptional Italian cuisine. That’s because you’ll find is Zabaglione Ristorante and Zabaglione Café in one place with both traditional and gourmet options.

Zumis Espresso House and Ice Cream Bar – Serving fair trade certified organic coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and no sugar added ice cream. Open mic poetry 3rd Saturday of every month.


North Shore Musical Theater in the Round – Beverly – North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) was first organized in 1954 by founders Stephan Slane, Managing Director, and Ruby Newman, Musical Director. In July of 2010, North Shore Music Theatre reopened and continues to be on of the largest arts venues in the region.

Actors Studio of Newburyport – Newburyport – Our 50 seat black box theater is host to established plays, new original works, staged readings, film and musical performances.

The Cape Ann Theater Collaborative – Gloucester – A theatre company entertaining audience members since 2010.

Cry Innocent Salem – Salem – If you want to understand the Salem Witch Trials, you have to experience it.

Firehouse Center for the Arts – Newburyport – Our 191 seat theater is active throughout the year with Firehouse Produced events, partner presentations, and arts education programs.

Folklore Theater Company – Gloucester – We collaboratively develop original, copyright-free theatrical projects and productions that are born of the historic and modern folklore of a unique community.

Gallows Hill Theatre – Salem – Gallows Hill Theatre offers full length plays, comedy nights, children’s theatre programs and music.

Gloucester Stage Company – Gloucester – The Gloucester Stage mission is to present the highest quality professional theatrical productions and thus contribute to the cultural, economic and educational development of Cape Ann.

Larcom Performing Arts Theater – Beverly – The Larcom Theatre built in 1912, the same year as Fenway Park is a handsome and lovingly restored 560-seat theatre offering both stage and screen entertainment in downtown Beverly’s central art district.

Marblehead Little Theater – Marblehead – For five decades, Marblehead LIttle Theater is one of the oldest community theatre groups in New England, furthermore, one of the few to have continually produced shows each year.

Neverland Theater Company – Salem – Celebrating 25 years and 170 productions.

North Shore Children’s Theater – Marblehead – North Shore Children’s Theatre (NSCT) produces full-scale musical theatre productions, workshops, and offers a summer program. We provide young performers professional training and arts education.

Northshore Players – Danvers – The North Shore Players is a unique community theater with a deep heritage of high quality and family oriented productions. Furthermore, their roster of performers spans generations reflecting a breadth of talent and experience.

Salem Theater Company – Salem – Our new theater is located just a 15 minute walk from the Salem MBTA station.
Cinema Guide – Click Here

The Cabot – Beverly – A 1920’s theater featuring film, live music and other performances. The Cabot Theatre is a North Shore treasure, a legacy of the visionary showmanship of the Ware Brothers. Opened in 1920 as a dream palace of vaudeville and silent movies, it was hailed as “the most impressive auditorium of its size east of New York.”

Cantemus – Ipswich – Small chorus, big sound

Chorus Show North – Rockport – Chorus Show North is a 130-voice powerhouse of music that has made the choral masterworks accessible to the Boston’s North Shore for almost 85 years.

Me and Thee Coffee House – Marblehead – Celebrating 46 years of great acoustic music.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse – Rockport – Great music, delicious homemade desserts, affordable prices, and a friendly welcome.

Rockport Music – For over 30 years Rockport Music has been committed to one enduring purpose – enriching lives through great music.

The Windhover Dance Company – Windhover founder Ina Hahn started the Windhover Dance Company in 1984. The Company performed in Boston and throughout the North Shore.

The Ipswich Moving Company – Ipswich – The Ipswich Moving Company is led by founder and choreographer, Janet Taisey Craft and it makes its home in a renovated barn in Ipswich across from the Ipswich River.

Addison Gallery of American Art – Phillips Academy, Andover – The Addison Gallery’s collection of American art is one of the most comprehensive in the world, including more than 17,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present.

Cape Ann Museum – Gloucester – A vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children’s activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes.

Cape Ann Artisans – Gloucester and Rockport – Celebrating 33 years of Studio Tours, the oldest tour in the country, free and self-guided

Custom House Maritime Museum – Newburyport – See our unique collection of maritime art, model clipper ships, displays of famous shipwrecks, the history of the Coast Guard, and more.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum – Essex – At the Essex Shipbuilding Museum you can experience New England work ethics, attitudes and values that have much to teach us today.

Hammond Castle Museum – Gloucester – John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts.

The House of Seven Gables – Salem – Discover 350 years of Salem’s history as you experience our museum grounds and collection of historic buildings.

Ipswich Museum – Our mission is to preserve Ipswich’s social, cultural, and architectural history – with the goal of making these treasures more accessible, more relevant, and more connected to our day-to-day lives.

Ipswich Public Library – The Ipswich Public Library is a vital resource for ideas, information and recreation for all members of the community.

Peabody Essex Museum – Salem – Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.

Witch House – Salem – The home of Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin…welcomes you to 17th century Salem.

Witch Museum – Salem – Twenty innocent people were put to death during the Witch Hysteria of 1692. History made them famous…we make them real!

Arbor Inn Motel – The Arbor Inn is situated among woods and wildlife offering peaceful serenity which is protected by wetlands. Beautiful crane beach with miles of pristine sand is just a short drive away.

The Inn At Castle Hill – on the Crane Estate – Here, guests enjoy summerhouse living with glorious views across the marshes.

Ipswich Inn Bed and Breakfast – Ray and Margaret Morley invite you to stay with us at the 1863 Robert Jordan house in the beautiful historic district of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Our home is a late 19th century Victorian house located a few blocks from Ipswich center.

Rogers and Brown House B&B – We have refurbished our home to offer our guests modern amenities and have combined traditional furnishings and modern conveniences to provide you with a stylish, comfortable Bed and Breakfast stay.

Shea’s Inn & Motel – Essex – Located on the banks of the Essex River, the entire property is truly breathtaking year-round. In warm months sea birds frequent the salt marshes across from the property, and in the colder months the river is often home to seals and sea otters!

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (Bus Service)

Car to Boston – 35 minutes

Car to Logan Airport (Boston) – 40 minutes. Limo services available.

Commuter Rail to Boston via Ipswich Station – 50 minutes – Commuter rail service connects Ipswich with Boston’s North Station and MBTA lines. World class shopping is available within 30 minutes at the nearby the NorthShore Mall and the Outlets at Kittery, Maine. The White Mountains and major ski resorts are close by in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Ipswich – Essex Explorer – With so much to see and do, your visit to Ipswich and Essex will be fun-filled and unique, whether you’re a beach-goer, an outdoor adventurer, or a history buff.

Transportation for Seniors

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Dial 911 for emergency.

The local Ipswich Fire Department and Lyons Ambulance Services are located ½ mile from the entrance to the club at the intersection of Route 1 and Linebrook Road.

Beverly Hospital — 30 minutes
Lahey Hospital Peabody — 20 minutes
North Shore Medical Center — Salem 32 minutes
Anna Jacques Hospital — Newburyport 20 minutes
Massachusetts General Hospital — Danvers, 20 minutes
Massachusetts General Hospital — Boston, 45 minutes

Ipswich Animal Hospital – Rowley