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"Thank you for a fabulous tour! You did it all just right and the entire family loved this vacation. The kids still talk about jumping off the bridge at high tide and riding down the river and we still talk about sitting in our Adirondack chairs, watching the sun go down over the harbor and the stars come out. We loved being active by day and utterly relaxed by night. Thanks for taking good care of us so we could relax in a way that we hadn't in a long time. Well done!"
Maritime New England Bike Tours - MA: Itinerary
Boston’s North Shore Bike, Hike, and Kayak Adventure Trip
Day 1 Meet in Ipswich in the early afternoon for a welcome lunch and bike fitting. Bike past salt-hay farms and seventeenth-century houses to Newburyport to explore this seaport’s wealth of history and charm. Walk lovely streets from the inn, past sidewalk cafés, unique shops and art galleries, to the riverfront boardwalk. Set sail by catamaran with on-board bar to watch the sunset. Enjoy dinner together at an excellent Newburyport restaurant. Day 2 Bike to Joppa Flats looking out for herons, egrets and possibly, a bald eagle. Continue to Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge of over 4,600 acres of pristine and diverse coastal habitat. The 3,000 plus acres of salt marsh is one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. View the sanctuary from atop a fire tower then follow boardwalks from marshland to huge sand dunes to beachfront while watching for shorebirds and listening to songbirds. The cares of the world seem to wash away in this tranquil place. Bike to Plum Island Light at the confluence of river and ocean and stroll along the wide beach. Bike inland past old stonewalls and idyllic ponds, then return to Newburyport to explore more of the town's maritime history and wonderful shops. Enjoy a dinner of New England fare fresh from the ocean or farm.
Day 3 Bike through colonial towns and heritage farmland en route to Salem, a small city with a unique history as both a center of witch hysteria in 1692 and a major China trade seaport a century later. Explore this exciting place as you choose. Whether your interests are witch trials, colonial architecture, historic sights, museums, maritime history, art, antiques, shopping, or lazing on the beach, you will find it here. After, cycle to historic Ipswich, one of the oldest towns in America. Walk from the inn to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the excellent nearby restaurants, most offering locally brewed Ipswich Ale.
Day 4 Today, cycle through gorgeous landscapes and seascapes that provided the backdrop for several movies and offer a real feast for the senses. View the shimmering greens, golds and blues along Plum Island Sound and Castle Hill, some of the most beautiful vistas on the northeast coast. Explore a National Historic Landmark with its hilltop mansion, Italianate gardens, and manicured grounds with panoramic ocean views. Continue to a beach considered one of the most beautiful on the east coast, and an important nesting area for the threatened Piping Plover. Walk along the shore and hike trails through barrier island dunes and pitch pine forests. Next, explore this unique eco-system from the water on a kayak adventure, paddling bird-filled estuaries to a secluded beach. Back in Ipswich, discover some of the architectural gems including numerous first period homes, visit the shops and galleries or just relax at the inn. For dinner, enjoy a lobster bake prepared by our host with lobsters pulled fresh from his own traps. Bon Appetite!
Day 5 Pedal the coast through quintessential New England coastal towns and visit beautiful Singing Beach to see if you can discover how it got its name. Cross the drawbridge to Gloucester and view the famous Fisherman’s Memorial. Explore this hardworking seaport and watch fishermen bringing in the catch. Gloucester’s working waterfront, the nation’s oldest, is still a highly productive fishing port. Visit the cafés and shops, then pedal out to a scenic and quaint neck of land to see America’s oldest art colony. Spin along dramatic rocky coastline perfumed by salt spray and roses with views of lighthouses and wide beaches along the way. Arrive in enchanting Rockport, a place known for luminous light and a picturesque harbor that attracts artists, photographers and filmmakers from around the world. Explore this charming town, then head to our luxurious waterfront inn to relax in the oceanview pool or on the wide veranda. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Rockport.
Day 6 Continue to loop around Cape Ann visiting a quaint hamlet where life follows the tides as it has for centuries. A visit to the North Shore would not be complete without sampling the succulent fried clams for which this region is famous. Stop at a clam shack, one considered “an American cult classic,” to sample the clams and much more. If you like, visit the intriguing Essex Shipbuilding Museum or some of the shops in this antiquing mecca. Bike back to Ipswich by early afternoon to complete this exploration of New England's maritime heritage, natural beauty, rich culture and great biking.
For another bike, hike, and kayak adventure trip, see our Block Island, RI tour and attractions.
For a similar adventure trip which combines natural beauty, cultural interest and adventure, see our adventure travel in New York’s Hudson Valley.
For another trip in Massachusetts, please take a look at the Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour on the southern MA coast, Martha's Vineyard and Rhode Island too.
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