A Vibrant Coastal Community on Boston’s North Shore
Essex, Massachusetts is a hidden gem. (Take a quick fly over!) Dine, shop, stay and play in our scenic landscape. Discover arts and culture and professional services. Located 30 minutes North of Boston on the Great Marsh of Cape Ann, our historic New England town of Essex is a great escape any time of year! Watch our Video Tours and see our Day Tripper Guides to plan your visit. Join us for exciting Events throughout the year.
Essex, Massachusetts is “New England‘s Restaurant Capital” with more restaurants and food establishments per capita than any other town in New England. Local seafood is a specialty in Essex, but there is no limit to the range of cuisine available to satisfy your palate. From casual eateries or elegant dining experiences with seasonal deck dining - Essex serves up amazing food year round!
Shop in Essex, MA
The diversity of antiques in historic Essex, Massachusetts make it an important antique center. Regarded as ”America’s Capital,” numerous antique shops are located within a mile of each other, housed in historic buildings. It is a collector’s, dealer’s and decorator’s paradise with art, furnishings, and accessories ranging from “early attic” to fine American and international antiques.
Stay & Play in Essex, MA
Outdoor recreation in our scenic landscape makes you feel ‘a world away’! Come for adventure or simply relax and enjoy the comforts of home in the historic & newly renovated Cedar Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast or Shea’s Riverside Inn & Motel.
Arts & Culture in Essex, MA
There is a lot of creativity in Essex, Massachusetts and a rich history of shipbuilding, clamming and antiques. Discover Essex artists, museums and cultural events held throughout the year. Our two history museums, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Cogswell’s Grant folk art museum have extraordinary stories to tell, and a self-guided Historic Essex Walking Tour connects past and present day Essex.