6.23.2015

Of Coastal Towns and Summer Dresses | A Day in Ipswich, Massachusetts

Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts

The coastal town of Ipswich, Massachusetts is one of my favorite places on earth. Its history is rich and deep and runs through my veins. My ancestry extends back into 17th century Ipswich, including grandmothers accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. The place feels familiar, comforting, and ancient. A small, quaint town;  it's visually stunning with its sandy coast, deep green foliage, historic homes, and rolling farmland. It comes as no surprise that Crane Beach has become my favorite beach, especially as I take in the mystery and beauty of this special North Shore town.


With its timeless quality, an island (Hog's Island) off of Ipswich won over producers and was used as the main set of the 1996 film "The Crucible." There is something simply magical and enduring about this town.


Cover-up Dress: c/o Apres-Swim | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bag: L.L Bean | Earrings: Stella&Dot | Sunglasses: Coach

Recently, while I was spending a day in Ipswich, lounging on the beach, visiting the impressive Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, and dining, I wore my new Apres-Swim cover-up dress. It's designed to be worn from the beach and beyond. I never bothered changing out of it for my visit to Castle Hill or dinner since it appears to simply be a summer dress, rather than a swim cover-up.

This American-made, quick-dry dress also has UPF 40, which is important with my pale skin. Plus, it has pockets. I'm in love with dresses that have pockets!

Some purple summer beauties at Crane Beach


One of the biggest (figuratively and literally) attractions in Ipswich is Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. This seaside mansion was built by the wealthy Crane family of Chicago during the early part of the 20th century. Their summer estate was completed in 1928.


The exterior of Castle Hill was featured prominently in the film "The Witches of Eastwick" as the home of the sinster Daryl Van Horne. This is especially fitting since John Updike, the author of The Witches of Eastwick, made Ipswich his home for a time.

Back of the mansion


One of the most impressive features of Castle Hill is the Grand Allee. The expansive rolling lawn cascades elegantly down to an breathtaking view of Crane Beach.



Chess, anyone?



Ipswich is a perennial charmer, with something for everyone. From the rustic beauty of the 17th century Whipple House to the grand mansion at Castle Hill; with the casual, yummy dining of the Clam Box to the more elegant, historic dining of the 1640 Hart House; offering a day at the country club or relaxation at Crane Beach, it is truly a town I will never tire of. Anything you could want is there. And I love that I found a cover-up dress that will take me to all those Ipswich locales without a stop to change! I'll be back for many visits this summer, Ipswich, so get used to me.

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20 comments:

  1. Wow...I don't know what to comment on first! That fabulous cover up? The beautiful beach? The stunning mansion? Thanks for the lovely getaway!

    xoxo,

    Tim

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  2. I miss living in Ipswich. It's a wonderful small community with so much to do.

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    1. It's an amazing town! Love the North Shore so much!

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  3. Great post with amazing photos!

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  4. I haven't been to Ipswich before, but now I want to! It sounds and looks perfect.
    Really cute dress too!

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    1. Oh, you must! It is such a perfect town! The North Shore is my favorite.

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  5. I can't believe we've never visited Castle Hill - thanks for the reminder! And sharing your lovely trip!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you get up to Castle Hill! It's so close to you!

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  6. I would love to check this out! I've never been it looks a bit like Newport. So beautiful.
    Love the dress as well, new follower :)
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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    1. It definitely has a Newport feel, though a bit more country. If you like Newport, you'll definitely like Ipswich!

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  7. I can see why this is your favorite place...it's absolutely breathtaking!

    http://elementsofellis.com/

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  8. I'm ready to pack my bags and head for Iswich! Until then, I'll live vicariously through your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'm ready to pack my bags and head to Ipswich! Until then, I'll live vicariously through your amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!

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