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Visit Beverly MA, the Garden City, on your next Cape Ann vacation

Visit Beverly MA, the Garden City, on your next Cape Ann vacation
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Situated less than 30 minutes from the Atlantic Vacation Homes office and neighboring historic Salem, the picturesque seaside city of Beverly, Massachusetts is well worth the trip. Beverly is well within driving range of your Cape Ann or Beverly vacation rental and can easily be added in on your day trip to Salem or other North Shore locations. It is another perfect destination north of Boston for you and your family to visit with plenty of activities, historic landmarks, beautiful beaches and exciting places to explore. Here are just a few reasons why Beverly is a destination location to add to your travel list.

The Garden City

From its early settlement, the area now known as Beverly was originally part of Salem. After becoming a town in 1635, Beverly prospered and went on to develop a rich history as a thriving and active city. Beverly played an important maritime role in the Revolutionary War and became a desirable summer vacation destination for notable wealthy families. Even President William Howard Taft and his family were summer residents on Beverly’s "Gold Coast." Offering both quiet comfort and a bit of city life, Beverly has the perfect mix for anyone looking for a break from their day-to-day. Appropriately called “The Garden City,” Beverly boasts miles of beautiful coastline, parks, and open spaces to explore.

The Arts & Music Scene

Beverly has a vibrant arts community serving as one of North Shore’s hubs for artists and musicians, with many artists’ studios and galleries. Montserrat College of Art, located in the heart of Downtown Beverly, has a large role in sustaining the unique art scene. Montserrat’s 301 Gallery is one of the local galleries featuring contemporary art from international artists. Another gallery to visit is Porter Mill Studios featuring up to fifty working artists and their studios. Be sure to catch their monthly exhibition of contemporary art.

Looking to catch live music, a movie, or a theatrical production on the North? Beverly is home to three top-notch performing arts venues featuring local risings stars and internationally renowned musicians ­­–– The Cabot, Northshore Music Theatre, and The Larcom.

Places to Eat

After a day of exploring Beverly by land or by water, you may have built up quite an appetite. The area has several unique restaurants that are some of the local’s favorite haunts. Here are just a few recommendations to venture out and try new restaurants, we would recommend trying A&B Burgers, Beverly Depot Restaurant, Hale Street Tavern, and Depot Diner for casual dining. If you are looking to go out and celebrate a special occasion, you may want to try classic dining at Toscana Bar Italiano, Soma, or Dal Mare.

Family-Fun Ideas

Obear Park | Photo by Ann Langenfeld

The bustling city of Beverly has quite a long list of things to see and do. Here are a few more fun ideas for all to explore:

Getting Around By Train

Beverly is one of the MBTA commuter rail stops and on the same train line as Salem, Gloucester, and Rockport. Boston is just a half-hour south on the train while Rockport, at the other end, is a half-hour north. Beverly is located near Route 128 with many access points if you are traveling by car.

Where to Stay in Beverly

Atlantic Vacation Homes offers a variety of Beverly MA vacation rentals that would be perfect for your Massachusetts beach vacation. To book your accommodations, simply view available vacation rentals and enter your desired dates to get a rental quote. You can also call us toll-free at (855) 853-9143 to speak with a local Guest Experience Specialist.

Photo credit: Lynch Park Rose Garden - North of Boston CVB, Obear Park - Ann Langenfeld


Atlantic Vacation Homes Atlantic Vacation Homes is the premier vacation home rental & real estate company on Boston's North Shore, with over 30 years of creating dream vacations for our guests. Situated a little more than a half-hour’s drive from downtown Boston, the North Shore is the ideal spot for an east coast vacation. We specialize in coastal vacation rentals for families, large groups, and anyone else who wants a beach vacation in Massachusetts.