Marblehead, a coastal community of 19,808 residents approximately 18 miles north of Boston, is renowned as the Yachting Capital of America, the birthplace of the American Navy and is also famous for its contributions to the American Revolution and Civil War. Its quaint narrow streets with historic 17th and 18th century buildings mirror Marblehead as it has existed since its founding in 1629.
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Marblehead Harbor has one of the finest displays of sailing craft anywhere and has been the starting and finishing port for many national and international races, including races between Marblehead and Kiel, Germany; San Sebastian, Spain; and Bermuda. An annual race between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Marblehead started in 1905 and the yearly mid-summer Marblehead Race Week competition, which dates to 1889, still attracts yachtsmen from around the world.
Although not among the town’s largest parks, Crocker Park and Fort Sewall are well-known for breathtaking views of the harbor. Marblehead also has at least six beaches. With over five acres of waterfront, Devereux Beach is the largest while Grace Oliver ranks among the smallest, less than one acre in size.
Marblehead has two distinct “Main Street” communities. The Atlantic Avenue Business District includes numerous shops and restaurants. The Historic District, which is considered one of the best preserved in the country, with a dense collection of colonial Georgian architecture, is filled with quaint boutiques, galleries and cafes.
Check out some of Marblehead’s best places to eat:
- 5 Corners – fresh handcrafted French-American food
- Casa Mia Cucina Italiana - family recipes from southern Italy in a warm and friendly environment.
- Barnacle Restaurant - oldest family owned restaurant in scenic Marblehead, serving seafood in a casual atmosphere with harbor and lighthouse view.
- Jack Tar American Tavern – lively neighborhood restaurant specializing in American cuisine and tasty drinks, among them American craft beers
- Casa Corona – authentic Mexican cuisine in an intimate setting or takeout.
- The Landing Restaurant – serves fresh local seafood from its home on Marblehead harbor; accessible by land or sea.
- The Muffin Shop - offers the tastiest homemade scones and cookies, a full breakfast and lunch menu, not to mention a large variety of freshly baked muffins.
- Crosby’s Marketplace - local grocery store chain offering conventional and organic fresh produce and a full-service meat department.
Shopping is a pleasure in Marblehead where you can walk to most stores from the center of town. Here are some of the unique shops to peruse:
- Mud Puddle Toys - a unique selection of classic toys, educational toys, arts & crafts, wooden toys, construction toys, imaginative toys, books and more.
- Spirit of 76 Bookstore - full selection of fiction and non-fiction titles, there is a special emphasis on local and nautical history, special orders, used and out-of-print searches, children’s books, and over 50 quality greeting card lines.
- Seaside Allure - women's boutique featuring elegant items with the laid back feel of the ocean.
- Scribe Paper & Gifts - amazing, funky, far out, cool and useful items, from stationery and greeting cards to colorful pails, pens and wrapping paper.
- Hestia Creations - commemorative gifts and home décor accessories handcrafted and hand-painted by a Hestia artist.
- Marblehead Outfitters - active, outdoor wear, both commercial and recreational. Specializes in marine gear.
- Hip Baby Gear - baby clothes and gear of the highest quality.
- Stowaway Sweets - fine chocolates made and sold in an old English country cottage. A tradition of the White House and Buckingham Palace since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Queen Mary.
Marblehead's highly-regarded public school system includes four schools that serve students from Pre-K to Grade 6: Village School, Bell School, Coffin and Gerry Schools, and Glover School. The Middle School is for students in grades 7 and 8. Marblehead High School has a teacher ratio of 13:1 and a graduation rate of 98%.
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