Sheltered harbors, rocky peninsulas, long sandbars; North Boston remains seductive and inviting, even in midwinter, especially for dog owners and military geeks.
“Do you smell the difference in the air? It’s so healthy!” shrieks Elena.
Elena isn’t talking about Fido scoops! Rather, she’s inhaling the salty benefits of freedom and fun during a short weekend stay in Essex County, Massachusetts – about 15 miles north of the Boston city limits. My friend is from Tula, Russia and we’re visiting New England, specifically: Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott and Marblehead, and staying with newly resettled Russian friends, Tanya and Igor along with their precocious 5 year old. The couple’s quaint rental is no more than ten minutes from several North Shore beaches.
(A large diverse, multi-ethnic population of Russian-speaking immigrants have been making Greater Boston home for decades.)
We hurry out the door before dawn. As a dazzling orange orb lifts into the sky, the mellow surf rolls onto a flawless, empty beach. Being as excited as Elena is, I’m surprised that she doesn’t shed her shoes off and dance up and down the perfectly glassy seashore. After all, she loves to tango!
Instead, she reachs down into the small swells to feel the bone-chilling temps and wisely resists a short swim.
It’s beach season for dozens of dogs that also decidedly stay dry chasing tennis balls. Dogs are permitted to frolic on the beach (leash rules still apply) from October through April. )(Beware kite flyers and strolling visitors.)
Unlike last year, tall snow drifts are gratefully absent and there’s plenty of free two-hour parking to go around. Check out some photos of the fun below and before you visit, check out more to do at the Chamber of Commerce.