Sometimes I don’t realize what a beautiful and picturesque area I live in. Of course, isn’t that always how it is? Anyways, on Sunday, I decided to take my mom for a day of fun in Marblehead, Massachusetts, after a tough day on Saturday for the family.
We live only a little more than a half hour away from the sea-side town and it’s only about 45 minutes from Boston. It is so lovely and full of hidden gems. So here are just a few stops if you just have a couple hours to spare during your next trip to Boston.
Before you get into the middle of the town, make sure to stop at 5 Corners Kitchen. On Sunday they have a wonderful brunch and the absolute best flourless molten chocolate cake that I have ever had. It comes smothered in chocolate gelato and surrounded by chocolate sprinkles. But these aren’t just any chocolate sprinkles … they’re enhanced with actual cocoa nibs. Yum! If you’re there on Saturday or a weekday, they don’t open until 5 p.m. so instead, make that your dinner destination after your time on Washington Street.
If you have children, Muddle Puddle is a great place to entertain their young minds. But don’t skip it if you didn’t bring the kids along! This store will bring out the youthful dreamer in even the most mature of individuals. I almost bought myself a stuffed unicorn, but had to refrain after visiting our next stop on the Marblehead to-do list.
I’ve only been to this treasure trove of a consignment store twice, but every time I leave Madam Hadem, I have a few more bags in tow. They have everything from Ann Taylor and Cynthia Rowley to Burberry, Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin. And everything is in pristine condition and available for a fraction of what they originally cost.
During my most recent visit I found myself two pairs of Louboutin heels, a gorgeous rich red Stella McCartney dress and a funky Derek Lam frock. I love consignment stores (I’ll have to share my favorites soon) but I have a very popular shoe and clothing size. I almost never find a good shoe in a 7 or a nice dress or top in XS or Small. But they have so many great options, you are bound to fall in love with something!
Of course you’ll want to stroll up and down Washington Street which is sort of the Main Street of Marblehead. Recognize that large yellow house above? If you’re a geek like me you’ll remember that Max Dennison rode by this old Town Hall on his bike near the beginning of the cult classic, Hocus Pocus. Marblehead is right next door to Salem, after all.
Before you head out of town, check out Haley’s Wines and Market Café. Not only will you find some of the most unique beers and wines on the North Shore, many of them local brews, you can also pick up some British sweets and treats for your ride home. And on the other side of the market is a small, quaint café that serves some delicious little sandwiches, brownies and refreshing coffees and teas.
There is so much more to see in Marblehead but this is just to get you started. So next time you’re in the area, add Marblehead to your must-sees! You can thank me later.
And if anyone has been to this charming town and has suggestions, please share them in the comments below. I would love any reasons to return to Marblehead.