Editors’ Choice: Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich

Whether you’re looking to escape for a night or a fortnight, the Inn at Castle Hill is a romantic and beautiful destination. Located on the sprawling Crane Estate in Ipswich, this cozy inn offers delicious breakfasts, all the charm of an Old-World attitude toward vacation, and unparalleled views of the salt marshes and ocean—terrific in all seasons. 280 Argilla Rd., Ipswich,

Readers’ Choice: Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich


Editors’ Choice: Backstage Salon & Spa, Rowley

If we could all spend one day (at least!) a month at Backstage Salon & Spa, the North Shore would be an even better place. For high-end health and body treatments, it’s a treasure trove. Massages; Environ and customized Sothys facials; light and micro current therapies; and specialty packages using top-line products make it a star performer on the spa stage. 225 Newburyport Tpk., Rowley, 978-948-7772

Readers’ Choice: Amage Beauty Studio, Middleton 149 South Main St., Unit L, Middleton, 978-624-7628


Editors’ Choice: Backstage Salon & Spa, Rowley

It isn’t just hair design and body treatments that have people raving about this salon and spa; it’s also that the staff’s talent for eyebrow shaping is aces. For a clean, sharp look, they shape, tweeze, and maintain to ensure that eternal arched brow that so many lust after. 225 Newburyport Tpk., Rowley, 978-948-7772

Readers’ Choice: Amage Beauty Studio, Middleton

149 South Main St., Unit L, Middleton, 978-624-7628


Editors’ Choice: RN Esthetics & Laser Co., Lynnfield

Some facials facilitate relaxation; others actually deliver results. At RN Esthetics & Laser Co., Inc., a discreet day spa in Lynnfield owned and operated by two registered nurses, the HydraFacial does both. Using a small suctioning device, the service sloughs off dead skin cells, removes impurities, and hydrates new skin cells on the face and neck as they’re exposed, all with a touch that’s gentle enough to allow clients to drift off and doze. We walked away from our HydraFacial with a dewy glow and visibly clearer complexion. 40 Salem St., Bldg. 3, Lynnfield, 781-587-1403

Readers’ Choice: Amage Beauty Studio

Middleton 149 South Main St., Unit L, Middleton, 978-624-7628


Editors’ Choice: Moore & Moore, Marblehead

There’s far more to hair coloring than just highlights, and although lightening your locks can prove a nerve-wracking task, so can changing your hair’s hue in any way. So, when we took our head of grown-out highlights to Moore & Moore in Marblehead, unsure how best to approach an update, we were delighted with the resulting combination of high- and lowlights that left our locks looking natural, shiny, and perfectly suited to our skin tone. 2 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0650

Readers’ Choice: Salon Invi, Andover 28

Chestnut St., Andover, 978-378-3333


Editors’ Choice: Janice LaTorre, Andover

Providing stylish, fashion-forward cuts for the film, beauty, and music industries, Janice LaTorre is sought after by notable personalities. She has, in turn, become something of a celebrity in her own right. Operating a salon in NYC has honed her skills to razor sharp; she brings that talent to her newly opened Andover salon. 24 Chestnut St., Andover,

Readers’ Choice: Salon Invi

Andover 28 Chestnut St., Andover, 978-378-3333


Editors’ Choice: Interlocks Salon & Day Spa, Newburyport

In addition to killer cuts and color, Interlocks Salon & Day Spa in Newburyport boasts an array of amazing specialized services. Our favorites are the Amino Fusion  Smoothing Treatment (which drastically reduces frizz without harsh chemicals while allowing hair to maintain its natural shape) and celebrity guest stylist Mike Karg’s best-in-the-business dry cuts. Interlocks’s light-filled, waterfront location, well-stocked boutique, social events, and can’t-pass-up promotions keep us coming back. 58 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-465-3010

Readers’ Choice: Salon Invi

Andover 28 Chestnut St., Andover, 978-378-3333


Editors’ Choice: Latitude Sports Clubs

Peabody Year after year, Latitude in Peabody proves a favorite. Plenty of top-of-the-line equipment, early and late hours, a packed schedule of classes—from pilates to TRX to dance—a spacious saltwater pool hemmed with floor-to-ceiling windows, a state-of-the-art basketball court, a women-only Nautilus room, and a brand new indoor soccer/lacrosse field make it a well-rounded facility. Special fitness programs/camps for kids, an exceptionally friendly staff, and a multitude of membership options make it the clear No.1. 194 Newbury St., Peabody, 978-536-0777

Readers’ Choice: Latitude Sports Clubs, Peabody


Editors’ Choice: Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Salem

The North Shore’s newest boutique hotel, Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina is quickly becoming a bright star in Salem’s historic district. Boasting the North Shore’s largest guest rooms, a stunning chandeliered ballroom, contemporary luxury amenities, and a state-of-the-art marina with its Regatta restaurant—they provide the ideal waterfront stay. 225 Derby St., Salem, 978-740-8788

Readers’ Choice: Hawthorne Hotel, Salem

18 Washington Sq., Salem, 800-729-7829


Editors’ Choice: All Care Laser Center, N. Andover

For selection of services, high quality care, and a solid reputation, head to All Care Laser Center where top-to-toe hair removal for men and women of all skin types and tones is a few sessions away from showing results. Whether it’s face, arms, back, chest, bikini line, or legs that need a laser’s precision attention, All Care proves a trustworthy choice. 820A Turnpike St.,
North Andover, 978-208-0284

Readers’ Choice: All Care Laser Center, N. Andover


Editors’ Choice: Rouge Cosmetics, Salem

Whether for prom, your wedding day, or just a night out with friends, you will walk out of the pink-tinted shop looking and feeling glamorous after the Rouge makeup artists have devoted their time to you. The artists cater to your needs, offering on-site services for special occasions, in-store makeup lessons, and girls’ night out events. 322 Derby St., Salem, 978-740-1044

Readers’ Choice: Amage Beauty Studio 

Middleton 149 South Main St., Unit L, Middleton, 978-624-7628


Editors’ Choice: Vero Salon and Spa, Middleton

For a mani/pedi that goes far beyond your fingers and toes, go to Vero Salon and Spa, where a mani/pedi is a full-on experience. Artists employ their talents to rejuvenate damaged nails, cuticles, and skin. Beyond the visible, their Caribbean-influenced techniques make use of hot stones and paraffin, as well as massage, to relieve muscle tension. It’s not just your hands and feet that will feel and look restored. One Central St., Middleton, 978-750-4004

Readers’ Choice: Nails & Co.

Beverly 43 Enon St., Beverly, 978-927-4604


Editors’ Choice: Spa Nijoli & Salon, Methuen

When work and life pile on the pressure, few things prove as therapeutic as a soothing massage. Spa Nijoli & Salon in Methuen offers massages tailored to a variety of needs—think deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and Swedish, and even one dedicated to pampering tired feet. Couples’ massages are readily available, and treatment times range from 30 to 90 minutes, meaning that time—or a lack of it—doesn’t have to stand in the way of your wellness. 116 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, 978-682-9772

Readers’ Choice: Elements Therapeutic massage

Newburyport 45 Storey Ave., Newburyport, 978-358-7233


Editors’ Choice: Precision Pilates, Danvers

For mat, Ballet Barre (Butts & Guts), and golf or weight-loss oriented Pilates classes, check out Precision Pilates, where both group and individual training sessions are offered. State-of-the-art equipment; experienced, sensitive instructors; a diverse set of options for a wide range of experience levels; and an encouraging, comfortable studio environment make the ultimate Pilates challenge conquerable. 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers; 55 Market St., Ipswich, 978-471-8111

Readers’ Choice: Precision Pilates,  Ipswich


Editors’ Choice: Institute of Performance & Fitness

Andover Renowned trainer and Director of Training at IPF, Walter Norton, Jr. brings 15 years of industry expertise to his clients. Accustomed to working with champion athletes like Celtics and Bruins team members, he works with all age groups and ability levels, too. By customizing clients’ training programs in accordance with their lifestyles, capabilities, comfort levels, and personal goals, Norton and his team optimize results. 210 North Main St., Andover, 978-289-4177

Readers’ Choice: Crossfit Iron Spider

Salem 45 Congress St., Dock 19/20, Salem, 781-249-2781


Editors’ Choice: Laura Lanes Skin Care, Salem

Having spent 13 years on Newbury Street in Boston (the go-to locale for all things chic), Laura Lanes offers city-sophisticated services. Among her many areas of expertise is waxing. Not usually thought of as a relaxing experience, it is something to look forward to when done at Laura Lanes. No matter the area to be treated, Lanes takes gentle care and delivers beautiful results. 242 Essex St., Salem, 978-741-8777

Readers’ Choice: Amage Beauty Studio

Middleton 149 South Main St., Unit L, Middleton, 978-624-7628


Editors’ Choice: A Yoga Practice, Georgetown

To strike a balance between the right place, the best instructors, and classes that cater to all levels of experience is difficult, but this studio has done just that. A clean, meditative space accommodates multiple types of yoga practices—from beginner flow to static power to candlelight restorative (there is even a hot room for the ultimate mind-body experience). A Yoga Practice is the place for “heightening your senses and awakening your spirit.” 65 Central St., Georgetown, 978-352-8886

Readers’ Choice: The Yoga Tree

Haverhill 90 Washington St., Haverhill, 978-944-4126