Foote Brothers Canoe & Kayak, Ipswich
Standout Qualities: Experience the North Shore from a whole new perspective when you set out on the idyllic waters of the Ipswich River with Foote Brothers Canoe & Kayak. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced boater, Foote Brothers is a great choice. Its canoe and kayak rentals are available for different runs of the river, depending on your experience and how long you’d like to be out on the water, ranging from the easy Willowdale Run that’s great for families to all-day and even overnight camping excursions to Colt Island, Foote Brothers’ private island.
Fun Fact: Foote Brothers’ stretch of the Ipswich River runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest.
In the Know: Foote Brothers is open April through October and offers a reduced rate of $25 on weekdays.
Willowdale Dam, 230 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-9771, footebrotherscanoes.com
Cape Ann SUP, Essex
Standout Qualities: Specializing in lessons, tours, rentals, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga, kids’ camps, and more, Cape Ann SUP has you covered and is guaranteed to get you out on the water, no matter what your experience level is. A retail location, referred to as “The Barn,” is open Friday through Sunday. Free delivery and pick-up options are also available.
Fun Fact: Cape Ann SUP presents Gloucester’s biggest paddleboard event, the Cape Ann SUPah Bowl, which is the grand finale of the Barefoot Wine New England Summah Series. It is the final race of the four-race series and will be held in August on Pavilion Beach, in front of the new Beauport Hotel in Gloucester.
Essex Marina, 35 Dodge St., Essex, 978-233-1SUP, capeannsup.com
SUP East Coast Style, Marblehead
Standout Qualities: With certified stand-up paddleboard, yoga, and fitness instructors, SUP East Coast Style continues to lead and grow the North Shore’s stand-up paddleboard community, providing quality SUP education with an emphasis on proper technique, safety, and fun. In addition to SUP lessons, SUP East Coast Style offers rentals, tours, corporate and team-building events, birthday parties, floating yoga, SUP fitness, and race clinics. All skill levels are welcome.
What’s Unique: Open for sunrise paddles upon request and regularly scheduled Friday Night Glow Tours.
What’s New: Visit the new boutique store at 29 Bridge Street in Salem. Marblehead Kiosk Location—Riverhead Beach, supeastcoaststyle.com