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Black Cow

Juicy burgers, creative pastas and seafood, and some of the best buffalo tenders you’ll find.

16 Bay Rd., Hamilton, 978-468-1166,


15 Walnut Tavern

Serving up comfort food with a contemporary twist—think pan-seared scallops with potato confit—in a friendly, welcoming setting.

15 Walnut Rd., South Hamilton, 978-468-2434,


Williams Fine Art Dealers

A locally owned gallery specializing in contemporary realism and representational art, featuring award-winning artists.

300 Main St., Wenham, 978-944-2218,


Wenham Museum

Charming small museum with a focus on toys, trains, and textiles.

132 Main St., 2nd floor, Wenham, 978-468-2377,


Chebacco Lake

Swim, fish, or boat at this tree-ringed pond straddling the border of Hamilton and Essex.


Wenham Tea House

One of the country’s oldest tea houses, serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea.

4 Monument St., Wenham, 978-468-1398,


Grassy Roots

Sandwiches, salads, juices, and prepared foods, made largely with local and organic ingredients.

152 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-5200,


Henderson’s Café

Pancakes, eggs, and sandwiches served up in a classic diner setting.

300 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-1900,


Green Meadows Farm

On land once owned by General George Patton, modern-day farmers raise chickens and pigs, grow organic produce, and host elegant, rustic events.

656 Asbury St., South Hamilton, 978-468-2277,


Grand Wenham Canal

Take a peaceful, 2-mile stroll along this historical aqueduct.

Cherry Street, Wenham


Appleton Farms

With acreage in both Hamilton and Ipswich, the country’s oldest continuously operating farm welcomes visitors to check out the cows, wander the trails, picnic on the grounds, and shop at the farm store.

Rte. 1A, 978-356-5728,


Community House

Catch a free concert, attend a harvest feast, learn to sew or host a children’s birthday party at this local community center.

284 Bay Rd., Hamilton, 978-468-4818,


Nazir’s Fine Jewelry

Offering elegant jewelry, custom pieces, and thoughtful gifts out of a renovated historical house in Wenham.

135 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-6366,


Patton Park

The playground, playing fields, pond, and outdoor concerts are favorites with locals and draw in visitors from around the North Shore.

Bay Rd., (Rte. 1A) South Hamilton


Myopia Polo

Polo games at Myopia are a long-standing Sunday afternoon tradition.

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, 978-468-7656,


Tendercrop Farm at Canaan

The newest outpost of Newbury-based Tendercrop Farm sells their own produce and meat, as well as food and treats from local suppliers.

93 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-0041,


Asbury Grove

Built for camp meeting religious services in the 19th century, this Methodist campground retains much of its original architecture and charm.

At the corner of Highland St. and Asbury St., South Hamilton,


Sagamore Hill

This recently acquired conservation land in Hamilton and Essex includes 340 acres of trails and meadows, along with one of the highest hills in the area, offering stunning ocean views.