About this project
The new Essex Coastal Scenic Byway links thirteen towns on the North Shore of Massachusetts to highlight their history, culture and scenic beauty. From Lynn to Salem to Gloucester to Newburyport, the Byway leads travelers to picturesque downtowns and busy working harbors, along sandy beaches and rocky shores.
There are plenty of guidebooks to tell visitors which motels have pools and which restaurants get three stars. What they need is a book written by a local, someone who can tell them why the Great Marsh is important to everyone and where you really get the best fried clams and how Motif #1 got so famous. Oh, and when to avoid the greenhead flies. (Slap!)
THE ESSEX COASTAL BYWAY GUIDE is that book. And I'm the guy to write it.
I grew up near Essex County and visited often. I've lived in Newburyport for almost fifteen years and written about life on the North Shore for the Boston Globe since 2005. I’ve kayaked the marshes, sailed the coast, biked and hiked and bird-watched, sometimes for a story and sometimes just for fun. From all this comes an appreciation of what makes the North Shore special and how its seemingly disparate parts fit together.
THE ESSEX COASTAL BYWAY GUIDE will come out as a paperback and e-book in October. Your support will enable the first printing of the book and allow me to pay some of the folks who've helped me pull it together.
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