Nestled on the Great Marsh between Newbury and Ipswich, Rowley is a low-key charmer

TOWN: Rowley
WHAT:A small rural community
WHY:Colonial-era center with antique shopping and it's own winery

While not as well-known as other towns on Boston's North Shore, Rowley's rural charm is appreciated by those seeking a low-key experience. Its winding roads and classic New England common offer opportunities for walks or shorter bike rides.

Be sure to stop in the center of town and enjoy fresh-baked pastries and breakfast sandwiches at Three Sweet Peas Bakery Cafe before heading up route 1A to Salt Marsh Antiques where you'll find 3 floors of curiosities, collectibles and well-loved furniture. If you're looking for a bargain, head up the street to the Sunday Flea Market at Todd Farm. Getting hungry? Stop by American BBQ for a pulled pork sandwich or a plate of ribs, and if you're thirsty for a microbrew don't miss Anonymous Brewing, a tiny brewing outpost in an old garage hidden away near the town center. Sampling Ken Mulstay's creative takes on beer is a worthwhile stop after a day of touring. Before you leave town, check out Mill River Winery on Route 1 and enjoy a tasting flight, or bring home a taste of the North Shore in a bottle. 

Bike Rides

Super looper: a 50-miler that winds through 8 North Shore towns

Bike Rides

An out-and-back ride to Plum Island with options along the way

“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”

- Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity