The temperature has been climbing into the eighties the past few days. Here in New England, that brings on a serious outbreak of Summer Fever. All seems right with the world. Flowers are blooming, the Red Sox are beating the Yankees and people are flocking to the beaches in April.
We are no exception. We took a day trip out to Ipswich, MA. Ipswich is fondly known by many as home of the fried clam. It’s just a short drive up the road from Essex, MA, where Woodman’s of Essex, is purported to be the originator, frying them up since 1916.
We stopped at the Clam Box on High Street in Ipswich, MA. We passed this place many times on our way to Crane Beach and have always wondered why there were lines of people waiting. Sometimes the line has been as long as two blocks when we’ve passed so we thought that they must be doing something right.
The Clam Box
Well, they are. The fried clams and scallops were great. The wait was a bit long. There were probably twenty people ahead of us when we got there and we waited at least an hour to get in to order. It was another half an hour before we got our food, because they were changing the oil at 2:30 and we happened to get to the window at just the right time. It seems they also cook to order, so there’s no chance of getting food that has been sitting there awhile. That makes it worth the wait in my opinion. It was a great day so we waited outside at the picnic tables and just took it all in.
Our lunch at the Clam Box
I wouldn’t recommend eating in the inside dining area, it’s just too hot and stuffy. Also, why is it that every seasonal restaurant or beach facility has hot air driers for your hands in the bathrooms? When the temperature starts climbing, the last thing you want is to blow more hot air into a small confined space. I know, paper towels are not good for the environment. I get it. But, hot air blowers are not good for people who are already swooning from the heat. Enough of that rant.
We got to Crane beach shortly after 3:00. We were a bit surprised at the amount of people still heading to the beach so late in the day, but the weather was really great. I think it’s one of the better beaches in the area to relax or walk on. We have been members of The Trustees of Reservations for the past few years now and always felt that it was worthwhile. Seeing how they care for this stretch of shore tells me that it is.
Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA
The water's edge, Crane Beach
Water and sand, Crane Beach
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Not many adults braved the cold water, but there were quite a few kids playing in it. I went in up to my knees. After the cold water numbs you, it’s not that bad really. We went for a long walk up and down the shoreline to alleviate the guilt of eating the fried food. Actually, I didn’t feel much guilt at all. Life is short, eat a clam!
Flying a kite