Crane Beach is a long sandy dune beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It's managed by the The Trustees, a partner of Sweetgum's through 1% ForThePlanet. Located in the town of Ipswich, Crane Beach is a destination for locals and folks as far away as Boston. There are miles of shore line along the dune beach and hiking trails that take you through pine groves and cranberry bogs. This beach is a special to me because it's just plain amazing.... and it's located in Ipswich, where Jon and I bought our first house.
Our first house was a endless project. It was never really finished, even when we sold it five years later. Placed on the market as a fixer-upper the house could have been more accurately described as a tear-down. Although it dated back to the 1880, in Ipswich that's not considered of historical significance. In this town there are believed to be more First Period (1626-1725) homes than in any other town in the nation.
We put all our energy into renovating our little house and with lots of help from a contractor nearly replaced the entire building: tore the walls down to the studs, new electrical, plumbing, heating, windows, shingle siding... the list goes on. This was before the kids were born so we had plenty of time to sink into making this place our own.... maybe that's why it took so long. It didn't help that we are both architects and architects are notorious for never being able to finish designing their own homes. We enjoy the process of design too much to let it stop. Selling the house was the only way we'd ever get out of the design process for this project.
Both of our boys were born while we were living in Ipswich. We had wonderful times there, some of my favorite being those long summer days going back and forth to Crane Beach from our little place. The beach was so close to the house that we could go twice or even three times a day, returning home for the boys' afternoon nap then back out for dinner on the beach when Jon would get home from work. Pure bliss!
Now we live two towns over. It still only takes about 25 minutes to get to Crane Beach so we go- just not as often. I'll often visit Crane Beach to find inspiration for textile patterns. The reeds of the salt marsh were my inspiration for the Reed pattern napkins.
Memorial Day weekend is considered the start of the season for Crane. I hope to make it over to the beach with the family for a walk along the water and do some shell hunting this weekend.
Is there a favorite beach you like to visit? I'd love to hear about it.