Sunday, January 21, 1996
Doug Phipps on growing old and gray at the Guardian
Going on theres Lex and Concord, 20 mi from Boston.
Out of B, NE you can get to so many seaside places - Salem, 17C seaport, with ancient bldgs now somewhat kept up, low rents. That's where the NE sea captains went out to bring the riches of the world to Boston Peabody and Essex museums, the witch trials, history on every corner. . Newburyport, Marblehead, Rockport beaches one hr North, Plum Isl nat preserve,1 1/2 hr. Ipswich, Gloucester - within one hr.
Go further N to Hampton beaches in NH, the summer resort of the working class. In 3hrs you are in Me, eating $4 lobster in a lobster shack in Kittery or Ogunquit, and an hour later shopping in the huge LLBean outlet in Newport
Going W of B Tanglewood is 30 mi.
Going SE in 1 hr your'e at the Plymouth Land, 1 1/2 h - Cape Cod canal, ready to go to the beaches .
But the most esential thing is that you have easy suburban, danger free living, where kids can be out on the street and at night within 20 miles of the city wiith easy access on the Boston and Maine.