Local Attractions

Breakfast

  • Haley’s Market at 112 Washington St. A great local breakfast or lunch spot serving up the all the staples, Haley’s Market allows visitors to purchase wine or beer and open up the bottles during their meals.
  • 5 Corners Kitchen at 2 School St. This French-style restaurant is great at serving up classic breakfast dishes with a unique twist. Great for breakfast and brunch.
  • Driftwood at 63 Front St. If you’re looking for a hearty and affordable breakfast place, then this tiny red building is your go-to destination. The fried dough and McDrift are local favorites.

Lunch

  • Maddie’s Sail Loft at 15 State St. Want to blend in with the locals in Marblehead? This is where they’ll all be during lunch time. A great diner with large portions located on the water.
  • The Barnacle at 141 Front St. Also located on the waterfront, this casual dining spot serves up an excellent seafood menu such as fish ‘n’ chips and the classic New England lobster roll.
  • The Landing at 81 Front St. Located on the waterfront, this lunch and dinner destination features an open deck and plenty of fresh seafood. Toast to the occasion with a glass of wine from their extensive wine selection.

Dinner

  • Jack-Tar at 126 Washington St. Offering up delicious traditional American dishes, this place is an excellent restaurant and bar to unwind after a long day of site-seeing.
  • Three Cod Tavern at 141 Pleasant St. Also a wonderful place during Happy Hour, Three Cod Tavern is a cozy bar serving up great food for both lunch and dinner. You can even sit and watch your favorite sports team!
  • Casa Mia at 399 Main St. Looking for a great local pizza joint? Casa Mia is serving up some of the best in town along with seafood and salads. This place is open 7 days a week and offers delivery.

Marblehead and the surrounding areas give Massachusetts it’s nickname as The Bay State. There are plenty of options when it comes to getting outside and exploring the coastline of this wonderful New England area.

Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Events. From May through October, this cruise company offers daily boat tours through downtown Salem, Salem Sound and Marblehead MA.

Atlantic Charters. Planning a special event? Atlantic Charters can take you and your guests on a beautiful sailboat cruise along the coastline. They also offer sailboat rentals and lessons.

Carol Kent Yacht Charters. For those looking for adventure and have another destination after their stay in Marblehead MA, Carol Kent Yacht Charters is a luxury private charter company with destinations near and far.

Cape Ann Whale Watch. A great all-day itinerary idea, the Cape Ann Whale Watch located in Gloucester is one of the best in the state. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you gain marine knowledge from their on-board educators.

Sigler Guide Service & The Ultimate Kids Fishing Camp. One website, all your needs for guide fishing and fun for the whole family. Providing fishing trips and guided boat tours as well as an educational kid’s fishing camp.

Marblehead MA was originally founded as a colonial fishing village and has become one of the most well-known visitor destinations in the state due to it’s rich history that has been preserved thanks to museums and the local community.

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).  Enjoy special exhibitions, weekend festivals and family art workshops. The Salem-based museum focuses on New England’s natural surroundings and local artists.

Marblehead Arts Association. This association was founded in 1922 and strives to support the local Marblehead art community. Housed in a historic mansion, they boast six galleries which display rotating exhibits from artists.

Marblehead Museum. Located right here in town, this museum includes a walk through gallery accompanied with rotating exhibits. The museum also owns a number of historical properties in the area that are open to the public.

Salem Witch Museum. This unique museum is a tribute to the 20 innocent people who died during the Witch Hysteria of 1692. The museum includes a guided tour of the trial sites as well as a gift shop within.

The House of the Seven Gables. This Georgian-style home was built in 1668 and inspired famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous 1851 novel The House of Seven Gables. They offer tours of the home year round!

One of the best aspects about Marblehead MA is the option to explore both land and sea. The town provides visitors eclectic stores from boutiques to gift shops that are open year-round.

Seaside Allure at 9 Pleasant St. This seaside boutique provides sandals, cute tops and Vinyard Vines apparel for both men and women. They also sell gifts and accessories that compliment the beauty and history of the area.

Madam Hadem at 7 Pleasant St. One of the North Shore’s top designer consignment stores, get high end designer clothing at a fraction of the cost at this little boutique in Marblehead.

Pawsitively Marblehead at 52 Atlantic Ave. Great for your canine or feline companion, this adorable pet clothing and accessories store is a great place to purchase a souvenir for your four-legged family member.

French + Italian at 129 Washington St. A local women’s clothing boutiqe founded in 2007, within you will find effortless yet sophisticated French and Italian fashion styles from the likes of Vanessa Bruno and Lombardi.

Bobbles & Lace at 92 Washington St. Although now boasting six area locations including Boston MA, this women’s clothing and accessory store started right here in Marblehead. Open year-round and offering the latest styles.

Looking for more fun experiences and unique adventures in the Marblehead MA area? Here are some additional places to head to and activities to try during your stay at the Harbor Gardens Inn.

Crosby’s Marketplace. Need to stock up on some groceries while you’re in the area? Crosby’s Marketplace in Marblehead is a great option for fresh produce and all your food essentials.

Coffey Ice Cream. For a mid-afternoon or after dinner treat, stop by Marblehead’s most beloved ice cream joint. They offer plenty of fresh flavors provided by a friendly staff. Enjoy the ample outdoor seating available as well.

Me & Thee Coffee House. One of the oldest acoustic music venues in the country, this coffeehouse includes a year-round schedule of local singers, poets, mimes, storytellers and even puts on old films.

Dayle’s European Skin Care & Med Spa. Voted “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine in 2009, this luxury day spa located down the road provides various spa services in a relaxing and stress-free environment.

Marblehead Rail-Trail. This 4.1 mile trail is full of scenic views of the harbor and conservation areas. The trail meanders through Marblehead, Salem & Swampscott and provides an easily accessible parking area to the trailhead.

Little Harbor Boathouse. Check out this canoe, kayak and paddleboard boathouse located right here in Marblehead. Get some fresh air while also exploring the coastal area. They also offer guided tours and boats for sale.