This is one of my favorite places to visit in New England. The grounds are spectacular . The grand alee is very dramatic and has an amazing view of the ocean. After exploring the grounds and gardens you can take a beautiful walk from the house , down the grand alle to the beach. It is a longer and more difficult walk than it appears because the last bit is walking over sand dunes to the ocean. A really fun day is to explore the house and grounds in the morning and then spend the afternoon at Crane's Beach. On the way home be sure to stop at Goodale Farm and pick up some peaches. If you want to really end the day right, drive to Farnum's in Essex and order fresh fried scallops..