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- ByEaterWhere to Eat Fried Clams in and Around BostonGreater Boston is awash with excellent locally caught seafood, but there are few gustatory pleasures that match the consumption of a fried Ipswich clam. The clam flats of the Great Marsh — which stretches from Cape Ann to southern New Hampshire and consists of 25,000 acres of barrier beaches, dunes, salt marshes, rivers, and other water bodies — produces arguably the best soft-shell clams (also known as “steamers” or “piss clams”) in the world. It’s not shocking, then, that Greater Boston — and especially its North Shore — is the dope spot for the fried version. Fair warning: A number of these restaurants and shacks are seasonal. Also, a pro tip: Though they’re a bit far flung to include in a map dedicated to Greater Boston, Brown’s Lobster Pound and Markey’s Lobster Pool — which occupy space on opposite sides of Rte. 286 in Seabrook, New Hampshire — are each worth a day trip. Without further ado, here are 17 essential spots for fried clams in and around Boston. https://boston.eater.com/maps/best-fried-clams-boston17 items
- ByThrillistCape Cod's Best BeachesYou come for the lobster rolls and sea air, but you stay for the beaches. The Cape is so revered for its sandy shores that vacationers book their summer rentals up to a year in advance. (Don’t worry: there are still Airbnbs to be had.) But upon which beach should you lay down your towel? It probably comes as no surprise to hear that New Englanders hold very strong opinions on this topic. Some parameters: Do you prefer the waves of the Atlantic or the calm of Cape Cod Bay? The visual appeal of dunes or flats? The excitement of crowds or the relaxation of an isolated spot? Seals (aka shark bait) or no seals? Whatever your preference, there’s a patch of sand on the Cape waiting for you. https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/boston/best-beaches-in-cape-cod8 items