Fried Clams, Lobster Rolls, and Local Breweries in the North Shore

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There's nothing that defines New England summers more than fried clams, lobster rolls, and fresh, cold local beer.In Boston, we're blessed with this type of food up and down the coast. Most people think of Cape Cod when summer comes around, and the traffic down to the "Cape" during summer weekends is notoriously brutal.There's another slightly quieter cape that's just as charming, has plenty of delicious seafood, and is definitely less stressful to get to than Cape Cod.This is Cape Ann, a much tinier cape just 45 minutes north of Boston that includes the towns of Rockport, Gloucester, Essex, and Ipswich.Last week I had a chance to visit a number of highlights in Cape Ann as part of a tour organized by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. It was a fun food (and beer!) focused exploration of what the region has to offer. . . .

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