Bijou Travels: Coastal & Historic Massachusetts

Some say that my intrinsic sense of curiosity is too much, but I beg to differ.

If it wasn’t for my spontaneity and love for the macabre, I would have never stumbled upon my first travel destination when I visited Massachusetts in August.

I really love learning about those sort of things, but I also wanted to see what coastal Massachusetts had to offer besides its many beaches and lighthouses. So I researched (obviously) and found two more hidden gems!

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

The Crane Estate (Castle on the Hill)

This 1920’s mansion and estate is a shout-out from fellow Chicagoan, Richard T. Crane Jr, who was an industrialist. He commission the famous David Adler to design the house. It was inspired by Stuart Mansions, which are very stately yet quaint. We drove up a long and winding trail up a hill when we reached this gem. The hill overlooks acres of land and you can see Crane Beach below. Visitors to the Crane Estate also get to enjoy touring the casino, gardens, and have the option to stay at the cottages just below.

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Unfortunately, we were a bit in a pickle on this particular visit. The Boston Pops was set to play that weekend and there were a lot of people setting up – which meant a lot of places we couldn’t go to and take pictures from. In one of the photos above, you can even see their stage and big truck on the lawn.

The first floor of this great estate was free admission, but the second floor was paid. Strapped for time, we opted out of the paid tour and only got a few photos of the rooms and estate. The mansion also had a no photography policy in the prettiest part of the building (the staircase) as a painting on loan to them was displayed on the wall behind it. Also, out of the 200 photos I took on this trip, only the ones above survived my evil card reader. Nest time around, I’m using this one instead.

If you are planning to visit this great estate, i highly recommend taking the paid tour. It’s much more informative and you get to see things that are generally off limits. Plus, the tours are led by volunteers and employees in costumes. Yes, this means dapper flappers and gents in tailcoats and slicked back hair. Ladies, wear your best beaded dresses and pearls.

I also got invited to their Roaring Twenties Lawn Party by one of these dapper gents. The lawn parties happen on the weekend and are full of swing music, dance lessons, champagne, classic cars, and more. For more information, check out their website.

 

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Hammond Castle

On the next stop that day, we traveled to Gloucester, Massachusetts to visit Hammond Castle. It’s literally King’s Landing meets East Coast. Basically, a history nerd’s biggest dream. This castle is a medieval inspired castle that houses hundreds of medieval and historic artifacts. I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw it online.

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou
Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

The view from outside the castle is stunning.

We first stopped here and took dozens of pictures (which most of them perished. RIP Memory Card) and I managed to save a handful from this trip as well. The very first thing you heard stepping out from the walkway was the cry of a falcon or hawk up above. Then you heard the clashing of waves from down below. This was truly a spectacular experience and you definitely get a very medieval vibe even though just across the road are normal houses! Isn’t that magical?

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

Bijou Travels: Coastal and Historic Massachusetts | The Petite Bijou

My trip to Massachusetts wasn’t a vacation, so I was really lucky to have some time off between appointments to explore. We stayed in Needham and everything was about an hour away (more with traffic). We also fortunately got a lucky day of sunshine as it had been raining all week! I was so glad to have been able to visit both of these places as they were truly stunning and kind of hidden gems from the standard beach or Boston trips people often take. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beaches and the city, but I also like to see things that a lot of people don’t really think about when visiting. Both of these places are historical and coastal so they are definitely worth checking out.

 

Have you ever been to Massachusetts or live in MA? What are your destination recommendations? Leave them in a comment below!

xo Mariam

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77 Comments

  1. Samantha wrote:

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful place to stumble upon!
    XX-Samantha | chicserendipityblog.com

    Posted 9.22.16 Reply
  2. I have never been to Massachuetts let alone a castle! These places are so cool and full of history. Great post and beautiful photos!

    xo Rachel
    To Hell in a Handbag

    Posted 9.21.16 Reply
  3. Next time you visit Boston, you must see the Museum of Fine Arts, walk around Newbury and Charles St. I have lived here for awhile and the shopping and beautiful old neighborhoods and brownstones never get old!!

    Posted 9.19.16 Reply
  4. Leah wrote:

    Wow, this place looks amazing! Castles are so darn cool.

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

    Posted 9.19.16 Reply
  5. Lauren wrote:

    How amazing and what beautiful photos! I would’e never known this existed if it wasn’t for this post… one of the reasons I love blogging som much!
    xo
    Lauren
    The Fashionista’s Diary

    Posted 9.19.16 Reply
  6. UMM these are such beautiful photos that make me think I definitely need to visit! I love that architecture!

    Posted 9.18.16 Reply
  7. Hillary wrote:

    These pictures are breathtaking! The grounds are fabulous!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

    Posted 9.18.16 Reply
  8. Karen wrote:

    How amazing to find such cool places! Your pictures of them are beautiful!

    Karen

    Posted 9.17.16 Reply
  9. Such gorgeous and interesting places babe! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kait
    http://www.baskinginburgundy.com

    Posted 9.17.16 Reply
  10. tasha wrote:

    WOW! That place is absolutely gorgeous!

    Posted 9.17.16 Reply
  11. Candace wrote:

    Your imagery is beautiful.

    Best,

    Candace
    http://www.liveloveandREAD.com

    Posted 9.17.16 Reply
  12. Bailey wrote:

    These photos are absolutely stunning! It’s a bloggers dream for photos! thanks for sharing!

    xoxo,
    Bailey

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  13. What a wonderful trip!!! This is sooooo beautiful. I need to go visit. XOXO, Carolyna
    http://www.carolynabauer.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  14. This place looks so incredible!!! Like it’s in Europe or something!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  15. These locations look amazing, especially that castle!

    Lawren
    http://www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  16. Anna Cobbs wrote:

    That castle is absolutely breath-taking! I cannot even begin to imagine living there!

    xx – anna
    http://www.fleurdille.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  17. Emily wrote:

    this looks incredible! hope you had a fabulous trip.
    xo Emily
    http://www.thehipsuburban.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  18. I absolutely love Massachusetts but I’ve only visited Boston & Cambridge area! I don’t know too much about the coastal historic part, unless that includes a little Boston ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your photos are so beautiful and I love scrolling through them. There’s something so beautiful about the history on the east coast! xx Adaleta Avdic

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  19. This looks like an incredible place to visit!

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  20. Naomi wrote:

    Wow looks amazing

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  21. These pictures are gorgeous! I would love to visit! Xo

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  22. Robyn wrote:

    WOW! Beautiful!

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  23. Greta wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to visit MA! These places are gorgeous and look like so much fun!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply
  24. This place is to die for! Your photos are fantastic. You could be a totaly princess 100 years ago. Wouldn’t that have been fun in a place like that?

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  25. Amy Loochtan wrote:

    This place seems like a dream! Can you imagine living there?
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  26. Whitney wrote:

    Wow these photos are stunning!!!

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  27. sher wrote:

    omg what a fantastic castle!! i can’t believe you visited and thanks for sharing, i had no idea this existed!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  28. Nicole wrote:

    Massachusetts looks magical! I’ve never been but it’s one of my travel bucket list. I would recommend Seattle which is a trip that surprised me it’s beautiful weather, restaurants and walkability.

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  29. OMG that place is so stunning! Love the outdoor area and the water! xx

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  30. Zoe wrote:

    I absolutely love exploring historic and beautiful places like this! Thanks for putting this on my radar… loads of inspiration and hopefully one day I will get to visit!

    xx, Zoe | http://www.zoewithlove.me/

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  31. Dylan wrote:

    Great photos, it looks like an amazing place.

    Dylan
    http://www.lifebydylan.com

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  32. Lee Anne wrote:

    Such a beautiful spot, love these photos! Glad you had such a great time.

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  33. Maggie wrote:

    Wow these places look stunning!! Great finds!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  34. ashley wrote:

    How beautiful!! I need to visit!!

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  35. Julie wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous! And I’m the same way…incredibly curious! But it has led to some great destinations and experiences!

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  36. I want to be invited to a Roaring Twenties Lawn Party! How cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of those sites are just gorgeous, but that castle! Wow! I didn’t even know that Massachusetts had a castle!

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  37. Wow, wow, wow! So cool. I could totally spend all day there!

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  38. Shannon wrote:

    How beautiful! I imagine it was so fun exploring these grounds!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  39. Kayleigh wrote:

    I’d love to go to boston since I live so close!
    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  40. Love love this post! So makes me want to schedule a vacation right now!

    xx,

    Alecia – La Joie de Vivre

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  41. Wow the estate and castle are gorgeous! I have been in love with history of castles since I was a child.

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  42. Morgan wrote:

    That 1920’s mansion is STUNNING!! I would love to visit there!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  43. Stephani wrote:

    Looks amazing! I need to visit!

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  44. Ruthie wrote:

    Mass has so much rich history!! I am so sad I didnt visit this estate when I lived in CT!! Thanks for such an awesome post!! xo

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  45. I’ve never been here, nor MA in general…and looks like that has to change soon! This is so stinkin’ pretty!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  46. candy wrote:

    So much history , will love to visit

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  47. Nina wrote:

    Ummmm hi when can I move in??? So gorgeous!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  48. I just may need to take a trip to this castle. It looks so pretty in the pictures, I am sure it was even more enchanting in person!

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  49. Lauren wrote:

    Wow! Both of these look so awesome! A roaring twenties party at the Crane Estate would be so fun! And the castle is gorgeous!

    Fizz and Frostingโ€‹

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  50. April wrote:

    Wow! That castle is breathtaking. I had no idea castles like this even existed in the United States.

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  51. Oh my goodness, this is such a gorgeous place! xo

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  52. Teresa wrote:

    Wow! That castle is absolutely stunning. I would have never guessed by photos that this was in Massachusetts! I love visiting Boston!

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  53. Such great shots! I live in Boston so I added this to my ‘must check out’ list!

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  54. Stephanie wrote:

    WOW!! Hammond Castle is SO STUNNING. And you’re right– very King’s Landing! LOL! Amazing, definitely adding to my list of places to see. I’m headed to Boston next month, hoping we can make time on our trip!

    xo Steph
    A Sparkle Factor

    Posted 9.14.16 Reply
  55. Sara wrote:

    That castle is absolutely stunning and I had no idea how much history surrounded that destination – thanks for sharing!

    xo, Sara

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  56. Renata wrote:

    I did not know this place is so rich in history and goes way back in centuries. I love the castles. On my bucket list!

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  57. So beautiful. I would love to stroll around in that garden.

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  58. I loooooove touring properties like these. One of my favorite places to visit is Newport, Rhode Island because of all of the spectacular mansions there!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  59. Bailey wrote:

    These photos are so stunning! I definitely need to take a trip here!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Hereโ€™s The Skinny

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  60. Gorgeous pictures! That roaring 20s lawn party sounds amazing! Massachusetts is high on my travel list for 2017, thanks for the great tips.

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  61. That space is absolutely STUNNING! I would love to visit there!

    XO,
    Emily | http://www.lifewithemilyblog.com

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  62. Shelby Back wrote:

    These pictures are gorgeous! MA looks so beautiful!

    xoxo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  63. Jaime wrote:

    Both of these places look magical!!

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  64. Wow, such an amazing post! Definitely adding this to my travel list!

    xo,
    Laura
    Styled Adventures

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  65. I went to college in Boston and even though we traveled the state quite a bit, I cannot wait to go back and explore more of Massachusetts because there is SO much to explore! What a gorgeous castle to visit. Looks like a lovely day to be there, too!

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  66. I’ve only been to Boston, and never would have imagined that coastal Massachusetts had all those cool castles. I definitely need to venture out that way.

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  67. Angelle Marix wrote:

    These pictures are stunning. That castle is gorgeous. I would love to visit and tour it myself. Thanks for sharing. I love the adventures that you go on.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  68. Liz wrote:

    How stunning are these big old homes?! They just mesmerize me!

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  69. Wow, what a stunning area! I have to add Massachusetts to my travel list!

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  70. hanna wrote:

    Looks like fun –Hanna Lei

    Latest Post: Sweater Weather on Campus

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  71. Leah wrote:

    What lovely views and lovely places to visit! I will have to add this to my list!

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  72. Emily wrote:

    WOW! This is gorgeous! Need to add this to my travel bucket list!

    xox E
    http://thestylehuntblog.com

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  73. Beautiful photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.selestyme.com

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  74. monic wrote:

    the grounds are so pretty!

    M
    Simply Sutter

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  75. Kristina wrote:

    This is beautiful! Looks like it could be in Europe!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  76. Meileilan wrote:

    I am lost for words. This place is just stunning . My favorite picture is you standing overlooking at the water by the balcony. What a beautiful post.

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  77. Hammond castle looks amazing. I had no idea this place even existed. This is what I love about reading blogs. Getting new ideas for travel. This one has just been added to my list. Spectacular pictures too.

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply