NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 25, 2013

A look at local attractions

BY DYKE HENDRICKSON
STAFF WRITER

---- — NEWBURYPORT — With spring approaching, local author Joel Brown has published a book that offers a look at local attractions along the coast of the North Shore.

It is titled “Essex County Byway Guide,” and it provides descriptions and recommendations about miles of open space and enduring institutions in local communities.

The Essex Coastal Scene Byway itself links 13 communities that touch the Atlantic, from Lynn and Salem to Rockport and Newburyport.

Once designated by the state and promoted by the nonprofit Essex National Heritage Commission, the Byway offers numerous opportunities for education and learning.

Its index has lists including the location of visitor centers and addresses of children’s parks.

The Byway Guide leads travelers to quaint downtowns and busy working harbors. It also provides descriptions of accessible sandy beaches and picturesque rocky shores.

The guide is organized by locales, and includes historical notes and local vignettes.

When discussing Plum Island, for instance, it provides a primer on the greenhead fly, as well as a useful explanation of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

When it focuses on Newburyport, it mentions institutions (Cushing House Museum, Custom House Maritime Museum) as well as outdoor attractions (Joppa Flats Education Center, Maudslay State Park).

For more information of the guide, visit essexbywayguide.com.