crane estate & summer scallops
Last month, Gerome and I visited Ipswich, MA to see The Crane Estate. It was the 125th Anniversary of The Trustees (they preserve historical sites and cultural landmarks in Massachusetts) so there was a ‘Home Sweet Home’ Open House at a number of beautiful Trustees properties during which admission was free. We chose to go to The Crane Estate because it was the most eye-catching of all the mansions that were holding open houses. Once we got to the property, we were not disappointed by what we saw. Keep reading to see photos from our visit to the Crane Estate (including what I wore and what we ate in Ipswich)!
The grounds of the estate were so beautiful - definitely #housegoals. it was crazy to think that this was just the Crane family’s summer home - I’d love to live in a place like this all year round but they only did a few weeks at a time.
I was really inspired by this sitting room area attached to one of the Cranes’ bedrooms. Tiffany blue and white is such a classic pairing and I loved how the floral print chairs added a pop of color to the simple palette of the room.
This bathroom literally gave me life. The marble and fixtures were so pretty together, and the monogrammed towels added a nice touch. Here are me and Gerome awkwardly posing before other people entered the bathroom.
The interiors of the entire mansion slayed. Everything was perfectly restored to their original aesthetic and whoever did the Cranes’ interior design in the first place was very good at what they did. I would love to have a library-like living room like this one day. The entire house was just so freaking pretty!
There was a massive chess board that we played with. Gerome beat me :(
This area was gorgeous and made me want to learn how to play croquet.
Another beautiful part of the grounds - there were so many picturesque parts of the estate and The Trustees have done a really great job maintaining it all.
The lawn of the estate stretches all the way to a little cliff overlooking the beach by the estate and the statues framing the manicured lawns were all so regal. It was almost a workout getting to the part overlooking the water.
It was so lovely visiting the estate - definitely somewhere I’d be interested in visiting again. We really wanted to go up to the roof, but you have to be at a certain level of membership with The Trustees to be taken up to the rooftop. I highly recommend taking a trip to Ipswich to check out the Crane Estate!
For lunch, we went to the Clam Box, which was touted as the best seafood in Ipswich according to the nice old gentleman who sat next to us as we ate.
Gerome and I shared the fisherman’s platter, which was a massive plate of assorted seafood like scallops, shrimp, and clams. There were also a ton of fries and some bread so we were both ridiculously full after we finished it. It was really good but way too much salty fried food to consume all at once.
We ended our trip to Ipswich with a quick stop at Russell Orchards to grab some apple pie - I was craving it and Gerome loves apple pie, which is funny because we’re both mildly allergic to apples? And of course we had to do the wine tasting because last time we went to Russell Orchards, I wasn’t 21 yet. It was all yummy and fruity except the Dandelion variety which tasted like licking the ground (not that I’ve ever done that), but even that was fun!
Where are you going to be visiting this summer? Gerome and I love taking fun little day trips like these and I would love to hear about more places for us to potentially visit. Please leave any of your favorite New England vacation spot recommendations down below in the comments! Thank you for reading this post - make sure to follow me on Instagram to see more visual bits of my life!