Best of Boston

2006 Best Picnic Spot, North

Singing Beach

This half-mile stretch cuts a sandy swath into the rocky terrain of Cape Ann’s coastline, giving picnickers plenty of sheltered space to spread out and dig in. Nearby, the Kitchen Witch makes packing the basket effortless with gourmet sandwiches, pints of pasta salad, and homemade cookies. Work off your lunch with a romp in the invigorating tide pools, or let your repast settle as you lie back and wallow in the view.

Beach Street; the Kitchen Witch, 4C Summer St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, 978-526-9995,