The Best of Cape Ann

Head about an hour north of Boston to take in the best of the seafaring towns of Cape Ann. Made famous by The Perfect Storm, you’ll find fresh seafood and a vibrant artist community, along with a lot of New England charm surrounded by the deep blue sea.

Highlights
36 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
I’m not sure I’d choose the combo of pizza and oysters for a menu, but after eating at Short & Main’s nearby sister restaurant Market, I’d trust just about anything to come out of their kitchen. Much to my surprise, starting a meal with the sweetest of light, local oysters made a perfect beginning to the delicious brick oven mushroom pizza that followed. Thin and crunchy crust just the way I like it, combined with local and fresh ingredients. Additional local raw bar and salad items round out the selections. If the timing is right, don’t miss the $1.00 oyster available the first and last hour of service. I can’t wait to return.
Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Built in 1925, this monument lists the Gloucester fisherman who have lost their lives at sea since the 17th century. It’s a sobering reminder of the dangers faced by these seafarers. The surrounding boulevard, facing the ocean is a lovely spot to walk and enjoy the clean salt air.
Gott Ave, Rockport, MA 01966, USA
Poised on sheets of 440 million year old granite, the view across the ocean from Halibut Point seems to go on for ever. The quarry itself is a dramatic site and the surrounding tidal pools and hiking trails a great spot to explore. The Visitors Center {closes after Columbus Day} spotlights the history of this former Cape Ann industry where granite that now lines the streets and buildings of Boston was quarried.
Bradley Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966, USA
Less than an hour’s drive north of Boston, you can find the building that graces more canvases and paper than probably any other in the world. Located on Bearskin Neck wharf, it’s a central location for exploring the cultural center of this small quintessential New England town. An easy walk will take you thru galleries, shops and restaurants, as well as leading to the harbor that provides coastal vistas the area is known for.
69 Marmion Way
If the view means everything when you select a place to stay, this charming B&B in Rockport just might be calling your name. Every room has the ocean at its window and the rolling waves can lull you to sleep at night. Situated on a quiet street, you’ll find a good spot for a morning walk or run and the wonderful porch is a great spot to read or start out your evening cocktail hour.
11 Pirates Ln, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Cape Ann has long inspired many an artist to capture its beauty. The light, the water, the picturesque harbors have all contributed to the allure that draws them in. When the local hotels could no longer house the exhibitions of the many artists coming to Gloucester, the group moved to its current home. The North Shore Arts Association is a large two story gallery on the water featuring the work of over 400 area artists, and a great spot to pickup a local reminder of your visit.
6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Rocky Neck Art Colony is the oldest working art colony in the US. Leonard Craske, the sculptor who created ‘Man at the Wheel’, marking the Fisherman’s Memorial, called the area home. Louisa May Alcott and Rudyard Kipling worked in studios here. Once you visit, you’ll understand why the area was inspirational to so many. Today, The Neck is home to many working artists, galleries, shops and funky restaurants. Bohemian in nature with million dollar views, it’s a spot not to miss on Cape Ann.
Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
One of the things I like most about living in Boston, is how quickly you can change your scenery. About 40 minutes north, Wingaersheek Beach is a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At low tide, the beach goes on forever and the tide pools make it perfect for kids. On site facilities and a concession are available. During the summer, it’s important to get their early, but in spring and fall during the week it can be the perfect spot to recharge.
290 Argilla Road
Experience a bit of Downton Abbey at The Crane Estate on Boston‘s north shore. This popular National Historic Landmark gives visitors a taste of the 1920’s and all its opulence. The Grande Allée, the only one in the country, is a 1/2 mile stretch of undulating emerald grass that stretches down to the ocean. A recently completed Casino Complex is the crown jewel of the elaborate Italianate gardens. Visitors can take a self guided tour in the mansion where interactive exhibits share tales of the family. Check the calendar for special events; summer cocktail nights are a great way to enjoy another era and walk back in time.
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