The Best of Cape Ann
Collected by Alison Abbott, AFAR Local Expert
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.
75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
A hidden gem perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester harbor is the Beauport Sleeper McCann House. Built as the summer home for one of America's first interior designers, the collection of folk art, china, furniture and silhouettes will...
63 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
In the musical piece, "The Creation" by Haydn, he has a piece that puts the creation of whales into a musical masterpiece. He puts the eeriness of the ocean, the movement of whales, and the impression we get from learning about whales into musical...
310 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938, USA
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...
49 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
History buffs will delight in the period information learned from visiting this museum built in the Georgian style. Judith Sargent Stevens Murray was a philosopher, writer and early suffragette. Her relative, John Singer Sargent's paintings can be...
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...
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...
329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966, USA
One night this past summer, we ventured to the wonderful restaurant "The Lobster Pool" with a friend visiting from Australia. We arrived just before the sun was due to set, and ate our steaming lobsters, buttery corn-on-the-cob, and sharp...
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...
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...
69 Marmion Way, Rockport, MA 01966, USA
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,...
33 River Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
The north shore of Massachusetts is a magical place. Annisquam, a small village of Gloucester, is where my parents live, and I have the pleasure of visiting a few times a year. It is a sleepy village, not much touristed, and a special place that...
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...
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....
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...