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> Welcome to Gloucester! fishing, hiking, swimming, or any other recreational activity, our spectacular scenery complements any adventure. Our city offers even more excitement across annual events like the Schooner Festival, St. Peter’s Fiesta, lively music concert series, open cinema experiences, and community bazaars. The heart of Gloucester beats vibrantly downtown with an eclectic mix of shops, cafés, and galleries—even an interactive self-guided harborwalk tour, which celebrates Gloucester’s most remarkable stories. As America’s oldest seaport, our authentic working waterfront highlights our maritime pride across our beaches, restaurants, museums, historical attractions and the oldest working art colony in North America. A place to see, feel and taste history, Gloucester’s mix of beauty, fun, and character have drawn fans for over four hundred years. While visiting, you can sail on Gloucester’s historic schooners and dine at wonderful bistros featuring the freshest fish and local fare. Enjoy the excitement of a nautical excursion—Gloucester provides some of the best whale watching in the world! Whether you are interested in

Day or night and all year round, Gloucester provides the same hometown pride that I have experienced growing up here. Our wonderful people are resilient, hardworking, creative, and endearing. We love life here in Gloucester—and when you visit this genuine destination, we are confident that you’ll love it, too! While you’re here, let people know, “Mayor Sefatia sent me.”


Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

Celebrating their 8th Season, National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna captains from left to right: Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah; Tyler McLaughlin of Pinwheel; Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise; Dave Carraro of TunaDotCom; and TJ Ott of Hot Tuna. When producers first came to Gloucester back in 2012, Wicked Tuna set out to document the skill and coordination it takes to wrestle a giant bluefin tuna. The gripping action and human perseverance have drawn millions of loyal viewers from around the globe. There's high drama and banter among the captains and crew, sometimes playful, often heated, as the Gloucester fishermen vie to outdo each other every week in the hopes of taking home the most lucrative catch and ending the season as the top-earning boat in the fleet. Cover photo shot exclusively for Discover Gloucester, courtesy of National Geographic.


> Table of Contents Listings

Departments Finding your Way


Reasons for All Seasons


Wicked Tuna Q&A


Top Ten Bucket List Faves


Winslow Homer


Captain Heath and Polly


Meet the Artist




Our Cape Ann Neighbors


Rocky Neck Art Colony



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Gloucester Seafood Trail

PLAY On Land By Sea Weddings, Functions and Groups

SHOP Visitor Resources Services

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Calendar of Events


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Eastern Point Light, Gloucester Harbor The official 2019-20 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. This guide was made possible by a grant administered by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. This guide provides information for the use of visitors to Gloucester and Cape Ann, MA. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of information. Discover Gloucester cannot guarantee rates or other dates herein or assume any liability for errors, omissions, or for damages which may result from reliance on such information. Please contact individual organizations for their latest rates, dates and other specifics. For additional copies of this guide, advertising and information, contact: Discover Gloucester PO Box 915 Gloucester, MA 01930 978-675-1818 Publisher, Ad Sales, Editorial: Elizabeth Carey Creative and Production: StockmanDesign Admin Coordinator: Anne-Marie Anderson Cover photo Š National Geographic Gloucester Tourism Alliance, Inc. d/b/a Discover Gloucester is a Destination Marketing Organization. Discover Gloucester works to promote tourism and the visitor based economy by increasing awareness of Gloucester as a premier visitor destination.


at the Beach A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869–1880 August 3 – December 1, 2019 Start your visit at the Cape Ann Museum—where art, history and culture have intersected for more than a century! CAPE ANN MUSEUM 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA Winslow Homer (1836–1910). Children on the Beach, 1873. Oil on canvas. Private collection.


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Getting Here By Sea

By Car

I-93 North to I-95 North/Peabody. Continue on Rt. 128 North to Gloucester. Travel time approximately 45 minutes.

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From New York & Points South I-90 East (NY Thruway) to Mass Turnpike. Exit at I-95 North (exit 14), continue on Rt. 128 North to Gloucester. Travel time approximately four hours. /mnc89p8-gloucester-harbormaster or 978-282-3012

Town Landings

From Maine & Points North

Pick up/drop off only at Cripple Cove, St. Peter's Square Docking Solomon Jacobs Park

I-95 south to Rt. 128 North to Gloucester.

Once You’ve Arrived

By Air

From Boston’s Logan Airport: Approximately 45-minute drive north to Gloucester. Subway service is available from Logan Airport to North Station, where MTBA trains depart to Gloucester regularly. From Manchester, NH airport: about 75 minutes south to Gloucester.

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Harbor Water Shuttle

Emergencies dial 911

By Train from Boston

Commuter rail trains available from Boston’s North Station. Gloucester Station is a five-minute walk from downtown shops, attractions, and restaurants.

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to Haverhill

to Newburyport

Beverly Farms Prides Crossing Montserrat Beverly Salem Swampscott Lynn

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Chelsea to Fitchburg

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Airport Logan Airport

Back Bay South Station

to Worcester

to Braintree to Needham

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Just a 40-minute ride from Boston, we invite you to stop and stay a while. Enjoy a morning beach walk, an afternoon of exploration, a full day of touring, fireside dining, boutique shopping, or an overnight stay with ocean views. We welcome you to Gloucester and Cape Ann all year ‘round!

Reasons for All Seasons © Michelle Williams

SPRING From its earliest days as a

Tulips on Stacy Boulevard

fishing and shipping port to its mid-19th century role in the granite industry, to its singular charms of light and sea that have attracted countless artists from the 19th century to the present, Gloucester boasts a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. We celebrate this light and color with Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour and tulips on the Boulevard.

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SUMMER Fresh seafood abounds

and the harbor is alive and bustling with schooner sails, harbor and light house tours, and deep-sea fishing. Some of the world’s best whale watching is just off our coast at Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary. Gloucester is home to some of the most beautiful award-winning beaches...and those sunsets...ahhh!

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FALL Come visit our enchanting North

Cyclocross racing

Shore coastline and experience crisp ocean air, colorful surroundings, and warm hospitality. Some events to note: Trails & Sails, Cape Ann Plein Air, Schooner Festival, Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show, and the Annual Great Brewers Gran Prix Cyclocross Race, Rocky Neck Art Colony strolls, and fireside dining.

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Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

In the winter, the pace of life slows to match the region’s calm understated beauty. Yankee Magazine voted Gloucester one of their “Best 5 Winter Ocean Weekends” stating “wintertime waves are mesmerizing, the ocean’s restorative energy a constant. This beloved coastal community has a quieter alter ego worth getting to know.”


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> Wicked Tuna

a conversation with Captain Dave Marciano

In March 2019, Wicked Tuna premiered its 8th season on National Geographic TV. This “monstah” of a show landed in 2012 and brought viewers around the world to America’s oldest seaport. The show features five local bluefin tuna fishing captains who share their real-world tales and trials of the fishing industry. Fans travel here hoping to meet the captains, see their boats, buy Wicked Tuna gear, and see all the city has to offer. Discover Gloucester recently met with Captain Dave Marciano for a Q&A to find out what life is like on and off camera.

I’m always happy to meet with fans. It’s been a very humbling experience. What is it like to be on camera while you battle a fish? It’s always a challenge. Once we started filming, we had to learn to get into the habit of explaining what we’re doing. I remember early on, the cameraman said to me, “I want you to explain things to me like you would explain things to your youngest daughter. Remember the viewers may not know anything about commercial fishing; it’s your job to help people understand what’s going on.” That really stuck with me.

How does it feel to be a celebrity in your home port? It’s crazy! It’s something I never imagined happening, but it’s also been a blessing. Sometimes it can take 20 minutes for us just to get off the boat because people are lined up watching us come in. Even on the days when we’re tired after a long trip,

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Do all the captains get along in real life? Yes, generally speaking. Out of all the guys on the show, Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-TunaDotCom and I have become really great friends over the years. I knew who he was before the show came along, and I knew he had a reputation for being a good fisherman, but since we’ve been working together on Wicked Tuna we’ve become very close. Can folks go out fishing with you? How does that happen? Our charter season runs from April 15 - July 15, and then we usually have a few

open spots in October after production wraps. All our charters are booked through our website,

come to Gloucester, but it has been a big factor in recent years.


What sets Gloucester apart from other fishing communities? Gloucester has always been a top fishing community because of its proximity to so many rich fishing grounds. Stellwagen Bank, Jeffreys Ledge and Tillies Bank are all very rich historic fishing grounds. Those spots are the reason Gloucester came into being—to be close to the best fishing in the world. striped bass

How has Wicked Tuna changed Gloucester? It’s put Gloucester on the international map, and it’s been great for the community. Gloucester has a 400 year history, and Wicked Tuna has helped keep the town moving forward. Of course, Wicked Tuna isn’t the only reason people Halibut


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In addition to tuna, here in Gloucester, we find an ocean full of bounty. redfish/ocean perch

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Flaky white fish with a mild flavor. Served in chowder, filleted and in fish & chips.

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A mild white fish, often served baked and stuffed, in chowder, or fish and chips.



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Has a meaty, almost buttery taste prized for sushi and grilled as steaks.

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Firm, mild, slightly pink served steamed or in soups.



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An abundant small shark, served fried.


Season 5 Captain TJ Ott, Hot Tuna on a 879 pound tuna

$27 Highest Price Per Pound

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Calamari (Squid)

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mussel and clam flounder

Season 7 Captain Paul Hebert, Wicked Pissah for a 378 pound fish



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Lobster tuna


Local favorite served boiled, baked stuffed, in lobster rolls, cream bisque and so much more. tuna


13 Captains featured in 7 seasons in all: 16 boats and 52 cast members


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> Top 10 Bucket List Faves Coming up with a Top Ten List isn’t easy. Gloucester has so much to offer and attracts a myriad of visitors—one can understand the challenge…we did our best!

3 Award-winning Beaches

The statue, also known as the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, presides over Stacy Boulevard, at the edge of Gloucester Harbor. Sculpted by artist Leonard Craske and modeled after a local fisherman, the monument was completed in 1925 in honor of Gloucester’s 300th anniversary. It has become the symbol of the city and a place to remember the 5000+ men lost at sea during the city’s long history. Their names are recorded on memorial plaques surrounding the statue.

Lovely Good Harbor, Cressy’s, Half Moon, Pavilion, and Wingaersheek beaches are our favorites. Surf and paddleboard, find sand dollars and crabs, walk a ¾ mile sandbar at low tide at Wingaersheek, frolic in the waves at Good Harbor, search for sea glass at Pavilion, or catch some shade under the trees at Half Moon in Stage Fort Park. © Maureen Ripley

1 Man at the Wheel Statue

2 Fresh Seafood Our restaurants serve fresh seafood daily. Just off the boat fresh, in fact. If you’re lucky, you might even see the fishing boat that landed your dinner coming into the harbor. The ocean’s bounty is spectacular and tasty.

Gloucester boasts some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see.

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4 Whale Watching Each year whales migrate to feeding grounds just off Gloucester’s coastline, allowing you to see the world’s largest creatures up close in their natural environment. Scientists name them based on the distinctive markings on their tail flukes.

5 Shopping on Main Street

Standing guard over the harbor, the Man at the Wheel is the symbol of the city.


Gloucester’s charming Main Street features some of your favorite recognized brands, along with many unique, locally made items handcrafted by resident artists. Offering antiques, art, books, jewelry, toys, clothing, shoes, home goods and souvenirs —perfect for that one of a kind gift to take home. Food lovers will also delight in the offerings on Main Street from unique olive

Unique gifts, jewelry, women’s and men’s apparel, seasonal treasures, antiques, nautical décor, Tommy Bahama, Simon Pearce, Stonewall Kitchen, Cape Ann sweats, tees, and much more! Open 7 days.

Fine gifts, apparel, and seasonal treasures

85 Main Street Gloucester | 978-879-4761 | Spring Open Studio Tour June 1 & 2 10am -5pm daily Fall Open Studio Tour October 12, 13 & 14 10am -5pm daily Open Year Round by Appointment

Juried Artisans on Cape Ann invite you to visit our studios! Working in media including textiles, jewelry, glass, ceramics, painting, mosaics, and more, Cape Ann Artisan’s 17 artists open our studios to visitors during our 2019 Spring and Fall Open Studio Tours and by individual appointment. Tour the beauty of Rockport and Gloucester with glimpses of the ocean as you wind your way from studio to studio to see and buy what these accomplished artisans make, and gain an enlightening view into how they ply their craft.

Visit for brochures, addresses, a map of artist studio locations and tour guide, and images/blog posts for each artisan’s work.



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oils to fresh pasta, chocolate and cheese, to homemade Italian bread—not to mention many dining gems. There’s something for everyone on Main Street.

America’s oldest continually operating art colony (since 1850), Gloucester has played a vital role in America’s art history. Artists such as Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Stuart Davis, and Edward Hopper have all captured the light of Gloucester, as our many artists do to this day.

7 Schooners Gloucester is home to many fine sailing vessels, the most iconic of which is Adventure. Built in 1926 in neighboring Essex, she is an exceptionally fast and able vessel. Retired from fishing in 1953, she was converted into a windjammer, cruising the coast of Maine until 1988 when she was donated to the city. Adventure is a symbol of Gloucester’s maritime heritage, and she is again proudly sailing from her home port, along with the schooners Ardelle and Thomas E. Lannon.

8 Maritime History Nearly 400 years of history and innovation are written in the streets and buildings of town. Wander the downtown Harborwalk or visit Maritime Gloucester to learn more about our past and present as one of Shop Main Street for delightful deals.

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6 Rocky Neck Art Colony Beautiful schooners delight locals and visitors alike.

America’s most important fishing towns. Walk along the harbor to view working vessels and pleasure craft. Or get on the water, in your own vessel, on a public sail or a chartered trip. Being a mariner in Gloucester allows you to view our city and coastline from a new perspective.

9 Stage Fort Park Site of the landing of the first settlers in 1623. Gloucester became the second permanent settlement of the early Puritans in the New World, preceded by Plymouth in 1620. Enjoy the park, beaches and playground and spectacular views of the harbor and beyond. Stage Fort Park is part Stop in the Visitors of the Essex Coastal Welcome Center for maps, Scenic Byway. brochures and guides to © Elizabeth Carey assist your adventures!

10 Mother Nature Explore acres of untouched natural land all around us. Check out Dogtown where trails lead you to boulders inscribed with inspiring words. Hike Ravenswood Park, home to miles of beautiful trails and 600 acres of woodland and swamp areas. There's Thompson Street Reservation, Halibut Point State Park and don't miss the Sunset Mountain trail with its stunning views over Cape Ann!


Winslow Homer

On View at the Cape Ann Museum

Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Waiting for Dad (Longing), 1873 (detail). 9 ½ x 13 ½

inches. Transparent and opaque watercolor on wove paper. Collection Mills College Art Museum, Gift of Jane C. Tolman, 1912.2. courtesy photo

Homer at the Beach A Marine Painter’s Journey: 1869-1880 This summer, the Cape Ann Museum will exhibit some 50 original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer. The exhibition will be the first close assessment of the development of this celebrated artist as a marine painter. The Cape Ann Museum will be the sole venue for this show, which will include loans from 40 public and private collections. It was on Cape Ann that Homer made his first watercolors and where he discovered his calling—to be a marine artist. And it was in Gloucester in 1880, at the end of these 11 years, where he enjoyed the most productive season of his life, composing more than 100 watercolors of dazzling beauty. Homer’s journey forever changed his life and the art of his country. The exhibition will disclose new qualities of Homer, for the first time placing these 16

paintings, drawings and ceramic work in their rich geographic, cultural and historical settings, on the 150th anniversary of Homer’s first paintings of the sea. See the exhibit;

August 3 - December 1, 2019 Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit for details.

Visit MASSACHUSETTS The North of Boston region is home to well-known cities such as Salem, home of the infamous Witch Trials and Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport. Within our 34 cities and towns, explore 200 miles of coastline, 12 lighthouses, attractions on and off the water, and plenty of fresh seafood.

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Cape Ann to Salem • 20 miles, 30 minutes Cape Ann to Newburyport • 23 miles, 43 minutes

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> Captain Heath and Polly - A Love Story tightening of the lines—a true “hands-on experience”.

Sailing buddies

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Meet Heath Ellis. He earns a living as captain and owner of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon. The vessel hosts over 20 sailing adventures each week from May through October including day trips, music sails, star-gazing excursions, chartered weddings, birthdays and just about anything that draws visitors to his schooner. The Lannon is a sleek, well-appointed vessel whose fittings, efficiently coiled lines and intricate engineering connect the masts and frame into a regal gliding vessel. Her beauty and appeal lure guests out onto Gloucester Harbor. In addition to simply taking it all in and enjoying the surroundings, visitors are encouraged to assist the crew with hoisting the sails and

Another interesting experience to this voyage is the frequent visits from a herring gull missing a toe on the right foot. Heath and his crew named the trusty trekker Polly Five Toes. When passengers ask the crew what happened, the captain intones “legend has it that it was a shark attack”. Polly and Heath have become good friends over these past many years. Polly makes regular appearances as she lands on her customary spot, the transom railing. Gulls are not generally endearing birds. They are known to be scavengers and pretty aggressive. But whatever prompted Polly to take that first landing on the railing five years ago, keeps her coming back, it’s assumed she knows there’s food on board. So, engaging Polly to entertain the Lannon’s seafaring passengers, Captain Ellis carries oyster crackers to assist with the “performance”. Heath has taught Polly to land on his shoulders while she nibbles on the oyster crackers. And even better, as Heath tosses a cracker in the air, Polly leaps like a ballerina to capture the meal in midair. Polly has finesse and seems to enjoy the attention as she perfects her flight with each cracker capture. Stories have been told about Polly, books have been written, loyal customers come back to get reacquainted with Polly. Take in a sail on the majestic Schooner Thomas E. Lannon—it’s likely Polly will be dancing for her dinner!

The Lighthouses of Cape Ann Annisquam Light,1897 below

height: 45’ best view: by sea, Wingaersheek Beach

Eastern Point Light, 1890

height: 36’ best view: Gloucester Harbor

Ten Pound Island Light, 1881 height: 30’ best view: Gloucester Harbor

Straitsmouth Island Light, 1896 height: 37’ best view: downtown Rockport


Thacher Island Twin Lights, 1861

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> Meet the Artist Donna Soodalter-Toman JEWELRY DESIGNER, MAKER, COLLECTOR Inspired with a love of jewelry from her mom, Donna made pieces while at Boston University, using macramé and Indian bead looms from designs planned on graph paper, and sold them at local shops and Harvard Square. After college, she traveled in Europe collecting beads, and, after she met her then future husband in Cambridge, took silver making lessons from his friend, Fred Finkel, who opened a jewelry shop in Marblehead. In parallel with a long healthcare career, including an MPH from University of Michigan, faculty at Harvard School of Public Health, CEO of HMOs, etc., she held two shows a year for 20 years in her home, and opened DIVA Newton in 2008, receiving accolades from the Boston Globe and Reader’s Choice. She moved DIVA to Gloucester in July 2016. Donna enjoys making one-of-a-kind pieces often inspired from vintage pieces, like sterling earrings/ rings from vintage Czech buttons and gold pieces from antique Chinese gambling counters. Her work, and that of hundreds of makers from every time period, is at DIVA, 161 Main St.

Elynn Kroger

PAINTER A native of Massachusetts, Elynn Kroger has exhibited her work for the past 40 years and can be found in collections internationally. Intuitive, abstract, expressionist, textile, gestural, calligraphic, spatial, and organic, her work is not easily categorized. Kroger works primarily with water-based media, though her tools also include graphite and oil sticks. Sometimes hundreds of washes or layers go into a single work, making the artist’s expression of freshness, subtlety, and use of color all the more remarkable.

Kroger has been acknowledged since the start of her career, placing first in painting in her debut showing, to receiving a Massachusetts Council for the Arts grant and achieving the status of “Copley Artist” in Boston. She was also selected a member of the New England Watercolor Society, the youngest artist at the time of her induction. Elynn moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2001 and has become an integral part of the vibrant art scene there. She is an active member of the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and her work can be seen year round at the Elynn Kroger Gallery on Rocky Neck.

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco SEA GLASS JEWELRY

Jacqueline launched Cape Ann Designs in 2003 and showed at the first Sea Glass Festival. Inspired by her husband and their mutual passion for antique glass, she combined her business and creative skills to use her found sea glass. Initially focusing on hair accessories, today she creates a full collection of jewelry from her extensive collection of sea glass and pottery from local shores. Her designs have a distinct style showcasing the natural shape, size, and color of the found materials. Jacqueline’s work appears prominently in the book A Passion for Sea Glass. She is a juried member of the Cape Ann Artisans and founder of the seARTS Wearable Art group which holds exhibits, salons and the exciting event, Celebrate Wearable Art. Jacqueline was awarded Discover Gloucester’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Award in 2018. Find her work at



Join our Gloucester Book Club Samuel Sawyer’s commitment to a public library for the people of Gloucester continues to resonate. His vision echoes throughout the city and reverberates in every person who has ever walked into the Sawyer Free Library to take out a book, attend a program, or research a topic. Come visit our library to learn more about Gloucester, to use our free internet access, or to find an event or program that will empower you through connection, inspiration and life-long learning.

Vacation Reading Suggestions

Fiction Decline of Fishes Peter Anastas

A novel about the struggle over the soul of the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The Last Days of Dogtown Anita Diamant A novel inspired by the early settlement.

Leaving Lucy Pear Anna Solomon

Set in 1920s Cape Ann, the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable girl.

Children’s Books Katy and the Big Snow Virginia Lee Burton The Serpent Came to Gloucester M.T. Anderson The Adventure of Blueberrying Merrill F. McLane

History & Non-Fiction The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger

The incredible true account of the most extraordinary storm of the 20th century.

The Last Fish Tale Mark Kurlansky

The colorful story of a way of life that for hundreds of years has defined much of America’s coastlines but is slowly disappearing.

Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town Elyssa East The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey Linda Greenlaw

Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures of Howard Blackburn Joseph E. Garland

St. Peter’s Fiesta Alice Gardner

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> Celebrations! During St. Peters Fiesta June 28 - 30 It doesn’t get any more authentic than this. Each year, during Gloucester’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta, local men take turns ‘walking the pole’ for glory and honor. A telephone pole on a platform in the harbor is greased and a flag is affixed to the end. One by one, contestants walk out, slip, and plummet into the water. It can be a 20 foot drop, depending on the tide (of course the Coast Guard is standing by). Eventually some lucky walker does slither and slide their way out to the tip and snatch the flag—and bragging rights for the year. This is something to see! St. Peter’s Fiesta, including the Blessing of the Fleet, happens in late June.

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Greasy Pole

More details in Calendar of Events on page 59 © George Bekris

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Labor Day Weekend August 30 - September 2

Schooners and other traditional wooden vessels will fill the horizon for the 35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. The celebration attracts ships from around the country and it is truly a magical site to see. The entire weekend is full of activities, including a maritime festival, lobster clambake, lighted boat parade, fireworks, public sails and tours of some of the visiting vessels. The highlight of the weekend’s agenda is the Parade of Sail and the Mayor’s Cup Race, when upwards of 20 traditional ships, several over 100 feet in length, compete. Experience Sunday morning’s 10:30 Parade of Sail from Stacy Blvd. or Stage Fort Park as these magnificent ships sail out of the harbor to the start of the race, just beyond the breakwater. More details in Calendar on page 61 ©Gary Ng

Gloucester Stage turns 40 June - November

We sat with Chris Griffith, Managing Director, to learn more. “We are tremendously excited by our lineup of plays for this anniversary season! An absolute knockout will be Ben Butler, both funny and smart—Butler, a Gloucester resident, comes to life in this historic comedy—a true portrait for the Boston community. “This theater has always been changing, through seasons, different buildings, market crashes, new plays, good years and bad years—we kept going. Reflecting on our 40th anniversary, there has been talk that we could never rival what we were, but we can—it’s happening now. There is a reinvigorated need to create at Gloucester Stage, beneath our feet and in our hands. We’re not going to just talk about what we’ve done in the past, but show our audiences what’s in store for the future. I hope when you walk through our doors this season, you feel that vision coming to life.” More details in Calendar on page 58



> Our Cape Ann Neighbors

Cape Ann is made up of four unique communities: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Explore them all!


Downtown Rockport © Rusty Kinnunen

This picturesque seaside village at the most northeasterly part of Cape Ann, features beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses and galleries galore. Rockport’s downtown area is filled with quaint shops that include candy-making, cafes and ice cream parlors as well as art galleries, specialty shops, jewelers and many places to dine. A leisurely stroll along the ever-changing Bearskin Neck will give visitors every imaginable opportunity to buy that perfect keepsake to remember and cherish their time on Cape Ann. Take in a performance at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Music Hall, visit Halibut Point State Park or walk along Rockport’s scenic shores in the footsteps of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and be as captivated as they were by Rockport’s unique charm.

Essex celebrating its 200th anniversary

As the birthplace of the fried clam, this picturesque community yields some of the finest seafood on Cape Ann. Whether a cup of clam chowder or a plate of steamed clams, you will not be disappointed. But the quiet town of just over 3,000 residents has much more to offer than great seafood. Antiquing, a premier Essex attraction for generations, remains a favorite pastime for the locals and visitors. Shipbuilding has been part of Essex’s heritage for more than 400 years; some are sailing Cape Ann waterways today. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is a must see to truly appreciate the incredible heritage of this small community. Kayaking or taking a cruise down the Essex River will give you a unique view of the tidal salt marsh as you meander with the river outward Conomo Point and Lining up for lobster ©Woodman's of Essex Ipswich Bay.


Manchester Harbor © Pat Slade

Founded as Jeffrey’s Creek in the mid-1800s, this town is located at the southern end of Cape Ann. “By-The-Sea” was added to the town’s name in 1989 as a means to differentiate the town from Manchester, NH, its larger neighbor to the north. A trip to Singing Beach, aptly named because of how the sand resonates when you walk on it, or Tuck’s Point is worth your time and then some. Beautiful retail shops, restaurants and galleries fill the town of just over 5,000 residents. The Manchester Historical Museum’s Trask House is a must-see to get the complete story of this town known for its beautiful historic architecture. Manchester.MA.US


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A unique shopping experience offering an eclectic collection of housewares, quality clothing & jewelry. There is something for everyone. New items arrive weekly. 75 R Rocky Neck Avenue 978-879-4080

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Open all year All our rooms overlook the ocean Enjoy a great beachfront vacation or quiet off-season getaway

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33 Rockport Road | Gloucester MA 01930 978-281-2900


Watch Participate Collect A week of the very BEST painting on Cape Ann

• Summer Concert Series on the Green • Year-round Tours, Concerts, Civic, Cultural and Community Events • Gloucester's Meetinghouse since 1806 • First Universalist Church in America • History of Equality, Social Justice and Separation of Church and State Corner of Church & Middle Streets 36

Discover Gloucester’s Seafood Trail Welcome to America’s oldest fishing port. Here in Gloucester we’ve put our own perspective on sourcing local, natural, responsibly harvested, under-utilized species and in-season seafood cuisine. You are likely familiar with the phrase: ‘Ocean to Table’… we call our model "Bait to Plate." There is nothing more delicious than seared tuna hooked the day before…a steamy bucket of clams harvested from the Essex River a few hours ago…or a lobster caught off Magnolia earlier in the day.

To help you make your way around our 400-year-old port of Gloucester from a culinary concept, we’ve assembled a collection of restaurants, tours, attractions, museums and activities where you can experience the working fishing industry then enjoy the spoils. There’s so much to discover here in Gloucester about our seafood and maritime industry. We expect you’ll learn something new, indulge in our fresh seafood delicacies, and have fun along the way!

Enjoy one of our local favorites in classic fashion.

How to eat a boiled lobster

You’ll need lobster crackers, a lobster fork, melted butter and a lot of napkins.







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We have compiled a list of restaurants, markets, and attractions for you to experience. Custom design your own seafood trail by adding your personal favorites.

Tours, Attractions & Museums

Beauport Cruiselines

Schooner Adventure

Harriet Webster Pier at Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop 978-281-8079 Join us for public/private sails, dockside events GF and tours. GF GF

Schooner Ardelle GF Sailing from Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop 978-290-7168


Cape Pond Ice

see ad on back cover GF

Blue Collar Lobster Co.

63 Rogers Street 978-283-1812 BlueCollarLobster GF GF Eat in the rough see ad on page 22



Maritime Gloucester

Castle Manor Inn & Sea Glass Restaurant

23 Harbor Loop 978-281-0470 Learn about fisheries— past and present—at our interactive GF exhibits.

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The Schooner GF Thomas E. Lannon

Seven Seas Wharf 63 Rear Rogers Street 978-281-6634 Relaxing, romantic, and fun. Public sails and private charters for all occasions.

55 Commercial Street 978-491-5090 Spectacular ocean views. Modern New England cuisine. 44-seat bar and cocktails by the firepit. Join us! GF GF Full service restaurant

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104 Commercial Street 978-283-0174 Ice, Historic Icehouse tours, gift shop with Coolest gear, as in GF Perfect Storm. GF Historic tours

Fun, informative, daily two-hour public sails. A great way to enjoy time on the water.

1606 Restaurant & Bar

6 Rowe Square 978-865-3210 All cruises include a scrumptious meal, full cash bar, entertainment, and stunning views of Gloucester GF Harbor.

141 Essex Avenue 978-515-7386 Creating stylish dishes from scratch with local seafood.GF GF Full service restaurant, hotel


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Deep Sea Fishing


Cala’s Food & Spirits

Adventures at Yankee Fleet

7 Beach Street Manchester-by-the-Sea 978-525-3304 Come shake the hand of the lobsterman who caught GF your dinner. GF Full service restaurant

Deep Sea Fishing

1 Parker Street 855-546-3474 Half and full day, public and private charters. GF GFGF



Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant

86 Main Street 978-283-8228 Authentic Mexican for 27 years, kid friendly, great entertainment. GF see GF ad on page 40 GF GF GF GF

The Gloucester House Restaurant

Mile Marker One Waterside Restaurant

The Village Restaurant

at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort 75 Essex Avenue/Rt.133 978-283-2122 Fresh local food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on our decks GF or dining room, open yearGF round. GF Wicked Tuna GF boats, GFfull service restaurant see ad on page 6


63 Rogers Street 978-283-1812 Gloucester’s freshest lobster! Seafood & chowder. Dockside. Full bar. Family friendly GF GF Full service restaurant see ad on page 25


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Fresh Fish Market

Seaport Grille

6 Rowe Square 978-282-9799 SeaportGrille Expanded Waterfront Deck Dining, Innovative New Menu, Fabulous Daily Specials, World Famous Lobster Rolls. GF GF service restaurant GF Full

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Lobsta Land Restaurant

119 Main Street/Rt. 133 Essex 978-768-6451 Best Waterfront Seafood Shack in US, USA Today Best Restaurant in NE, Family Friendly,GFFull Bar.

Turner’s Seafood

25 Rogers Street 978-281-0223 Minglewood Fresh Seafood. Sushi. Waterfront Outdoor Dining. Family-Friendly. Live Music. Refreshing Cocktails. GF Full service GF restaurant GF

Woodman’s of Essex

GF Self-service restaurant


Minglewood Harborside Restaurant & Bar

55 Main Street Essex 978-768-6400 Multi-award winning seafood restaurant for over 57 years. Full service restaurant


4 Smith Street, Gloucester 978-281-7172 Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Market at Lyceum Hall

43 Church Street, Salem 978-745-7665 Quality, local, raw and kitchen prepared freshcatch seafood from historic Gloucester Harbor.


Topside Grill Restaurant GF

84 Causeway Street at Exit 12 off Rt.128 978-281-0415 LobstaLand Breakfast, lunch, dinner, full bar, children’s menu. GF GF service restaurant Full

50 Rogers Street 978-281-1399 Seafood, Italian Restaurant. Fresh Native Gloucester Seafood, Casual atmosphere, GF fun bar. GF service restaurant Full

Handicap Accessible WaterfrontGF/ Waterview GF Live Music Shopping GF Gluten Free Options

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JALAPEÑOS Mexican Restaurant

Our Seafood is caught wild in the US & Canada Live Entertainment Every Tuesday 7-9pm & Saturday 9:30-11:30pm Late Night Menu with Lounge atmosphere (Sat. only) Gluten Free Items Available • Kid Friendly Quesadillas • Soups • Soft Shell Tacos • Fajitas Burritos • Enchiladas • Chicken • Steak • Fish • Shellfish

DINNER: Opens at 4pm 7 Days a week






Salem Explore all Salem has to offer, from architecture and culture to maritime history and magic. Just 13 miles from Gloucester. Learn more at

2 Pond Rd, E. Gloucester @SecondGlanceThriftStore

MON–SAT 9-7 | SUN 11-5 JUN 8-9 | Seaside Vintage Market

Bakery  Deli  Take Out Sandwiches try our famous

Saint Joseph Sandwich

29 Main Street Gloucester 978-283-5295



On Land Big Mike’s Bikes

at the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center 334-BIKES-34 334-245-3724

Cape Ann’s mobile/pop-up bike shop! Catch us at the Stage Fort Park Visitor’s Center. Thurs - Sat 9am - 6pm. Mobile appointments accepted Sunday, Wednesday. Repairs, rentals, sales.


The Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark 75 Eastern Point Boulevard 978-283-0800 May 25 - Oct 19: Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm

Cape Ann Farmers Market

at Stage Fort Park June 6 - October 10 Thurs 3-6:30pm 978-290-2717 A thriving local food and educational community event. Featuring over 60 vendors, live music and children’s activities. Located in beautiful Stage Fort Park, free parking during market hours.


Cape Ann Foodie Tours

Set sail or go fishing. See a museum, or a wild whale Take a tour. Or just kick back and enjoy the music.

Embark on a walking culinary and cultural tour that both fills your belly and enriches you with tales from Cape Ann’s remarkable history. Delicious introduction to beautiful Cape Ann!

Cape Ann Lanes 53 Gloucester Avenue 978-283-9753 see ad on page 20

Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant Street 978-283-0455 Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun 1pm - 4 pm

The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the region’s arts tradition, showcasing 200 years of work by nationally significant artists. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum explores the connection between artist and place.

see ad on page 5

Hammond Castle Museum 80 Hesperus Avenue 978-283-2080

Open May Weekends 10am - 4pm. June - September, Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm, Closed on Mondays. July & Aug: Candlelight Tours Thursday night at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. October: Haunted House Tours.

Lifebloom Massage & Spa 5C Dr. Osman Babson Road 978-559-7896

Cape Pond Ice

Historic Icehouse Tour 104 Commercial Street, The Fort 978-283-0174


Since 1848 Gloucester’s source for ice to the fishing industry, saloons & family use. Stop in for an Icehouse Tour, learn about the Perfect Storm & browse our Gift Shop for your own “Coolest Guys & Gals” gear.

see ad on page 17

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

Corner of Church and Middle Streets 978-821-5291 see ad on page 36

Gloucester Stage Company 267 East Main Street 978-281-4433

Outstanding professional theater starting conversations that continue past the performance. Rousing classics and intellectually stimulating premieres. Shows every Wednesday through Sunday, visit us online for tickets and show times.

Movement Arts Gloucester MA 11 Peasant Street 978-381-3494

Maritime Gloucester

Oceans of Discovery 23 Harbor Loop 978-281-0470

Maritime Gloucester is a working waterfront museum with hands-on maritime exhibits that include an aquarium, educational kiosks, classes and schooner sails.

Ryan & Wood

Free Distillery Tours 15 Great Republic Drive 978-281-2282

“The Spirit of Cape Ann” Free tours: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 10am and 1pm. Crafting distilled spirits: Beauport Vodka, Knockabout Gin, Folly Cove Rum, and Ryan & Wood Whiskies.


Saltwater Massage Studio

65 Pleasant Street 978-390-7600

Soothe your aches with Deep Tissue or Relaxation-Focused Massage Therapy from our team of highly skilled Licensed Massage Therapists. An absolute must for any true vacation!

see ad on page 41

Essex Cogswell's Grant

Mecca for American Folk Art 60 Spring Street, Essex 978-768-3632 June 1 - Oct 15 Wed - Sun 11am - 4pm

Rockport Sargent House Museum

49 Middle Street 978-281-2432

Fri - Sun 11am - 4pm Memorial Day - Labor Day weekends Sat - Sun Labor Day - Columbus Day

Sawyer Free Library 2 Dale Avenue 978-325-5500 Free WiFi, free eBooks, and eAudiobooks. Discounted museum passes.

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main Street, Rockport 978-546-7391

Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center is an intimate concert hall with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and presents classical, jazz, folk, world and pop concerts year round.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Manchester Historical Museum 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea 978-526-7230

see ad on page 24


North 2O19Shore MUSICAL SEASON Music978.232.7200 • NSMT.OR Theatre

Treetop Yoga Studio Offering Yoga and Barre classes for all levels. 3A Pond Road 978-282-9642


62 Dunham Road, Beverly 978-232-7200


1500-SEAT see ad on page 20 THEATRE IN THE ROUND!


JUNE 4–16

JULY 9–21


SEP 24–OCT 6

OCT 29–NOV 10

DEC 6–22

By Sea 7 Seas Whale Watch Seven Seas Wharf 63 Rogers Street 888-283-1776

Guaranteed whale sightings! Gloucester’s leading whale watch company since 1983. Daily trips to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary aboard the Privateer IV, Gloucester’s newest, high-speed whale watch vessel. Seasonal. see ad on page 14

Adventures at Yankee Fleet

Charlie’s Charters Fishing and Sightseeing 415 Main Street 978-281-8992 978-879-7517

Gloucester Charter Connection Deep Sea Fishing 76 Essex Avenue 978-515-7739 256-486-6094

Deep Sea Fishing 1 Parker Street 855-546-3474

Providing ocean adventures since 1944. Offering half day, full day, marathon, and overnight fishing. Private charters available for tuna, lobster and other types of fishing. Call us today or book online! Seasonal.

Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing & Charters 75 Essex Avenue 978-559-1978

Beauport Cruiselines

6 Rowe Square 978-865-3210

Experience the North Shore’s most exciting venue, the luxury Beauport Cruiselines! Dine, dance and enjoy a public cruise, private event, or dream wedding in true New England style. see ad on back cover

Cape Ann Whale Watch 415 Main Street 800-877-5110

Sail aboard the “Hurricane”, the largest, fastest vessel in Gloucester. Named one of the top five whale watches in the US by Joshua Horwitz, author of “War on Whales”! Free parking! Seasonal see ad on page 19

Gloucester Fleet is a small family-owned/ operated business. We run fun and safe deep sea fishing trips for all skill levels and ages. Call for information and reservations.

Harbor Tours, Inc.

66 Harbor Loop 978-283-1979 see ad on page 22

North Shore Anglers Fishing Charters 77 Rocky Neck Avenue 978-821-4055 Experience Gloucester’s best fishing charters, whale watching, or island tours aboard our custom built fishing boat. Bluefin tuna, striped bass and haddock.


Schooner Adventure Harriet Webster Pier at Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop 978-281-8079

Come aboard this 122’ National Historic Landmark schooner! Built in Essex in 1926, Adventure recently completed a stem to stern restoration. Join us for public/private sails, dockside events and tours.

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters 75 Essex Avenue 978-407-1351

Essex ERBA

Schooner Ardelle

Sailing from Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop 978-290-7168

Enjoy some time on the water with a relaxing 2-hour sail aboard the locally-built Schooner Ardelle. See historic sights, take beautiful photos, and share in our unique cultural heritage. see ad on page 8

The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

Seven Seas Wharf 63 Rear Rogers Street 978-281-6634

Schooner sailing aboard the Lannon is relaxing, romantic, and fun. It’s an experience unlike any other. We offer public sails and private charters for all occasions. Come join us for a sail!

Essex River Basin Adventures Kayak Tours 1 Main Street, Essex 978-768-3722

Experience the beauty and wildlife of a guided kayak tour of the Essex River Basin, back side of Crane Beach, or the coastal North Shore.

Essex River Cruises & Charters 35 Dodge Street, Essex 978-768-6981

“Enjoy a river excursion that captures the essence of New England” Boston Globe. See historic mansions, shipyards, islands, beaches, birds & wildlife. Free parking for cars/buses. Outings, Birthdays, Celebrations.

see ad on page 36

see ad on page 2

Weddings, Functions and Groups 7 Seas Whale Atelier Cape Ann Custom designed wedding dresses Watch and alterations Charters 57 Eastern Avenue 978-489-9130

Seven Seas Wharf/63 Rear Rogers Street 888-283-1776 see ad on page 14


Beauport Hotel 55 Commercial Street 978-282-0008

Your vision for a wedding by the sea starts here on our spectacular oceanside deck and beautiful Grand Ballroom seating 230 guests. After your reception, retire to one of our 94 guest rooms and suites featuring oceanfront balconies and more.

see ad on back cover

Schooner Ardelle

Sailing from Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop 978-290-7168 Charter the Schooner Ardelle for your next special occasion. Treat your guests to a sail aboard a stunning vessel on Gloucester’s picturesque harbor. Our friendly crew will help you create an event they will remember for years to come. see ad on page 8

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

75 Essex Avenue/Rt.133 978-283-2116 800-626-7660

Our Waterfront Pavilion, dining and event spaces on the water, along with our hotel and Mile Marker One Waterfront Restaurant, can cater to weddings, groups, celebrations and events year round. Showers, engagements, rehearsal dinners, brunch and after-parties. see ad on page 6

Castle Manor Inn & Sea Glass Restaurant 141 Essex Avenue 978-515-7386

A 26-bedroom boutique hotel with full service bar, restaurant and function facility. Open to the public with waterviews and beautiful grounds.

Seven Seas Wharf 63 Rear Rogers Street 978-281-6634

see ad on page 2

Woodman’s of Essex 119 Main Street/Rt. 133, Essex 800-649-1773 978-768-6451

Offering catering and functions on and offsite.

see ad on page 26

Wolfe Adventures & Tours, LLC Cruiseport Gloucester

6 Rowe Square 978-282-9700

Celebrate life’s momentous events at Cruiseport Gloucester, the area’s most luxurious waterfront destination. Our expert wedding planners ensure that your special day will delight you and your guests, and will be remembered for a lifetime.

Customized Day & Overnight Tours Throughout New England 163 High Street, Newburyport 978-255-1645 email

see ad on back cover




Beth Williams Art Glass Jewelry 17 Pleasant Street 978-283-5566 see ad on page 22

The Brass Monkey 85 Main Street 978-879-4761

Explore our fine gifts, unique apparel, antiques, and seasonal treasures while visiting the West End of the historical seaport of Gloucester. see ad on page 13

Calvo Studio & Wood Carving School Classes and Workshops 235 East Main Street 978-283-0231 see ad on page 20

Cape Ann Artisans 978-546-6186

Studio tours June 1 & 2 October 12, 13 & 14 see ad on page 13

Main Street and beyond offers

Cape Ann Olive Oil Co. 57 Main Street 978-281-1061

art galleries, boutiques, and locally owned

Design of Mine

shops and services,

33 Main Street 978-491-7495

classes and workshops

48 and Our bohemian style boutique offers a wide selection of women’s clothing and accessories with an eclectic array of pattern and color at reasonable prices. We are Cape Ann’s destination for Beautiful Wear.


Donna’s Infinite Variety of Adornments 161 Main Street 978-879-4119

Opened July 2016, after moving from Newton, receiving “Best” by Boston Globe and Reader’s Choice Awards, yearly. DIVA‘s unrivaled inventory has all time periods, metals/stones and prices. Custom work, repairs, appraisals. DIVA Adornmentdiva

Pop Gallery 67 Main Street 617-458-9345

A stylish boutique in Gloucester’s historic West End. Carefully curated collection of jewelry, accessories, housewares and clothing. Well priced for everyone’s budget with a relaxing environment to shop and browse! Pet friendly. PopGallery

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Gallery 53 53 Rocky Neck Avenue 978-282-0917 see ad on page 31

6 Wonson Street 978-515-7004 see ad on page 31

Goodlinens Studio

Kitchen Bath Home Gift 130 Main Street 978-515-7646

Savour Wine & Cheese

Madfish Gallery 77 Rocky Neck Avenue 508-843-2512 see ad on page 31

76 Prospect Street 978-282-1455

Try before you buy! 20 unique, smallproduction wines to sip and savour (complimentary) on state of-the-art tasting machines, while you shop Cape Ann’s best selection of fine wines, craft beers, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet foods and more.

Surfari Stand Up Paddle and Surf

Mark Adrian Shoes 103 Main Street 978-283-4343

Birkenstock, Dansko, Rieker, Vionic, Olukai, Naot, Blundstone, Merrell, Keen, Sperry and more! Your favorite footwear brands at the best prices. 7 days a week and 5 generations of experience—a Gloucester tradition for over 40 years. MarkAdrianShoes

210 Main Street 978-283-SURF

Everything you need to play on the beach or in the water. Shop boards, swimsuits, flip-flops, wetsuits, clothing, sunglasses, gifts and more! Surfing and SUP rentals, surf lessons and camps. SurfariStandUpPaddleSurf supsurfari


Second Glance Thrift Store

Trident Gallery

The Thrift Store of The Open Door 2 Pond Road 978-283-4298

see ad on page 41

The Cave

Purveyors of Cheese, Chocolate and Wine 44 Main Street 978-283-0896

189 Main Street 978-491-7785 Beautiful and intelligent contemporary art in a principal exhibition, two further rooms, and a nearby annex housing extensive inventory, complemented by a full program of events for visitors and collectors.

see ad on page 17

Turtle Alley Chocolates

The Cottage on Smith Cove 75 R Rocky Neck Avenue 978-879-4080

42 Rogers Street, Gloucester 978-281-4000 318 Derby Street, Salem

see ad on page 31

The Gloucester Shop of Cape Ann

Turtles, toffee and fudge, oh my! All hand made with love on the premises in Gloucester. Visit our Salem shop, too. Life is short. Sin a little!

Gifts, Jewelry and Apparel 48 Main Street 978-282-3227

Visitor Resources / Services Visitor Welcoming Center At Stage Fort Park 24 Hough Avenue 978-281-8865

Information, restrooms (seasonal), beaches, playground, dog park, tennis courts, picnic area, concerts and farmers market in summer.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 33 Commercial Street 978-283-1601 Information, restrooms

see ad on page 40

Harbormaster Transient docking / mooring

VHF Channel 16 or 978-282-3012 /mnc89p8-gloucester-harbormaster 50

City Hall 9 Dale Avenue

Information, restrooms

Business Services Wheelhouse CoWork 189 Main Street 978-381-9353

House of Worship Eagle & Dove Ministries Judah’s Roar Church & Worship Center 978-283-9111

1606 Restaurant & Bar

Fresh Seafood, Regional Specialties, Traditional Fare, Innovative Menus, Local Microbrews & Live Entertainment

55 Commercial Street 978-282-0008

Enjoy spectacular ocean views as you enjoy an alfresco breakfast, lunch, or dinner or a signature cocktail around the firepit. Located in the Beauport Hotel Gloucester, we offer modern New England cuisine.

see ad on back cover

Blue Collar Lobster Co. 63 Rogers Street 978-283-1812



No frills, just lobster. Experience Gloucester’s working waterfront with lobsters in-the-rough. Hot boiled, live to travel, oysters, and a shiny new bar.

see ad on page 22

Cape Ann Brewing Company 11 Rogers Street 978-282-7399 866-Beer-Men

Captain Carlo’s Restaurant 27 Harbor Loop 978-283-6342

Fresh seafood, steamed lobsters, fried clams, creamy clam chowder, steaks, pasta and many more delicious options. Kids menu available. Live entertainment and outdoor dining alongside Gloucester’s working waterfront.


Mile Marker One Waterfront Restaurant

Drift 3 Main Street 978-314-4238

Drift Café is Gloucester’s newest morningto-night neighborhood hangout, merging the roles of baristas and bartenders. The new face of the coffeehouse is coffee plus. At Drift, it’s coffee plus beer, wine, cocktails, great food and live music.

Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant

Riverview Dining and Bar at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort 75 Essex Avenue Rt.133 978-283-2122

Fresh local food with a cool local vibe. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, raw bar, cocktails and more. Open year round, choose your water view inside or deck outside or pool side. Live music and events and weddings. Come by boat too!

see ad on page 6

86 Main Street 978-283-8228

Seaport Grille

Wild caught seafood. Serving your favorite dishes. Live entertainment Tues 7-9pm, Fri -Sat 9:30-11pm. Late night menu, with lounge atmosphere, gluten free options, kid friendly. Open at 4pm, 7 days

see ad on page 42

6 Rowe Square 978-282-9799 The ownership and staff of Seaport Grille invite you to dine with us. We take pride in preparing all of our menu items with only the freshest ingredients and a shared passion to deliver superior food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

see ad on back cover

Minglewood Harborside 25 Rogers Street 978-281-0223 Waterfront dining with an oversized deck and retractable glass walls that create an alfresco experience both inside and out. Fresh, local seafood, creative sushi and tavern favorites are complimented by refreshing cocktails.

The Cupboard at Stage Fort Park

Fresh native seafood and ice cream 41 Hough Avenue / Stage Fort Park 978-281-1908

see ad inside back cover

Lobsta Land Restaurant 84 Causeway Street at Exit 12 off Rt.128 978-281-0415

Stop by Lobsta Land Restaurant for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy Cape Ann’s most innovative menu in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Overlooking the “Window on the Marsh.”


The Gloucester House Restaurant 63 Rogers Street 978-283-1812 New menu, new wine list, new experience. One family since 1957. Join three generations of Linquatas as we support Gloucester’s fishing community. From our boats to your plate.

see ad on page 25

Tonno 2 Main Street 978-879-4795

Classic Italian dishes from various regions of Italy, with an emphasis on seafood.

see ad on page 21

Woodman’s of Essex 119 Main Street/Rt. 133 Essex 800-649-1773 978-768-6451

Over 100 years of Seafood and Excellence, est. 1914. “Best Restaurant in New England” “Best Waterfront Seafood Shack” USA Today. Family Friendly, Self Service, Full Bar, Raw Bar. Water Views Gluten Free options

see ad on page 26

Topside Grill Restaurant 50 Rogers Street 978-281-1399


Seafood, Italian Restaurant. Boiled Lobster Special $15.99, Fresh Native Gloucester Seafood, Casual atmosphere, fun bar! Waterfront views, outside dining. Award winning clam chowder, fried clams, oysters, scallops, calamari, shrimp, steak & more! Family owned, 2 generations of chefs.

Virgilio’s Bakery & Deli 29 Main Street 978-283-5295

It’s the bread that makes the sandwich. Italian and specialty breads and rolls, unique sandwiches on fresh-baked rolls, fresh cannoli, pastries, cookies and Italian ice made on site. see ad on page 40


Cala’s 7 Beach Street Manchester-by-the-Sea 978-525-3304

Cala’s delivers great food in a casual “Cheers” environment, where guests are treated like family, the beers are always cold and the wine pour is never skimpy.

Salem Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall Restaurant and Seafood Market: 43 Church Street, Salem 978-745-7665

The Village Restaurant 55 Main Street 978-768-6400

Since 1956, the North Shore’s choice for fresh local seafood at affordable prices in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy your classic family favorites year round, Tuesday through Sunday and seven days a week, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Turner’s Seafood Market 4 Smith Street, Gloucester 978-281-7172 Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market 506 Main Street, Melrose 781-662-0700 The freshest, best tasting, authentic New England seafood has three historic locations. Experience local seafood from dayboats’ fresh-catch, within hours served to our dining guests and market customers.



Accommodations at Rocky Neck

43 Rocky Neck Avemue 978-381-9848

Located on Smith Cove in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony walk to restaurants, shops and theatre. All rooms have water views, kitchenettes and decks.

Atlantic Vacation Homes 4 Old County Road 855-213-1722

We are the North Shore’s premier vacation rental & real estate company, with over 30 years of creating dream vacations for our guests. Book your next beach escape today!

Atlantis Oceanfront Inn Would you prefer a cozy Bed & Breakfast, a waterfront Inn, or a full service

125 Atlantic Road 978-283-0014

Our beautiful oceanfront location is a spectacular setting for the perfect vacation. Close to Good Harbor Beach. Ocean views from every room, outdoor pool. Enjoy our Breakfast Café with creative selections open to the public.


Beauport Hotel Gloucester

Yes, we have that.

55 Commercial Street 978-282-0008

The perfect New England coastal getaway with 94 rooms and suites, sweeping water views, rooftop pool/bar, distinctive dining choices and the area’s largest event space. A destination for every occasion.


see ad on back cover

Blue Shutters Beachside Inn 1 Nautilus Road 978-283-1198

Charming inn on Good Harbor Beach. Spectacular views. Rooms and suites, all with AC. Open year round. Walk to restaurants, supermarket. Minutes to downtown Gloucester and Rockport. Complimentary continental breakfast. Free WiFi.

Cape Ann Camp Site 80 Atlantic Street 978-283-8683

This hidden jewel offers 200 tent and RV sites nestled in a variety of shade trees and shrubs. Some big rig waterview spaces. Hookups, free WiFi.

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

Castle Manor Inn & Sea Glass Restaurant 141 Essex Avenue 978-515-7386

A 26-bedroom boutique hotel with full service bar, restaurant and function facility. Open to the public with waterviews and beautiful grounds.

Colonial Inn By The Sea 28 Eastern Point Road 978-281-1953

1850 Sea Captain’s house-water views, Twp block stroll to beach, artist colony, restaurants and theater. Picturesque walk along beaches, to estates, museum & lighthouse. Air conditioning, WiFi, continental breakfast.

Harborview Inn

75 Essex Avenue/Rt.133 978-283-2116 800-626-7660

71 Western Avenue 978-283-2277 800-299-6696

Destination Found! Stay, Eat, Drink Swim, Chill. Our waterfront hotel rooms offer views of the river, salt marsh, WICKED TUNA boats and wildlife. Mile Marker One Waterfront Restaurant and pool bar onsite, open year round. Private and semi private venues for events up to 200+.

Overlooking Gloucester Harbor, this is a perfect four season bed & breakfast for vacations and weekends away. The Inn is within walking distance of downtown’s restaurants, museums, shops and attractions.

see ad on page 6

Cape Ann Motor Inn 33 Rockport Road 978-281-2900

Directly on the sands of Long Beach, we are open year round, with all rooms overlooking the ocean with views of the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island. Sunrises here are unforgettable! Pet friendly.

see ad on page 36

Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks 107 Atlantic Road 978-283-7600

Our waterfront hotel offers 51 rooms and suites with spectacular ocean views. Amenities include outdoor pool, hot tub, fire pit, rooftop deck, game room, library, and complimentary guest parking. 55

Sea Lion Motel & Cottages 138 Eastern Avenue 978-283-7300

Inns of Rockport

Conveniently located between Gloucester and Rockport, less than one mile from Good Harbor Beach. We have cottages, efficiencies, house suites, and hotel rooms and offer outside heated pool, Wi-Fi, A/C.

Come stay in our seaside village at one of our distinctive accommodations.

w w w. i n n s o f r o c k p o r t . c o m

The Vista 22 Thatcher Road 978-281-3410

Overlooking Good Harbor Beach, with gorgeous ocean views from every room. Super-clean, spacious rooms. Free Continental breakfast, outdoor heated swimming pool.

see ad on page 25


Rockport Inn & Suites 183 Main Street 978-546-3300

Our hotel offers year-round accommodations for vacationers and business travelers including wellequipped suites and pet-friendly rooms. Continental breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room, and tennis courts. Wedding and corporate groups welcome.

Pleasant Street Inn

The Tuck Inn

17 Pleasant Street 800-541-3915 978-546-3915

Bed & Breakfast 17 High Street 978-546-7260

Q. What's longer than a city bus

and eats more than 4000 pounds of seafood a day? Sand lance (whale food) 4”

Humpback whale up to 52’ city bus 45’ 6’


A humpback whale’s eye is the size of a basketball.

A humpback whale.

You can visit them on a whale watch cruise. See page 45. 56 57



26 Saturday 4pm

1-3 Fri-Sun Girls


Dance of the Instruments Movement

27 Saturday 2pm

3 Sunday 4-7pm

Crowell Chapel Manchester

Bridal Expo


Artweek: Spring Kickoff Fashion Marketplace, April

Getaway Weekend

Spring into Strings

14 46th Annual

Vendors, complimentary apps, cash bar, fashion show

26-May 5

Supports Meals on Wheels

2 Saturday 8am-noon

8th Annual Cape Ann Birding Weekend

Events, workshops, hands-on experiences and more

Meals on Wheels Valentine’s Breakfast

24 Saturday 4pm

St. Johns, Gloucester

Irish Sweepstakes


Bach to the Future

Wednesday 5-7pm

$10,000 in prize money and giveaways ©Gordon Webster

Acoustic on the River year round

Enjoy Live Music Year Round

Acoustic on the River at Mile Marker One Beauport Hotel Gloucester Meetinghouse Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant Minglewood Harborside Old Sloop Coffeehouse Rockport Music


Cape Ann Symphony Captain Carlos Drift Harbor Loop Concert Series Stage Fort Park Bandstand Concerts North Shore Music Theatre Cape Ann Farmers Markets Gloucester Downtown Block Parties


15 Friday 10am-noon

Art Week on Cape Ann

26-28 Friday - Sunday Spring Kickoff Event Fashion Marketplace and events Castle Manor Inn

Surveying the Collection


24-25 Saturday 7:30pm

on Cape Ann Manchester Essex RHS Sunday 2pm Ipswich HS

Cape Ann Symphony

30 Saturday 8-11pm Brazilian Dance Night


13 Saturday 11am-4pm Kite Day Cogswell’s Grant

19 Friday 10am-noon Surveying the Collection

1-5 Art Week Events, workshops, hands- on experiences and more Event/6350

12 Sunday 10:30-noon

Mother’s Day River Cruises

13 Monday 8:30-10:30am Intro to Birding

Cogswell’s Grant

18-19 Saturday7:30pm Manchester Essex RHS Sunday 2pm Ipswich HS

Cape Ann Symphony

18 Saturday 10am

Essex River Race

27 Sunday 10am-3pm

Motif #1 Day

31st Annual Pride Stride Walk benefits local

non-profits Stage Fort Park

18 Saturday 9am-5pm Downtown Rockport

© Fran Osten/Mary Mandarino

> Calendar of Events


7-9 Art in the Barn

1-12 Rockport

students & adults

14-July 12

Art Haven Art classes for

Art exhibit and sale Cox Reservation, Essex

Gloucester Stage Company 40th season opens.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival World

Shows Wed-Sun

North Shore Music Theater season opens

renowned musicians Shalin Liu Performance Center

3-4 Independence Day Celebrations

21-22 Essex River Day cruise, cookout, music

Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Cape Ann Farmers Market 60+ vendors, live

15 Saturday 10am

music, children’s activities Stage Fort Park

Sat 10am, Sun 1pm

Rockport Cultural District Free walking tour Dock Square

1-2 Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

66th Annual International Dory Races

US vs. Canada State Fish Pier

22, 29 Saturdays 9am-1pm

3 Monday 6pm

26-30 all day

Stacy Blvd 10pm Fireworks on waterfront

St. Peter’s Fiesta

20+ studios, self-guided open studio tour

Blessing of the fleet, sporting events, carnival St. Peter’s Square

2 Sunday 8am

28-30 Friday-Sunday

Yukan Twin Lobster Half Marathon & 1 Mile Race

5pm Greasy Pole &

Seine Boat Races off Pavilion Beach

Gloucester High School

4-16 Oklahoma!


7-30 Barefoot

Thursdays 3-6:30pm

children’s activities Stage Fort Park

North Shore Music Theater

Cape Ann Farmers Market 60+ vendors, live music,

in the Park

Downtown Block Parties July, August

Rockport Farmers Market

Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour

© Anne-Marie Anderson

Farmers Markets all summer

Chamber Music Festival

Fishtown Horribles Parade & Concert

4 Tuesday 9pm Bonfire

Back Beach, Rockport

4, 11, 18, 25 Thursdays 6-8pm

Harbor Loop Concerts Fitz Henry Lane Park, Harbor Loop, free

5-28 The 39 Steps

6 Saturday 10am-4pm Gloucester Garden Tour

Thursday evenings

Private gardens tour

7, 14, 21, 28

Candlelight Tours Saturdays 9am-1pm

Rockport Farmers Market

Daily 10am, Sun 1pm

Rockport Cultural District free walking tour Dock Square

Sundays 7pm

Bandstand Summer Concert Series Stage Fort Park

9-21 Disney’s Freaky Friday

North Shore Music Theater


Calendar of Events continued 26-27 Fri-Sat 10am-4pm

Harborwalk Summer Cinema Free outdoor movies

Wed 8pm Gloucester

courtesy photo

10, 17, 24, 31

Rockport Garden Tour

65 Rogers Street on the HarborWalk

27 Saturday 10am-3pm Annisquam Sea Fair

12 Friday

Village Hall

Hook A Cure Fishing Tournament


Cape Ann Marina 978-238-8090

Thursdays 3-6:30pm

13 Saturday 5-10pm

Cape Ann Farmers Market Stage Fort Park

Gloucester Downtown Block Party #1

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Music, entertainment, al fresco dining, store specials Main Street

Thursdays 6-8pm

13 Saturday 7:30am-3pm

Harbor Loop Concerts Fitz Henry Lane

Paddle & rowing race around the Cape

Thursday evenings

Blackburn Challenge

Park, Harbor Loop, free

Candlelight Tours

21 7am-noon

Reid’s Ride Bike-a-Thon

All month

Stage Fort Park

Saturdays 9am-1pm

Rockport Farmers Market


20 Saturday 8am

Seacoast 10k Road Race Stage Fort Park

Daily 10am, Sun 1pm

Rockport Cultural District free walking tour Dock



Bluefin Blowout

1-3 Thursday-Saturday

Cape Ann Marina

© Elizabeth Carey

61st Annual Sidewalk Bazaar Vendors, food, live music, children’s activities Main Street Gloucester

2-25 Ben Butler

3-Dec 1 Quarry Dance, July

26-28 Fri 5:30,

Sat 11am, 5:30pm, Sun 1pm

Quarry Dance VIII



Homer at the Beach

Bluefin Blowout, July

3 Saturday 10am-6pm Festival by the Sea

Art, Music & Food Downtown Manchester

4,11,18, 25 Sundays 7pm

Bandstand Summer Concert Series Stage Fort Park


Rockport Jazz Festival

6-18 Jersey Boys North Shore Music Theater

6-11 Tuesday-Sunday 7:30pm Mamma Mia! Annisquam

7 Wednesdays 8pm

Harborwalk Summer Cinema Free outdoor movies 65 Rogers Street

10 Saturday 5-10pm

Gloucester Downtown Block Party #2 Music, entertainment,

Winslow Homer drawings and more

al fresco dining, store specials Main Street

3 Saturday 12pm-7 pm

10 Saturday 9pm

70s & 80s tunes Stage Fort Park

Fireworks, music in Rockport

Gloucester Rock on the Water

Illumination Night

© Jeffrey M. Stockman

August 30 - Sept 2

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day


35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

Saturday 7:30pm

Lighted Boat Parade, Concert & Fireworks

Ship visits, public lobsterbake, lighted boat parade, fireworks, parade of sail, races and more GloucesterSchooner

Stacy Blvd. after dark

Sunday 10:30am

Parade of Sail

Gloucester harbor fills with sails on Labor Day weekend. Friday all day Schooners Maritime Gloucester is sail into harbor headquarters for many events.


Saturday 11am-8pm

Gloucester Blues Festival

Stage Fort Park

11 Saturday 3-7pm

Rockport Lobsterfest 9:30pm Fireworks

17-18 Sat-Sun 9am-6pm Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Craft fair, music, food, entertainment Stage Fort Park

Saturday 12-6pm

92.5 The River: Riverfest Seaside Music Festival

Free concert at Stage Fort Park

24 Saturday 5pm

Fisherman’s Memorial Service Man at the Wheel statue

30 Friday 5-10pm

Gloucester Downtown Block Party #3 Music, entertainment, al fresco dining, store specials Main Street

30-Sept 2 Fri-Mon

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival see inset above

Mayor’s Cup Race off Eastern Point


14 Saturday 11am-8pm Gloucester Harvest Music Festival

Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Cape Ann Farmers Market Stage Fort Park

65 Rogers Street; Music, dancing, beer tent, food, crafts; proceeds benefit Addison Gilbert Hospital

24-Oct 6

Saturdays 9am-1pm

Sunset Boulevard

Rockport Farmers Market

North Shore Music Theater

27-Oct 20

Native Gardens

Daily 10am, Sun 1pm

Rockport Cultural District free walking tour

Dock Square


1 Sunday

Good Harbor Beach


Lone Gull 10k Race

35th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival See inset above

5 Thursdays 6-8pm

Harbor Loop Concert Fitz Henry Lane Park,

© Elizabeth Carey

August 24

Gloucester harbor

Harbor Loop, free

6-7 Fri-Sat 7:30

Paul Taylor Dance Performance

14 Saturday 6am-4pm Coast to Cure NF Bike Race

Stage Fort Park


Fri-Sun all day

Trails & Sails: 10 Days of Exploring Heritage in Essex County Hundreds of free heritage events

Maritime Heritage Day, August

October 1-20

Native Gardens

3, 10 Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Farmers Market

60+ vendors, live music, children’s activities Stage Fort Park


Calendar of Events continued 5, 12 Saturdays 9am-1pm

31 Thursday 4-6pm

Downtown Gloucester shops

Rockport Farmers Market

Downtown Main Street Trick or Treat


5-6 Saturday-Sunday

19th Annual Great Brewers Cyclocross


Bike race Stage Fort Park


12-14 Saturday-


The Bodyguard

Monday 10am-5pm

North Shore Music Theater

20+ studios, self-guided open studio tour

Holiday Window contest

19 Thursday 5-10pm 43rd Annual Mens Night

Refreshments, discounts, fun. Downtown Gloucester shops GloucesterDowntown

31 Rockport

New Year’s Eve

© Linda Stockman

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Studio Tour

12-30 Main Street

16 Saturday all day courtesy photo

Cape Ann Artisans Fall Studio Tours October

6-14 Cape Ann Plein Air

Weeklong outdoor painting competition & festival

Haunted House Tours

Hammond Castle Park at Stage Fort Park, shuttle to Castle

19 Saturday 9am-6pm

Rockport Harvestfest

26 Saturday 11am-4pm 37th Annual Essex Clamfest

Memorial Park, Essex

25-Nov 17 Hamlet

29-Nov 10

The Bodyguard North Shore Music Theater


8th Annual Middle Street Harvest Festival

Live music, museum tours, Farmers Market, craft fair, more.

30 Small Business Saturday

Downtown Gloucester shops GloucesterDowntown

December 1 Christmas

Parade Main Street


5 Thursday 5-10pm

46th Annual Ladies Night Refreshments, discounts, fun. Downtown Gloucester shops GloucesterDowntown

6-22 A Christmas

Carol North Shore Music Theater

7 Saturday 10am-4:30pm Middle Street Walk music, kids activities, tours of historic homes and museums

7 Saturday 4:30pm Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

Downtown holiday decorations December

Classes and Workshops Year Round Calvo School of Wood Carving 978-283-0231

Cape Ann Art Haven


Cape Ann Center for Mindfulness 978-515-7648

Gloucester Writers Center

MAGMA Movement Arts Gloucester MA


North Shore Arts Association


Northeast Art Workshop Retreat 978-729-4970

Treetop Yoga Studio


We treat you like a local when you visit Gloucester. Stay at the Beauport Hotel and enjoy the 1606 Restaurant, our rooftop pool and sweeping views of the Atlantic. Dine like a local at Seaport Grille and see Gloucester’s working waterfront in action. Or, enjoy a Lobster Bake or Sunset Dinner cruise with Beauport Cruiselines where guests dine and dance on the ocean.

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