Reasons For All SeasonsSeptember 05, 2018 / Awards & Praise, Good to Know, History, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See
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!
SPRING From its earliest days as a 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 daffodils on the Boulevard.
SUMMER Fresh seafood abounds and the harbor is alive and bustling with schooner sails, harbor and lighthouse tours, and deep-sea fishing. Some of the world’s best whale watching is just off our coast at Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.
FALL Come visit our enchanting North 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 Gran Prix of Gloucester Cyclocross Race, Rocky Neck Art Colony strolls, and fireside dining.
WINTER In the winter, with the fishermen at rest, 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. So why not heed the salt water’s call when lodging rates and seashells are the best you’ll find all year? This beloved coastal community has a quieter alter ego worth getting to know.”