Massachusetts Journals

Exploring Cape Ann

A November 2003 trip to Massachusetts by Mary Dickinson

Cape Ann Marinas Resort Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: When we were in Cape Ann, we enjoyed exploring the towns and the seacoast. These are some of our experiences.

Exploring Cape Ann

Overview

Gloucester MA Photo, Massachusetts, United States
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Hunting for lighthouses is a great way to explore the seacoast on Cape Ann. In our search we discovered the quaint little waterfront villages of Annisquam and Rockport and the many things to do to enjoy Gloucester. The sites in the movie The Perfect Storm, the Rocky Neck art colony, the casino boat, waterfront places to stay, Beaufort, Stage Fort Park, Hammond Castle, live theatre, and some great restaurants are all waiting to be experienced and that’s just the tip of the ice burg. We love Winslow Homer and have several copies of his pictures hanging in our home. After spending a few days there, we can understand what inspired him.Quick Tips: Take copies of my lighthouse journals w...Read More

Cape Ann Marina's Resort

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Hotel | "Cape Ann Marina Resort"

Cape Ann Marina's Resort Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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From the balcony outside our bedroom, we could see the expensive yachts and sailboats moored to the marina below and a sea gull perched on the high round post anchoring the pontoon boardwalk in place. The Annisquam River, a saltwater estuary where the resort is located, opens to the Atlantic Ocean at both ends. In the early morning the water is still and the mirrored reflection doubles the quiet enjoyment of the moment. In the distance you can see the muddy banks of the river, the tall grass of the marshes and beyond the town of Gloucester, MA. The Colonial triple dresser, table, chairs and king size bed, with a plain upholstered pullout couch, curtains, bed spread and wall to wall carpeting...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2003

Cape Ann Marina's Resort
75 Essex Ave.
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
978-283-2112,800

Gloucester House Restaurant

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Restaurant

Gloucester House Restaurant Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Traveling along Rt. 127, the sea coast road through downtown Gloucester, The Gloucester House Restaurant caught our attention. It has a clean white Colonial appearance next to the fishing wharves and warehouses. If you’re careful you can find the narrow driveway leading to it and free parking. Like many other businesses in Gloucester, this one is many faceted. The Linquata family own and operate the restaurant and two other restaurants on the site, Morning Glory Coffee Shop and Cafe Seven Seas, a less formal restaurant. They have a gift shop, run a fleet of fishing boats that dock next to the restaurant and, in the summer months, offer water tours from the Seven Seas wharf. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Gloucester House Restaurant
Seven Seas Wharf on Route 127
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 283-1812

Horizon's Edge Casino Cruise

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Attraction

Horizon's Edge Casino Cruise Photo, Massachusetts, United States
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After making a few inquires concerning a cruise that would take us to see the lighthouses, the desk clerk at our resort remembered a casino ship that had just started going out. She said we could find it across the street from Gorton’s if we followed the road going east from the Fishermen’s Memorial Monument. Gorton’s logo is the upper half of that statue and is a popular brand name in grocery stores selling frozen fish in packages. We had no trouble finding it and there was plenty of free parking next to the wharf where the ship is docked. We were charged $10 apiece (including departure tax), but our tickets entitled us to $10 in free quarters to use in the slot machines (or we could...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Fishermen's Memorial Monument Photo, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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We left Rt 129 at Exit 14 in Gloucester, MA and followed Rt 133 to the waterfront. Immediately, we noticed a statue, but it wasn’t the Fisherman. It was his female counterpart, the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, dedicated to the women who endure while their men go to sea. The waterfront area along Stacy Boulevard is a beautiful park allowing a panoramic view of magnificent Gloucester Harbor. East of the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial is the Fishermen’s Memorial Monument. If you have watch the movie The Perfect Storm you will know why the monument exists. Tested beyond endurance by the lure of the sea and the needs of the fishing industry, those men gave their all and lost thei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Fishermen's Memorial Monument
Stacy Boulevard
Gloucester, Massachusetts