Gloucester – Your Coastal Experience Only 45 Minutes Out Of Boston
The quaint and picturesque city of Gloucester in Massachusetts is located on Cape Ann in Essex County. This beautiful area of Massachusetts is only 45 minutes away from Boston. Home to many amazing attractions including stunning beaches as well as more than a centuries worth of art. Furthermore, the summertime in Gloucester is packed with things to do including the St Peter’s Fiesta that’s on at the end of June. Check out some of the best things that you should put on your itinerary when planning your trip to Gloucester this summer.
St.Peter’s Fiesta 2018
The St Peter’s Fiesta is put on by the Italian-American community in Gloucester, on June 27th till July 1st. The annual festival is a celebration of faith and fishing to commemorate Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishing. With lively music and out-of-this world seafood. Most of all, it’s a fantastic weekend filled with the best of what Gloucester has to offer.
The North Shore Beaches Worth Visiting
The North Shore has three beautiful beaches that all have different things to offer. Wingaersheek Beach is situated on the Annisquam River in West Gloucester. This is a great place to spend some time climbing amongst the rocks and through the marshes or wade warm, indigo waters during summer. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic for the day, there are plenty of food stands available. Probably best to get here early though as this is a very popular spot. Another great beach to visit if you’re going to Wingaersheek Beach is Coffins Beach. Coffins Beach is located northwest of Wingaersheek and is accessed by Wingaersheek Road. Coffins Beach is a fun place for the family to explore the marine life. If you wade out to the Bald Rocks, you can find everything from lobster, crabs, starfish, and much more.
While if you’ve missed the boat in getting in on the best spot to spend the day at Wingaersheek and Coffins Beach, don’t worry. Simply head over to Good Harbor Beach. It’s also a great place to spend a day with the family, building sandcastles and making memories.
Visit The Art Studios And Meet The Artists
Since 1840 artists have been capturing the exquisite landscapes of Cape Ann. Take a tour and meet some of the artists in their studios. You’ll see their captivating works and hear from some of the areas most influential artists. This tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and environment that has shaped the famous art and exhibits who have captured the beauty and history of the area so well.
Enjoy A Taste Of Gloucester’s Finest Breweries & Distilleries
A trip to Gloucester would not be complete without a visit to the family-owned and operated Ryan & Wood Inc. Distillery. You will want to taste of some of their delicious spirits, that are lovingly-crafted. You’ll also want to take a few gifts home to share with friends; they’ll thank you for it! Visit the Cape Ann Brewing Company and Brewpub for a taste of some excellent gastropub bites. This little gem is located on the waterfront and is a fabulous place to have lunch and taste some of their craft beers as you take in the scenery of the harbor.
Do Some Shopping On Main Street
Main Street is a wonderful place to explore and find a few interesting items to take home as souvenirs. Along Main street, there are some charming shops to find unusual arts & crafts, galleries and the classic movie theaters. Most noteworthy is the special finds like Mystery Train Records. This little record shop is a treasure trove where you can uncover some incredible vinyl finds. The shops close a little early, so if you’re planning to take a stroll down Main Street, arrive early to make the most of your time and linger as you peruse the variety of bookstores and gift shops.
Massachusetts has so much to offer if you want to have an enjoyable coastal experience. Hence, if you’re planning a weekend away or taking a leisurely drive then we suggest you check New England’s coast. Most of all check out Gloucester. The charming place to go for a great day at the beach or a casual and relaxing week-long vacation.