One of the great things about living in Boston is all of the amazing cities & towns that are within a 3 hour drive. Even better, you can get to either shore in about an hour (traffic depending). Lately we’ve been having spectacular weather- sunny, warm, breezy…perfect summer days! One of my favorite things to do on an open Saturday is explore! An area I’ve explored a lot is the North Shore. Whether you’re wanting a beach day, a boat day, a foodie day, or a shopping day, I’ve got your options covered! Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the North Shore, particularly Cape Ann.
Essex is a cute pit stop when passing through on your way north. Set along the Essex River, it’s your typical New England small town- shopping, restaurants, museums, and more!
If antiquing is your thing, you’re in luck! Considered America’s “Antiquing Capital”, there are over 30 stores within 1 mile. I’ve been to about 10 different stores there- from low to high, from junk to treasure- it’s worth sifting through. You never know what you might find!
Pronounced “glo-stah”, this traditional harbor town is full of character, charm & breathtaking views. As you probably imaged, there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, wide sandy beaches & adorable ice cream shops all around.
There are two outstanding beaches: Wingaersheek beach or Good Harbor Beach (<- personal fave). I mean, look at these views:
If the beach isn’t your thing, why not check out the Whale Watching tours or the Fishermen’s Memorial statue. (Remember the Clooney/Wahlberg movie, The Perfect Storm? Filmed here & about these fisherman!)
When visiting Gloucester, one thing’s for sure: you won’t leave hungry! There are a plethora of delicious restaurants, but a few of my personal favorites are Duckworth’s for a special occasion, Seaport Grille for fresh lobster rolls & harbor views, Cape Ann Brewery for burgers + beers, and Short and Main for wood-fire pizza (fun fact: last time I ate there, I saw Frances McDormand & Ethan Cohen dining!)
Located about 15 minutes north of Gloucester, this darling beach town is a true gem. Remember the movie “The Proposal” ? Yup, filmed here! (the movie was set in Alaska, but the set was in Rockport).
It’s full of lush flowers, fresh lobstahs, adorable shops & restaurants, and a k-i-l-l-e-r peninsula ocean view!
There’s a lot of shopping, so bypass thee tourist traps & spend your time in my favorite local stores: Lula’s Pantry and Milk & Honey , both of which have a great selection of home decor items & specialty kitchen/food products.
There you have it, my roundup of a perfect day trip to Cape Ann. Now go shop, eat & play!