Pardon the radio silence, but I was on a short vacation in Massachusetts, on Cape Ann. The trip was exactly what I needed for an end of summer hurrah. Beach, boating, seafood, family and friends.
I have been many times to Cape Ann (my sister and her family live there). But this trip was all about taking time off, and enjoying the beach, and taking advantage of the full three days. We spent the first night on Wingaersheek beach (by boat, from Anisquam Yacht club) for a birthday celebration. Which included lobster rolls and a double rainbow (twice I may add). Annisquam is a quaint little hamlet of Gloucester, sprinkled with charming cottages, and larger victorian shingle homes on the water. Every corner you turn is cuter than the next. Here is what I would recommend if you plan on visiting the North Shore, and Cape Ann: A trip to Rockport, to walk around and shop, a day on Crane Beach in Ipswich, Fried clams in Essex, and a walk around Gloucester and Annisquam, finished with dinner at Lobster Cove. This is the quintessential New England fishing villages, and beaches at their best, and a nice little three day vacation. Here are a few suggestions on where to stay: Bass Rocks Inn (Gloucester)//The Inn at Castle Hill (Ipswich).// Atlantis Oceanfront Inn (Gloucester).