Gloucester, Massachusetts

Discover Gloucester Massachusetts, just 45 minutes from Boston! Home to America’s oldest seaport, Gloucester offers rich maritime history, fresh-caught seafood, an active working waterfront, and several of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventures by land, and by sea, and experience the best of New England’s natural beauty on the coast. Gloucester is alive with arts and cultural attractions, theater, museums, boating, events & festivals, award-winning cuisine, boutiques, and a walkable downtown. There is so much to explore!

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4th Annual Winter Lights on Cape Ann

Celebrate the spirit of the season with the 4th Annual Winter Lights on Cape Ann! Drive and stroll around Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport to see more than 100 illuminated locations!  Grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy downtown shopping districts filled with festive cheer and goodies, and vote in the decorating contest for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place favorites, and a chance to win a $50 Greater Cape Ann Gift Check! Visit for an interactive map, downloadable brochure, and voting link.

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`Tis the season -- the season for Igloos at Mile Marker One!

Igloos are coming soon, and what`s better than enjoying seaside views of Cape Ann Marina from a cozy, heated Igloo while enjoying delicious cuisine and cocktails?

Mile Marker One is our featured Business Spotlight of the week! Check out the menu and book your reservation at
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It’s an exciting day on Main Street in Gloucester! 🎉 🎀 ✂️
@thecutlive is officially open!
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Visit for a delicious dinner, or grab a bite and beverage at the bar.

Head to to check out their upcoming shows starting in January! Musician lineups and tickets are available. Follow @thecutlive to stay tuned! 🎸

#discovergloucester #rediscovergloucester #visitnorthofboston #visitma #livemusic #bar #restaurant #venue

Did you know...?

Fall is a very busy time for Gloucester`s lobstermen. Sometimes lobster catches in October, November, and December surpass the quantities caught in the summer months! Gloucester is America`s Oldest Seaport with the largest lobster fishing fleet in the state.

It`s the perfect time of year to bite into a juicy lobster roll, enjoy a toasty cup of lobster bisque, or try a yummy lobster quesadilla -- there are so many different ways to eat lobster in Gloucester!

Plan your next catch-to-table seafood experience along the Gloucester Seaport Trail:

📸Photo courtesy of Carol Mondello
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Add Maritime Gloucester to your holiday happenings itinerary December 9th for Deck the Docks! from 10:00am-7:00pm! The Museum Store will be stocked with maritime goodies for folks of all ages, and is perfect for checking off boxes on your holiday shopping list. With holiday crafts, tree and wreaths for sale, and "A Pirate`s Night Before Christmas" with Captain AJ, Deck the Docks! will get the whole family in the holiday spirit.
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Dive deep into the heart of America`s Oldest Seaport with the #GloucesterSeaportTrail 🌊 Next Stop: Seaport Grille!

Seaport Grille at Cruiseport Gloucester is located directly on the harbor with two decks for classic waterview dining. Our menu offers a wide range of delectable cuisines made with the freshest ingredients including surf & turf options, classic American plates, Italian-inspired dishes, world-famous desserts and much more. Within the backyard of our restaurant lies the inner harbors of Gloucester, home to the oldest working waterfront in America. Join Seaport Grille all year long for $1.50 oysters on Wednesdays and our locally famous $24 Lobster Roll special on Thursdays! Come for the menu, stay for the vibe!

Chart your course along the Seaport Trail at
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This fall, savor Gloucester’s rich maritime experiences. Navigate through art, seafood, and stories on the Seaport Trail.

Schooner Adventure is a National Historic Landmark wooden fishing vessel built in Essex in 1926 and the official flagship of Gloucester, MA. After two successful careers; one as the highliner of the Gloucester fishing fleet and another as the Queen of the Windjammers in Camden, ME, she was returned to the people of Gloucester. Authentically restored, she sails today as an educational resource for visitors, students, and the community. Mark your calendar for next year`s sail season to climb aboard Adventure for ticketed public sails, dockside tours, private charters, and educational programs.

Learn more about Schooner Adventure and Gloucester`s ample maritime cultural experiences on the Seaport Trail:

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Gloucester boasts the largest lobster fishing fleet in Massachusetts. 🦞 Enjoy trap-to-table lobster and a variety of other local seafood at 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar along Gloucester`s #SeaportTrail

Located on the lobby level of Beauport Hotel Gloucester, the charming 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar offers an oceanfront experience showcasing New England coastal dining at its best. Celebrate modern American cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients by Executive Chef Jon McKechnie and his team. Featuring an upscale raw bar and international conservas, 1606 Restaurant offers a range of dishes, like their award winning Cape Ann Lobster Roll, Baked Haddock Casserole, or a perfectly cooked Dry Aged NY strip. The warm décor, seaside vistas and relaxed, upscale atmosphere provide a Cape Ann dining experience unlike any other.

Explore this and more along the #GloucesterSeaportTrail Chart your course at
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Enjoy a holiday harbor cruise aboard @beauportcruiselines December 10th! Take in the beautiful views of Gloucester Harbor, all while singing holiday carols with elves, enjoying hot cocoa and cookies, and listening to a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Plus, a visit from Santa himself! Tickets include hot cocoa, cookies, and a picture with Santa. A Cash bar will be available.

Make sure to bring in a new, unwrapped gift for Beauport’s toy drive, Supporting Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund (including Pathways for Children, Wellspring House and Action, Inc).

Beauport Cruiselines is our Featured Business Spotlight of the week! Find more information about their cruises at
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Discover why Gloucester is renowned for our cuisine and freshest catch-to-table seafood along Gloucester`s Seaport Trail!

Dine at the water’s edge at on the freshest seafood from boat to plate at Mile Marker One Restaurant, in the heart of Cape Ann Marina. Grass-fed beef, fresh inspired salads and sides, with excellent flavor for really “great” food, and staller signture cocktails! Check out “Wicked Tuna” boats from your table with both deck (heated and Igloos) and inside dining options and bars – open year round.

Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy fresh seafood, and experience culinary treasures along Gloucester’s Seaport Trail. Uncover the stories of America’s Oldest Seaport at
#GloucesterSeaportTrail #DiscoverGloucester #Seafood #RediscoverGloucester #MileMarkerOne

Are you a foodie who dreams about visiting far-off lands to experience the culture, people, and, most of all, cuisine? How amazing would it be to taste dishes prepared by chefs who grew up in the region where the food originated for that authentic taste?

Gloucester, Massachusetts, and its wide variety of restaurants and dining establishments offer a unique opportunity for foodies to experience international cuisines right in one city. From traditional Italian cooking as good as nona’s to authentic Mediterranean dishes good enough to present to Yai-Yai, there is something for everyone in Gloucester.

Dream up your next delectable dining experience on our blog #linkinbio
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With two months left in 2023, there are still a number of opportunities to engage with the Gloucester 400+ anniversary through events and experiences. Upcoming happWith two months left in 2023, there are still a number of opportunities to engage with the Gloucester 400+ anniversary through events and experiences. Upcoming happenings include:

- Nov 16 | The Future of Gloucester: The Future of Climate Change. One in an occasional series of panel discussions G400+ has held throughout 2023 on the future of Gloucester.
At MAGMA 11 Pleasant St, Suite 64, @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

- Nov 18 | Symposium by Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation: Religious Freedom in America: Gloucester’s Role.
At Gloucester Meeting House, 10 Church Street @ 2:00 PM

- Nov 19 | 3rd in 7-part hands-on workshop (attend one or all) entitled Exploring the Colors of Cape Ann through Natural Dying.
At Gloucester 400+ office, 123 Main Street, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

- Nov 25 | BC Eagles vs NU Huskies Women’s College Hockey match, Dorothy Talbot Rink, 32 Cherry Street, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

@gloucester400 is our Business Spotlight of the week! Learn more about Gloucester 400+ and find a full list of upcoming events at
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Dine seaside at @woodmans_of_essex! “Best Waterfront Seafood Shack in America”-USA Today. Award-winning lobster rolls, gluten-free fried clams, seafood, and clam chowder. Family friendly, indoor and outdoor seating, and beautiful views of The Great Marsh. Voted “Most Iconic Restaurant in the Boston Area”- Use our #linkinbio to chart your course and Discover Gloucester`s Seaport Trail!

#DiscoverGloucester #ReDiscoverGloucester #CapeAnnMA #VisitMA #DiscoverNewEngland #Seaport #GloucesterMA #VisitNorthofBoston #GloucesterSeaportTrail #WoodmansofEssex

Get ready for the 4th Annual Winter Lights on Cape Ann, with over 100 businesses illuminated across Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport. Drive around to see them all, and hop out of the car to stroll each town`s quaint main streets to vote for your favorites in the decorating contest! Stay tuned for details in coming weeks.
#WinterLightsonCapeAnn #WinterLights #CapeAnnMA #DiscoverGloucester