Things to do on Cape Ann in the Fall

October 05, 2020 / Art and Music, Good to Know, History/Maritime, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See

With permission to repost by Beauport Hotel Gloucester

As leaves start to turn and the air more crisp, we feel a sense of renewal. Fall brings a new season of freshness. Cape Ann has so many wonderful outdoor spaces to explore and renew with her incredibly beautiful landscape.

Whether you are active-minded or would like to sit and enjoy a sunset the opportunities abound. Everywhere you turn in Gloucester and Cape Ann you can find a spot to enjoy all of Mother Nature’s beauty.

Take a hike:
Ravenswood Park: Located less than three miles from Beauport Hotel and open year round sunrise to sunset, Ravenswood Park offers Ten miles of woodland paths and trails meander through the park, providing plenty of room to picnic, bird watch, walk, cross-country ski, and simply appreciate the outdoors. Wander the child-friendly, two-mile Ledge Hill Trail among the magical-looking, fern-covered boulders, or trek to the overlook to Gloucester Harbor. Thomson Street Reservation: Located less than four miles from Beauport Hotel. Experience an exceptional example of Cape Ann’s unique rugged landscape with exposed granite bedrock in one of Greenbelt’s largest reservations. Stunning views of Gloucester Harbor and Ipswich Bay await those who climb Sunset Mountain and Eagle Rock. Vernal ponds, a red maple swamp and diverse natural communities thrive.
Leaf Peeping: Aside from the great hiking trails and beauty of Ravenswood and Thomspon Street Reservation, beautiful foliage is everywhere on Cape Ann. Enjoy a walk through Dogtown Common or Halibut Point State Park or view the scenic foliage vista across the water from Stage Fort Park. Gloucester is also a great base for your fall foliage trip that may include day trips to Maine or New Hampshire—Their borders are just about an hour from the hotel.
Sailing, Whale Watching and Fishing Trips: These great trips don’t have to stop just because Summer is over. Most vessels continue sailings through October. Gloucester is home to two Whale Watch companies (7 Seas and Cape Ann Whale Watch) and several Deep Sea Charter businesses.  Or picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a 65-foot Schooner. The Thomas E. Lannon will continue her sailings through October as well.
Learn Local History and Culture:
Cape Ann Museum is truly an American Museum: The Museum’s collections, displayed in an intimate and inviting setting, celebrate the rich story of Cape Ann’s evolving artistic and cultural history. The fine arts collection spans the full range of art made on and about Cape Ann, and uses the Museum’s Library & Archives, historic buildings and artifacts to ground that art in a powerful sense of place.
Hammond Castle Museum: First time visitors are often surprised to see a true European castle on the New England shoreline.  Hammond Castle was built in the late 1920s by scientist, inventor, and interestingly enough, an art connoisseur of the highest order, John Hays Hammond, Jr. (1888-1965).  Sitting high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the castle brings together a unique combination of art, architectural elements and culture, backstopped by many innovative technological applications, yet unknown and unseen by the visitor. Spiritualism Tours will continue through October, then check out their holiday events.
Cape Ann Cultural Districts: An embarrassment of riches, Cape Ann boasts FOUR designated Cultural Districts. Rocky Neck Cultural District, one of America’s oldest continuously working art colonies, has attracted such accomplished artists as Milton Avery, Nell Blaine, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, and many more; Rockport Cultural District boasts over 40 individual artist galleries and studios, as well as cultural institutions like the Rockport Art Association; Essex River Cultural District, this is where “the town meets the river.” The district meanders past ancient burial grounds, active shipyards and marinas, bustling restaurants, antique shops and galleries. The district offers vistas of Burnham’s Shipyard, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, which houses an important collection of marine related antiquities and much of Essex’s rich history, and the stunning Essex River with its salt marsh borders looking out to Hog Island and Crane Beach; and Harbortown Cultural District. You do not have to go far to find one of the many art galleries, wearable art studios, museums or performance venues in the area.
Go Apple Picking:
Just a short ride away enjoy Russell Orchards and their many variety of apples that you can pick yourself.  If you don’t want to pick your own, you can browse the farm store and bakery, or visit the many barnyard animals.