Celebrate love in Gloucester this February

February 02, 2022 / Art and Music, Food and Drink, Good to Know, History/Maritime, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See

Hello February! We welcome the second (and shortest) month of the year. The temperature is cold but the days are starting to get longer. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and kids look forward to a school break mid-month. A wonderful way to release those mid-winter blues is to feel the love in and around Gloucester. Bundle up and feel the warmth with these cozy and creative things to do in our enchanting coastal city on Cape Ann.

Get romantic with a coastal weekend getaway

Escape to Gloucester and Cape Ann for a romantic weekend away with your sweetheart! Treat your special someone to Beauport Hotel’s Celebrate Love sweet Valentine’s package. Enjoy a beautiful waterfront Stay to Remember at The Hotel at Cape Ann Marina with their enhanced specials option, or cozy up with an overnight or extended stay at the charming Harborview Inn overlooking Stacy Boulevard and Gloucester Harbor. Just up the road, take delight in staying at the Rockport Inn & Suites or Addison Choate. For other lodging options, visit our STAY page.

Share your love with a Valentine’s card

Tell them how much you love your loved ones with a handmade one-of-a-kind keepsake card by a local artist. From now through Valentine’s Day, Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative is holding their annual Valentine fundraiser. For every card you purchase, place your vote for your favorite local charity: Wellspring House, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Pathways for Children, and The Open Door.


Treat your sweet to tasty treats

When you think of Valentine’s Day, chocolate and other sweet or salty treats come to mind as delightful gifts to give. Treat your sweet with handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley Chocolates , delicious Italian desserts from Virgilio’s, or tasty cupcakes from Cake Ann. Pick up some specialty olive oil from Cape Ann Olive Oil, and an assortment of cheese, crackers, and pasta from The Cave to prepare a romantic meal in your own home.

Savour the flavors with a wine tasting

Plan a date to go wine tasting at Savour Wine and Cheese. Sample up to 20 wines from their unique digital wine machine any day of the week. On Saturdays, join the owner for a complimentary wine tasting and learn traditional and unique food pairings.



Enjoy a night on the town

Gloucester, Cape Ann is a food lover’s destination, especially for its fresh local seafood. Our local restaurants offer a variety of menu options and dining experiences with traditional, classic meals and new cuisine to tempt one’s palate. Make dinner reservations for a romantic evening dining in an igloo at Mile Marker One, or with waterfront views at 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar, fireside dining at Minglewood Harborside or Tonno Gloucester, or an intimate setting at Drift Gloucester. For more dining ideas, visit our DINE page.


For the love of art, visit a museum or art gallery

Spend a cozy day or afternoon discovering local culture, art, and maritime history at the Cape Ann Museum. From the works of Fitz Henry Lane to the Folly Cove artists, the Museum offers a variety of engaging lectures, exhibits, walking tours and other programming for all ages to enjoy. Visit one of the oldest working artists colonies in America to view a new exhibit Rocky Neck Now featuring the works of its member at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck. The Rockport Art Association’s free exhibit Winter Thaw is on currently on display. For more art lover ideas, view our ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT page.

Be creative during February vacation

Kids can explore their artistic side during their school break by signing up for a fun-filled week of STEAM activities at the Cape Ann Art Haven or take a self-guided tour following Cassie the Sea Serpent at the Cape Ann Museum. If dance and movement is more their style, then MAGMA Gloucester is the place to be. Sign up for their First Friday Family Story and Dance beginning this month.



Fall in love with nature

Known for our stunning landscape, rugged coastline and award-winning beaches, bundle up in your warm-weather gear and recharge with nature solo or with your family or friends. Enjoy the cool refreshing air and lovely scenic views of Good Harbor Beach, Ravenswood Park, Stacy Boulevard, or Halibut Point just to name a few. For other outdoor adventures, click HERE.

Plan your February visit

View our STAY, DINE, PLAY and SHOP pages, plus our Calendar of Events (link) for more heart-warming ideas to plan your February visit to Gloucester and Cape Ann.