In The News: 11 Adorable New England Towns You’ll Want To Visit in 2023January 17, 2023 / Art and Music, Good to Know, History/Maritime, In The News, Things to Do & See
Excerpt from 11 Adorable New England Towns You’ll Want To Visit in 2023 | Gloucester feature by Meryl Pearlstein | Published in Travel Awaits
We gave our expert travel writers the impossible task of narrowing down which adorable New England towns they think our readers should visit this year. From New Hampshire’s cultured seacoast to Cape Cod’s white sand beaches, several of the places they suggest are on the water. We’re not complaining — we love fresh seafood! However, if the mountains are calling, TravelAwaits writers have an answer for that as well. Here are 11 adorable New England towns to consider adding to your travel list in 2023.
4. Gloucester, Massachusetts
“The smell of the sea and oil paint mix in this adorable town on Cape Ann,” describes Meryl Pearlstein. “I always stop to honor Gloucester’s fishing heritage with a visit to the Fisherman’s Memorial, which looks hopefully out to sea,” she tells us. Near the myriad fishing boats is Crow’s Nest, the bar frequented by Mark Wahlberg in The Perfect Storm, which Pearlstein deems as a “great introduction to local culture.”
A short drive from downtown, Rocky Neck is an art colony filled with works by water colorists, sculptors, and makers. Parking is tough here, but you can take a water shuttle from downtown to the dock by The Studio, a great place for a lobster roll and beer. For more creativity, Pearlstein suggests checking out the Hammond Castle Museum, which she calls “an artifact-filled fantasy from inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr., with a pipe organ and hidden wine cellar.” Sounds neat!
Wondering what the best time to visit Gloucester might be? Pearlstein says “Gloucester is crowded during the summer, beautiful in the fall, and pure New England heartiness when it’s cold.”
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Photo by Meryl Pearlstein