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Things to do


Just behind our property you can take a a short walk down a path to Old Garden Beach, a beautiful, small sandy beach. The village is a few minutes walk, with dozens of restaurants, art galleries and shops. Gloucester's active seaport and Salem's historic and witchcraft exhibits are an easy drive, and Boston is within an hour by car or train.
  • Cape Ann, named after a Queen and not a fish is comprised of four communities, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by the Sea. Each area has its own unique niche and charm. The area is well known for its holistic healing as well as its outdoor venturing at properties owned and maintained by Trustees of the Reservation and the Essex County Greenbelt.
  • Rockport, MA an artist and photographers paradise is steeped in Historic Charm. Some of the towns special features are:
  • The Rockport Cultural District, home to many art galleries, the Rockport Art Association and The Shalin Liu Performance Center. The Village center offers many gift shops, restaurants, Bearskin Neck and our famed Motif #1. Spend a day on the water with Ted at Old Knight Lobster and Fishing Charters. Take along some treats from Tucks Candy and Gifts or bring home gifts from the Rockport Candle Company. A must see is Halibut Point State Park for hiking and bird watching. Rockport offers 6 unique beaches from sandy to rocky and spanning from the Village center to the outskirts of town. Seven South Street Inn provides parking passes to both Cape Hedge and Long Beaches.
  • Home of the fried clam, the town of Essex, MA well known for its mile long stretch of antique shops, restaurants, sea kayaking, tours of the Essex River and the Essex Ship builders Museum.
  • Manchester by the Sea, MA primarily residential offers exceptional dining, shopping, Singing beach, Coolidge Park and waterfront recreation.
  • Gloucester, MA is home to America's oldest working seaport. This historic City has long been known, as well, for its Oldest Art Colony in the Country, Rocky Neck. Home too many galleries, restaurants and shops. Gloucester has a multitude of activities from touring historic homes and museums to Whale Watching, deep sea fishing, private boat charters, harbor tours, Schooner sails and tours of Cape Ann's 6 Lighthouses by boat or by Plug-in Cape Ann Tours. Enjoy the white sands of Good Harbor, Wingaersheek and Stage Fort Park with its two beaches, Cressy's & Half Moon. Gloucester is home to Ryan & Wood Distilleries and Cape Ann Brewing Co. While in town visitors should make a visit to Stacey Boulevard and the Fisherman's Memorial known as "The Man at the Wheel" dedicated to all the men and woman that lost their lives at Sea. Just a short distance away, the Fisherman's Wives Memorial salutes the woman, children and families of lost fisherman.