ABOUT CAPE ANN
WHY COME TO CAPE ANN?
The prettiest stretch of coastline in all of Massachusetts, Cape Ann offers you big-city culture mixed with small-town charm and exciting recreational activities. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you’ll find it here.
Who wouldn’t want to come here? Cape Ann is one of the last great unspoiled places. Founded by Pilgrims in 1623, named for England’s Queen Anne, the cape sprouted villages along its coast, leaving its whole center a wild wood. Every curve of its rugged coastline shows off a new scenic beauty: harbors, lighthouses, islands, miles of sandy beaches, quarries, inlets and coves, all so picturesque that moviemakers film here constantly.
Yet we’re only 30 miles from Boston’s Logan Airport. You’ll spend a lot less staying here. Oh, and it will be more laid back and lots friendlier too.
ALL THE BEST, NO CROWDS
Cape Ann’s four communities: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport are home to fishermen and artists, merchants and writers, real people who live here year-round. These people stop for you to make a left turn. They’re happy in T-shirts and jeans.
And they have not lost touch with their roots. The Italians of Gloucester still celebrate Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, with a huge fiesta, the same as hundreds of years ago. You can attend clamfests, dory races, lobster suppers, art exhibits, concerts, live theater and lots more. Sun yourself, surf, kayak, go fishing, whalewatch and bike while you’re here too.
So, no matter which town you pick (or better yet, visit them all!) come to Cape Ann for a gentler, sweeter vacation. Just give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the riches of Massachusetts’ coastal crown jewel.