North Shore Favorites

Halibut Point

Now that winter is finally on its way out of here we can’t think of anything else but…summer. Can you blame us? Being from Gloucester we know all the ins and outs of good old Cape Ann and want to share them with you! Springtime is a great time for a visit, the crowds haven’t arrived yet and most places you have to yourself and the locals. Break out your lighter gear and join us for a gallivant around our favorite cape.


Take in the grandeur of Gloucester Harbor at the Dog Bar Breakwater. On a clear day you can see Boston. It’s 2,250 feet long and a gorgeous walk on a nice day. Parking is $5 and if you’re into fishing you’ll find some of the best right off its walls.

gloucester House Lobster

After working up an appetite on the breakwater head to The Gloucester House on the inner harbor for one of the best lobster rolls you will ever have. Called “The Big Mike” this lobster roll is served on a French roll and is big enough to share. Everything on the menu is amazing and they have a mean clam chowder too. Outside seating looks over the docks where the fish you are eating are being brought in from the day’s catch. Keep an eye out for the seals!

Now that your bellies are full, head into Rockport for a stroll down Bear Skin Neck. With tons of cute shops there is something for everyone. Most of the buildings are old fishing shacks and the view at the end is the perfect place to finish your ice-cream cone.

Bearskin Neck Motif 1

To enjoy the quiet of the seaside check out Halibut Point State Park (pictured at top). With 2.5 miles of moderate trails it’s a pleasant stroll that looks over the sea and an old quarry. At the top of the hill you can see down the coast and over to New Hampshire and even a part of Maine.

There you have it, some of our favorite places on Cape Ann. Of course there is so much more to discover especially in the summer. Have a gander at what you can look forward to in the dog days of summer.

Sisters Chelsea and Kinsey are Gloucester natives with the traveling bug. They share their North Shore favorites as well as finds from further afield. Catch up with them on their blog, The Travelin’ Chicks, and find all their Boston Day Book posts here.

Images Courtesy of The Travelin’ Chicks.

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