2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
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capeannvacations.com 5 late 19th Century was the fshing center for North America. Fishing is still a way of life for many in Gloucester and a majority of the local restaurants relying on the hard work done at sea and the fresh catch that comes in daily. Like its neighbor Essex, many of Cape Ann's historic fshing vessels and schooners were built in Gloucester, where reputedly the frst one was assembled in 1713. Take a stroll along the HarborWalk and Gloucester's authentic working waterfront, visit the panoramic vistas of Gloucester Harbor at the Fishermen's Memorial Statue (The Man at the Wheel) on Stacy Boulevard or from Stage Fort Park, tour Rocky Neck and its art colony and cultural district, and take to the water with a fun sail or motor tour around Gloucester's historic and beautiful Harbor, or venture farther off shore and experience the best whale watching and deep sea fshing in New England. All this and more provide a varied taste of Gloucester's amazing history, incredible beauty, and abundant attractions. Manchester-by-the-Sea Founded as Jeffrey's Creek in the mid-1800s, this town is located at the southern end of Cape Ann. In 1989 the state legislature made the name offcial as a means to differentiate the town from its larger neighbor to the North. A trip to Singing Beach, aptly named because of how the sand resonates when you walk on it, or Tuck's Point is worth your time and then some. Beautiful retail shops, restaurants and galleries fll the town of just over 5,000 residents. The Manchester Historical Museum's Trask House is a must-see to get the complete story of this town known for its beautiful historic architecture. Rockport This picturesque seaside village, located at the most northeasterly part of Cape Ann, features beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses and galleries galore. Rockport's downtown area is flled with quaint shops that include bookstores, candy- making, cafés and ice cream shops as well as art galleries, specialty shops, jewelers and many places to dine. A leisurely stroll along the ever-changing Bearskin Neck will give visitors every imaginable opportunity to buy that perfect keepsake to remember and cherish their time on Cape Ann. Visit Halibut Point State Park or walk along Rockport's scenic shores in the footsteps of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and be as captivated as they were by Rockport's special places and unique charm.