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Gloucester Summer Checklist

2016 Gloucester Summer Checklist

By Katie Bassett, Trulia

Gloucester’s summers are definitely not a season to skip out on. If warm, white sand and a salty breeze drifting off the ocean doesn’t sound intriguing, the endless activities Gloucester offers in the summer will most definitely capture your interest. In fact, spending just one summer in the area may just convince you to move to Gloucester indefinitely.

How should you to spend your summer in Gloucester? With a plethora of events and activities happening each day of the week, it’s hard to decide on what to do. For the full Gloucester experience, check out a few of these summer events and activities:Veggies at Farmers Market in Newburyport

  • The Magnolia Farmers Market. Check out what all of the local Magnolia residents are doing each Monday at the Magnolia Farmers Market. Shoppers and taste-testers flood the street of Lexington to sample local produce, check out small boutiques, and support the community.
  • Harbor Loop Concert Series. Every Thursday bands from all over come together at the Harbor Loop to perform a variety of shows. At this free event, you can lay out a blanket, set up a picnic, and sit back and relax to live tunes.
  • Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Clear your calendars, the Waterfront Festival comes to Gloucester Augusts 20th-21st. The family friendly festival hosts a collection of art and entertainment that is impossible not to enjoy.7 Seas Whale Watch
  • Whale watching. Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester offers whale watching tours all summer that are unforgettable.
  • Local Gloucester Restaurants. No trip to Gloucester is complete without experiencing a lobster roll at Seaport Grill or a dozen oysters at Pigeon Cove Tavern. Splurge on all of the dining options Gloucester has to offer!
  • Beach Day. If you’re in the mood to lounge around the beach or possibly set up a volleyball court, the Wingaersheek Beach off of Atlantic street is a must see in Gloucester that families gather at for some fun in the sun.Gloucester harbor
  • Catch Up on History. The town of Gloucester glows with historic architecture and homes that date back to the 1700s. If you’re a history buff, check out the Sargent House Museum, built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray, a philosopher and early advocated for women’s equality.

Convinced to become a resident yet? After hearing about the variety of options that are fit for any family, it’s hard not to think about buying a place in Gloucester. If that is the case, Trulia can help you find the perfect, quaint Gloucester home to fit any family’s needs. Regardless of your intention, get out to Gloucester and experience a summer your family won’t forget.

Feast this Fall in the North of Boston


Lobster dinner. Credit: Schooner Lannon

If we’ve learned anything from Pinterest, it’s that fall is the start of the comfort food season.  Instead of falling back on the same, old soups and casseroles, why not indulge you appetite with new flavors and temptations from your favorite local restaurants?  This fall, the North of Boston region offers numerous culinary celebrations to satisfy every appetite.

Savor Newburyport | Newburyport, MA
September 17-26

Newburyport’s newest festival, Savor Newburyport, features 10 days of celebration and highlights the coastal city’s exceptional food, drink, shopping, and cultural experiences.  Enjoy various events throughout the festival; including innovative dining experiences with unique restaurant and shop parings.  Don’t miss great events like Pizza in the Park (Sept. 18),Creating Your Own, Unique Salad Dressing (Sept. 20), Build Your Own Whoopie Bar (Sept. 25), and more!

Taste of the Gables | Salem, MA
September 20

Dozens of chefs, vintners, and distillers from across the region will showcase their specialties and vie for your vote in the Best Chef and Best Beverage competition at Taste of the Gables.  Set along the beautiful Salem harbor front on the lawn of the House of the Seven Gables, the night will feature a silent auction, with original pieces of art and other exciting items lining our beautiful garden paths.  This event is a benefit to raise money for the House of the Seven Gables important preservation projects and education initiatives.

Cape Ann Fall Restaurant Week | Gloucester/Rockport, MA
October 18-23

Fantastic food and beautiful scenery come together every year for Cape Ann Restaurant week.  For six days, participating restaurants invite locals and visitors alike to sample the flavors of Cape Ann and offer a tempting prix fixe three-course dinner menu $33 or $25.

Salem Fall Restaurant Week | Salem, MA
November 8-12, 15-19

Who needs turkey when you have Salem’s variety of culinary treasures?  For two weeks, taste and enjoy all that Salem has to offer with nominally-priced two-and three-course prix fixe options.

Easter’s on its way!

Though it barely feels like spring, Easter is just a few days away!  Grab your best hat and celebrate the season with one of the many marvelous regional events hop-pening in the next week (we hear that the Easter Bunny himself will be making a few special appearances!).

downloadAndover Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28 | 10-11:30am

Children ages 2-10 will enjoy games, prizes, arts & crafts, pictures, with the Easter Bunny, and egg-decorating at the Andover Easter Egg hunt!  An egg hunt will conclude the festivities.  Pre-registration required at

egg-cellent adventursEgg-cellent Easter Adventure at Appleton Farms
Saturday, April 4 | 10am-12pm

Go on the “Egg-cellent” Quest around the farm and learn about the journey from egg to chicken, collecting Easter eggs at each station to complete the Quest! Enjoy homemade refreshments in our Carriage Barn, visit with the calves, and play games in the stone paddock!

EggHuntRockport Community Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4 | 2pm

The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce sponsors an Annual Rockport Community Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter for the children of the town each year. In addition to an appearance by the Easter Bunny, an assortment of candies and chocolates are distributed and the hunt also features a number of special eggs to be redeemed for prizes.

colorful easter eggs and branch with flowersEaster Brunch at the Salem Waterfront Hotel
Sunday, April 5 | 10am-3pm

Our entire staff invites you and your family to one of the most celebrated dining experiences on the North Shore – Easter Brunch at Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites! The Easter Bunny will be visiting all day for photos.  Complimentary dining for children 3 and under.
For reservations, call 978 619-1120.

Easter-Sunday-Grand-BuffetEaster Sunday Grand Buffet at the Hawthorne Hotel
Sunday, April 5 | 10:30am-7pm

Enjoy delicious food and meet the Easter bunny at Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel. For reservations, please call 978-825-4311.

anniversaries3Danversport Yacht Club’s Bountiful Easter Dinner Buffet
Sunday, April 5 | 12-5pm

Easter Dinner Buffet in the Garden Terrace-Featuring Carving Stations, Pasta Stations, Salad Stations and Delicious Desserts!

tEaster Brunch Jazz Cruise on the Beauport Princess
Sunday, April 5 | 1-4pm

Join us for live jazz, a gourmet buffet brunch, a cruise around our lovely harbor and even an appearance from the Easter Bunny himself! It’s a perfect way to enjoy Easter with your family!  Call early for reservations, this cruise always sells out – 978-865-3210

Cooking with Woodman’s

cooking_collageWoodman’s of Essex is known for a lot of things – being the birthplace of the fried clam, their delicious menu, beautiful wedding venue, and their numerous accolades.  But did you know that Woodman’s also offers an ongoing series of cooking demonstrations at the Essex Room?  Every month, you can enjoy a demonstration by Woodmans’ award-winning chef, Ned Grieg, followed by a tasting.  From sophisticated French dinners to Woodman family recipes to holiday treats, there’s something for everyone at Woodman’s Cooking Series.

August 6th – An Ode to Julia
Bring out your inner French Chef with a classic French dinner in honor of Julia Child’s birthday!  Don’t forget your pearls (and your best Julia impression!).

September 10th – A Seafood Selection
Woodman’s is known for their unparalleled seafood – now you can enjoy a seafood selection from the Woodman’s Family Cookbook: Five Generations of Stories, 100 Years of Recipes. 

October 15th – Soups & Stews
What better way to warm up this fall than with a nice cup of soup? Watch as Chef Ned creates scrumptious seasonal soups and stews.

November 5th – Family Cookbook
What are some of the Woodman family’s favorite recipes? Come try out some more family recipes with elections from the Woodman’s Family Cookbook!

December 13th – Santa’s Bake Shop
Big and small elves alike will delight in these holiday treats! Bring along your little helper for some holiday baking fun!

productimage-picture-100-years-of-recipes-87_jpg_280x280_q85Classes fill up quickly – be sure to sign up today!  Questions? Call 978-768-7335 or e-mail

Can’t make it to Essex for the classes? No problem!  In honor of their centennial anniversary, Woodman’s has published a fantastic book featuring 5 generations of family stories and 100 years of delicious recipes.


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