Jutting boldly into the Atlantic, Cape Ann is home to the nation’s oldest working fishing port and art colony, and the sea-faring communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by-the-Sea. Often called Massachusetts’ “other, better cape,” Cape Ann offers everything the other Cape claims. In addition to fishing (we're the home of the hit TV show "Wicked Tuna"), we've got sunny beaches, fabulous vistas, miles of gorgeous coastlines, boating, hiking, biking, great shopping and fine restaurants, and much more. Not only that, Cape Ann is far more affordable, and located less than an hour’s drive from Boston and its international airport. It is much more accessible to the metro Boston area and the rest of New England than points south of the city. Cape Ann really is one of the best vacation spots in the US, and it is incredibly easy to get there.
￼Activities include easy access to all that the metropolitan Boston area offers, including world-class museums and galleries, every professional sport and sporting activity imaginable and educational institutions without peer. But even the most jaded traveler will find more than enough to do without leaving our environs.
Cape Ann offers many museums, historic houses, art galleries and some of the finest antique shops in all of New England. We are home to two symphony orchestras and the internationally renowned Rockport Music, along with many jazz, blues and folk music venues and world-class theater. Recreational events for all the family take place throughout the year, including the Gloucester Schooner Festival which brings tall ships from all over the world to our shore, and many parades and festivals add color and excitement. The Cyclocross Gran Prix of Gloucester and the International Dory Races are international sporting events, and numerous cycling and running events take place throughout the summer.
Cape Ann invented whale-watching and the fried clam, and we remain leaders at both. Fishing charters abound, and scuba diving, biking, sailing, rowing, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, and golf are all popular pastimes. Boredom is unknown and probably illegal. Why Cape Ann? Why NOT Cape Ann?
Where to Stay in Cape Ann
Atlantic Vacation Homes offers a wide variety of vacation rental homes across Cape Ann that would be perfect for your North Shore getaway. To book your accommodations, simply view available rentals and enter your desired dates to get a quote. You can also call toll-free at (855) 853-9143 to speak with a Guest Experience Specialist.
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