Tune in to our episode of “Eat Play Stay” in Gloucester to see some of our favorite places to explore the outdoors just 30 minutes from Salem.
Minglewood has the freshest fish around. No, literally the cod is caught across the street at Fisherman’s Wharf and brought to the kitchen the next morning, so fresh means FRESH. Fish tacos are a fan favorite with tuna sushi close behind. The outdoor/indoor vibe is so welcoming and warm, coupled with the full service bar (try the Moodie drink) and live music from local artists, it’s the perfect spot. Just keep an eye on Charlie!
Hammond Castle Museum
Want to see the home of the best inventor you’ve never heard of? Next, head to the Hammond Castle Museum which was designed, built and incorporated as a museum by John Hays Hammond Jr, the father of radio control, who also lived there for 35 years! Although John was an inventor who held 437 patents in the United States alone, he was also known as a notorious prankster. Discover this fabulous castle.
Vintage Castaway Cafe
Need an acai bowl, smoothie or coffee to start your day? This healthy food cafe has a hip atmosphere with a west coast vibe and also doubles as a mini thrift store. Castaways Vintage Cafe serves a variety of smoothies, (Glo Green is the most popular) any cafe you can think of (Iced Mocha has people coming anytime of the day) and a thrift store you can browse while you eat your acai bowl.
Since 2000, Maritime Gloucester has been a maritime museum that is a working waterfront and has the oldest maritime railway in America. From 1849, the maritime railroad facilitated the lifting of ships from the water to repair them and put them back in the water. This place is a must visit to learn all the living history of maritime Gloucester.
After taking a history lesson at Maritime Gloucester, head to a National Historic Landmark. Schooner Adventure is the 95 year old Gloucester fishing schooner. The mission is to preserve the ship and sail Gloucester’s last dory fishing schooner. Find out how she got her name!
Conveniently located on Commercial Street, the Beauport Hotel has 94 rooms, a full-service indoor and rooftop restaurant (where you can find the pool and hot tub), and a wellness spa. be, among others. This coastal elegance sells its own scent! Yes, the hotel has a gift shop that sells the hotel aroma in a vaporizer.
If you’re looking for a cozy experience, check out the Harborview Inn. This welcoming home is a year-round B&B, but high season is May through November.