WHY CAPE ANN
Cape Ann is comprised of 4 coastal communities: Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Gloucester and Rockport. The cape is surrounded by water on 3 sides: the Atlantic, Annisquam and Essex Rivers, which creates over 50 miles of coastline; open ocean, protected coves and tidal marsh. The interior of the cape is mostly undeveloped, offering 1000's of acres of open space and trails leading to vast woodlands and hidden quarries. Whether you practice yoga, swim, surf, sail, kayak, mountain bike or hike, there are many places to enjoy your sport, with plenty of public access.
Cape Ann offers the finest access to music and art north of Boston. Some of the notable venues are the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport Art Association, Gloucester Stage, North Shore Art Association and the Cape Ann Museum. These venues are truly world class! Cape Ann is known for its long stretches of white sand beaches such as Crane's Beach, Wingersheek, Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach. And many other beaches and coves to explore.
Cape Ann played a major role in the settlement of America. Gloucester was first settled in 1623 as a fishing colony. Nearly 400 years have past, and Cape Ann's geography, natural resources and culture have created its special heritage. Cape Ann became a favored haunt for America's wealthiest families during the Industrial Revolution. Many of these grand estates still remain. These families summered here to escape the heat of the city. People were drawn to the cool ocean breezes and numerous hidden coves. Tourists have gathered on the miles of soft white sandy beaches for centuries. The Cape also became a retreat for many famous American artists, such as Winslow Homer and Paul Manship. Cape Ann is filled with unique properties, ranging from grand estates to classic summer cottages lost in time. Come live a coastal lifestyle!