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Fall in Love With Autumn on Cape Ann


Autumn is gorgeous in the Cape Ann Region and ideal for wood land hikes and seaside walks on Greater Cape Ann’s numerous trails and pathways for a drive along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Book a long weekend to enjoy the spectacular fall colors, Cape Ann Plein Air, Rockport Harvestfest, Essex Clamfest, and even some Haunted Halloween Happenings

Take A Tour Through Cape Ann History

Echoes of the past are hidden around every corner of Cape Ann, and visitors can explore the region’s hundreds of historic homes, grand monuments and businesses–all with centuries of tales to tell. If you’re in Gloucester, take a stroll on the self-guided HarborWalk to see many historical sites and then continue to Stacy Boulevard for a moment with the Gloucester Fisherman. A stone’s throw from Stacy Boulevard is Cape Pond Ice, established in 1848, and still providing tons of ice to the fishing fleet daily. In Rockport, tour historic downtown along main street and pass by some of the first homes built by English settlers in the 18th century. For a taste of colonial New England, visit Essex’s Cogswell’s Grant to discover a restored 1728 farmhouse containing a collection of American folk art or explore early American cemeteries and examples of 17th century vernacular architecture in Manchester and Ipswich. Learn more about the region’s history by visiting

Relax, Restore and Revitalize

Whether solo or with a friend, spend a day recharging your body and mind. Pack a picnic from Common Crow Natural Marketplace or Seaview Farm. Bring your yoga mat, favorite book or journal and exhale in one of Greater Cape Ann’s many serene locations. You may drawn to the idyllic Dog Bar Breakwater at Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Masconomo Park & Tuck’s Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Back Beach in Rockport, the Stavros Reservation in Essex, or the Iconic Crane Estate in Ipswich. If you would rather meditate indoors, find your Zen at Treetop Yoga, Saltwater Massage Studio or Soft Touch Salon. Treat yourself to a day of revitalization in the Greater Cape Ann region.

Attend a Performance or Festival

A visit to Cape Ann is only complete by experiencing live music at a local restaurant or nightspot; watching a dance performance, concert or play; attending one of Cape Ann’s renowned community events and festivals, including St. Peter’s Fiesta, Waterfront and schooner festivals in Gloucester, the Essex Clamfest, Harvest Festival in Rockport, Manchester’s Festival by the Sea and, of course, the winter holidays-Celebrated in all four communities, each with their own special flourishes. Whether it’s the height of summer or the heart of winter, there is always a performance, event, or festival happening. Visit the community calendar of events at

Dive Into Cape Ann Culture

Experience Cape Ann’s thriving multi-faceted art scene by exploring the region’s many gallery spaces and museums where you’ll find the work of renowned masters and emerging artists. Our strong community of makers and artisans organize shows all year round. For a list of cultural fare, visit the Art’s & Culture section of the Cape Ann Guide on page 46and the events calendar on page 41for a schedule of live theatre, gallery tours, art sales and more. Click Here for digital access to the Cape Ann guide

Beaches of Cape Ann: Singing Beach

Singing Beach

Singing Beach

Route 127 to Beach Street, Manchester

This immaculate beach will have you singing as you look at the clear blue waters and white sands. Enjoy a thirst quenching Slurpie or Italian ice at the snack bar.

  • The parking area is for residents only so you may have to walk from the train station or the center of town to enjoy this beach. Just under a mile, everyone does it!
  • $5 walk-on fee.
  • Directions: Route 127 to downtown Manchester to Beach Street (near the commuter rail station). Singing Beach is located at the end of Beach Street.

Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Singing Beach Manchester

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