Celebrate Year-Round on Cape Ann!
Ann, Massachusetts is an island/peninsula located 40 miles northeast of Boston.
It is such a popular vacation spot with people from New Jersey that many of
them, like me, now live here year-round. And don't forget to visit nearby Salem
"for a spell" -- I'm proud to say that, after years of genealogical research,
I can trace my Salem ancestry back to the year 1635.
Cape Ann has been become a film-maker's mecca. Recent projects here include a new movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon, the recent Danny DeVito film, "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" and "State and Main" featuring Alec Baldwin. "The Crucible" was also filmed here, and its star Daniel Day-Lewis returned to Cape Ann this summer for a cycling trip. The best-known release filmed locally is "The Perfect Storm", the true story of the October 1991 storm at sea which claimed the lives of the crew of a Gloucester swordfishing boat called the "Andrea Gail". Cape Ann has welcomed a record number of visitors wanting to learn more about this tragic tale (click for an excerpt from the best-selling novel by Sebastian Junger). Many scenes in the film take place at a Main Street bar called the "Crow's Nest", not to be confused with CrowsNest.Com, which is another bar located in, oddly enough, my hometown of Hackensack, New Jersey! The movie set, however, was built across the street in Harbor Loop and bears no resemblance to the real local hangout. And no virtual tour would be complete without a peek at the latest fashion accessory, that "coolest guys around" t-shirt from Cape Pond Ice, or a ride on the amphibious Moby Duck!
Imagine living down the
block from this lighthouse..."I did (don't you know)" for eight months, at beautiful Breakwater
Estate, a mansion which belonged to Billy Joel's
former guitarist David
Brown, complete with fully-equipped recording studio on Eastern Point! Rock celebrities have abounded on Cape Ann, including Nuno Bettencourt of Mourning Widows, Suze deMarchi of Australia's Baby Animals, blues legend Michelle Willson, Bobby Hebb ("Sunny") and Rockport's very own Paula Cole!
Little Nathalie can't get enough of Gloucester's parks and statues! Here she is at her favorite place, the statue of Fitz Hugh Lane at Harbor Loop, followed by the famous fisherman's statue on Stacy Boulevard. (The beautiful new Fishermen's Wives' Memorial Statue is located nearby.) Below are also some links to get you started on your own virtual tour of Cape Ann, but please be advised that our locals tend to switch their internet service providers frequently which results in outdated addresses -- drop a line if you find any broken links!
Roger Conant, founder of Salem and a distant relation of mine by marriage!
Welcome to Salem, Massachusetts, for complete visitor information about the Witch City
Salem Haunted Happenings, for a guide to the fall festivities!
As you can see, I'm actively involved in promoting tourism here on Cape Ann; here are some really nice places to stay!
Ocean View Inn and Resort; it's my "home away from home"
Linden Tree Inn, our favorite of Rockport's many bed-and-breakfast inns
Julietta House, the coolest B&B in downtown Gloucester!
As for Boston, here's a livecam shot from Channel