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Tune into our episode of “Eat Play Stay” in Gloucester to see some of our favorite spots to explore the outdoors that is just 30 minutes from Salem. 


Minglewood has the freshest fish around. No, literally, the cod is caught across the street at the fisherman’s wharf and brought to the kitchen the next morning so fresh means FRESH. The fish tacos are a fan favorite with the tuna sushi close behind. The outdoor/indoor feel is so inviting and homely, coupled with the full service bar (try the Moodie drink) and live music from local artists this is the place to be. Just keep an eye out for Charlie!  

Hammond Castle Museum 

Want to see the house of the best inventor you have never heard of? Then head on over to 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 in it for 35 years! Although John was an inventor that held 437 patents in the United States alone, he was also known as a notorious prankster. Check out this fabulous castle.

Castaways Vintage Cafe

Need an acai bowl, smoothie or coffee to start your morning? This healthy foods cafe has a hip feel 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 coffee you can think of (the iced mocha has folks coming at all times of the day) and a thrift store for you to browse while you eat your acai bowl. 

Maritime Gloucester 

Beginning in 2000, Maritime Gloucester is a maritime museum that is a working waterfront and has America’s oldest marine railway. Starting in 1849, the marine railway made it easier to haul vessels out of the water for repair and place them back into the water. This place is a must visit to learn all the living history of maritime Gloucester. 

Schooner Adventure

After getting a history lesson at Maritime Gloucester, scoot over to a national historic landmark. Schooner Adventure is the 95-year-old Gloucester fishing schooner. The mission is to preserve the vessel and sail the last of Gloucester’s dory fishing schooner. Find out how she got her name!

Beauport Hotel 

Conveniently located on Commercial Street, Beauport Hotel has 94 guest rooms, a full service restaurant inside and on the roof (where you can find the pool and hot tub), and a wellness spa amongst other things. This coastal elegance sells its own fragrance! Yes, the hotel has a gift shop that sells the aroma of the hotel in a spray bottle. 

HarborView Inn

If you are looking for a homely experience, head over to the Harborview Inn. This inviting home is a bed and breakfast is open year round but the busy season runs from May to November. 

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