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Cape Ann Foodie Tours – Ales and Tales!

A Culinary Exploration of America’s Oldest Seaport

Let Cape Ann Foodie Tours take you on a delicious walking tour of Gloucester – a  400 year old city steeped in maritime history and lore.   With a few tasting tours to choose from, pick the 2-hour “Ales and Tales” and listen to local fishing Captains.  Gather round as they recount tales of the brave men and women who have made their living fighting the fierce ocean for food.  View buoys, boats and lobster traps piled high along the working waterfront as your guide leads you to the best watering holes.  Enjoy your own ale – or other beverage.  

You’ll savor this salty tour as you walk away with a full understand of this scenic, coastal community!

We we love it:   A fun way to capture the flavor of the Gloucester.   

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fort pickering lighthouse salem massachusetts

Lighthouse and Lobster in Salem – Worth A Visit

Lighthouse Offers a Fun Combo with Lobster Rolls

Looking for a great before or after lunch activity and maybe a fun place to take a Shellfie (our version of a selfie.) Fort Pickering Lighthouse in Salem’s Winter Island Park offers harbor view all year long.

We suggest talking the Salem Trolley which stops at Winter Island and runs April – October.  Otherwise, you must pay to park unless you are a resident of Salem.   Our day trip suggestion  includes a walk around the harbor front of Salem where you’ll see the Friendship of Salem – a 171-foot replica of a 1797 merchant ship docked at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and stops at Pickering Wharf for lobster!  Then, head to the lighthouse in the early evening.  When the sun starts to dip, it casts a lovely hue on the lighthouse and surrounding scenery.

Why we love it:  This lovely spot offers a great place to watch the sunset and offers great views of Salem, so bring your camera!

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

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The HarborWalk – Stroll Along the Ocean’s Edge

A Wonderful Way to Enjoy the Boston Waterfront!

Visitors to this bustling city enjoy exploring by foot!  The HarborWalk is a pedestrian path that hugs the waterfront connecting several neighborhoods.  You may want to start in the Charlestown Navy Yard, home of the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”), the oldest commissioned warship in the world and make your way over to Boston’s North End, then onto Long Wharf and Central Wharf (home of the New England Aquarium) and into the Seaport District.   Your pedometer may read 5 miles or so – but who’s counting steps?

As you marvel at the magnificent skyline, sailboats and yachts docked at Rowes Wharf, look across the harbor and catch glimpses of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport!  You may even see a lobster boat or two and buoys bobbing up and down in the water.  Working up an appetite for seafood already?  There are plenty of places to stop for a lobster roll.  Try the Chart House or Legal Sea Foods since both are along the way!  Ask for your lobster to go, settle in a spot and enjoy your dinner as you watch the sunset.

Why we love it:   It’s free – and so inspirational!    

Fresh Facts:

  • Links recreational, cultural and historic attractions with access to public transit, including ferries to the Harbor Islands and other scenic lobster villages including Hingham, Hyannis and Provincetown.

 

Lighthouse and Views for a Visit by the Sea

Gloucester Lighthouse Offers Stunning Views

Looking for a great before or after lunch day trip and maybe a fun place to take a Shellfie – our version of a selfie?  Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester offers sea views and a great jetty for exploring.

Although private signs are posted, visitors are allowed to drive to the lighthouse.  There is a parking lot with an honor system which makes a visit easier.  Our day trip suggestions include a lobster roll lunch in Gloucester, a stroll around the scenic town with a stop at the Fishermen’s Memorial Monument and then head to the lighthouse early evening.  When the sun starts to dip, it casts a lovely hue on the lighthouse and surrounding scenery.

Why we love it:  This lovely spot offers a great place to watch the sunset and offers great views of Gloucester, so bring your camera!

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

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On a Roll in Boston Common

Historic and a Lovely

Could there be a more green and charming picnic spot in all of downtown Boston?  We think not, as Boston Common offers history, scenery and relaxed fun.  Actually, it’s where Freedom Trail begins and, right in the middle of the common, is Frog Pond – a public ice skating rink in the winter, a reflecting pool in the spring and fall, and a spray pool and children’s carousel in the summer!   Stroll along the Beacon Street side of the Common – look up and notice the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House.   Make your way over to the adjacent Boston Public Garden for a 15 minute ride on the widely photographed Swan Boats.

The Boston Common tops on our list of places to enjoy a Lobster Roll, on a park bench, on a picnic blanket.  Boston Common is nearly 50 acres of lovely green expanse and it’s surrounded by tons of restaurants when hunger strikes.  As the oldest park in America, it’s the best of both worlds in Boston!

Why we love it:   The giant shade trees and open spaces for a lobster roll picnic lunch!

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  • Free Admission
  • Urban Park
  • www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncommon.asp
New England Aquarium Lobster

See a Blue Lobster at the New England Aquarium

See Lobsters Up Close and Personal

In a dazzling display of very exciting exhibits at the New England Aquarium, the Gulf of Maine display hosts a rare blue lobster and a white lobster amongst others.  It’s always a thrill to see lobsters up close and personal.  This is a great chance to see them along with some other fabulous sea creatures!

New England Aquarium is a visit for all ages.  It’s great for kids and adults and very centrally located along the Harborwalk. The Aquarium is at Central Wharf, next to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and near Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market.   You can certainly spend the whole day or visit after a lobster roll at nearby Legal Sea Foods or Barking Crab.  Insiders Tip?  Go in the afternoon and them walk over to the North End for dinner.  Neptune Oyster is perfect for seafood and lobster and makes it a gold star day for fish!

Why we love it:   You can learn about lobster, their habits and habitats!

Fresh Facts:

  • Open Year Round
  • Add Behind the Scenes Tour to Admission
  • Home of the IMAX Theater
  • 1 Central Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts
  • (617) 973-5200
  • www.neaq.org

 

 

 

 

Hingham and Hull Ferry to Boston

Ferry Fun from Hingham and Hull

From the South Shore to Boston By Boat

Nothing says a great lobster themed day like a trip on a ferry.  This little gem of a boat offers a great opportunity to plan a lobster roll lunch with a stop on Grape Island, which is the center of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation area.  Here’s the plan to add harbor views by boat as part of a fun filled day.

This enclosed ferry shuttle from Hingham Shipyard and Hull lands at Boston’s Rowe’s Wharf.  But you can ask to stop and be picked up on Grape Island and then journey onto Boston.  If you just go straight through, the ferry lands next to Christopher Columbus Park and very near Quincy Market, the New England Aquarium, and the North End.   All great places to walk along the harbor and grab a quintessential Boston lobster roll at some of our favorites places.  These include Barking Crab, Neptune Oyster, Legal Seafood on the Harbor and Yankee Lobster.   Set sail and enjoy!

 Why we love it:   These commuter boats run on a regular schedule!

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Enjoy a Lovely Lighthouse Visit in Mattapoiset

Have a Lobster Roll Picnic and Enjoy the Sunset

Looking for a great lobster roll picnic spot and maybe a fun place to take a Shellfie (our version of a selfie) Ned’s Point Lighthouse in Mattapoisett  is a great spot by the harbor and offers a small park for all sorts of 4 season activities.

Built in 1838, the grounds are open daily to the public and the tower itself  during July and August, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon.  This beautiful lighthouse can be enjoyed as part of a day trip to the Cape or just a nice relaxing day with a roll from nearby restaurants.  The easiest way to navigate your way there?  The lighthouse stands inside Veterans Memorial Park on the eastern side of the entrance to the harbor at Mattapoisett.

Why we love it:  This lovely spot offers a great place to watch the sunset, so bring your camera!

 

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

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Lobster Day with a Plymouth Ferry to Provincetown

From Plymouth to the Tip of Cape Cod

Plymouth is a wonderful jumping off point for a day on the water.  Why not enjoy two amazing towns – Plymouth and Provincetown in one day?   Your adventure starts when you board the Plymouth to Provincetown Fast Ferry on the Town Wharf in Plymouth.  It only takes an 1 and 1/2 hours and offers great views of historic Plymouth Harbor and Cape Cod Bay.

The ferry offers comfortable seating in a climate controlled cabin so if you have packed lobster rolls to go – they will stay cool. Personally, we recommend having lobster lunch in the stunning array of seafood restaurants in Provincetown when you arrive at MacMillian Wharf .  The main drag is steps from the boat.   When you arrive back in Plymouth, enjoy a great dinner in town or take stroll by the wharf to see the lobster boats.

Why we love it:   You can enjoy fresh lobster in both towns!

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The Plymouth to Provincetown Fast Ferry runs from June through September and offers the following schedule:

  • The passenger fast ferry leaves Plymouth at 10:00 am and arrives in P-Town at 11:30 am
  • The passenger fast ferry leaves P-Town at 4:30 pm and arrives back in Plymouth at 6:00 pm
  • Round trip ticket Adults $45.00 and Children 5-12-$30.00, Bikes FREE OF CHARGE
  • Reservations Required
  • 10 Town Wharf, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • info@captjohn.com
  • www.captjohn.com/ProvincetownFastFerry.html

 

 

Fall For Scallops at the Fest In September

Celebrate Scallops with a Lobster Roll!

A long standing tradition for almost 50 years, the Cape Cod Scallop Fest in East Falmouth promises three days of fresh fish and boatloads of fun! With rides, games, a professional arts and crafts show, live entertainment and more – this scallop festival wouldn’t be the same with out some lobster love!   Be sure to make a bee line over to the Food Court for some delicious, lip smacking lobster rolls!

Cape Cod is certainly filled with many additional places to enjoy lobster.  Check them out here!

Why we love it:   It’s fun!   Visitors come from miles around.

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  • September 23, 24, 25, 2016
  • Rain or Shine
  • Tickets Available at the Gate
  • Cape Cod Fairgrounds
  • 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • www.scallopfest.org

 

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A LobsterFest in Rockport – August 2016

A Summer Celebration!

Mark your calendar!    You’re invited to annual lobster picnic in Rockport on Saturday, August 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.!   Come one, come all.   The Rockport Rotarians are having a cookout on scenic Back Beach at the American Legion Hall and bandstand. Enjoy hot-boiled lobster, home-made clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, roll, watermelon, and soda or water for just $25 per person. Ahoy, Landlubbers!  A cash menu is available for hot dogs, hamburgers, beer wine and desserts.  Proceeds to go toward community projects and other Rotary Club programs.

Stay for a colorful fireworks display over Sandy Bay from Old Granite Pier at 9:30 p.m.   Fun for the whole family!

Why we love it:   It’s a slice of Americana! 

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  • Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Rain or Shine
  • Back Beach on Beach Street, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • $25 per ticket  –  On sale the day of the event
  • Fireworks at 9:30 pm
  • www.rockportusa.com/festival-event.cfm

 

Sandwich – A Daytripper’s Dream Destination!

A Scenic Lobster Village on Cape Cod 

The first town you come to once you cross the bridge onto Cape Cod, Sandwich is a charming coastal community that boasts miles of conservation land and a lovely shoreline – perfect for walking and lobster boat watching!    Sandwich is home to many lobster fishermen!

Drive to the Boardwalk and as you walk along this bridge, you’ll marvel at the sweeping vistas of marshes and creeks before you get to the beach.

Located at the Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich beckons visitors to share the lobster love!  Once you’ve toured the Sandwich Glass Museum and this historic town’s Grist Mill, make your way over to the Sandwich Marina for stunning views of the harbor and a 2 lb native lobster lunch complete with drawn butter and a bib!     Have more time in your day?   Travel along Route 6A, stop at the state fish hatchery and feed the trout.  Fun for the whole family!

Why we love it:  Sandwich and the Cape Cod Canal offers an amazing lobster roll picnic location!

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  • Approximately 57 miles south of Boston
  • 1 Public Beach
  • Home to approximately 29 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps!

 

Marblehead – See a Harbor Full of Boats

A Daytripper’s Delight for Lobster Lovers!

Love scenery with your lobster?  This lovely town is for you! Settled in 1629 and birthplace of the American Navy, Marblehead boasts a bustling boating community steeped in maritime history.  Plan a lobster roll picnic at either Devereux Beach or Marblehead Neck  – a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Along the scenic ride, you’ll notice a picturesque harbor on your left filled with lobster boats, sailboats and plenty of yachts!   Travel to the top of Marblehead Neck on Harbor Avenue and you’ll come to Chandler Hovey Park and this where you’ll come an interesting lighthouse known as Marblehead Light.   Overlooking the ocean, this is a picture perfect spot and makes a great stop before a romantic lobster dinner.   Be sure to upload your pictures to your social media sites.  Your friends will wish they were with you!

Worked up an appetite?   This coastal gem on the North Shore features fabulous hot spots for fresh seafood and lobster.   Make your way to Front Street for more views of the boats, buoys and traps and dine at any one of the casual eateries along they way.   The lobster is local and always fresh!

Why we love it:  They filmed notable movies in Marblehead!   It’s a pretty seaside town with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. 

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  • Approximately 15 miles from Boston
  • 1 Lighthouse
  • 1 Popular, Public Beach
  • 35 Commercial Lobstermen and 17,000 Lobster Traps

Boston – A Revolutionary Lobster Experience

A City With At Least 1,000 Lobster Rolls! 

Pack for a month!  The capital of Massachusetts, Boston boasts that many lobster inspired recreational choices.  Start at Long Wharf by the New England Aquarium and stroll along the HarborWalk – an urban walkway along the water’s edge.  Witness much of what busy Beantown is all about.  Boats, buoys and amazingly tall buildings along way!  Make your way toward the Seaport District and stop for an incredible lobster roll at James Hook & Co on Northern Avenue – a local landmark around since forever ago!

Steeped in history and a year round destination, Boston is a city that you can easily take by foot. Follow the Freedom Trail to the cobble-stoned streets of Faneuil Hall and then make your way over to the Union Oyster House  – America’s oldest restaurant – for steamed lobster and a bib!   For live lobsters up close (and we mean really up close) loop around to the waterfront and climb aboard a lobster boat tour where you can watch the captain hoist his traps. Reservations required, of course.   With so much to do and lots of lobster shells to crack into  – we suggest you check-in at one of the many lobster inspired hotels and stay a while!

Why we love it:  Steamed lobster, boiled lobster, lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster boat tours, lobster bakes, lobster inspired lodging, lobstermen – shall we list more?

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  • First American lighthouse stands in Boston Harbor.
  • New England Aquarium features an American Lobster exhibit with rare blue and white lobsters.
  • Home of approximatly 42 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps

 

Provincetown – A Vibrant Cape Cod Lobster Town

Stay for the Day, a Week or the Month – Always Fresh!

Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a vibrant fishing community where you can do as much or as little as you’d like! With a harbor filled with bright red lobster boats and an entire Atlantic Ocean coastline of Cape Cod preserved as a National Park, Provincetown is the perfect place to play! Visit one of the three iconic lighthouses including Race Point overlooking the sand dunes, charter a fishing boat or stroll along Commercial Street where you’ll find lots of quirky shops.  So many choices of  really good seafood restaurants like the Lobster Pot for Portuguese styled fish, lobster tacos, boiled lobster and, yes, hot buttery lobster rolls!

Make your way over to MacMillan Wharf –  another must do as you continue to walk around quaint and colorful Provincetown.    Here, you’ll have a chance to inhale the salty air, watch the fishing vessels and lobstermen unload their catch at the pier.  Insider Tip?  Take the Dunes Tour with lobster dinner on the beach!

Why we love it:   The natural landscape is stunning.  Lots of eye-candy!

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  • America’s Oldest Active Art Colony
  • 45 Miles from Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 3 Iconic Lighthouses
  • Several Sandy Beaches
  • Sand Dune Trail
  • Home to 42 Commercial Lobstermen and Almost 15,000 Lobster Traps

 

Two Buoys Lobster Tours – In Boston Harbor

A Classroom at Sea

Climb aboard the “Sixpence”,  a genuine 44′ Maine built fiberglass lobster boat capable of accommodating up to 6 passengers, and see what it’s like to be a lobster fisherman!  On this tour not only will you experience lobsters up close but you’ll witness the majestic Boston skyline.

Why we love it:  You get to take home a lobster and you’ll be able purchase others at boat prices!

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Historic Salem – Spend a Day or the Night!

A Historical Maritime Town

Full of marinas, sail makers and yacht yards, this scenic village boasts lovely harbor views and salted air.  Rich with a long maritime history, Salem offered fifty plus wharves in the early 19th century.  Today, Hatch’s Wharf (built 1819), and Central Wharf (built 1791) still retain their 19th century appearance.

Waterfront dining is complete with sounds of seagulls and salt breezes, lovely in summer and crisp in winter.  Or venture towards Picking Wharf  – a quaint, brick lined area for open air or inside options for lobster rolls and other culinary delights.

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  • Located on the North Shore  – just 20 miles north of Boston
  • Bakers Island Light Station located on Bakers Island
  • Home to commercial lobster fishermen and approximately 3,000 lobster traps
  • www.salem.org

Why we love it:  Visit Salem Willows – a park with benches by the ocean.  A perfect spot to enjoy a lobster roll picnic lunch!   

 

Plymouth – A Lovely and Historic Place to Visit

Spend the Day or a Week!

Scenic and full of history, Plymouth is home to the Pilgrims and nestled in the waters of Plymouth Harbor along Cape Cod Bay.   It also ranks high up on the list as a vibrant lobster fishing village.  As a beautiful coastal town, Plymouth offers offers boat views, charming seafood restaurants (yes lots of lobster), beaches and so much more.

Our short list of the top things to do in Plymouth include watching the lobster boats from the town dock, visiting the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, and of course enjoying your pick of lobster rolls!

Fun facts?  Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Boston and in the 19th century, the town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping.  Back in the day, it was home to the world’s biggest rope making company called Plymouth Cordage Company.

C’mon and enjoy a stay, a day and for sure lobster with your history lesson!

We we love it:   Lots of places to wear a lobster bib!

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  • 40 miles south of Boston
  • 32 miles to Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 1 iconic lighthouse
  • 3 beaches
  • Plimouth Plantation – a 17th Century village
  • Home of approximately 63 commercial lobstermen and 31,000 lobster traps

Cap’n Kid Fishing Adventures – Fun for All Ages!

Learn About Lobster At Sea

Hey Kids!   Enjoy a 2 hour fishing trip specifically geared just for you!    Climb aboard a new  50ft U.S. Coast Guard Certified vessel and fish by rod and reel, bait a crab trap and even watch the first mates pull up a lobster trap!  Bring your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, too.

Family owned and operated, Cap’n Kids Fishing Adventures sails daily from Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port on Cape Cod.

Why we love it:  It’s a fun way to teach kids about the ocean, fish and lobsters!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Strongly Suggested
  • 715 Main Street, Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646
  • (508) 530-0066
  • www.capecodkidsfishing.com

Billingsgate Charters – Lobster & Sport Fishing on the Cape!

Live the Life 

Sailing out of Wellfleet Harbor, Billingsgate Charters offer guests the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Cape Cod lobsterman. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod Bay while traveling to the lobster pots. This trip lasts approximately 3 hours depending on the tide and weather conditions.

Owned and operated by Captain David Stamatis, a commercial lobsterman who has spent decades fishing on Cape Cod, the goal is that every guest who takes part in the “lobster charter” departs with a new found appreciation of how New England lobstermen work hard to protect and preserve this natural food supply. Billingsgate Charters guarantees each member of your party will receive a free lobster!

Why we love it:   Lobster fun for the whole family!

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  • Max 6 People
  • Reservations Required
  • Wellfleet Harbor, Massachusetts 02667
  • (781) 706-0145
  • www.billingsgatecharters.com

 

Gloucester – Waterfront Makes a Great Day Trip!

Authentic and Filled With Lots of Lobster Boats

Gloucester  is America’s oldest seaport and an authentic, vibrant and fun community. Located on Cape Ann, Gloucester has a rich maritime heritage of seafaring and fishing, a spectacular arts community, a stunning harbor, unique restaurants and shops, and glorious white-sand beaches.   Visitors can cruise on Gloucester’s historic schooners and dine at the wonderful restaurants, featuring the freshest fish and local fare. Enjoy the excitement of a whale-watching excursion – and. of course, there’s fishing, swimming, hiking, and spectacular scenery.

The heart of Gloucester beats vibrantly downtown and in the working waterfront. Along Rogers Street, you will see fishermen heading out to sea, fishing charters, and schooner ships offering both day and sunset cruises. Or maybe you will see one of the fishermen featured on National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” shows. Main Street is perched above the waterfront and crowded with eclectic boutiques, antique shops, galleries and wonderful restaurants. Enjoy a free self-guided HarborWalk tour throughout the area that will take you through 42 story posts that document Gloucester’s history, arts, and current culture.

The culturally diverse people of Gloucester are resilient, hard-working, creative and endearing. They love life. And you will too, when you visit this authentic destination.

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  • Located on Cape Ann – just 36 miles north of Boston
  • 3 iconic lighthouses
  • 8 Beaches
  • Home to approximately 145 commercial lobster fishermen and 54,500 lobster traps
  • www.capeannvacations.com/gloucester

Why we love it:   The working waterfront offers excellent views of lobster fishermen in action!

 

 

 

Harbor Tours – Lobster Boat Tour in Gloucester

A Narrated Lobster Trip

Ever wondered how lobsters end up on your dinner plate?  On this 1-1/4 hour tour and demonstration, you’ll learn all about lobsters and lobstering in New England.    As part of the cruise aboard the King Eider, you’ll enjoy a narrated tour of historic Gloucester Harbor, including the famous fishing fleet, Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Norman’s Woe, and more.  Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested.

Why we love it:  It’s Kid-Friendly!

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Harwich Port – Visit this Charming Cape Cod Village

Three Harbors, One Port –  Saquatucket, Wychmere, and Allen Harbor

Located in the southeastern part of Harwich, Harwich Port is a lovely seaside community boasting lovely beaches along Nantucket Sound, fun little shops and galleries along Route 28, cozy pubs and restaurants, beautiful spired churches and a small gem of a golf course.

Fresh Facts:

  • Offers 22 fresh and salt water beaches
  • Home to approx 2,220 lobster traps

Why we love it:  It’s a gorgeous beach area offering lots of boat tours and fishing charters!

 

 

Boston Seafood Festival – 5th Annual on August 7!

Family Fun!

Presented by the Boston Seafood Foundation, the 5th Annual Seafood Festival will take place on August 7th 2016!!

Enjoy the freshest, most delicious local seafood from New England’s favorite dining destinations; all-day lobster bake; live music; Harpoon beer garden; Battle of the Shuckers oyster shucking contest and fish-cutting contest; famous local chef demonstrations, fisheries, health, and environmental education, notable speakers; arts and crafts vendors; blessing of the fleet; face painting, balloons, and so much more for children and adults!

The 5th Annual Boston Seafood Festival is presented by the Boston Fisheries Foundation with generous support from Massport and the Harpoon Brewery. All proceeds benefit the non-profit foundation and aid in its mission of supporting and expanding sustainable fisheries and promoting the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of preserving our wild ocean stocks through responsible harvesting and management.

 General Admission: $15 |  Kids, ages 6-12: $5 | Kids, ages 5 and under: free | Lobster Bake Ticket: $35 – includes one lobster, mussels, corn, coleslaw and a roll; does not include general admission

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Boston Lobster Tours – In the Harbor

Live the Life of A Lobsterman at Sea!

The “Fourcast” is an authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat. Join Captain Carli on a 60 minute Boston Harbor cruise. Watch Captain Carli as he hauls his traps, and gives you a narrated tour of Historic Boston Harbor. Get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.

Bring your camera to take panoramic pictures the Beautiful Boston Skyline, the U.S.S. Constitution, the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Old North Church. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a busy working harbor and experience the daily life of a local lobsterman. Captain Carli is a Coast Guard Licensed Captain. 6 Passengers maximum on each trip.

Why we love it: Lobsters up close and personal. Enjoy narrated tour of Historic Boston. 

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Plymouth Cruises – Family Fun Aboard Lobster Tales!

Lobster Inspiration South of Boston

Cruising out of Historic Plymouth’s Town Wharf, Plymouth Cruises offers Lobster Excursions that are fun for the whole family! Climb aboard “Lobster Tales” a comfortable 45-foot passenger vessel which sails from April through October and enjoy 1 hour learning about how lobsters are harvested from their natural environment.

As a few volunteers roll up their sleeves to help haul in lobster traps, passengers will be able to closely observe lobsters, crabs and other species of marine life that live in Plymouth Harbor.  In an effort to preserve the marine life for the future of our planet, everything is released back into the sea.

History buffs rejoice!  This cruise passes alongside the Mayflower II Ship, Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Long Beach. Other theme cruises are available!

Why we love it:  It’s a Classroom at Sea!

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Meet This Lobsterman from Chatham

Most lobster fishermen come from families of fishers, but not our lobster hero Kurt.

He decided to fish lobster at an early age and today hauls impressive amounts from a scenic mid Cape Cod location. Kurt ties up near the Chatham Municipal Fish Pier, a virtual fish lover’s haven where local and tourists alike watch day boats unload their catch of fish and lobster.

Aptly named Time Bandit, Kurt’s lobster boat helps to haul a mix of wood and metal traps (a rarity in Massachusetts). Due to the sandy bottom vs. a rockier coast outside the cape, he believes the wooden traps perform better in the more shallow waters. During the colder winter months, Kurt actually makes his own wooden traps in preparation for the busy fishing season.

 

Summer To Do – Cape Cod is for lobster lovers

Lobster Love.

World class beaches and endless coastline, Cape Cod and the Islands offer a lobster lovers paradise.  View lobster boats along scenic harbors in charming towns and enjoy countless ways to eat, stay and play.  Follow your inner yum along the Cape Cod and Islands Lobster Trail.

As you cross the bridge from the mainland and cross over the Cape Cod Canal, it’s like entering another world.  The salt air and ocean breezes open to sandy beaches, roadside shacks, and quaint villages.   The Cape is comprised of 15 towns as well as the two islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Choose from Falmouth, which has 68 beautiful miles of coastline,  and a lovely walkable town full of shops and seafood restaurants.  Lobster dinners and lobster roll abound!  Falmouth is also home to Steamship Authority (for car ferry) and a passenger ferry for a short ride over to Martha’s Vineyard.

Chatham is mid cape and home to a lighthouse, lovely inns and the jaw dropping Chatham Bars Inn.  For a memorable night’s stay and a fancy wine and dine lobster dinner with water view – this is your place!

Make your way down to the end of the Cape and you’ll hit Provincetown. A funky and colorful place to dip your toes in the sand, have a drink in your hand and gobble up lobster fresh from the sea.  With a dizzying choice of restaurants, picnic spots, and endless sea views, Provincetown truly offers a lobster getaway like no other.

 

Meet Captain Todd – A Plymouth Lobster Fisherman

A 3 a.m. Wake Up Call

With a 3 a.m. wake up call, Todd moors in Plymouth Harbor.  He arrives at the boat by 4 a.m. and then steams 2 hours out to sea, to reach his traps.  For anyone via land or sea, it’s a very long commute.

Todd is used to hard work, and gained his first boat for $20 bucks.  He found the boat  buried in the snow after the Blizzard of 1978.  Much has changed since then, but Todd has always loved the sea.  Quoting his father, “Some people hear the mermaid, and some people don’t.”  Todd is one of those people, and claims that catching lobster on a snowy day is one of the most beautiful and peaceful times to fish.

Today, Todd has a large boat and that means big overhead.  His vessel burns 80 gallons a day in gas and the cost of maintaining his boat and gear continues to rise.  Despite economic conditions, Todd continues to fish lobster for a living and can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

Plan a Visit to Lovely Rockport, Massachusetts

Go for Art, the Beaches, the Shops and Lobster!

Experience a classic New England town famous for lobster and everything else you’d want in a perfect vacation.  Rockport Massachusetts boasts Motif #1 –  the most artistically painted building in the world.  A must see with your own eyes!

An incredibly scenic harbor town, Rockport is an hour’s drive form Boston MA and features pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, endless shops and restaurants.   Strolling along the tree lined streets and in most cases with a water view, Rockport MA is a delight for lobster lovers everywhere.  Perfect for an afternoon or a weekend, Rockport offers something for everyone whether a romantic getaway or fun with the family.

Each morning and afternoon during summer, you can watch lobstermen steam out to start their day or hauling traps or catch them on the way back in to unload their harvest.  Authentic and salty, Rockport is must do on your lobster list.
Why we love it:   Stroll along Bearskin Neck!   Incredible views and lobster at Roy Moore’s

Fresh Facts:

  • Located on Cape Ann – just 37 miles north of Boston
  • 2 iconic lighthouses
  • 6 Beaches
  • Motif #1
  • Home to approximately 54 commercial lobstermen and 23,000 lobster traps
  • www.capeannvacations.com/rockport

 

♥ More inspiration:   Meet Rockport Lobsterman Ryan and his friend Jacoby!