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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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New Bedford maritime day trip

With a chill in the air and our coastline dressed up for chilly weather, head out to Southeastern Massachusetts and enjoy a coastal day trip. Did you know New Bedford Massachusetts boasts one of the largest seafood ports in the USA. Also home to many lobster fisherman and we have great ideas to spend a day!

Day trip idea? Start at that cozy coffee shop on a quaint cobblestone street (Tia Maria’s) which is also super close to the Whaling Museum – Leisurely stroll and browse the cute shops. Soak in the maritime history – You really MUST visit the Whaling Museum if you have time. It’s amazing – Take a selfie or two near all the cool boats in the Black Whale parking lot (yes, go for lunch.) If you go: Have lunch at the same charming Black Whale (sit at the bar looking out at harbor) and enjoy the different lobster items on the menu.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Relax and Rejuvenate in Plymouth

Lobster on the Menu

As if lifted from the pages of a fairy tale book, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a Parisian countryside-styled property that warms the heart the moment you arrive.  Nestled in the The Pinehills of Plymouth just about 10 minutes from the Town Wharf – this 50-room wellness retreat is elegantly appointed and the service is impeccable.  With grounds that embrace the Monet Gardens, you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a trip to the Louvre in Paris, not Plymouth, Mass.  Rejoice, New England lobster is closer than you think!   Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers fabulous seafood dining options such as Surf & Turf  – Filet and Lobster, Lobster Ravioli and Lobster Mac and Cheese!

Ideally located off the major highway, you can drive to the historic sites in a matter of minutes and check out the lobster boats in water – OR climb aboard “Lobster Tales” for a one hour scenic tour and learn about lobsters in their natural environment!    Reservations required, of course. Then, after an exhilarating day of eating and playing in Plymouth, head back to the Inn and its 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau for a deep tissue massage as you reminisce about your lobster lover’s day.

Why we love it:  It’s a AAA Four Diamond experience!  A perfect retreat in lobster country. 

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  • Open Year Round
  • Spa Services
  • Onsite Dining
  • Located next to a golf course
  • 35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • (508) 209-2626
  • www.mirbeau.com

 

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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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Above the Bay At Thornton Adams in Scenic Plymouth

Located Directly Across the Street from the Ocean

This lovely “home away from home” offers beautiful newly renovated suites.  For a special treat ask for a room with a view of the bay! This fantastic B&B offers homemade breakfasts and is a perfect stay one mile from downtown Plymouth.  With modern conveniences and eclectic charm, all rooms have private ensuite baths.  A huge plus, the innkeeper is very helpful in planning visits to all the area has to offer.

Close enough to enjoy all the wonderful lobster related activities the area has to offer with the peaceful location for a great nights sleep.  Perfect any time of year, the warmer months bring special delights like views of Plymouth Bay from relaxing Adirondack chairs.  So do everything or do next to nothing and just enjoy the tranquility – but make sure you have a lobster roll before you go.  A favorite with locals and visitors alike is Wood’s Seafood.  It’s not fancy, but some of the best seafood in town and a favorite with locals and visitors alike!

Why we love it:   Above the Bay is so close to the ocean – the salty air washes over you the second you arrive!

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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!    

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  • 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.

 

SeaGull Inn – A Bed and Breakfast on Marblehead Neck

Stunning Views of the Harbor

Located on Marblehead Neck – one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Marblehead – the Seagull Inn is perfect for lobster lovers who appreciate a home away from home experience.  With cherry wood floors, handmade furnishings, lovely antiques and inviting spaces for conversation and perhaps a glass of wine, the Seagull Inn lends itself to views of lobster boats and buoys in the distance. The two level Lighthouse Suite comes complete with a kitchen – (so boil up some lobsters and steamers!)  and access to a rooftop deck offering vistas of the ocean and the town.

Wake up after a good night’s sleep and venture out into the gardens.  Sit on a swing with your cup of coffee and freshly baked bagel and welcome the day!   Or, walk a few steps over to Castle Rock and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Steeped in maritime history, there is much to explore in Marblehead and plenty of places for lobster – especially on Front Street. As your day winds down, ask the innkeepers to direct you to nearby Lighthouse Point home of the Marblehead Light and watch the sunset over the harbor – pure bliss!

Why we love it:  It’s a hidden gem tucked away on a residential street. A fine place to spend the night or the week.

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Take a Swan Boat Ride in the Public Garden

Like Lobster – A Boston Tradition!

As you explore Boston, plan a visit to the Boston Public Garden – the first public botanical garden in America. As you relax in this tranquil environment – you’ll come to the brightly painted Swan Boats.  Hop on for a 12-15 minute ride around the lagoon.   As the driver pedals along, you’ll notice plenty of mallards and that tiny island that’s featured in the famous children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings”!    The Swan Boats offer a unique way to learn a little about Boston history and visions of  mouthwatering lobster rolls dance in your head.

Insider’s Tip:  Bring an insulated lunch tote, filled with lobster rolls (and napkins) from Yankee Lobster, Legal Sea Foods or the Barking Crab.  Enjoy a lobster roll picnic before or after your Swan Boat ride.  You’ll spot plenty of places for a peaceful picnic.

Why we love it:   Fun for the family!

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  • Seasonal
  • Weather Permitting
  • 4 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tickets:  $3.50 per adult; Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
    Under 2 yrs. Free; Seniors $3.00
  • (617) 522-1966
  • info@swanboats.com
  • www.swanboats.com

 

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
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History and Style at South End’s Aisling B&B

A Snug Retreat after a Day’s Worth of Lobster!

Aisling Bed and Breakfast is located in Boston’s South End – a neighborhood filled with some of Boston’s most diverse and exciting restaurant choices. Boston’s South End is called “Restaurant Row” – there are dozens of restaurants right in the area.  Your hosts, Dympna and James, are happy to help make lobster dining selections or lobster roll recommendations throughout the city!

Aisling B&B is a lovely 19th century Victorian row-house with its original marble fittings, fireplaces and mouldings.  Each room has its own private bathroom and TV (with cable and pay per view) as well as wireless internet access.  Of course, the house has central air-conditioning for those hot summer nights.  .

Boston is a lobster town and home to many commercial fisherman who fish many a lobster dinner.  After visiting Beacon Hill and Newbury Street, which are within walking distance – consider an Uber cab down to the harbor and enjoy the salt air and sounds of seagulls!

Why we love it:   It’s a hidden gem!

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Encore B&B Boston

Encore B&B in South End is Charming

A Home Away From Home!

Boston’s South End and this charmer of a B&B is within easy walking distance of: Copley Square, Prudential Center, Symphony Hall, the MFA, the Theater District, and Back Bay.  It also offers close proximity to some of our favorite restaurants for lobster, like Legal Sea Foods.  The owner can also help with how to book a lobster boat tour down by the harbor or best place to enjoy a Boston lobster roll.

Located in the historic and trendy South End neighborhood, Encore is the ideal alternative to typical hotel lodging, offering 21st-century comfort in a 19th-century town house. Conveniently situated and beautifully appointed, Encore Bed and Breakfast features spacious guest rooms furnished in classic contemporary style with scenic views of Boston’s skyline. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, queen-size beds, flat screen TV with cable, Bang Olufson sound system, telephones, free high speed internet, and other amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay.

Why we love it: It’s a cozy retreat after a after a fun day stuffed with lobster! 

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Kendall Hotel in Boston

Kendall Hotel in Boston’s Cambridge Neighborhood

A Hidden Gem in Cambridge

Located in Cambridge just across the river from Boston, the boutique Kendall Hotel is a renovated firehouse offering a balance of historic charm and modern convenience.  As a member of Historic Hotels of America and on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel is located in the Kendall Square neighborhood and a quick jump over to Boston.

Guests enjoy a complimentary, full breakfast buffet served daily in the hotels Black Sheep Restaurant.   Plan the day for sightseeing and perhaps a Boston lobster boat tour.  This charming area is also overflowing with choices for a delicious lobster roll lunch and we have listed a few of our favorites here.

The amazing Kendall Hotel offers a unique, first class and cozy stay near the heart of Boston and the Charles River.  A lobster themed trip is made all the more perfect with such a special place to stay.

Why we love it:  Provides luxury and fun for lodging along the Lobster Trail!

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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!

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  • 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

 

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

 

Scituate – Lobsters and a Lighthouse!

Visit this Coastal Gem Along Cape Cod Bay

Located just 30 miles south of Boston – Scituate is a cozy seaside community where lobster lovers can spend the day or a weekend!  As you drive (or walk) along Front Street,  you’ll notice lots of shops and boutiques with plenty of nautical places to explore.  See lobster boats bobbing up and down in the water and lobster traps piled high along the way.  With salty breezes coming in off the ocean, you’ll love what this Scituate has to offer.  Scenic vistas, beaches, fishing charters, historic inns and lots of local lobster!

For an amazing panoramic view of the ocean and Old Scituate Lighthouse in the distance, stop by the Lucky Finn Cafe on Front Street for a cup of coffee and a glimpse of artwork done by local artisans. Then, make your way over to Scituate Lobster Pound, grab a mouth watering lobster roll packed with locally caught meat and head on over to the Lighthouse for a picnic lunch.   Dine on the rocks overlooking the ocean or bring a blanket and sit right on the shore – so romantic!

Why we love it:   Scituate is scenic and delicious!   Worth the trip. 

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  • 30 Miles South of Boston
  • 1 iconic lighthouse
  • 5 Beaches and 10 miles of shoreline
  • Home to 35 commercial lobstermen and 15,000 traps

By the Sea Bed and Breakfast – Stunning Views

Picture Perfect in Plymouth

A private home offering two nicely appointed suites with private entrances, By the Sea Bed and Breakfast is situated in a highly desirable part of historic Plymouth –  right across from the Harbor and steps away from the Mayflower replica.    The Mayflower Suite features a queen sized canopy bed and 9 windows that overlook the picturesque harbor filled with boats  and the Governor Bradford Suite includes a bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and stunning views of the ocean!

Here, breakfasts work a little differently.  You’ll start each day with coffee, tea and freshly baked coffee cake on the wrap around porch and then your hosts will provide you a voucher for a heartier breakfast at your choice of two restaurants just stone’s throw from their home.  Eat at your own pace!

Why we love it:   You can welcome your lobster-inspired day by watching the sunrise from your suite!

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Delano Homestead Bed & Breakfast – Lovely, Historic

In a Lobster Town of Presidential Proportions

Located on a quiet residential street just minutes from Fairhaven’s working waterfront, the Delano Homestead Bed and Breakfast is a lovely 3,800 square foot property built in 1832 by wealthy merchant and sea captain Warren Delano I. Complete with a conservatory and green house, stone walls and wrought iron gates, this lovely property offers three cozy guestrooms featuring private baths and modern amenities.   Once the home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, FDR spent his boyhood summers and holidays at the Homestead and visited quite frequently as an adult with his wife Eleanor.

Not only will history buffs find this place appealing but lobster lovers will also enjoy this bed and breakfast especially since it’s so close to Fairhaven’s piers and fresh seafood restaurants. What’s more, Delano Homestead is within an easy distance for day trips to neighboring New Bedford, Cape Cod and the Islands!

Why we love it:   Step outside, walk three short blocks and see lobster traps piled high on the town piers!  An authentic experience.

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  • Open Year Round
  • Smoke-Free
  • No Pets Allowed
  • 39 Walnut Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719
  • www.delanohomestead.com

Jesse Harlow House – Walk to the Waterfront

Hidden Gem Just Minutes from Plymouth Rock

Once the home of the Revolutionary War Sea Captain, the Jesse Harlow House is a favorite bed and breakfast among travelers from all over the world!   Quaint, clean and spacious this 200- year old refurbished home offers nicely appointed rooms, a comfortable living room with TV and a back deck and a lower garden with koi pond.

Serving hot, gourmet breakfasts each morning, Jesse Harlow House is the perfect place for a getaway in “America’s Hometown”.   Located on a hill just minutes from the harbor (and lobster) – this intimate bed and breakfast is close to Plymouth attractions with Cape Cod and the Islands with an easy distance for day trips!

Why we love it:   It’s a cozy B&B – perfect respite after an exhilarating day exploring the coast!

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Fairfield Inn & Suites – Lobster Inspiring Views

Prime Working Waterfront Location!

If you want to stay right in the thick of New Bedford’s historic fishing port – The Fairfield Inn & Suites is an ideal choice.    Newly built, this property is clean, spacious and offers amenities such an indoor pool and fitness center. Step outside into the salty air and see tall, rusty fishing vessels and lobster boats – the real deal.

Staying at this hotel by Marriott will surely make your mouth water for seafood!  No worries.  You will find a few very good, casual restaurants  within walking distance –  so grab a lobster roll and enjoy this authentic destination!

Why we love it:  Its location!   The hotel is minutes from the New Bedford Whaling Museum and across from the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.

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Lobster Hut – Lobster Enjoyed Fresh Off the Boat

Located on Historic Plymouth Harbor

For fresh seafood and succulent local lobster, Lobster Hut is the place to eat!   Located directly on the ocean, this casual eatery offers over 50 menu items from lobster bisque to fried clams, broiled salmon and more!

Lobster Roll anyone?  Choose from a big lobster salad roll and if you’ve worked up an appetite touring Plymouth – you can order an even BIGGER lobster salad roll.  Then,  take it outside and savor every bite of it as you watch the fishing boats bob up and down in the water.    Not a fancy restaurant by any means, you walk up to the counter and order to your tummy’s content!   In minutes, out comes your generous portions.   Dining with landlubbers? Lobster Hut serves burgers and chicken fingers, too.

Why we love it:   It’s fresh and fried seafood heaven! 

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  • Seasonal
  • Reopens in February
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 25 Town Wharf, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
  • (508) 746-2270
  • www.lobsterhutplymouth.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Merchant – Rum, Mystery and More!

Just A Few Blocks from the Harbor 

Situated in historic downtown Salem,  The Merchant offers 11 cozy rooms with plush linens, stylish decor and modern amenities such as iPads, Apple TV, gas fireplaces and so much more!

A lovely boutique inn, this well preserved, brick mansion was commissioned by sea merchant Joshua Ward in 1784 and designed by noted architect Samuel McIntire.    Along the way, newly re-elected George Washington visited Salem to address the troops and spent the night in what is the now the George Washington King Deluxe Room.  For real.  History buffs will surely love this place and so will lobster lovers since some of Salem’s best seafood restaurants are within walking distance of this spacious. clean and comfortable property.

Why we love it:  A “wicked” cool place to stay!  It’s tagline, “Rum, Pepper and a Little Mystery” serves it well. 

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Company of the Cauldron – A Culinary Experience

Intimate Dining, Pre-Fixed Menu 

Tucked away in historic Nantucket Town, dining at Company of the Cauldron is like having a meal prepared by a private chef.    With an intimate dining room seating approximately 45 guests, this highly acclaimed restaurant features an ivy-lined entrance, rich, dark woods, copper and antique furnishings and beautiful brass sconces with flickering candles all adding to the romantic ambience.  Open for dinner only, Company of the Cauldron offers an unforgettable culinary experience.

Dine on Mondays and enjoy Lobster Four Ways.  A sample menu includes Lobster Bisque with Sweet Sherry and Thyme, Baby Arugula Salad with Petite Lobster and Crab Cakes, Steamed and Grilled Half Four Pound Lobster with Two Sauces (Ginger Mustard & Tarragon Butter),  Warm New Potato Salad and Grilled Summer Squash.

Why we love it:   The every Monday menu – of course!  This dining experience sells out quickly so make reservations as soon as possible. 

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