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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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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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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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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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


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

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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The Tuck Inn B&B – In Town Location

Lovely Lodging Experience on Cape Ann

The Tuck Inn is a comfortable bed & breakfast located just minutes from art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and, of course, lobster!   Built in 1790 by a sea captain for one of his three sons, this 19-room “home away from home” offers spacious accommodations – uniquely appointed with antiques, quilts and local artwork, hearty homemade breakfasts, an outdoor pool and exceptional, old style charm and hospitality.

Why we love it:   Tuck Inn is an easy walk to the wharf where you’ll enjoy close up views of lobster boats, traps and Motif #1

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  • Open Year Round
  • 17 High Street, Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
  • (978) 546-7260


The Barnacle Restaurant – Overlooking the Ocean

Views of the Harbor and Lighthouse!

The oldest family owned restaurant in historic Marblehead, The Barnacle Restaurant overlooks scenic Marblehead Harbor and offers the freshest lobster and seafood around!   Once a clam shack, The Barnacle now offers a variety of surf and turf dining options for lunch and dinner –  with lobster rolls and boiled lobster topping the “yum” list!  Deck dining is available but seating is limited.   Visiting with kids? Ask for the Children’s menu.

Why we love it:  It’s Trap to Plate!  They own a lobster boat.  Plus, this is where the locals go for good food and plenty of cheer!

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Joe’s On A Roll – Fine and Fresh Street Food!

A Food Truck Loaded with Lobster Rolls

On your way to the beach?  Stop at Joe’s On A Roll – a food truck loaded with fresh lobster rolls, chowder and home-made cookies and have yourself a picnic!  With lobsters caught from the Massachusetts Bay – Joe’s On A Roll is a local favorite!

Food trucks are all the rage and we can see why visitors and locals are thrilled.  You can find Joe’s On A Roll on Water Street on Thursday-Sunday!

Why we love it:   The lobster rolls are packed with sweet meat!  

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Beauport Princess – Cruise Gloucester Harbor

See Buoys and Boats in the Harbor

Cruise Gloucester Harbor aboard the elegantly appointed Beauport Princess and enjoy a traditional New England Lobster Bake luncheon with fresh steamed lobster, BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Coleslaw and much more!   Lobster dinners are available on select evenings with lively music from Beauport’s own DJ.

As you enjoy your culinary experience at sea, see historic Gloucester Harbor sites with extraordinary views of the city’s downtown, Rocky Neck, Eastern Point, Ten Pound Island, Stage Fort Park, and Hammond Castle.

Why we love it:  You’ll glide out of Gloucester’s working waterfront taking in the salty air! 

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  • Lunch, dinner and concert cruises
  • Seating for 25 to 300 guests
  • Two luxurious dining floors; Third Floor outdoor deck lounge; Three full service bars
  • Free parking for Guests
  • 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930
  • (978) 865-3210


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

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


Finz Seafood – Overlooking Salem Harbor

A Meal with a View

An airy open space concept restaurant located North of Boston, FINZ Seafood and Grill is surrounded by windows on all three sides so that you can look and out enjoy Salem Harbor as you indulge in seasonal, fresh, lobster and creative seafood preparations.  During the warmer months, dine on the patio as the salty air washes over you!

Try the delicious Lobster Ravioli tossed in a sherry cream sauce served with lobster meat and asparagus tips, the 1.5 pound New England style steamed lobster or the Lobster Roll made with with celery and mayo on a brioche hot dog roll, or smothered in warm butter on a brioche hot dog roll.

The raw bar serves the freshest local oysters, clams, chilled lobster, colossal crab, and shrimp and it’s available until closing.     Children’s menus are available.

Why we love it:   The waterfront dining experience on Pickering Wharf lined with shops!  

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Victoria Station & Vic’s Boathouse – On the Wharf

Lively Spot in Salem 

Victoria Station & Vic’s Boathouse is popular on the North Shore and stands above the rest for their panoramic waterfront dining, historic ambiance and tempting menu items.  Nationally famous for their slow roasted Angus prime rib, the menu includes classic American comfort cuisine, fresh seafood and an unlimited salad bar.

Vic’s Boathouse offers an incredible Lobster Quesadilla and delicious Lobster Mac n’ Cheese made with trottole pasta, five cheese blend and fresh lobster meat topped with cornbread-shallot breadcrumbs and truffle oil.  Yum!

Why we love it:  Scenic spot with outdoor seating!  Perfect for a Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese and a craft brew!    

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Turner’s Seafood – A Dock to Table Experience

Fresh, Locally Sourced Seafood

Located in Salem in the iconic, historic Lyceum Hall, Turner’s Seafood  offers its guests an authentic New England seafood experience where the catch-of-the-day becomes classic appetizers, entrees and daily creative specials – defining the region’s culinary heritage.

Lobster lovers indulge!  Chefs Yale Woodson and Jaime Aguilar bring unique twists to New England classics from Lobster Cocktail, award-winning Lobster Bisque, Lobster Roll and Sliders,  Boiled or Baked Stuffed Lobster, Lobster Pie, Lobster Mac & Cheese,  Lobster Salad…and more!

Sourced daily from the docks of Gloucester and Boston, their seafood is transported directly to Turner’s Seafood Gloucester processing facility where it is meticulously inspected,  processed, packaged and delivered same day, within hours, to their restaurants and seafood markets in Salem and in Melrose, Massachusetts.

With full bar service, authentic oyster bar, banquet-high tops and traditional seating, period pressed tin ceilings, fireplaces in both main dining areas, open kitchen and  outdoor dining in a secluded courtyard,  Turner’s Seafood is the place for a true dock to table experience!

Why we love it:    Each year throughout November –  Turner’s celebrates lobster with LobsterFest, a dedicated, limited time, everything lobster menu!

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Longboards Restaurant & Bar – Award Winning Lobster Rolls

Multiple 70″ TV Screens Where You Can Catch A Game!

Located on Pickering Wharf in historic Salem, Massachusetts, this is a great local place to be and be seen. With award winning sandwiches & lobster rolls and new signature flatbreads, you won’t leave hungry!

As for the lobster, they recently won several awards for their lobster rolls! WCVB Channel 5 in Boston has named them “One of The Areas Best Lobster Rolls” and North Shore Magazine has awarded Longboards BONS (Best of North Shore) award for their lobster rolls.  Salem Evening News has even named them the “Best Casual Dining Experience”.

Why we love it: Lobster, beer and sports combination?  What’s better than that!

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Lobster Lady – Catches Lobster for Husband’s Pub

Lobster Lady in Massachusetts

Since she was a little girl, Therese has been hanging around lobster boats and learning the ways of the sea.  Conveniently living down the street, she would watch the lobstermen’s activities, at the same dock where her boat is tied up today.

At approximately 10 years of age, Therese was given a few lobster traps by a kindly mentor and her childhood play turned to a life time of lobster.  over the years, her fishing vessels grew from a little row boat, to a skiff, and finally a full size boat like she runs today.  When asked what she loves most about catching lobsters, she says “Being on the ocean, is like being in heaven.”  Like all lobster fishermen, this is way more than a day job for Therese.

Lobster is a family affair, and the lobsters Therese hauls out of the ocean become the lobster dinners for patrons at her husband’s restaurant, The Anchor Pub.  An icon in Beverly, Massachusetts this restaurant serves up lobster lunch and dinners to 1000’s of visitors each summer.  Fresh lobster is always on the menu.

Captain Ryan – Young Fisherman from Gloucester

Captain Ryan

Ryan fishes year round out of the maritime port of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  First allowed aboard a commercial lobster boat at the age of 11 with a student license, Ryan was 4 years old when he first “play set” lobster traps in a little skiff.  As a committed and hard working lobster fisherman today, Ryan has grown to fit perfectly with his boat name No Excuses.

When asked about what makes him happiest about lobster fishing for a living, this college graduate speaks passionately about working in a natural environment.  “Taking in everything around you and visually seeing the weather…I see about every sunrise and every sunset.”  For those of us with office jobs, this sounds pretty sweet!

Bass Rocks Ocean Inn – Majestic View, Spectacular Stay

A Coastal Retreat

The Bass Rocks Ocean Inn is situated on the rugged Gloucester coastline and captures the essence of America’s oldest seaport. A hidden gem, this 51 room resort is a treasured destination of families who return summer after summer.

Amenities include a large outdoor heated pool, large outdoor hot tub, granite fire pit overlooking the ocean, gas grills, Easy Cruiser bicycles, Cape Ann Water Shuttle Harbor Tours, complimentary seaside breakfast, Old World billiard room and so much more. Insider’s Tip: Room 503 in the Stacy House offers views of fishing boats and lobster buoys!

Why we love it:  The salty breezes!  Just a few minutes from the working waterfront.

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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

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




Harbor Light Inn – A Romantic Stay

Historic Property in Marblehead

Situated in the heart of Old Town, the Inn offers quick access to the harbor, shops and galleries, historic homes, and a variety of restaurants.  An 18th century property offering 20 guestrooms the Inn is both historic and relaxing.   Rooms are quipped with private baths, telephones, air conditioning, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, DVD player, alarm clock radio, WIFI, and an array of high quality body care products. Many rooms have working fireplaces, and remote stereo/CD players. Some rooms also have double Jacuzzis, sundecks or patios and most rooms have large-screen HDTV televisions.

With an extensive continental breakfast buffet and  afternoon tea, coffee and sweet treats, the Inn is undeniably a lovely retreat located just 20 miles north of Boston.  The Tavern at the Harbor Light Inn offers an  intimate, charming and classic New England pub experience you’ll remember for a long time!

Why we love it:   The architecture.  Wood beams date back to the early 1700’s.   It’s hidden gem – close to the harbor

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The Inn at Castle Hill on Crane Estate – Exceptional Stay

Relax and Reconnect

An elegantly appointed inn on the Crane Estate which encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts – this property offers a lovely retreat on a hill overlooking Crane Beach and salt marshes.  With 10 exceptionally comfortable rooms, the Inn at Castle Hill offers a tranquil setting so that you can relax and reconnect with nature.

Your room rate includes a full breakfast with fresh pastries, house-made granola, fresh fruit and gourmet coffee. Hybrid bicycles are available upon request and you’ll receive complimentary admission to Crane Beach, beach chairs and umbrellas and so much more. When making a reservation look for their “Into the Sea” packages that include boat tours in Gloucester where you are sure to find lobster!

Why we love it:    It offers peace and quiet and it’s close to the beach!

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Why we love it:    It offers peace and quiet and it’s close to the beach!


Michael’s Harborside – Deck Dining in Newburyport

A Newburyport Favorite

Michael’s overlooks the Merrimac River, from a vantage point that offers views of the harbor and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. It’s the gathering spot for locals, boaters visiting the marina and tourists alike. You will delight in signature cocktails, while enjoying some of the best seafood and lobster in New England.

Lunch or dinner at Michael’s Harborside can be enjoyed al fresco overlooking the Merrimac River. Spectacular views of the harbor from three outdoor decks complement a menu of fresh seafood, daily specials, and select cocktails.

Insiders Tip:  Great choice for a wonderful lobster roll in a fun and scenic setting.

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  • One Tournament Wharf –  Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • (978) 462-7785
  • Mon-Thur 11:30 am-9:00 pm | Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm | Sun 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Ipswich Clambake – Catering Stellar Events Since 1976

Clambakes All Year Round!  

From the sweet Ipswich steamed clams, the award winning-extra creamy clam chowder, the freshly harvested lobsters, the juicy butter and sugar corn, and the array of innovative sides containing fresh fruits and vegetables from farms around the corner, Ipswich Clambake brings you authentic New England flavors and stellar quality New England fare.

Ipswich Clambake will work with you to plan your clambake, picnic, or BBQ in your backyard, at the beach, your favorite location, or at any one of their event sites.  You may be interested in a casual clambake which is perfect for family gatherings, reunions, corporate events, or special celebrations. Tell Ipswich Clambake what you want and they promise to do everything to accommodate you.      With advance notice, Ipswich Clambake will prepare Clambakes to Go!

Stop by their seasonal restaurant and enjoy a delicious lobster roll or steamed lobster served with butter and a bib!

Why we love it: Whether you’re hosting an informal beach event for formal gathering, they take care of everything!

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The Gloucester House – Locally Caught Seafood Since 1958

Overlooking the Working Waterfront

Serving boat to plate seafood, The Gloucester House offers lots of lobster entrees including lobster rolls, baked stuffed, lobster pie and buffet style lobster bakes for special events!  Lobster bakes are served in the  restaurant’s Cafe Seven Seas from April through November.

This is the perfect setting for a casual “dine in the rough” New England style lobster bake. Lenny Linquata, owner and manager of the Gloucester House, will entertain  guests with colorful stories of local history and with a demonstration on how to eat a lobster.  Salty air, the smell of lobsters cooking, a wonderful view, great food and friendly service make The Gloucester House’s a great choice for a lobster feast!    Children’s menus are available.

Why we love it:  Nice views of the working waterfront!

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Why we love it:  They are so close to the water, you can almost touch the lobster boats!

Woodman’s of Essex – A Yankee Tradition Since 1916

Where the Fried Clam was Born!

It was 1916. Chubby Woodman and his wife Bessie owned a small roadside stand and sold small grocery items including live, freshly dug clam.  On July 3rd of that year – Chubby fried up a few of those clams just to see what would happen.   Well, the Fried Clam was born and the rest is history!   Today, the award-winning Woodman’s prepares lots and lots of fried clams and many, many lobster rolls and boiled lobsters with drawn butter!

During the summer, the lines to the counter can be long but they move quickly.   It’s all worth the wait.  On an average summer day, they serve over 400 pounds of boiled lobster and 250 lobster rolls!  Seating is available indoors and there is a large tented seating area outdoors where you can enjoy lobsters in the rough!  A fourth generation family owned business, Woodman’s can accommodate large groups and special gatherings  including family reunions, weddings and corporate  functions.   Hosting a lobster bake?   Contact Woodman’s for a memorable catered event.   Photo Credit:  Jim Mcallister

Why we love it:  They offer a totally authentic New England seafood experience!

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Seaport Grille – On Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

Generous Portions of Fresh Seafood

Located in Gloucester on Cape Ann,  Seaport Grille serves fresh, locally sourced seafood and the best view of Gloucester’s authentic working waterfront!   Open year-round and frequented by locals many of whom are lobstermen, Seaport Grille offers an extensive seafood menu including Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster Scampi, Lobster Pie, Baked Stuffed Lobster, Boiled Lobster with drawn butter, Lobster BLT  –  a BLT kicked up a notch with fresh lobster salad and avocado and the world famous Lobster Roll heaping with chunks of meat, celery and mayo on a locally baked bun from Virgilio’s Italian Bakery.

To further enhance your seafood dining experience in America’s original seaport, this bright and bustling restaurant boasts an intimate bar area and spacious outdoor deck overlooking Cruiseport Gloucester – where the world’s most luxurious cruise ships dock!

Why we love it:   Local lobsters, local vibe!

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Meet Ryan – A Lobster Fisherman from Rockport

Started Lobstering as a Young Boy

Growing up among the scenic waters of the Rockport area, Ryan used to skip school to go out on the water.  Since the age of 12 and his first boat (a dinghy), he would be careful to not be seen by his father – who was nearby catching lobster.

“It’s in my blood, I just fell in love with it.”   Lobstermen own their own boats, and Ryan is no exception.  As captain of his own livelihood, he works extremely hard to stay afloat and manage the 800 lobster traps he is licensed for.  With a daily wake up call of 4 a.m. and a floating office, lobstering is truly a labor of love.

p.s.  Ryan’s dog Jacoby is named after Boston Red Sox center fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, and was star of our day!  He certainly loves the water and jumped in the harbor during shooting.


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

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  • 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


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