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Newly Weds – “Traditions are Started in Gloucester”

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This couple from New Hampshire, were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary.  Their reception was at Crusieport, a year ago, and now they are starting a tradition on staying  in Gloucester at the Beauport Hotel.

“Traditions are Started in Gloucester”

Motif Monday: Gloucester smiles when Manny reels them in

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Manny’s post of this couple from New York, for his Gloucester Smiles series.

She was a photographer. I ran into Manny at this way point between Beauport Hotel and the Cape Ann Chamber.  Some time after, I crossed back that same way to return to Cape Pond Ice. He was still with them–so amiable and welcoming! I meant to post a compliment to him that very same day. A  wonderful post by  James Eves with a dynamite portrait of Manny shined through my GMG email and I thought that was pretty cool kismet.

Northshore Magazine: August 2016 issue Best of North Shore includes so much on Gloucester and Cape Ann!

20160815_100527Before we dive into Northshore Magazine’s Fall Favorites September issue, let’s take a moment to acknowledge its Best of North Shore August issue. Although votes did not come in all Cape Ann for categories you thought might be a shoe-in: best beach, bakery, breakfast, burger, clam chowder, farmer’s market, art gallery, art anything (!), museum, or attraction — Gloucester and all of Cape Ann businesses receive a lot of deserved attention! Signing in to vote may be a barrier to entry for some. Still, 150,000+ votes were cast. You can check out what won in many additional categories in the 300pp monster issue.

Congratulations to Cape Ann 2016 Best of awardees!

DINE ALFRESCO – The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

FRIED CLAMS- Seaport Grill, Gloucester and Top Dog (seasonal), Rockport; reader’s choice: Woodman’s

LOBSTER DINNER- Roy Moore Lobster, Rockport; reader’s choice Woodman’s of Essex

LOBSTER ROLL- Seaport Grille, Gloucester

PIZZA- Short and Main, Gloucester in a three way tie

ROMANTIC- Duckworth’s, Gloucester

SANDWICHES- Willow Rest, Gloucester

WATERVIEW RESTAURANT- The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

HOTEL BAR- Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

CHOCOLATE- Rockport Fudgery, Rockport (seasonal)

HOTEL- Beauport Hotel

CHARTER BOAT- Schooner Thomas E Lannon

COMMUNITY WALK RUN BIKE BY SEASON – summer Twin Lobster Half Marathon & 1 mile Race, Gloucester; winter Happy Holidays Half Merrython, Gloucester;  reader’s choice, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport

FESTIVAL (FALL)- Essex Clamfest, Essex

GOLF COURSE- reader’s choice Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester

MARINA- Cape Ann Marina, Gloucester

NATURE TRAILS- Ravenswood Park, Gloucester

BOOKS-The Bookstore of Gloucester

MATERNITY CLOTHING- The Urchin Exchange, Gloucester

CONCIERGE- reader’s choice Tending the Sweet Life, Gloucester

DANCING- Minglewood Tavern, Gloucester

LIVE MUSIC VENUE INDOORS- Shalin Liu, Rockport

 

 

 

BEAUTIFUL BEAUPORT HOTEL BREAKFAST REVIEW

Beauport Hotel Dining Review -1 copyright Kim SmithOverlooking Pavilion Beach in Gloucester’s beautiful historic working harbor front district, the Beauport Hotel is the North Shore’s newest coastal getaway. Prior to the official opening, my husband Tom and I had the pleasure of previewing the dinner menu (read preview here). The Beauport emanates a feeling of relaxed and casual elegance, and Tom and I shared in the sense of being transported to a world of leisure and luxury.

Most recently, and joined by our son, we had a delightful breakfast on the open air deck. With incomparable views, delicious and fresh locally sourced food–served by friendly and efficient waitstaff–any meal at any time of day at the new Beauport Hotel promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review omelete copyright Kim SmithTom enjoyed a hearty and satisfying Beauport Scramble and it was as good as it looks, with Vermont ham, Cabot cheddar cheese, golden potatoes, toast, and choice of bacon or sausage. 

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review waffles copyright Kim SmithAlex had the wonderfully tasty Belgian waffles with sweet strawberries, whipped cream, and authentic Vermont maple syrup. The market fresh bowl of fruit was simply outstanding, no unripe duds as is more often than not the case with offerings of mixed fruit.

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Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review Eggs benedict copyright Kim SmithEverything looked inviting and it was challenging to decide what to order; I finally chose the Eggs Benedict and they were delicious. The eggs were perfectly poached and served with a light and lemony Hollandaise sauce. The chef kindly allowed spinach instead of Canadian Bacon and I should mention that the spinach was super fresh and plentiful. The chopped chives are a nice touch, too.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -4 copyright Kim SmithThe coffee was hot and fresh and poured often. Don’t you love the shape of the cups? The coffee cups are just one of the many attractive and thoughtful design details that abound throughout the hotel. Note, too, the crisp linen napkins and mercury glass candle lanterns.

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The Beauport can readily accommodate large parties for breakfast, making the terrace an ideal location for business meetings.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review copyright Kim SmithFor chilly mornings, heaters and blankets are provided, as well as the fantastic fire pit.
Beauport Hotel Gloucester Interior copyright Kim SmithIndoor dining during inclement weather

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Beautiful views of Pavilion Beach, the Dog Bar breakwater, and the working harbor are had from every vantage point. We were there on an overcast morning; imagine the light on a sunnier day. We loved watching the comings and going of the fishing boats.

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1606 at Beauport hours of operation: Breakfast: 7 AM – 11 AM. Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Dinner: 5 – 10 PM. An additional Bar/Tavern Menu is available from 4 PM – 11 PM. The 1606 at Beauport and the adjoining bar are open to the public.

For the most up to date information on 1606 at Beauport, visit their Facebook page here.

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Ultimate whale watching out of Gloucester MA and lunch at 1606 Beauport

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July 4th weekend started early. We spent the morning on Stellwagen thanks to 7 Seas Whale Watch. The main spotting was incredible: Hancock and Shuffleboard, two female humpbacks, were feeding together. Alongside us reaching for railings were folks from Chelmsford, Boston, Boulder, Sweden, Germany, and Spain. The World Wildlife fund and many other ‘top’ lists rank Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching cruise spots available in the world. Locals know that it’s Gloucester that’s the ultimate place to buy that whale watch ticket. We have the best whale watch companies with marine biologists and researchers on board and decades of research and authority in the field. Michelle B led the trip today. She’s awesome.

You can direct dial ALL the Gloucester whale watching companies from the HarborWalk whale marker. The “belle of the bay”, Salt,  is featured on the plaque. We didn’t see her today but boats have seen her again this summer.

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Back in port, everyone fanned out to downtown Gloucester. We met friends at the very packed Beauport Hotel, happy to be seated for a late lunch. Sherrie DeLorenzo was on site making sure things were buttoned down. They were. (My photo wasn’t. Sorry, Sherrie!) The concierge dynamo Chris and crew Emily were a visible and valuable resource right in the heart of the lobby. Lunch was delicious and the service was excellent. The adage a great waiter never waits was true today. Ask for Faith! Beauport is at capacity for Sunday.

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Marine guide Michelle B,  Seven Seas Whale Watch 

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Chris Hovack and Emily – Beauport Hotel 

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Beauport Hotel Lobster Roll

After declaring that I’m not a lobster roll fan on a GMG podcast a couple of weeks ago I was feeling a little bit like I should give them another shot.  I love lobster…but I haven’t been a big fan of cold lobster…with mayo.

So, I had one at the Beauport Hotel with a cup of clam chowder.  It was yummy and made for a pretty picture.  And, I’d be remiss to not add, the chowder was one of the best I’ve had.

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Can you find Fiesta and the greasy pole? Birdseye view

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Clarence Birdseye had the perfect name!

Enjoy a birds-eye vista of Gloucester. The Fiesta at St. Peter’s is to the left of the new Beauport Hotel, the former site of Birdseye, and the Greasy Pole to the right. Finding Fiesta from the next birds-eye vantage point is a challenge, but if you have keen eyes…

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Look in this direction.

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Boston Globe on Beauport, Biotech, Windover

“Fishing is going to be our heritage and first priority,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. But she added, “We’re moving forward.”

Kathleen Conti describes Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and Beauport Hotel as meaningful catalysts. In addition to the Mayor’s quote, there are comments  and points of view shared by several: Sherri Zizik; Vito Giacalone; Gregory Verdine; Ken Riehl, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (nice quote); Lee Dellicker, Winhover Construction (Beauport); George Marsh (architect Gloucester Biotechnology). Oh, and the former Mayor of New Bedford, John Bullard. chimes in.

Other new businesses downtown beyond this article include goodlinens opening July 1, Jane Deering Gallery on Pleasant Street, the new bicycle rental shop, and Tonno restaurant. And there’s a new gallery coming to Rocky Neck. More on that later!

 

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Gloucestercast 188 With @KimSmithDesigns, Jon von Tetzchner, Deb and Frank Sacco, Catherine Ryan, Karen Pischke and @Joey_C

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Gloucestercast 188 With @KimSmithDesigns, Jon von Tetxchner, Deb and Frank Sacco,Catherine Ryan, Karen Pischke and @Joey_C

Topics Include:

Jon von Tetxchner Vivaldi New Internet Browser being developed in the Innovation House- Magnolia MA- www.vivaldi.com
Reids Ride July 17th third sunday in July with us are Deb Sacco Frank Sacco www.reidsride.org
International Dory Races www.internationaldories.com
Beauport Hotel 1606 Restaurant For Dinner Incredible.
Tonno- Pork Chop.  Incredible how relaxed and on point the staff at Tonno were right off the bat.  Get the Pork Chop.   https://www.facebook.com/Tonno-120701028065170/
Cigar and Rum Cruise July 14th on The Thomas E Lannon.  2 Ninety Plus cigars, Rum Drinks from Ryan and Wood and a Sail On The Lannon
Mayor has new executive assistant Christopher Sicuranza- kudos Christine Pantano
New LED Lights On Plum St
Piping Plover update and Kim Is Taking On The Law Breaking Dog Owners
Mike Hale Is The Best Head Of Gloucester DPW Ever and His Team Is Incredibly Hard Working
Paolo Laboa from Pinoli who left Beverly MA to open Pinoli at Former Alchemy and then Left Pinoli To Open a joint in San Fran  has left San Fran to Open a Joint in Portland – Sol Italiano
Gloucester boxing club new location, 18 Sargent  st, next to capeann crossfit… find them at gloucesterboxingclub.com or facebookWomens classes  Thursdays at 6 and Saturday  at 9
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That Melissa Cox, She’s One of the Good Ones

Not only is she a good sport, but she’s generous too.

Melissa agreed, thanks to a $500 request, to be tossed into the pool in the name of charity.

That $500 will go to a charity set up to help the Orlando shooting victims and their families.

You just never know what you’re going to run into when you meet up with a friend for a drink in Gloucester.  While I missed the actual splash…I landed on the roof top deck in time to see a wet, chilly, but still smiling Melissa Cox spreading cheer the way she always does.

Thanks so much to Christopher Sicuranza for capturing and sharing the moment…and to Melissa for allowing me to post it.  Thanks also to Steven LeBlanc for “the push” and Sean Nolan for stepping up big with the $500 donation.

(and, how about that roof top pool area!)  #Beauport Hotel

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Great Places to Stay – Travel Gloucester

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Here’s a map of the Gloucester hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast and you name it lodging that I whipped up in 2014 when I was serving on the tourism commission. I was curious where all these places were in relation to downtown. Laura Dow of Vista Motel and Laura Baker of Castle Manor Inn booked very full dance cards for us: two days of back-to- back lodging tours (any that signed up), speed dating style. Conclusion: there are great places to stay to suit anybody’s needs and preferences. I included some that we did not see.

This year, I added Beauport Hotel — which can handle a 400 person conference capacity!

Other news this year: Vista Motel has a new pool; Cape Ann Marina Resort initiated Boatsetter (‘Uber on the water’) and… send in updates and I’ll add it to the post.

Cape Ann SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard ) is right in there by Beauport and Long Beach for visiting guests.

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BEAUPORT HOTEL RESTAURANT PREVIEW AND OPENING TONIGHT!

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Last night I treated my husband Tom to a delicious dinner at the brand new Beauport Hotel’s fantastic restaurant “1606 at Beauport.” Usually he takes me, but I wanted to do something special for him. He helps me so much in myriad projects, but especially these past few months getting client’s gardens underway for the season. If you are looking for a special place to take a friend or loved one, along with a fresh and fabulous dining experience, head straight to 1606 at Beauport; you won’t disappointed!

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1606 at Beauport -1 copyright Kim SmithNew American cuisine Chef Michael Bates Walsh and GMG FOB Terry Weber (Beauport’s director of publicity)

The service was simply outstanding. Dorothy, the hostess was friendly and welcoming, as was our waitress Nicole. The nautically inspired decor reflects the heritage and spirit of Gloucester and each table appears to have a panoramic view of the water. For larger groups, the deep marine blue leather upholstered semi-circular banquettes looked wonderfully cozy and inviting.

Guests are invited to order from either menu, the fine dining menu and/or the tavern menu. Every entree and appetizer on both menus looked very enticing and it was very difficult to choose. Tom had the tomato soup (rich and flavorful of sun ripened tomatoes) and swordfish served on a bed of mushroom risotto and pesto crème fraîche. The cut of swordfish was nearly two inches thick and cooked perfectly, browned on the outside and sweet and tender inside. I had the very super delicious organic field greens salad with maple glazed pecans and goat cheese and without a doubt, is a new favorite. My mussels were served in a tasty saffron broth–every bite, plump, juicy, and delicious.

I am crazy about crème brûlée and try it where ever we go. Chef Bates Walsh’s does not disappoint, with a touch of expresso flavoring and the perfect ratio of custard to caramel! The exquisite food, welcoming staff, and lovely decor made for an utterly delightful evening.

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1606 at Beauport hours of operation: Breakfast: 7 AM – 11 AM. Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Dinner: 5 – 10 PM. An additional Bar/Tavern Menu is available from 4 PM – 11 PM. The 1606 at Beauport and the adjoining bar are open to the public (starting Monday, today!)

For the most up to date information on 1606 at Beauport, visit their Facebook page here.

Live dining from the Beauport 1606 Tavern. Simply Fabulous!!

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The views from every vantage point are spectacular!

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Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With @nicholeschrafft , Neil Mathews, @shutterbythesea @DonnaArd, Marty Luster, @kimsmithdesigns @DeputySecKirk, Jimmy Douglass and @Joey_C

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Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With Nichole Schraft  , Neil Mathews, Bridgette Mathews, @Donna Ardizzoni, Marty Luster, Kim Smith, Carolyn Kirk, Jimmy Douglass and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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Topics Include:

Taping At The Beauport Hotel On The Eve Of The Official Open, Initial Impressions

Donna’s Birthday. Thanks Bridgette For Getting A Cake

The Magnolia Farmers’ Market starts Monday, June 13, 2016,Donna will be participating

Annisquam exchange Art Gallery in Annisquam, so grateful for One Hour at A Time Gang t-shirts, Cigarette butt counter

Our Friend EJ Is All About Jesus speaking to her and telling her to do things.  I did not condone, endorse or approve her Homosexuality Religion Post.  She has been demoted from Editor to Author.  James Eves has been elevated to Editor Status.

West End Revival- Has Everything to do with Beauport Hotel

Brass Monkey-Tonno-Rusty Shatford Fort Sq Cafe

Carolyn Kirk Steps In

Cape Ann Whale Watch With Jimmy Douglass www.seethewhales.com

New restaurant in Rockport. Feather and wedge.

 

Fiesta Beginning, Novena, I completely Disagree With Alicia’s Take On The Fiesta

Nichole Chartered Stevie Douglas’s boat last night with a bunch of friends. Such a no-brainer and tons of fun!

Boys want to paddleboard in the harbor this year to watch the greasy pole and boat races. Too dangerous for them?

Can’t wait to book a room at the new hotel and spend the day by the pool and at the pool bar.

Trolley about to start from stage fort park. Talk about no-brainer! A great way to get to good Harbor Beach on the weekends without having to pay a fortune to park.

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