Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to participate in the first ‘Taste Gloucester’ walking tour. The tour highlighted downtown restaurants and food shops, with a dash of history thrown in.
Patrick Halloran, a Gloucester native who now serves as a fireman in Somerville, served as our tour guide. He graduated GHS in 2002 and his love for Gloucester was apparent as he proudly told us various tales from Gloucester’s history. Patrick himself was a highlight of the tour, with his friendly personality, sense of humor and depth of knowledge.
The tour started at the Fitz Hugh Lane House on Harbor Loop and ended at Turtle Alley Chocolates. Along the way we visited the Topside Grill, Virgilio’s, Intershell’s Fish Market and the Cape Ann Brewery—just to name a few. We enjoyed food samples prepared just for us, shopping opportunities, as well as great customer service by the local shopkeepers. At other stops we learned about the history of the Greasy Pole, the tale of Howard Blackburn, and the history of the Universalist Church. Check out the video for more details.
Who is this tour best suited for? Locals who want a fun and delicious way to spend a few hours; locals who have guests visiting; and tourists and newcomers who need an introduction to the downtown area. I guess what I am saying is, this tour is for everyone! J Personally, I had never shopped The Cave or Intershell’s Fish Market, and thanks to the tour, I will be a returning customer at both places.
Because the ‘Taste Gloucester’ tour is a new (and fun!) venture, it is sure to evolve and grow. Patrick, the owner, is open to feedback and ideas. For more information on how to sign up for a tour visit www.tastegloucester.com. Bon appetit!
Wow – what a great time we had at Joey C’s and Sons this morning. My 18 passengers from the Eurodam came all the way to Gloucester from Israel and actually got to hold lobsters and be photographed with them! They were good sports and loved walking everywhere; I promised to send them a copy of "The Perfect Storm" as only one person had heard of the movie. I agree with Scott from Top Dog in Rockport. He said, "Geez, they sound like they are speaking in French". It was such a special treat to have them see a "real" lobster operation up close and personal and I thank you so very much for all that you do to make us proud to be from Gloucester.
You’re the Best-Not like all the Rest!
(Former runner-up Miss Low Tide 1976 as opposed to being a "Former" Wisconsin AppleFest Queen-however, thank you for posting our vacation photos on GMG)
I grew up driving by the Bass Rocks Ocean Inn every day of my life. Passing it on the way to school. Not once had I ever stepped foot inside until day before yesterday.
You may have the same experience, but now you’ll be able to see inside for yourself through our lens. Part II-
The amenities from access to Bass Rocks Golf, Billiards, Discount Parking At Good Harbor Beach, Updated Spotless Rooms with Pillowtop Beds, Libraries, Breakfast, the Stunning Views, Complimentary Bikes, Bocce, Croquet, Horseshoes, Crystal Clear HEATED Pool and huge balconies outside of your room the place is incredible. Look for our room tour videos throughout the week.
For More Info- Bass Rocks Ocean Inn
Heated Crystal Clear Pool
Super Friendly Staff
Suite With Unobstructed Views
Billiard Room With Library
Standard Room With Double Beds
Thanks To Dani For Giving Us The Tour
Here’s the Generator That Runs The Beacon In Case Of Loss Of Electricity-
Friend of The Blog Dani Lubbers Brings Us all the way to the top of Eastern Point Light House- All This Week!
See this window?
Here it is on the outside-
This is The First Part of A Ten Part Video Series-
CWO2 Luis Munoz extended an invitation to GMG to come down to the USCG Station Gloucester and see what it’s all about in anticipation of the upcoming Boating Safety Event. GMG Contributor Manny Simoes and I spent a fantastic morning at the station.
The entire crew at the Station was incredibly friendly and courteous and I can’t thank Chief Warrant Officer Munoz enough for the access he granted us..
In our first video we have FOB (Friend Of the Blog) Kurt Lubbers give us a tour or the inside compartments including the Survivors Compartment, Engine Room, Auxiliary Machinery Space, and All The Way Inside The Hold of The Boat.
You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day. This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester. Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season. We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.