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Rocky Neck ~ East Gloucester

Rocky Neck is a tiny peninsula in East Gloucester..lauded as the oldest artist's colony in the United States. There are numerous studios and galleries along with a few good restuarants and bars... wonderful views of the cove. It's funky, salty, and marvelous.
Robert Gruppe' has his studio here. The Gruppe's have had this gallery for three generations...each of them doing marvelous oil paintings of their beloved Gloucester harbor. I would love to have a painting from grandfather, father and son, but I have been happy to own one of the son's lovely paintings which I treated myself with a few years ago. He paints Gloucester as he has known it since childhood. If a building is torn down or replaced by something modern which offends his senses, he simply paints from his memory and refuses to include the newer "offense" in his art. Do stop in to see his work in his charming studio if you are ever in Gloucester. He's on the left going into the neck....can't miss it. There is a sign.
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Town of the fisherman...and the Perfect Storm

Usually photographers show you the wonderful statue of the Gloucester Fisherman when they talk about Gloucester. It's in one of my tips along with the statue of woman and child waiting for the fisherman husband to return. The Perfect Storm movie was filmed here...and tells the stories and perils of being a deep sea fisherman.... it's a dieing breed. Very tough life. The town has many faces and lots to explore...from Whale Watch, to an Artist's Colony, to a Castle built by a prominent inventor. Poke around. Have some lobster...or little necks.
Be sure to stop on the boulevard and walk the linear park along the waterfront where folks gather for the regular opening of the draw bridge. Cars line up to wait for their road to reappear while sailboats and tour boats take their turns passing through to open waters. Not sure what is so fascinating about a draw bridge.... guess it's because it's another dieing breed.

Gloucester - the home of The Perfect Storm

Gloucester has charm, grit, art, beaches, boats, shopping, restaurants, bars, and you can even enjoy a castle overlooking the bay.
Basically a blue collar fisherman's town... there are traces of gentrification slipping in here and there - to bring you good food and shopping.
Don't forget to take a whale watching boat out to sea!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ocean, Salt, Art, Bars, Castles, good restaurants....what else?
  • Cons:slightly funky around the edges
  • In a nutshell:Have a taste...see what you think
  • Last visit to Gloucester: Apr 2013
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2013
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  • Dec 9, 2009 at 1:34 AM

    Gloucester was a quick stop on out tour Janet. Would love to go back and see it a bit more after seeing your hidden Gloucester gems! We stopped here just before Rockport! What a great day :-)

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    Sep 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Love the castle!

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    What a beautiful painting! Thank you so much for sharing it. I loved your draw bridge. We have one in Sacramento but it doesn't go up; it goes sideways and river traffic passes on either side, the Tower Bridge. Fun!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 3:18 AM

    That Hammond Castle is just gorgeous... my kinda place... dash it that it's too far for a weekend trip ;)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Super updates.. Love gateway photos! Garden tour would be my style. Hammond Castle, Beauport Mansion, Old Artist Colony, & Our Lady of Good Voyage...all spectacular.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks for alerting me to your new tips, Janet. I would have loved traveling along with you on the garden tour....just lovely!! Gloucester looks like a quaint old town worth visiting--especially the art shops!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Great updates to your Gloucester page, Janet. Some impressive little cottages here, pity they're on the wrong side of the globe!

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Just revisited Gloucester page, J. GREAT as always. Ahhhh, scones. I'd love to sample Alexandra's scones. And is it just me, or is that Fisherman monument the same guy that's on the Gorton's packages? :)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    an interesting page, Janet ! I love that castle and also the church full of ships !

  • fdrich29's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Great pages! That building beyond the bridge with the white tower is my old school, Gloucester High. You paint a beautiful picture of Gloucester!

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