Sunday, May 8, 2016

day trip diaries: GLOUCESTER MA

visit cape ann lighthouse
new england has the best beaches!
there are lighthouses and whale watching 
sandy dunes and giant granite boulders covered in moss
sea kayaking & lobster traps galore
I don't think that anyone can argue with me when I say 
that new england has the best beaches 

here are a few of our favorite highlights from our time in Cape Ann: Gloucester, especially a few of the amazing beaches

The best way to begin a new england day trip is with a lighthouse visit and this one is a favorite of ours. We love the breakwater here, which is surrounded by buoys and lobster traps on either side. If you wait long enough, you can even see the fishermen coming in to collect their catch. 
even though cape ann feels worlds away, the boston skyline is right across the harbor
boston skyline

Our motivation for visiting Gloucester had everything to do with its amazing beaches, especially since they're dog friendly. 
dog rules good harbor beach
PJ really loves the beach 
dog friendly good harbor beach
kayak good harbor beach

While Good Harbor Beach seems to be the local favorite, we much prefer Wingaersheek Beach. At low tide, there are tons of tidal pools, which are ideal for clamming. Instead of a beach, it feels like a cove. And the granite boulders are amazing to climb on because they offer the best views of Annesquim Lighthouse right across the bay. 
dog friendly wingaersheek beach
dog friendly beach
Also had to include this hilarious epic photo fail. 
We set up the tripod camera to take a family photo with the lighthouse in the background. Great in theory, but coordinating PJ and the timer was not working. Instead, we captured a ton of photos of us chasing after the dog. 
Another amazing day trip down for the books. And between Gloucester and Rockport, Cape Ann is becoming one our favorite places. 

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  1. I love seeing these little escapes! Nothing quite like East coast charm :)


    1. we can't get enough of these new england beaches and lighthouses. swoon

  2. Beautiful photos!
    Looks like I will have to add this to my list of places to visit.

  3. I'm pretty pumped your sharing all these wonderful day trips...I have a similar post lined up for this week! Glouster is definitely on my list!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. Since you're already headed to Rockport, you may as well. It's only 15-20 minutes away. And I loved your new england list. Definitely saw some classic favorites and a few new spots I didn't know about.

  4. Add this to the listof reasons I need to visit the east coast one day!!

    1. We're always trying to escape to the West Coast lol!

  5. My mom and I have this huge puzzle that features all of the lighthouses (or at least as many as it can fit) of the New England area, at least I think it's that.

    I love the unplanned candid shots, I think they are the best at truly capturing the moment as opposed to standing there posing for a picture. I always feel so forced haha, and I think it's obvious in some of my pictures.

    This looks so beautiful and just a place that you can relax and forget for a day.

    liz @ j for joiner

    1. I don't even know how many lighthouses are in new england…a crap ton. I would imagine the best ones are in Maine. Hopefully, we can out. And yes, this is a great escape spot especially since we could take our dog. It's almost impossible to find beaches that allow dogs

  6. Ahhh, such beautiful pictures! And you have such a cute fur baby! And the candid shots are always the best!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    1. Haha thanks Lily, I thought these candids were hilarious to include since we aren't at all in focus