Hotel at a Glance: Inn Magnolia
Built in the 1880s, Inn Magnolia sits in a charming neighborhood in Gloucester, a coastal city known for its fishing industry and fine arts. The Georgian-style house is decorated with antique furnishings, old books, and plaster mouldings. Within walking distance, you’ll find beautiful landscapes such as Magnolia Beach and conservation land.
- Charming spaces: Main-house rooms have period furnishings. Annex rooms are beach casual, with cable TVs and open-air decks.
- Morning nibbles: Enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit, cereal, and hard-boiled eggs.
- Downtown Gloucester: Art galleries, seafood restaurants, and antique shops line the streets.
- Hammond Castle Museum: See Renaissance artifacts, a secret passageway, and some of the former owner's inventions.
Gloucester, Massachusetts: Lighthouses, Humpback Whales, and Artist Colonies
About 35 miles northeast of Boston, the fishing community of Gloucester is home to one of the country’s oldest working seaports. Here, you can take a harbor cruise around the half-dozen lighthouses that stand sentry over the Atlantic Ocean coastline, some of which date back to the 1780s. These lighthouses aren't just for show: some believe the Cape Ann Light Station on nearby Thacher Island saved the life of President Woodrow Wilson. On a particularly foggy evening in 1919, a passenger liner carrying President Wilson narrowly avoided a coastal collision after the lighthouse sounded its foghorn blare.
More recently, Gloucester was thrust into the national spotlight after Sebastian Junger authored The Perfect Storm, the true story of an epic nor'easter that hammered the fishing fleet and Cape Ann in 1991. The 2000 film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg was shot on location in one of Gloucester's picturesque harbors. Massachusetts was also named 1 of 10 great places in the world to spot a whale by USA Today. From April to October, several whale-watching tours explore the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in search of breaching humpback, minke, and fin whales, and the mermaids who train them.
Gloucester also boasts one of America's oldest working artist colonies, Rocky Neck Art Colony. Quintessential American artists such as Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper once called the waterfront community home. Photographers, painters, and potters continue to practice their craft here today, with numerous exhibition galleries open to the public.
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