Nautical meets Luxury along the Atlantic Ocean, as you embark on your perfect weekend in Gloucester, MA
Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by the Beauport Gloucester. Although the hotel hosted me for a stay, all opinions still remain my own, and I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone looking for accommodations in the Gloucester area of Massachusetts!
Traveling to Gloucester for a Weekend
So you’re looking to spend a weekend in Gloucester MA but are wondering how to get there? Well, this all depends on where you’re coming from! Most people will be coming from Boston for a staycation, and in this case the easiest route is by car which will take you a little under an hour depending on the traffic and day you’re planning to travel. Another option would be to take the Purple Line train straight to Gloucester (on weekends the roundtrip ticket is $10!) The most common starting point is North Station, which will take you directly in as little as over an hour; however, the trains in Boston are every-changing, so keep an eye online for any schedule changes or route-disruptions (if there is a change, the MBTA is great at providing alternatives!)
Where to Stay in Gloucester
We can all feel a Massachusetts summer on the horizon. As the tourists flock to the coast, the weather peaks, and the pools reopen, we’re all looking for that city escape or getaway location in order to fully savor our New England summers while we can. A touch of charm and elegance certainly exists on the shores of the Atlantic at the Beauport Hotel, making it the perfect weekend in Gloucester getaway.
Upon arrival, you’re instantly greeted by friendly faces, the smell of sea air, and the towering beauty that is the Beauport. At the top of the winding staircase, you’ll see a stunningly decorated lobby area. Filled with local paintings, cozy armchairs, a wrap-around bar, fireplace, and even a hotel store. Less than an hours drive to Boston, this 94-room hotel makes for the perfect city escape or staycation spot on the East Coast. Each one of the nautical-inspired rooms offer either city or sea facing views, a spacious layout, and top of the range amenities. The rooftop pool and jacuzzi is the perfect hideaway from prying eyes, and provides the privacy of a 5 star resort- you’d never guess you were in New England! The beachfront location makes it ideal to brave a dip or take a sunset stroll in the soft sands. Complimentary beach bikes are also available during peak season, for guests to take a cruise around town.
The Beauport Hotel, Gloucester also offers excellent dining options for its guests. For any meal, 1606 is a must. On weekends they offer a delicious, buffet breakfast at a reasonable price. Choose to sit outside to bask in the sun, or sit inside and appreciate the gorgeous interiors. For me, the dinner was a 10/10. 1606 offers a carefully curated menu featuring something for everyone, and a large selection for seafood lovers. After treating yourself to some fine dining, move to the buzzing bar area for some cocktails and laughs. The bar area features comfortable seating, wide-screen tv’s for game nights, and a welcoming fireplace. The mornings are best spent enjoying a coffee from your balcony and watching the boats pass-by. It’s also important to note that the Beauport was voted as one of the best locations for weddings! The stunning backdrops, elaborate designs, and spacious interiors make it the ideal location for your special day, conferences, and other occasions requiring a larger space.
What to do in Gloucester
Depending on the season, there’s an array of activities to choose from in Gloucester! From whale watching to boat riding, there’s no chance of being bored. Begin any morning at Mom’s Kitchen. A small diner with some of the cheapest prices around for breakfast! If the weather’s on your side, try your hand at spotting some whales or take a scenic coastline tour where you’ll learn all about the art of Lobstering! As mentioned, there are so many choices depending on what you’re into. If you want a light, healthy lunch head over to Castaway Vintage Cafe on the main street for acai bowls and smoothies, or Tonno for some fresh seafood. If you have your car (bus/uber is available too), Rockport is a short drive away, and is well worth the visit. Think cobblestone streets, lobster rolls, and one of the filming spots for the Proposal Movie! (for more Rockport travel tips, see my blog post here!) For dinner, definitely pay a visit to 1606 restaurant and bar. Whether you’re staying at the Beauport Hotel or not, this should be on your list when planning a weekend in Gloucester (try the mussels with chorizo and ceviche- it’s all delicious!)