From the West

Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center

For over 30 years Rockport Music has been committed to one enduring purpose–enriching lives through great music. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which hosts over 20 performances in five weeks during June and July each year. Rockport Music also presents classical, jazz, folk, pop, and world music, as well as a film series and HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and England’s National Theatre. Rockport Music was originally founded in 1981 as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival by soprano Lila Deis, pianist/composer David Alpher–both were artistic directors from 1981-1994–and local businessman Paul Sylva 

Location

37 Main Street Rockport, MA 01966 (978) 546-7391
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Motif No. 1

Motif Number 1 is located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a replica of a former fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as “the most often-painted building in America.”

Location

Bearskin Neck Wharf Rockport, MA 01966 (978) 546-2420
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Ryan and Wood Distilleries

A family owned business proud to call Gloucester “home”, Ryan and Wood produces craft-distilled Folly Cove Rum, Knockabout Gin, Beauport Vodka, Ryan and Wood Rye Whiskey and Ryan and Wood Single Malt Whiskey. Tours encouraged!

Location

15 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 281-2282
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7 Seas Whale Watch

Sightings are guaranteed on this 3 to 4 hour narrated tour, which provides passengers with a one-of-a-kind nature experience. Our modern, state-of-the-art vessel, the Privateer IV, is equipped with GPS monitors in the cabin so that passengers can follow the boats course at sea. Regarded as the newest and most comfortable vessel in Gloucester, the Privateer IV has wide decks and a low profile, which allows passengers to get closer to the great whales. A carpeted inner cabin, a full galley and bar with padded benches and tables, an on-board library, and a large, open top-deck all provide passengers with a top-notch whale watching experience.

Location

63 Rogers Street Gloucester, MA 01930 978-283-1776
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Schooner T. Lannon

Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. Join us for a two hour sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline.

Location

63 Rear Rogers Street Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 281-6634
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Fishermen’s Wives Memorial

A companion statue, “The Fishermen’s Wives Memorial,” was erected in 2001. The harbor is alive and bustling with schooner sails, harbor & lighthouse tours and deep-sea fishing. Some of the world’s best whale watching is just off her coast at Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.

Location

107 Western Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Fisherman’s Memorial

Gloucester, settled in 1623, is America’s oldest working seaport. Situated at the center of Cape Ann, part on and off the island, Gloucester has one of the finest harbors in Massachusetts and remains one of the busiest fishing ports on the Eastern seaboard. The world-famous Fisherman’s Memorial aka “The Man at the Wheel” statue, was commissioned in 1923 in memory of thousands of Gloucester fishermen lost at sea. 

Location

Gloucester, MA 01930
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Woodman’s of Essex

With awards such as “Best Seafood in America” from Forbes FYI and induction into the MA Restaurant Hall of Fame, the Woodmans enjoy local and national recognition for continuing their Yankee tradition of excellence and for their famous New England seafood.

Location

121 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929 (978) 768-6057
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Tour the Crane Estate

The spectacular Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The Estate is made up of three properties: Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark that is the home of The Great House, a spectacular venue for weddings and corporate events, guided tours, and programs. Crane Beach, a popular public beach and summer destination; and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a natural treasure boasting many rare plant and animal species. The historic award-winning Inn at Castle Hill, with 10 uniquely appointed rooms, is also part of the Estate, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind on an overnight stay to the area. Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. first purchased the 2,100 acres that would become The Crane Estate in 1910. Crane was captivated by the beautiful landscape, and over time worked with eight leading architects and landscape architects to shape his summer retreat. In 1928, he crowned the estate with a grand 59-room, Stuart-style mansion, designed by the world-renowned architect David Adler. Nearly 100 years later, the Crane Estate plays a vital role in the local community and beyond as a place for year-round recreation, historic house tours, weddings, corporate and private parties, an annual art show, summer concerts, lectures, movie filming, a popular summer camp and public volunteer opportunities.

Location

290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938 (978) 356-4354
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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Explore the birthplace of the American iron and steel industry. In the 1600’s, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened.  Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, an historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.

Location

244 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906
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Buckman Tavern

Built in 1710, this central tavern On the Green was a gathering place for both locals and travelers and the site of many important town meetings. Captain Parker and his militia gathered in this tavern in the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, to await the oncoming British Redcoat troops.

Location

1 Bedford Street 781.862.1703
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Minuteman National Historical Park

At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors. Explore the Battle Road Trail. This five mile trail connects historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. The main theme of the trail is the Battle of April 19, 1775, that launched the American Revolution. Much of the trail follows original remnants of the Battle Road; other sections leave the historic road to follow the route of the Minute Men, traversing farming fields, wetlands, and forests.

Location

Exit 30B off of Route 128/I-95, Route 2A, Lexington, Massachusetts 781.674.1920
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Liberty Ride

Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature! Board a classic trolley to ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775, immersing you in the life of Colonial Americans, from farmers to literary giants to the heroes who would shape a new country. These 90 minute tours depart 4 times every day during the summer from the Lexington Visitors Center, which offers area information, a gift shop, a diorama of the Battle of Lexington, and public restrooms

Location

1875 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 781.862.0500 ext. 702
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Hartwell Tavern

An authentic period home and a tangible reminder of how people lived in this area at the outbreak of the American Revolution. The home of Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell and their children was not only a prosperous farm, but also operated as a tavern where travelers to and from Boston stopped and shared the latest news and discussed important issues of the day.

Location

Hartwell Historic Area, Route 2A, Lincoln, Massachusetts
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