Although we all wish we could, especially while on vacation, nobody can control the weather. So in the unfortunate event that one of your days spent in Cape Ann is a rainy one, we have rounded up five of the best indoor activities that Cape Ann has to offer.
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It's summertime and live music is back! This summer, Cape Ann is jam packed with concerts and live entertainment.
If there was one word to describe Bearskin Neck, it would be quaint.
Located only five miles away from the Beauport Hotel, Bearskin Neck is an internationally known art colony. The stretch of land is full of rustic little shops full of one of a kind items from local artists. Paintings, fine art, photography, jewelry and everything in between can be found in this picturesque area.
In honor of June being pride month for LGBTQ+ individuals, we’re spotlighting Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Beauport, a National Historic Landmark, tells the story of a gay man in the early twentieth century: celebrated interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. This historic house was the summer home of Henry Davis Sleeper, one of America’s first professional interior designers. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited.After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by the McCanns, who left it largely intact. Visit Beauport and see Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, and each is more visually dazzling than the last. Get to know Sleeper and take a peek into his life as a gay man living in the early twentieth century. Learn his housekeeper, Mary Wonson’s story, and dive into the lives of his fascinating neighbors and the house’s many colorful guests.
This summer, the grounds are open for a “bring your own picnic”, where you can reserve exclusive access to the Beauport gardens when the museum is closed to the public.
You can book that experience here: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=byo
Additionally, on June 19th you can attend the Pride Tour where you will tour the house to learn about Sleeper’s family and friends, and hear readings from books and letters written by Sleeper and his social circle. Discover the challenges facing historians interpreting LGBTQ+ history. The Pride Tour is at 3:30 pm. Call 978-283–0800 for more information.
Beauport Hotel Gloucester is pleased to unveil its Spring Artist In Residence Gallery Series, a lobby exhibition featuring the works of Cape Ann local artists of various mediums. The gallery celebrates the rich artists' culture and community of Cape Ann and Gloucester, one of the nation's oldest artist communities. Various artists' work will be showcased in a weekly rotating gallery in the Hotel Back Lobby available for free and open to the public. We encourage guests to stop by and view the gallery, join us at 1606 Restaurant & Bar and take a shopping stroll in Beauport Boutique.
Please find the schedule of our featured artists:
March 15-19 Tamara Amoroso
March 22-26 Rosalie Sidoti
March 29 – April 2 Susan Lynn
April 5-9 Caleb Stone
April 12-16 Marilyn Swift
April 19 – 23 KT Morse
April 26 – 30 Susan Ellis
May 3 - May 7 Paul George
May 10-21 Deb Schradieck
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