Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Good Harbor House

  1.  We are located just one block from Good Harbor Beach. Even on the hottest summer days, our location near the beach and our covered porch catches cooling ocean breezes if there are any to be had.
  2.  Step out and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful gardens, or just relax and listen to the birds singing and the ocean waves lapping the shore at Good Harbor Beach.
  3.  Come for an adventure or special event.  One of our guests brought a kayak and participated in the Blackburn Challenge, a 20+ mile circumnavigation of Cape Ann. We have even had a bride stay before her wedding and the wedding party come to take pictures in our beautiful garden. 
  4.  Joggers love an early morning run along the scenic “Back Shore”, with its panoramic views of the ocean along the rugged coastline, all just one block away.
  5.  Families with children will especially appreciate the fenced-in outside space for children to safely play. We are very “family and kid friendly”.
  6.  Our location is convenient to everything.  Gloucester and Rockport are a few minutes away by car.  We are just 1 minute from Route 128 which will take you to other locations on Cape Ann (Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea) and the North Shore (Marblehead, Salem, Hamilton, Ipswich, Newburyport, etc.).  Or take a day-trip into Boston by commuter rail train. We are just a short car ride from the Gloucester train station.
  7. Dawn on Good Harbor Beach (east Gloucester) is just spectacular. If you miss that spectacular sunsets await in the west Gloucester skies.
  8. The owners at Good Harbor House live here too, so you never have to worry incase you need us. We have been doing this for a long time, so we know how to provide just the right amount of assistance to ensure your comfort and respect your privacy.
  9. We provide all bed and bath linens, plus beach towels and beach chairs.
  10. You arrive here as a guest and leave a part of our our growing renter family, who return year after year.
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Gloucester Gig Rowers at Maritime Gloucester

When you are here in Gloucester be sure to visit Maritime Gloucester, located right downtown on Harbor Loop. Maritime Gloucester has something for everyone. You can find their website under “Things to Do” right on our Information page.

Many people do not know that there is a rowing club affiliated with Maritime Gloucester. We are the Gloucester Gig Rowers, rowing out of Gloucester Harbor and beyond in 3 “pilot gigs” and a dory. There is a very active racing component in which some of our members compete with other rowing clubs through out New England, and even as far as Scilly, England. For more information about the Gloucester Gig Rowers, visit the website: www.gloucestergigrowers.com

Every September, Gloucester hosts a rowing competition off Niles Beach in Gloucester. Last year, I am proud to say, at the ripe old age of 73, I participated in my first Gloucester Harbor rowing competition. Our boat was referred to as the “First Ladies” because we all were first-time racers and obviously all female. By the way, ages ranged from mid thirties to 73. Need I say more?

We did have to practice quite a lot to condition ourselves for this row. One of the many rewards of our practice rows, was to be rowing on the harbor just before total sunset. As they say, “a picture is worth a 1000 words”, so please enjoy these spectacular photos taken right from our boat by one of the “First Ladies,”  Ann Cortissoz. If you look carefully in the second picture, you will be able to see an oar in the lower right hand corner, so I kid you not, these shots were taken during one of our rows.

 Photos  by Ann Cortissoz

Just in case you are curious, here is a shot taken of the “First Ladies” crew in action. I am the one in the back, which is actually the front (bow) of the boat.

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Summer Happenings in Gloucester & Cape Ann – July 2015

So much to see and do in Gloucester and Cape Ann. Each month we will highlight some of the happenings. But don’t forget to check our website goodharborhouse.com.
Click on “Information” on the menu bar, then scroll down below the map to see more helpful links.

The Vietnam Traveling Veteran’s Memorial Wall and Museum
July 9 – July 12, 2015
Fuller School 4 Schoolhouse road Off rte 128 at Blackburn Circle Gloucester, MA 01930 “The Wall That Heals” Gloucester Untied Veterans Council and the City of Gloucester are Proud to present The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Museum. Opening 10:00AM July 9th thru 5:00PM July 12th, 2015 Location:  Fuller School, 4 Schoolhouse Road, Gloucester, MA  (off rte 128 at Blackburn Circle) The memorial is open to visitors 24 hours through July 12, 2015 and admission is FREE.

Downtown Block Party: Saturday, July 18th is the second of four block parties on Main Street in downtown Gloucester. From 6 PM to 11 PM, shops and restaurants will be open, along with street venders, and music and performance venues at various locations. This year each block party will have a unique theme. The theme for the second block party will be “Carnivale on Main”. So bring the whole family and be prepared to have a great time.

Farmer’s Markets on Cape Ann. Farmers’s markets offer fresh local produce, home-baked goods, breads, crafts and so much more. They are a gathering place for locals (and tourists) to shop for local, sustainable foods. Each community holds their markets at different times. Here is a listing of just a few:

CapeAnn Farmer’s Market: Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:30PM from June to October in Stage Fort Park, Gloucester.

Magnolia Farmer’s Market: Mondays from 3:00 – 6:30PM on Main Street in Magnolia, which is a part of Gloucester.

Rockport Farmer’s Market: Saturdays 9:00 – 1:00 PM at Harvey Park (corner of Pleasant and Broadway).

Essex Farmer’s Market: Saturdays 9:00 AM – Noon, Shepherd Memorial Park.

For more happenings around Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester- by-the-Sea) visit www.capeannvacations.com

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Summer Happenings in Gloucester and Cape Ann – June 2015

So much to see and do in Gloucester and Cape Ann. Each month we will highlight some of the happenings. But don’t forget to check our website goodharborhouse.com.
Click on “Information” on the menu bar, then scroll down below the map to see more helpful links.

For happenings around Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester- by-the-Sea) visit www.capeannvacations.com

What’s happening in Gloucester: June 20- June 30, 2015

Downtown Block Party: Saturday, June 20th begins the first of four block parties on Main Street in downtown Gloucester. From 6 PM to 11 PM shops and restaurants will be open, along with street venders, and music and performance venues at various locations. This year each block party will have a unique theme. The theme for the first block party will be “Glosta’s Got Talent”. So bring the whole family and be prepared to have a great time.

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2015: Wednesday, June 24 ~ Sunday, June 27. The St. Peter’s Fiesta is a five day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. Parades, carnival, concerts, sporting competitions, Seine boat races, Greasy Pole Contest and the annual blessing of the fleet. More Info

Activities at the Maritime Gloucester Center: Maritime Gloucester is located on Harbor Loop and surround by panoramic views of Gloucester Harbor. So much more than unique waterfront museum, it is designed to teach, inspire, and help visitors discover the rich maritime heritage that is Gloucester’s. Many activities are available through out the summer for children of all ages. For more information please visit their website: www.maritimegloucester.org

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Winter 2015 at Good Harbor House

On May 16, 2015, the Boston Globe reported “One Last Winter Fact…” The official amount of snow tallied in Boston during the winter of 2014-2015 was 110.6 inches! The unofficial amount of snow that was tallied in Anchorage, Alaska during the winter of 2014-2015 was 25.1 inches! The Anchorage record is unofficial because the snow season does not end until June 30th. Do we contemplate moving to Anchorage? Or are we just grateful that our winter ends (or at least it is supposed to) with the Spring Equinox around March 21st? Join me now for a brief stroll down memory lane and then let’s look forward to a well deserved spring and summer…

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Pictures Taken By Summer Renters – 2014

Photos taken by John Steckert on Seven Seas Whale Watch Cruise – July 2014

 

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