Walking up to 1/2 mile at a time on pavement and some uneven surfaces. Walk 50 yards on pavement from motorcoach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk 5 steps up and 2 steps down over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so using the restroom on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches.
At the hotel.
We will board a motorcoach for an educational journey around Cape Ann. This charming 2 hour drive will encompass some of the region's most stunning vistas, including Gloucester's "back shore", the winding wooded roads of Lanesville and Annisquam, the cluttered, colorful Gloucester waterfront, the famous Rocky Neck and Rockport art colonies, and the famed Gloucester Fisherman Statue. A local expert will enhance our experience with tales of early settlers and fishermen, famous artists, the inventors Clarence Birdseye and John Hays Hammond, and weird goings-on in Dogtown. We will expand our knowledge of Cape Ann artists on a historical art walk with a local expert through the Rocky Neck artist colony. We will walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, to see first hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output.
At a local restaurant in Rocky Neck, plated and served.
We will set sail aboard the Thomas E. Lannon, a ship modeled after schooners built in Essex, MA over a hundred years ago. The length of her deck is approximately 65 feet, and she drafts 9 feet. Thomas E. Lannon sails out of Gloucester harbor and offers an authentic opportunity to learn from an expert about the Gloucester fishing industry history and the role schooners played in supporting the sea side economy.
At a local restaurant in the historic seaside town of Rockport.