Jim Ronan Sends Us a Warning

Gonna try something new.   How bout each one of you write back and give Jim a reply to his answers in the comment section to this post.  Cape Ann Community Concierge Smile

Joey, 8 of us(4 couples) from Chicago area are planning a New England weekend in July, 2012.  A woman at one of the bike shops, Big Mike’s I think, recommended I send you an e-mail.  She says YOU are the man.
We are going to spend half a day in your town and I am looking for suggestions regarding a bike tour along the ocean and/or the harbor.  Just a short ride is sufficient.  Also, we would be especially interested in seeing the
fishermen bring in their lobsters.  Are there certain times of day? on Sundays?(this is the likely day we will be in Gloucester).  Is there anything that you would consider a must see or do that is exclusive to Gloucester?
Your help is appreciated.  I promise to leave your town a little better off than when we arrive, if its possible.  (8 people in their mid-fifties can’t do too much damage – that’s for sure).
Sincerely, Jim Rohan

16 thoughts on “Jim Ronan Sends Us a Warning

  1. Short??? why not make a day out of it!? would be about 16-18 miles i think but i’d recommend grabbing a map and starting at the st. peter’s lot between cape ann brewery and chamber of commerce then heading down roger’s street hugging the working waterfront. take a right before td bank for “harbor loop” – the coast guard station and maritime heritage center. take rogers right, staying right then take a right at the traffic light towards rocky neck which will bring you by capt joe and sons (insert appropriate timing here). continuing along east main street one might enjoy a right hand detour down to rocky neck. heading back up east main past niles beach and eastern point (perhaps a detour for another day) and continuing along for the back shore *always stunning*. veer left at the do not enter sign then thru intersection onto thatcher road which will bring you all the way into downtown rockport. if you aren’t ready to stop for lunch yet continue along 127 past pigeon cove and halibut point into lanesville. another 2 miles or so past lanesville center is willow rest on left, can’t go wrong for a late lunch or casual early dinner or recovery beverage. washington st will take you across the rotary (there is a safer crosswalk to the left rather then going around with traffic) and right back to the st peter’s lot next to brewery where you could even end with a local brew and some mac and cheese or choose form one of many fantastic dinner establishments on main street. welcome!!!

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  2. First off Jim, your decsion to spend 1/2 a day in Gloucester is way too short. I have lived here for +year and haven’t scrached the surface. You need to come here for at least the weekend, really. Any even then, you’ll be planning your return trip for at least a week, or possibly moving here.

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  3. curious to know where in your adventure you’ll be spending MORE than half a day? you might want to pare an hour off that one and spend it at the cape ann museum on pleasant st. we don’t allow bicycles in the building, but you’ll still get a heck of a ride through gloucester’s past…

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  4. Jim!!! Why would you only spend half a day? This place is paradise, so much to see, so much to do, beautiful scenery, lovely vibe, terrific friendly people, great seafood, so many beaches and coves and inlets and little harbors, much you can’t experience from a bicycle (beleive it or not). Get out on the water, take a tour or the water shuttle. Would you rather have a mouthful of this and a mouthful of that, or really be able to savor whatever it is you are eating. Maybe you can take more time, do the big chill, act like its the last vacation of your life and take the opportunity to get into a place and really FEEL it, rather than hit and run through many places. Kinda like driving through the whole chain of the Rockies in a vehicle, one would be better off instead driving only a few miles and really taking a long hike and getting to know the smells and feels and scenery of the place. Depends what your into. You’ll enjoy Gloucester no matter what, for sure. Just depends what your goal is. Welcome! And have fun! PEACE!

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  5. Book a room at the Cape ann Marina or the rooms in Rocky Neck-for the weekend-Park you car for the weekend and then we can talk !

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  6. Hi Jim,
    I hope your group of 8 will visit the western mountains of Maine while touring New England. Kingfield is a quintessential northern New England village described in Ski Magazine as “the Aspen of the East”. Stay at the Mountain Village Farm B&B where you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain views, private baths and a full breakfast that includes farm fresh organic eggs from my pastured hens. Be sure to ask about my GMG discount. Most of all, have fun!!

    Lisa Standish

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  7. Great that your group is going to Gloucester next July – so is mine. The descendants of Capt. John A. Dahlmer are holding a reunion on Cape Ann July 7th. but most of us will be there for at least 3 or 4 days. My wife and I will be staying at the Accomodations on Rocky Neck, a beautiful spot in the center of America’s oldest art colony. We plan to visit Capt.Joe’s Lobster Co. on E. Main St., The Marine Center on Harbor Loop and have booked a 2 hr. cruise on the Schooner Ardelle. We will be visiting the Cape Ann Museum on Pleasant St with side trips to Bearskin Neck in Rockport and the Shipbuilding Museum in Essex. Just too much to do in Gloucester for a half day.

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  8. better plan on longer than half a day. it might take you a good chunk of your morning here trying to find a parking space. by then you will be hungry, and there are so many choices, you will have to wait in line, then get your food, then eat…then find your car to return to wherever you stay.
    that will be a full morning.

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  9. They are all right about staying the night. How about a Lobster Tour with Harbor Tours then take the water shuttle over to Capt Joe and sons to see how they get offloaded. You also might consider a whale watch since this is the whale watch capitol of the world. So much to do so little time if you limit yourselves

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  10. A half day?! Are you serious? That’s like saying you have a few minutes at the Smithsonian and asking what you should see! Change your plans, at least spend a weekend.

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  11. If you only have half a day, you should walk the breakwater. Toget there you will have to drive through East Gloucester (right past Joey’s) and out to Eastern Point. The walk to the end and back is less than an hour. You will see Gloucester and a lot of Cape Ann’s coast from a unique vantage point, see a lot of fishing activity on the breakwater as well as commercial fishing vessels steaming in and out of the harbor, schooners sailing, and may even catch lobster men actually fishing lobsters right there!

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  12. Well, 1/2 a day? I hope you are getting the message about that. There is too much flavor here in town to even speak to just a couple of people here to get a sense of Gloucester. Speaking of “Flavor”, if you have a chance, maybe bad weather, and do not let wether stop you from coming here, try to stop by Gloucester’s craft Distillery! Ryan & Wood. Check us out on Tripadvisor.

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  13. Jim,
    Listen to these people!!! !!!!!!
    See how much there is to do? A whole weekend will give you just a taste, and for sure you’ll be making plans to go back.
    Ann Kennedy made the best analogy.

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  14. Looks like it is all about covered except the part about unloading the lobsters at the dock. Even on Sunday you’ll find Joey and Frank at their dock 95 East Main Street. Make it part of your bike tour but watch out biking right into the big white building where all the unloading occurs. That floor can be slicker than snot with god knows what, herring and pogie guts, and Homie poo. If you can make it just after 1:30PM you can buy a bag of lobsters that were in the wilds off Cape Ann just hours earlier. There isn’t a sweeter bug than a Capt Joe and Sons lobster.

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  15. That was me Jim spoke to, we had a great conversation! We can only hope to get more awesome tourists like him, he seemed to really dig what we do up here and I’m glad I could point him to GMG. Now we’re just getting bikes ready for the spring for rentals! – KT, BigMikesBikes.org

    (ps, i’ve only been here for 6 years and working in boston/in college most of those, so i just now learned where to actually find the dockside lobsters!)

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