Last night I treated my husband Tom to a delicious dinner at the brand new Beauport Hotel’s fantastic restaurant “1606 at Beauport.” Usually he takes me, but I wanted to do something special for him. He helps me so much in myriad projects, but especially these past few months getting client’s gardens underway for the season. If you are looking for a special place to take a friend or loved one, along with a fresh and fabulous dining experience, head straight to 1606 at Beauport; you won’t disappointed!

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The service was simply outstanding. Dorothy, the hostess was friendly and welcoming, as was our waitress Nicole. The nautically inspired decor reflects the heritage and spirit of Gloucester and each table appears to have a panoramic view of the water. For larger groups, the deep marine blue leather upholstered semi-circular banquettes looked wonderfully cozy and inviting.

Guests are invited to order from either menu, the fine dining menu and/or the tavern menu. Every entree and appetizer on both menus looked very enticing and it was very difficult to choose. Tom had the tomato soup (rich and flavorful of sun ripened tomatoes) and swordfish served on a bed of mushroom risotto and pesto crème fraîche. The cut of swordfish was nearly two inches thick and cooked perfectly, browned on the outside and sweet and tender inside. I had the very super delicious organic field greens salad with maple glazed pecans and goat cheese and without a doubt, is a new favorite. My mussels were served in a tasty saffron broth–every bite, plump, juicy, and delicious.

I am crazy about crème brûlée and try it where ever we go. Chef Bates Walsh’s does not disappoint, with a touch of expresso flavoring and the perfect ratio of custard to caramel! The exquisite food, welcoming staff, and lovely decor made for an utterly delightful evening.

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1606 at Beauport hours of operation: Breakfast: 7 AM – 11 AM. Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Dinner: 5 – 10 PM. An additional Bar/Tavern Menu is available from 4 PM – 11 PM. The 1606 at Beauport and the adjoining bar are open to the public (starting Monday, today!)

For the most up to date information on 1606 at Beauport, visit their Facebook page here.

The views from every vantage point are spectacular!

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Bird Mancini and T Max at the Cultural Center

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T Max has become a well known fixture here in Gloucester, and many of you may have caught great performances by Bird Mancini during Nights on the Neck in years past, or at their prior Beatles performance with T Max at the Cultural Center. Great musicians and a performance you can’t help but reminisce and move to.

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Thanks the Community for a Successful Open House!

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A big thank you to all who came out to our Open House!  As many of you know, the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy recently moved to its new facility at 55 Blackburn Center and held an Open House on May 26th.  It was a wonderful event, made possible by the participation of many new and existing friends, enrolled students and their families, local high school and college instructors, and neighbors who wanted to see how the new space turned out after 6 months of renovation. The party lasted for 3 hours, and was a terrific celebration of the new facility and Biotech Academy.

If you were not able to attend the Open House and would still like to take a tour and/or learn more about the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy or Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, please email us:

The Biotech Academy is accepting students on a rolling…

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Fish Tales – Call for Story Tellers

The Gloucester Writers Center’s live story telling program Fish Tales is looking for storytellers for the upcoming show on Friday, July 8th, 7:30 PM at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

The theme is Play Ball! Stories about baseball and related topics, but other ideas will be considered. Please get in touch with Maureen Aylward ( if you have a story to tell. Don’t delay, only a few spots left in the line up.

Fish Tales Storyteller Guidelines

  • Stories should be true and from the personal experience of the storyteller.
  • Stories must be stories, not personal narratives about a subject/theme.
  • Stories are most effective if told without reading a script. If this seems difficult, make an outline and tell the story to the mirror a few times, then try it without the outline. Experience tells us that a story that is told and not read has greater lasting power.
  • Stories must be five minutes. Keep an eye on the time keeper who will signal when you are approaching the end of your time. In some venues we only have 1 hour for the show so your help is appreciated in keeping to the 5 minute limit.
  • Storytellers who are far over the 5 minute timeline will not be included in the final cut of our film that appears on Cape Ann TV and posted on the GWC website.
  • Arrive at the venue ten minutes before the start time to find out where you are in the line-up and to get comfortable.
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  • To see a sample show:


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The Lady Jillian is operated by Cape Ann Harbor Tours.




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Also meet “Kathy” Lady Jillian’s mascot who sits at the front of the boat.

Cityside view from The Beauport

While we all love the ocean views that attract tourists to the newly opened Beauport Hotel, it’s THIS view that speaks to me the most.  The “Cityside” view is what I’ve seen growing up all my life.  A view that speaks of a hard working, loving community of my family, friends and neighbors!


Tonight The 2016 St. Peter’s Feista Novena Begins! 

This eveging the first night of the traditional 9 day “Novena” to St Peter will begin at 7pm @ The American Legion Hall located on Washington Street Gloucester Ma. All are welcome to attend this religious prayer service. Novena will be held 7pm June 13- June 21 ! (photo above courtesy of Grace Cusumano)

Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With @nicholeschrafft , Neil Mathews, @shutterbythesea @DonnaArd, Marty Luster, @kimsmithdesigns @DeputySecKirk, Jimmy Douglass and @Joey_C


Gloucestercast 187 Taped @BeauportHotel With Nichole Schraft  , Neil Mathews, Bridgette Mathews, @Donna Ardizzoni, Marty Luster, Kim Smith, Carolyn Kirk, Jimmy Douglass and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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Topics Include:

Taping At The Beauport Hotel On The Eve Of The Official Open, Initial Impressions

Donna’s Birthday. Thanks Bridgette For Getting A Cake

The Magnolia Farmers’ Market starts Monday, June 13, 2016,Donna will be participating

Annisquam exchange Art Gallery in Annisquam, so grateful for One Hour at A Time Gang t-shirts, Cigarette butt counter

Our Friend EJ Is All About Jesus speaking to her and telling her to do things.  I did not condone, endorse or approve her Homosexuality Religion Post.  She has been demoted from Editor to Author.  James Eves has been elevated to Editor Status.

West End Revival- Has Everything to do with Beauport Hotel

Brass Monkey-Tonno-Rusty Shatford Fort Sq Cafe

Carolyn Kirk Steps In

Cape Ann Whale Watch With Jimmy Douglass

New restaurant in Rockport. Feather and wedge.


Fiesta Beginning, Novena, I completely Disagree With Alicia’s Take On The Fiesta

Nichole Chartered Stevie Douglas’s boat last night with a bunch of friends. Such a no-brainer and tons of fun!

Boys want to paddleboard in the harbor this year to watch the greasy pole and boat races. Too dangerous for them?

Can’t wait to book a room at the new hotel and spend the day by the pool and at the pool bar.

Trolley about to start from stage fort park. Talk about no-brainer! A great way to get to good Harbor Beach on the weekends without having to pay a fortune to park.


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Well, Hello, Beauport Hotel.

I was fortunate enough to spend some time at the brand new Beauport Hotel last night.  To say that it exceeded my expectations is beyond an understatement.  The attention to detail is second to none and I coveted each and every piece of art, piece of furniture, lamp, sconce, throw pillow, cushion, etc.

My best attempt to describe it is Pottery Barn (or maybe Restoration Hardware) meets America’s Cup.   It is crisp, modern, comfortable, cozy, bright, nautical, and chic…all at once.  It feels just enough like “Gloucester” while also feeling like a wonderful retreat and escape.  I felt at home….and yet a million miles away.

While there, I sat in a formal dining room to tape our podcast, at the indoor bar for a delicious tomato and mozzarella flatbread, by the rooftop pool for the sunset, and then on the expansive ocean-front deck by the fire pit. Each space had its own feel…while yet being completely cohesive.  There are comfortable sitting areas everywhere you look. Plenty of nooks and crannies for intimate seating for two….and large tables and seating configurations for meeting up with a large group of friends.

Honestly, even last night with a chill in the air, I could have sat on the deck for hours on end.

We are beyond blessed to have so many fabulous choices here on Cape Ann.  The Beauport Hotel is, in my opinion, the precious last piece of a puzzle.  Kudos to all involved in the enormous efforts of making it a reality.