Residents have long been drawn to the beautiful New England shore, with its colorful buoys painted in reds and oranges, its picturesque waterfront homes, and its panoramic vistas. And the rocky, oak tree-lined shores of Gloucester, Massachusetts, are no exception. But this is not a place consumed with being perfect for the sake of postcards: The lobster traps and rust-dappled fishing boats that you see in these deep blue Atlantic waters aren't just for show.
Gloucester is home to both America's oldest working seaport and the country's oldest working artists' colony, a quintessential cohabitation of art and commerce less than an hour's drive northeast of Boston.
Left: Boardwalk through the dunes at Wingaersheek Beach