Explore Cape Ann | Food and Dining in Northeastern Massachusetts

As many of you may know, Adam and I flew back East to visit our family in Massachusetts back in the end of March. We had a wonderful time catching up with everyone, and when we weren't spending time with family we were exploring some of the must-see food spots and restaurants all throughout Cape Ann. Today, I'm sharing some of our foodie highlights from our trip back to the Northeast, and featuring some of the details from the restaurants we partnered with to make our stay extra delicious!

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Latitude 43

Adam and I really enjoyed our meal at Latitude 43! Just a few minutes from where we were staying, Latitude 43 is right in the center of it all in downtown Gloucester. Since it was a bit cold and rainy, we opted to sit inside by a window seat so we could still enjoy the views of the harbor. 

We started our meal with Asian-style fried calamari, and then we enjoyed some mussels alongside the Latitude 43 hot stone plate. The hot plate was our favorite part of our experience since we loved the theatrics of being able to cook our own fish on our hot stone right at our table. Our waiter was great and had a lot of recommendations for us based on what we liked--he did a fantastic job with wine pairing as well (I enjoyed a glass of La Crema Chardonnay with my mussels and it was absolutely amazing!)

1634 Meadery

Finishing off the first day of our trip to Cape Ann, Adam and I enjoyed a mead tasting at 1634 Meadery. Admittedly, this was the first time both of us had ever tried mead. For those of you who may not know, mead is typically a form of fermented honey and water (combined with other flavorings to give each bottle of mead its own flavor). 

We had a blast learning all about the process that goes into making mead, and the owner even gave us a tour and showed us how all of the equipment is used to produce it. Adam and I even got a chance to practice bottling and labeling a few bottles on our own--it was pretty neat! Although I enjoyed almost all of the different kinds of mead we tasted at 1634 Meadery my favorite was the "Viking Victory," which was a spiced mead made with bamboo honey and spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.

Wenham Tea House

Nestled in-between a lovely older church and some of the small town buildings of Wenham, Adam and I found ourselves enjoying a lovely breakfast at the Wenham Tea House! The tea house is actually located inside of a colonial-style home, and it was a very intimate space that has a lot of potential for a private party or even a bridal/baby shower. 

This was by far our favorite breakfast of our trip--Wenham Tea House did not disappoint! Their selection of teas was wonderful, and although Adam had some french press coffee I definitely dived into their Sencha green tea. For breakfast, we started with a plate of fresh raspberry and blueberry scones, and then for our meal we enjoyed bananas foster and some crab cake eggs benedict. 


Woodman's is a place rich with Cape Ann history. Home of New England's original fried clam, this restaurant has been open since 1914. If you're on the hunt to try authentic fried clams, be sure to stop by Woodman's while you're visiting Northeastern Massachusetts.

Although we only enjoyed a small snack at Woodman's, we wanted to try some of their famous fried clams alongside some of their hearty clam chowder. Although we did not get to try the majority of the items on the menu, everyone else dining around us seemed to be enjoying their meals.

Pro Tip: Looking for a place to stay in Cape Ann? Stay at the Castle Manor Inn!

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  1. The calamari looks fantastic! Just finished breakfast and already hungry again!

    1. I totally agree--I always drool a little bit when I look at that photo haha!

  2. Yum! Can't beat fresh seafood like that! And a meadery?! I die!

  3. Thank you so much for your visit Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Woodman


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