Essex, Massachusetts has a rich history as a ship building town and is home to countless antique shops as well as a variety of restaurants. It is also home to ERBA which provides kayak tours that launch within walking distance to the Conomo Cottage. Essex is also home to Cape Ann Golf Course and a wolf sanctuary in nearby Ipswich, Massachusetts.
The area is home to many beaches. You can kayak – rentals in nearby Ipswich and Rockport or boat to Crane Beach or Wingaersheek Beach or drive to many more beaches in Gloucester - our favorite being Good Harbor. There are also many beaches in nearby Rockport and Newburyport. Plumb Island is a beautiful area to spend the day or visit Crane Castle.
Here is a link to other golf courses in the area (some private listings as well)
Take a ride on the Thomas E Lannon Schooner or go on a whale watch or deep sea fishing trip out of Gloucester. Visit local lighthouses or Hammond Castle. Visit the many art galleries in Gloucester and Rockport.