Whale Watching at Cape Ann

I love whales. They’re beautiful, majestic animals and I get a little emotional when I think about them for too long. I’ve always wanted to go whale watching, so I jumped on a Travelzoo offer a few months back that offered a whale watching trip for two for $60 through, Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Mass. Because, damn it, I was going to knock that item off my bucket list and see some whales with my husband!

And, we did. It was as close to real-life magic as you can get. We saw five beautiful humpback whales (one of which was named UFO!), and they were so close to us, and it was everything. It was so perfect and humbling and made me feel how tiny and insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

The day was so perfect and left me floating from all the good feelings. I didn’t think I could get any happier—except for when I won two vouchers for another free whale watching trip (!!!).

My photos of the actual whale watching trip aren’t so great. I really was doing my best to really live in and appreciate the moment. I’m so excited to have the chance to do this again!

On top of the whale watching fun, our day trip morphed into an overnight at the Beauport Hotel, which was—hands down—the most stunning place we’ve ever stayed. It was right on the beach and had a rooftop bar, pool, and hot tub (all of which we took advantage of!). We also spent some time checking out the area, eating and drinking at Cape Ann Brewing Company on Friday, then spending the following morning in Rockport, enjoying some of the sights like Bearskin Neck and Motif Number One.

I highly recommend this area for a weekend getaway, especially at this time of year. The weather was beautiful—cool, but not cold, just crisp and breezy enough to walk on the beach with a hoodie.

Can this be my life, always?


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