Sunday, May 30, 2010
Summer is officially here! While the calendar says the season doesn't start until sometime in June, it feels like summertime at the Blue Shutters this weekend -- and that's enough for us to make this official. This is just the latest summer-like weekend we've had this May -- and there have been weekdays that have been even nicer. When the real summer months do arrive, availability at the Shutters is tight. But there is plenty of room in June -- at the Shutters, on the beach and around town, where you can eat, enjoy music, watch whales, visit museums and more. What are you waiting for -- come enjoy the summer now!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The May 2010 edition of Brews & Blues was a lot of fun for everyone, with sunny weather, tasty treats, cold beer, cool tunes and a bunch of folks having fun on the lawn overlooking Good Harbor Beach. A big thank you to the Benjamin Road Band, who entertained us all afternoon and into the early evening. The Cape Ann Brewing Co. provided the beer (the double-bock Navigator was a big hit). And thanks to everyone who joined in the fun -- our guests for the evening, friends who stopped by, neighbors who dropped in and others from around Gloucester who heard about this special event. It's safe to say everyone had a great time -- as did the Blue Shutters crew. We're happiest when we can share the Blue Shutters experience with others -- and that experience doesn't get much better than this Brews & Blues. Stay tuned for news on our next events -- coming this fall.
Whale watching is one of the most interesting parts of the Cape Ann story -- whenever a guests returns from a day of watching these amazing animals, we hear how awesome an experience it was. There are many great whale watch groups in Gloucester -- you'll find them listed on the links page on our website. One of these groups -- Seven Seas -- sends us regular updates, with photos of sightings. Check the most recent update -- and if you haven't signed up to go watch the whales, it'll no doubt change your mind.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Our website includes some links to some our favorite spots on Cape Ann, but one that's missing is a place at the top of our list -- the Topside Grill and Pub. Our links list was done before the Topside launched they website -- and there's more new developments at their Rogers Street location. The bar area was completely re-done, opening up space to relax with a drink and a bite with some of the friendliest bartenders and patrons you'll ever meet. Speaking of friendly, the owners -- Dennis and Dawn -- are super nice. And the food -- in the pub or in the downstairs dining area -- is fantastic. If you've stayed at the Shutters, chances are you've checked them out (it's one of the places we recommend). But whether you've been to Topside in the past or not, you owe it to yourself to stop in during your next visit to Cape Ann. And tell them the Blue Shutters sent you!
Here's a peek at what's in store for Brews & Blues. There's a new group joining in all the fun this year -- the Benjamin Road Band. One of the band members -- Dave Hayward (that's him wearing the cool shades)-- is an old colleague of Tony's, from their days at Apollo Computer. We're thrilled to have them and look forward to introducing our guests to the band -- and we hope to see some of their group's fans at this Blue Shutters event. And for those of you who know Tony and Dave from the old days, this is a great opportunity to check out some of the fun stuff they're involved with these days (when they're not doing their high tech day jobs).
Saturday, May 8, 2010
It's official -- our spring Brews & Blues is set for May 22. There'll be free tunes (courtesy of the Benjamin Road Band, featuring friend Dave Hayward) and beers for the tasting (courtesy of Cape Ann Brewing). There will be other musicians and lots of fun folks enjoying the celebration of the coming of summer (the photo here is a shot from last spring's bash -- it was a beautiful beach day). This all unfolds on our front lawn beginning at 2pm on that Saturday. Call or email us to make a reservation or for more information.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming up, and there is no better gift for Mom or Dad than a visit to the Blue Shutters. We're offering weekend specials for Mother’s Day (May 9) and Father’s Day (June 20). Book one night on one of those weekends and get the second night at half price. In addition, the Blue Shutters will treat Mom to fresh flowers and Dad to some of the Cape Ann Brewery's Fisherman's Brew. If they can't come one of those weekends, don't worry -- we can send Mom or Dad a Blue Shutters gift card good anytime. Call or email us and treat your Mom or Dad (or yourself!) to a weekend at the Blue Shutters Beachside Inn.
Here's the latest installment of notes from the guest book in our main room. These comments -- from spring and summer of 2009 -- give you idea of what's in store at the Blue Shutters as the warmer weather returns to Good Harbor beach:
"What a great time we had, due in no small part to your hospitality"
Shawn & Michael
"I felt the calling to be here again...I have recharged my battery!
"Thank you for welcoming my family into your arms."
Heather (The June Bride -- that's her the photo)
"What a gem we found! Our kids loved it!
Patti, Shelly, Carson & Cameron
"Thanks for accommodating the whole clan for the July weekend and for making sure we had great beach weather."
Evelyn & Stan
"I don't want to go home! Again, a beautiful visit with lots of fun and laughs."
"What a piece of heaven you have."
Jill & Rich
"This has been an amazing time! Thanks you so much for being so nice to me and my kids. The experience was so much more than just 'staying somewhere'."