More Than Fish Tales Gloucester Lures Tourists and Commuters, Too

 The fish you ate for dinner was likely pulled from the icy waters off  Gloucester, Massachusetts, before it was processed in a packing plant in the  picturesque Cape Ann community.  

 Fishing has been central to Gloucester’s identity since its port was founded in 1623, giving the city bragging rights  as America’s oldest fishing port.  

 Gloucester’s busy harbor is home to scallop and lobster boats, ground fish and mid-water  herring trawlers, gillnetters and other commercial craft, all supporting the  town’s key role in New England’s thriving fishing industry. Gorton’s of Gloucester, one of the largest processors, is a well-known national brand  

 But Gloucester is famous for more than just fish. It’s a vacation destination, too, with pristine beaches, picture-perfect sunsets, a  thriving arts community and respected professional theater. It has a busy  retail district, pretty villages, world-class restaurants and hardworking  residents who look out for neighbors and welcome visitors.  

 “Gloucester has much to offer—a suburban, seaside community made up of little fishing villages and a busy  downtown with a low crime rate. And it’s an hour and nine minutes into Boston by commuter rail,” said realtor Michele Allison-Elwell of RE/Max Advantage Real Estate.  

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