Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, was first visited and mapped by explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1606 who called it “Le Beauport” for its beautiful harbor and scenic rocky shores. Settled in 1623, Gloucester quickly became an important fishing and shipbuilding center, and continues to serve the world as a harvester of quality seafood. Since the early nineteenth century, artists including Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and Cecilia Beaux visited Gloucester, captivated by the city’s light and natural beauty and helped inspire the creation of the Rocky Neck Art Colony - the oldest working art colony in the country. More recently, the city has blossomed into a destination community with its breathtaking beaches, unique museums, myriad art galleries, whale watches, delicious restaurants, distinctive retail shops, brewery, and distillery. Just forty miles north of Boston and eighteen miles north of Salem, Gloucester is easily accessible.