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Painting a Getaway in the Heart of Gloucester, MA

We recently had the pleasure of painting Gloucester, MA’s own Castle Manor Inn – an amazing local landmark that’s worth a look in more ways than one. It’s a restored Victorian inn built in 1900 (so a real treat for lovers of that era) and it’s still taking guests today under the watchful eyes of owners Don and Laura Baker who have turned it into a North Shore, MA destination.

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Isn’t that just gorgeous?

Less than one mile from Stage Fort Park and the harbor, this getaway spot offers a relaxing view of the inland waterway from its event-sized deck. The beach? Is just a short distance away, as are the local shops and eateries Gloucester is known for. As local getaways go, it’s a staycation that feels more like a vacation thanks not only the menu of amenities the Bakers have created but also the concierge staff.

You may think you know the North Shore but a stay at the Castle Manor Inn can change your mind. They can help you find destinations and experiences you might never have encountered in your day to day.

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For out-of-towners, staying at the Castle Manor Inn is a great way to experience the Massachusetts coast because you get easy access into Boston and everything the North Shore has to offer. On days you want to stick around Gloucester and the surrounding towns, you can have a relaxing breakfast, then take in the local culture, dining, history, outdoor recreation, and shopping.

Feeling adventurous? Staff can help coordinate everything from surfing lessons to historic schooner excursions and more, making it easy to experience everything this region has to offer.

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Of course, this is your getaway so if you’d prefer to sleep in, hit the shops or the beach, then come back to the Inn later on for a glass of wine and a nibble the Bakers and their staff are delighted to help make that happen, too.

Planning a wedding? The Castle Manor Inn can accommodate up to 120 guests on its grand deck – or say your vows in the picturesque gazebo while gazing over the water. And the best part? Friends and family coming from afar can stay right at the Inn!

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The Inn features ten large rooms and suites in the main building, as well as sixteen detached units, and a full-service restaurant serving wonderful breakfasts and dinners daily. For more information or to see photos of the Castle Manor Inn, visit

Or check it all it has to offer in this video:

Stain or Paint: What’s the Right Finish for Your Deck?

Wood is beautiful, durable, and a great decking material. It’s also a material that expands and contracts with changing temperatures, is vulnerable to sun damage, and is porous so moisture can get in and cause further damage. Unprotected wood? Gets ugly fast. That’s why most decks (and most wood exteriors, too) are either painted or sealed with stain.

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But which finish option to choose… there are positives and negatives to both. See?

Paint, for instance, is the longer-lasting option because solids in the paint form a protective film, but the natural beauty of the wood is lost as multiple coats cover up the grain. Painting is also the messier option – one that requires much more effort in the form of prepping and priming the wood. It’s also more difficult for the amateur to achieve good looking results.

Water-repellent stains, on the other hand, won’t provide a finish that lasts as long or offers as much protection as paint, but will keep the wood stable while letting its natural beauty shine through. And speaking of looks, stain won’t ever crack, peel, or flake off, though like paint it will eventually fade.

One other thing stain has going for it is the ease of application. Painting a deck may prove overwhelming for the well-intentioned homeowner, while staining often requires little prep and as little as a single coat.

As for what both deck paint and stain have in common, they need to be reapplied as necessary to ensure that wood is protected season after season. Both can fail if not cared for. Provided you plan to repaint or re-stain when needed the choice between paint and stain really comes down to which you think looks better.

Did you know that Jerry Enos Painting offers deck refinishing and restoration? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten deck! Call us to find out more.

Oil vs. Water-Based Paint: The Difference

For a DIY paint job, we’d wager that most homeowners will reach for latex simply because it is the most common paint found at home improvement stores. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only kind of paint there is! Walk down the paint aisle and while water-based options will dominate, there will still be plenty of oil-based paints to choose from.

The abundance of latex options is telling. It gets the job done and is safe for the painting novice, which does make it the better option for those painting at home with amateur equipment. Oil paint still has plenty of uses, though, so we thought we’d talk about what makes latex paint so good and where oil paint really shines.

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The Pros and Cons of Water-Based Paints

Water is the carrier for water-based paint – it “carries” the pigment and acrylic or vinyl binders. The advantages of this carrier are manifold. You can have healthy low- or even no-VOC options. It dries quickly so you can get in two coats in a day. Cleanup is done with soap and water. And the finished paint job resists both yellowing and cracking. The downside is that it is generally less durable than oil paint, and it can be more difficult to apply uniformly.

The Pros and Cons of Oil-Based Paints

Admittedly, this is not the eco-friendly option, and cleanup requires mineral spirits or turpentine. But for a hard-wearing, smooth finish, oil can’t be beat.

Thanks to the petroleum that serves as carrier for oil-base paints and the natural oil or synthetic resin that acts as the binder, this paint dries more slowly resulting in a much smoother appearance and a gorgeous gloss. Some companies have completely phased out their oil-based lines but it’s still a favorite for painting woodwork, doors, and furniture, and surfaces that need to take a beating like floors.

Choosing the right paint means letting your project, lifestyle, and the needs of your family be your guide. Want the hardiness of oil without the fumes? Some paint companies have introduced what they are calling “waterborne enamels” or “waterborne alkyds” – these are paints that go on like oil-based paint but are safer and more environmentally friendly. Though relatively new, they may add a whole new layer of complexity to the great paint debate!