Rockport, Massachusetts is a quintessential New England seaside town, located at the tip of Cape Ann, roughly 40 miles north of Boston. First settled in the late 1600s, Rockport is now home to over 7,000 people, as well as miles of beaches and breathtaking shoreline.
Motif Number 1 – Rockport Landmark
Rockport is home to Motif Number 1 (the red fishing shack in the photos above), which is located on Bradley Wharf. The original structure was built in 1840 and destroyed during the Blizzard of 78 (considered by locals as the worst storm in recent history). Today, this iconic landmark is known to art and art history students as the “most often painted building in America”.
Food, Shopping, and Art in Rockport
Rockport’s Main Street and Bearskin Neck are a shopper’s dream, featuring fine jewelry and clothes, ice cream and fudge, and hand-made arts and crafts. Seafood lovers can get a taste of New England’s best and art lovers will enjoy strolling through the many art galleries found in the area. In the summer, this charming little village is booming with people and all the locales are open for business, however, personally, I enjoy visiting in the winter. Although some of the locales are closed for the season, the slower foot traffic makes for a more tranquil experience.
I have a particular soft spot for Scott Tubby Fine Art, which sells lovely paintings of Rockport scenery and for Lauri Kaihlanen Gallery, which sells colorful prints for the children (and the children-at-heart) in your life.
Even if you don’t step foot inside any shop, just by strolling through this area, you’ll find yourself marveling at Rockport’s colorful charm.
Summer Time Activities in Rockport
In the summer time, visitors can enjoy an array of fun activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, and bike riding.
Rockport is home to several beautiful beaches, including Cape Hedge Beach, Back Beach, and Front Beach (see the full list here: https://www.rockportusa.com/attraction_type/beaches/).
My favorite bike riding loop takes you around Rockport’s coastline and into neighboring Gloucester, MA.
Or, if you’re looking for a slower pace, simply take a stroll on Rockport’s breakwater.
For a list of more activities, visit: https://www.rockportusa.com/attractions/
And finally, what New England town would be complete without an old Victorian style church?
Rockport, MA is the kind of place that will help you recharge, inspire your creative juices, and give you an authentic taste of New England life. I often come down on a Sunday afternoon just to take a stroll, take some pictures, and sip some wine as I watch the coastal views.
For more information on Rockport, visit https://www.rockportusa.com