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Rockport

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Rockport is a town in Massachusetts on Cape Ann. The town, once famous for granite production, got its start as an artist colony in the late 1800s. Rockport is a favorite vacation spot and day trip for many who come to enjoy the concentration of shops and galleries on Bearskin Neck, the rugged, rocky coastline or some ultra-fresh lobsters or other seafood.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Interstate 95 to Route 128 to Route 127. Downtown has parking meters ($.25 per half-hour) and often has no spots. Rockport has a free parking facility, the Blue Gate Parking Lot (open June-Oct.), located as you arrive on Route 127 about 1/4 mi. ( km) past the Rockport Visitor Information booth. From the parking lot, it is about a 3/4 mile walk to downtown Rockport, but a shuttle to town only costs $1 each way.

By train[edit]

The commuter rail run from Boston's North Station is about a 70-minute trip and costs $7.75 one-way. Rockport's station is off Railroad Avenue, less than a mile from the center of town.

By bus[edit]

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA), Phone: +1 978-283-7916, [1], runs buses from town to town on Cape Ann.

Get around[edit]

The main tourist areas are very compact and walkable. Having a car lets one explore some of the other coastal areas.

See[edit]

  • Motif #1, the widely known subject of many paintings.
  • Halibut Point State Park, Gott Av (3 mi north of town on Rt. 127), +1 978 546-2997. Daily dawn to dusk. Beautiful coastline views, visitor center, walking trails, and tidal pools. Weekend quarry tours and granite cutting demonstrations take place in summer. Great place to picnic. Parking $2 in summer.
  • [dead link]Paper House, 52 Pigeon Hill St (Rt. 127 north to Curtis St.), +1 978 546-2629. Daily Apr-Oct, 10AM-5PM. Bizarre 1922 vintage house built entirely of 100,000 newspapers even housing a newspaper-covered piano. Admission: adults $1.50, children $1.

Galleries[edit]

Do[edit]

  • I.N. Kamalic Gallery, 8-B Main Street, +1 978-546-2654. Original paintings and sculpture by Ivan N. Kamalic

Fishing[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Bearskin Neck Leathers, 7 Old Harbor Rd (to the left on Bearskin Neck), +1 978 546-2258. An unusual array of fine quality leather goods. Outerwear, Handbags, Wallets and accessories. Best selection of Dansko Clogs, NAOT Sandals and Minnetonka Slippers.

Same location for over 36 years. Established 1974.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

A dry town for 70 years until 2005, Rockport does not have established bars. Recent changes to the liquor laws allow only restaurants and inns to apply for liquor licenses. There are still no bars or liquor stores.

Sleep[edit]

Motels[edit]

Inns[edit]

  • Emerson Inn by the Sea, 1 Cathedral Ave., +1 978-546-6321, e-mail: . This charming oceanfront hotel just 35 miles NE of Boston combines modern comfort with traditional graciousness. Try the popular whale watching tours. This particular in is set on a beautiful piece of property overlooking Bearskin Neck and Halibut Point. What is interesting about this particular in is that it is set in the middle of a residential neighborhood, unlike the other inns located within Rockport. Not only do guest enjoy their stay their, but locals who live in the community enjoy dinners and drink there. A simply charming place to stay. From $125.

Bed & Breakfasts[edit]

Go next[edit]

Boston, the White Mountains or Southern Coast of Maine are nearby destinations.

Routes through Rockport
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