To escape some of the move-in madness this year (and to procrastinate on unpacking upwards of 15 boxes…opps), I took the commuter rail to Rockport to finally see this postcard perfect seaside town in all of its summertime glory.
I spent most of the day exploring the historic Bearskin Neck area and walking down its quaint streets filled with local shops, art galleries, restaurants, and colorful nautical houses-- until I hit "the point" or the rocky jetty (pictured at the end of this post). I made sure to stop by the iconic Ice Cream Store, but of course, no trip to Rockport would have been complete without some lobstah. I had heard Roy Moore was a local favorite for its no fuss $10 whole lobsters, but no one prepared me for the iconic view out then back. As I waited for my lobster to cook, I ventured past the back patio and found myself right in front of the iconic Motif #1 also known as the Red Barn/Shack— probably the most popular symbol of New England itself. As I ate my lobster straight off the dock, sitting on a lobster trap overlooking Motif #1, I couldn't think of a better way to spend my last day of summer break.
Who: Everyone— except those who don't find seaside towns charming (but, who actually knows anyone like that?)
What: New England culture at its best // Head to Bearskin Neck tons of restaurants, local shops, art galleries, kayaking, beaches, and of course, ice cream and lobster (in either order).
Where: Rockport, Massachusetts
Wear: Casual preppy staples— anything with seersucker, critters, stripes, or accented with a wicker Nantucket basket bag will do.
When: Summer // Take the MBTA Commuter Rail, only an hour north of Boston. Walking from the T station to Bearskin Neck is easy and wonderfully marked with many signs.
Why: If you're looking for a quintessential New England summer day or fresh lobstah off the dock for only $10 or 3 for $35, you've come to the right place.
Tyro Tip: Many of the shops only accept cash only. Also, be sure to walk down the small side streets to see some true flashes of delight including nautical door knockers, buoy-filled yards, and bright blooms.