Monday, May 2, 2016

day trip diaries: ROCKPORT MA

It almost never works to just take a week off when I need a break, but no matter how busy life gets or how low funds may be, day trips always seem so doable. Am I right? We have several coming up and I wanted a space dedicated to sharing them so it seemed right to start a new series…the day trip diaries. Be prepared for a total photo overload because first up is 
CAPE ANN 
cape ann day trip
When it comes to Massachusetts, everyone knows about the South Shore of Cape Cod, but Cape Ann along the North Shore is less known and I'm not sure why. It's beyond picturesque.
We've spent the past few weekends hiking, sightseeing, and beaching it along Cape Ann. And right along the tip of the cape, sits the favorite town of Rockport. Three guaranteed ways to have a good day in Rockport...

1.) stroll through Bearskin Neck 
this is the main area to see with the peninsula connecting right into the harbor

2.) feel the ocean spray along the breakwater…
the breakwater is a granite stone bridge that's meant to anchor boats and protect against storms, but it also happens to be the best spot for eating lobstah rolls and drinking ice cold lemonade with a view!

3.) visit Dock Square Wharf
Lobster traps and buoys right up close…it's classic New England 
travel tip #278: the best way to make friends in a new place is to take along an adorable pup. We had 17 people {before I lost count} stop us to talk about PJ, and another 4 wanted photos with him. I can't blame them, since he's certainly stolen our hearts. 
every nook and cranny of this coastal town offered a different view and more seafood...
I seriously could not handle this scene. We visited early in the season, so I can't imagine how gorgeous this seascape town will be surrounded by blooming flowers and green trees.
loved that this boat was named the "the bucket list" since Cape Ann was on our bucket list 
Whenever I picture coastal new england, I will forever think of Cape Ann, especially Rockport. Thankfully, it's less than an hour away from Boston by car or via the commuter rail. If you're ever in the Boston area, this place is a must visit. I for one can't wait to return again. 

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12 comments:

  1. I'm taking a day trip to Rockport with my dad for father's day so I'm excited to head back there! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. It will be the major season then, so it will be beautiful there. I think it's so sweet that you're doing a trip there with your dad

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  2. Whoa! I love these photos! This looks like such a fun time!

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  3. This place looks gorgeous and sounds like a perfect spot for a day trip!

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    1. It really is, we love that it's so close

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  4. it's like your talking to me with that last sentence! haha. Cape Ann looks sooooo pretty, and I love the photos you included in this post. && that's a nice name for this series!

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    1. Thanks, I was looking at our schedule and just realized holy crap, we are taking a ton of day trips in the next couple of months, so the name just made sense

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  5. Oh, how I miss the bright colors of the New England coastal towns!!! This post brought back some great memories.

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  6. Oh, how I miss the bright colors of the New England coastal towns!!! This post brought back some great memories.

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  7. Those names are so evocative! Everything looks so quaint and beautiful. I'd love to visit one day. And yes PJ is absolutely adorable! Lucky you!

    Also, that picture with the Bucket List boat - can you imagine living in one of those houses in the background!? :o

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    1. I would never leave my house if I lived there, and I would have morning coffee on the deck every day. It's too surreal to even think about

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