My very first autumn in Boston started with a bang. It was the infamous moment with the bloody sock and a broken curse and the Red Sox had finally won the World Series. Utter chaos ensued and I wondered on to what mysterious planet I had fallen on.
I’ve long maintained that Rockport is my favorite Massachusetts town. And that’s still true. Mostly. Rockport IS my favorite, but if I could choose to live in any town, it would be Newburyport. (If only it weren’t quite so far north!)
This winter I traveled up to Marblehead, MA for work and was able to explore the area for a bit. This visit (and this post) are more than a tease than anything else!
The first of [February] was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go.
While some parts of the U.S. are blooming with flowers and sunshine-y afternoons allow *gasp* a pair of sandals, it’s still snowy here in Boston.
A few weekends ago I spent the weekend hanging out with a good friend, and we spent Saturday lollygagging around one of our favorite seaside towns – Gloucester (glaw-sstuh), Massachusetts. Do people still use phrases like lollygagging? Is it just me? Mom, what have you done to my vocabulary!?
I’ve really missed living on the North Shore of Boston, so it was a pleasure to run rampant on our old stomping grounds.
One of our favorite places to spend a Saturday is in Bear Skin Neck in Rockport, MA. One of our first dates was in Rockport. We went to My Place by the Sea for lunch. That was my first big trip of many to Rockport!
1. My Place by the Sea (www.myplacebythesea.com) The food is fantastic and the ambiance is worth the drive. Also, Moose claims it’s the best clam chowder he’s had in New England. I am a sucker for Woodman’s, but MPBTS is definitely in my top three.
2. The Fishing Shack
This is the most photographed place in New England. It’s fun to walk around and look at the buoys. You can see if from nearly everyplace in Bear Skin Neck.
There are lots of cute shops for window shopping and dawdling. There are also lots of artisans – metalworkers, glassblowers and painters who open up their studios and galleries.
Be sure to stop at:
3. Lulu’s Pantry – the most amazing kitchen utensils, tools, items and unique, organic food delicacies.
4. Helmut’s Strudel! True story: one time we bought one, and Moose ate the whole thing before I could even get to it. Yum!
5. Also stop in the Olde Town Trading Post. They have an old-time self-playing band. It’s only a quarter and so fun!
The movie “The Proposal” was filmed in Rockport – which was set to be portrayed as Sitka Alaska.
Can you tell the mountains were put in digitally? Hah!! Isn’t that funny!
They just put up some new signs and added hunting/furs around town (because those = Alaska?) and Sitka it became!
Don’t forget to visit Bear Skin Neck the next time you’re on the North Shore of Boston. : )
To celebrate one month of marital bliss, my husband and I took a weekend trip to Nantucket. We grabbed our Sperry’s and hopped on the ferry over to Nantucket Island.
We stayed at the Jared Coffin House which is right in the village.
Must See Spots on Nantucket:
- Murray’s Toggery Shop – This old school store is home of the famous Nantucket Reds.
- The village of Sconset – This tiny village is our favorite spot on the island. A long morning walk among the tiny vine covered cottages is one of the most restful things on the planet!! Be sure to notice all the adorable signs with the cottage names.
- Sankaty Head Lighthouse – Look to your right and you can see Spain! (Okay, maybe not. But it’s there.) The lighthouse was built in 1850 and is still functioning.
- Nantucket Ice Cream Shop – While I was disappointed they discontinued my favorite flavor of Snickerdoodle, the Toll House cookie sandwich was an A+.
- The Brotherhood of Thieves – You must eat here! We went on Saturday night with friends… and we went again on Sunday for lunch – yes, it was that good. Get the calamari. Yumm, I’m about to swim over just thinking about it.
We rented a motor scooter for the weekend from Nantucket Bike Shop, since most people don’t bring their cars over to the island. Since the island is only 30 miles wide, it was an excellent source of transportation!