I’m not sure how I’ve managed to live in New England for ten years and not spent much time in our neighboring state, but for the very first time I spent a weekend in New Hampshire this summer. In Portsmouth, to be specific.
Every morning I drive to work past this pond right by our home.
The last month or two, every morning I spy a few crazies out there on the ice.
They are ice fishing!
One of my favorite things about living in Massachusetts is that you aren’t more than a stone’s throw away from a historical location. When my parents came to visit a few weekends ago, we decided to introduce them to Concord, MA – as in the battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battle of the Revolutionary war, and birthplace of the Concord Grape.
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!