"The Jewel of Cape Ann" Top 5 Page for this destination Rockport by peach93

Rockport Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 304 photos

Rockport, MA sits at the very tip of Cape Ann, the "other" Massachusetts cape jutting out from the state's North Shore. Rockport is one of the state's oldest settlements. Once known as Sandy Neck, the town's roots date back to the 1690's. Today Rockport's main trade is tourism, the town's tiny streets crammed with shops, restaurants and inns. The other industry here is fishing, mainly lobstering. During most months of the year Rockport's little harbor is full of lobster boats, their multi-colored buoys dotting the surrounding waters.

About Cape Ann

Cape Ann, and Massachusetts' North Shore in general, is my favorite region of the state. I like it better than Cape Cod by a mile, better than the Berkshires and even better than Boston. The Cape Ann area includes places like Gloucester and Ipswich; some of the state's best seafood comes from here. In fact the world's best clams come from Cape Ann. You'd have to taste one to know what I mean, but they're most certainly worth the drive from almost anywhere.

An Hour From Boston

If you come to Massachusetts during the summertime and are looking to visit a real seaside town, I highly recommend Rockport. There are few places more beautiful. It's only about an hour north of Boston and there is far less traffic and hassle involved in getting there than driving to Cape Cod or the South Shore. It's also quite close to other nice places to visit such as Salem and Gloucester.

  • Last visit to Rockport: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 11, 2007
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  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    Your pages are lovely - just what I hoped to see - just miss all the New England states.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    I love to be by the sea so the little red shacks would appeal = the food sounds divine!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    I LOVE Rockport!! I've visited every beach and store...eaten in every restaurant ...and never get tired of any of it. Super area from Ipswich to Marblehead, Gloucester and Salem. My idea of a great time. thanks for your pics to remind me.

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2007 at 4:58 AM

    Just getting ready to book a break there when I read..........." This is a dry town" !!

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