Cape Hedge Inn

151 South Street, (formerly Turk's Head Inn), Rockport, Massachusetts, 01966, United States
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Places to visit and stay in Rockport

by wenjun

Hi, I will be going to Boston and Rockport over Thanksgiving weekend at the end of Nov. Will be going to Rockport from Boston and staying at Rockport for 2 nights. Can you recommend a nice place to stay at (eg B&B or motels or lodges)? And what are the places in Rockport that I should visit? Other than Rockport, are there any other places near to Boston which I could visit?


Re: Places to visit and stay in Rockport

by alansm

Will you have a car? That will have a major impact on recommended places to stay and visit.

Re: Places to visit and stay in Rockport

by wenjun

Yes, I will probably be renting a car there.

Re: Places to visit and stay in Rockport

by alansm

The most interesting part of Rockport is called Bearskin Neck, which is a former fishing village turned artist colony. It is right adjacent to the center. With a car, you can drive from there to several other points on Cape Ann, including Gloucester and many beautiful beaches. It is also close to Salem and not so far from Newburyport, another interesting port town,


Travel Tips for Rockport

Motif No. 1

by emilienoelle

Known simply as "Motif No. 1", this little red shack out on Tuna Wharf is likely the most photographed and painted building in Massachusetts, maybe in all of New England. Many people who visit Rockport for the first time actually recognize it from paintings. There is nothing really in the building except for a couple of shops.

Here's something interesting to try: Type "Motif No. 1" into Google, hit "Images" and see what you get!

The Motif even has its own page on Wikipedia!

Shop for French linens & fine soaps

by Pawtuxet

I guess the thing about Rockport is that you can find a marvelous tablecloth from France, some excellent streudel, a local painting, or a cheap T shirt. All mixed together in a charming sort of comfortable picturesque little town. If you click on the pic, you can see the 2nd floor greeters in the windows above the shop.

Rockport has a year-round...

by BuickMackane

Rockport has a year-round population of about 7,000. This triples in the summertime. Be advised that the locals don't enjoy the annual invasion into their quiet community, so they tend to vote against anything which would make the town a little more tourist-friendly. Don't look for changes with regard to alcohol, mass transit or parking anytime soon.

Packing List

by donovanel

No matter what time of year, bring a jacket! It gets cooler at nite in summer and of course is chilly in fall and winter. A sweatshirt or fleece would be sufficient in summer months.
Don't forget your swimsuit and beach towel in the summer! Definitely bring your camera and film--it could be a little pricier once you get to Rockport, so I would advice buying it in advance. And I would recommend trying to see a sunset and/or sunrise over the water.

Thacher Island & Twin Lighthouses

by Pawtuxet

Standing one hundred and sixty feet above the sea, the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island have stoof guard over the coasts of Cape Ann since 1771.
Anchored firmly on granite ledge, they overlook a fifty acre island, set three quarters of a mile off-shore from the town of Rockport. The complex includes the keeper's quarters, trails, oil houses, granite storage buildings and slate roofed oil house and barn. A landing ramp and boathouse provide access to the island. There is an old graveyard and the island is home to nesting Herring Gull and Great black backed Gulls.
The lighthouses have been threatened for budgetary reasons, but a group of volunteers have done fund raising for restoration of the boat ramp and the buildings and finally had the island designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Those wishing to camp in the small campground on the island may obtain a permit by calling 978-546-2326.
A six room apartment is available in the assistant keeper's dwelling: call 978-546-7341 for information and reservations.
Boat tours go out for 2 hours on Saturday mornings in July and August.
I haven't been to the island yet, but enjoy it from a distance during every visit.
You can find more information about the lighthouses and their history on-line.


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Address: 151 South Street, (formerly Turk's Head Inn), Rockport, Massachusetts, 01966, United States