Rockport Massachusetts| A Photographic Tour 10

A Photo Tour of Rockport Massachusetts

Rockport Massachusetts Motif Number 1

Rockport is a quaint, artsy, seaside village in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is about 40 miles/64 km northeast of Boston at the very top of  the Cape Ann peninsula.

RockPort Fishing Boats

Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic OceanRockport is a neighbor of Gloucester, a place you may recall from the blockbuster movie The Perfect Storm, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. The movie was based on a non-fiction novel, The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger, chronicling the experiences of the crew of the Andrea Gail. This fishing vessel got caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. Damage from The Perfect Storm is estimated to have totaled over $200,000,000. The death toll was thirteen. Waves up to 30 feet/10 m struck coastline from Canada to Florida and as far southeast as Puerto Rico. Damage was heaviest in Massachusetts, with over one hundred homes destroyed or damaged. More than 38,000 people lost power. I won’t spoil the ending to the movie/novel but they can be purchased via the links above. Rockport has also been featured in Rudyard Kipling’s wonderful children’s tale, Captains Courageous.

Rockport Massachusetts Granite

Rockport Massachusetts Fishing Boats

Once home to the Agawam people, who were nearly wiped out by disease brought by early European contact shortly before the English colonization in 1623, Rockport was an uninhabited part of Gloucester for over a century. It’s primary use was as a source of timber for pine shipbuilding but it soon became known as one of the best fishing grounds in New England, as well as for its granite quarries. Rockport became a separate town in 1840. A large number of these residents were Finnish and Swedish immigrants, with stone-working expertise.

Bear Neck Rockport Massachusetts

Today, Rockport is a suburban residential/ vacation destination and artists colony. Its iconic red fishing shack (pictured below), on Bradley Wharf, is known as “Motif Number 1” and has been the subject of hundreds of paintings/photographs by artists and photographers from all over the world.

Motif Number One

Incidentally, this shot is also from my favorite dining spot…a small, ramshackle dock behind Roy Moore Lobster Company.

Roy Moore Lobster Co. Rockport

Rockport Lobster Traps

Roy Moore Lobster Company Rockport Massachusetts

You stroll in, get in line and pick your lobster. (Sorry, guys.)

Lobster Tank Roy Moore Rockport Massachusetts

The wonderful folks at Roy Moore cook it, crack it, pour you a (not-so?) healthy (but delicious) dose of butter and oila! They even include a handy wet-nap! How delicious does this look?

Rockport Massachusetts Lobsters

After a fantastic meal, you’ve got to check out Bearskin Neck, a stretch of old fishermen/ lobstermen shacks that have been turned into restaurants, shops, gardens and galleries. You’ll want to take lots of photos!

Rockport Massachusetts Shopping

Rockport Massachusetts Buddhas

Gumby Pokey Rockport Massachusetts

Rockport Massachusetts Garden

You can also rent a kayak or go for a sail. Or check out the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center!

Kayaks Rockport Massachusetts

Bearskin Neck Rockport Massachusetts

Rockport is served by 13 weekday commuter trains to Boston, as one terminus of the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Line, or bus transit throughout the area is provided by Cape Ann Transportation Authority. You can also park and ride with their trolley service for $1 per person (50 cents for senior citizens/ children are free).

Trolley Tree Rockport Massachusetts

Have you been to Rockport Massachusetts?

What was your experience like?

Would you like to visit Rockport Massachusetts?

Which of the attractions in this photo-set would you like to see for yourself?

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10 thoughts on “Rockport Massachusetts| A Photographic Tour

  • Kacy

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to Rockport, but would love to. In fact, I’ve never been to any cape towns, which is a bummer. I would be all about that lobster shack!

    • Erin Post author

      Thanks! It’s a gorgeous place. You’ve got to go. Great blog, by the way. I appreciate you stopping by, Kacy 🙂

  • Adrian of Adrian's Travel Tales

    These are some lovely pictures, the town seems quaint but full of history. I’m now dying to try some of those lobsters, they looked fantastic. I’ll definitely be hitting this place up when ever I FINALLY goes to the East Coast! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Erin Post author

      Thank you, Adrian 🙂 It is SO quaint and, yes, you cannot live without the lobsters. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you make it to the East Coast very soon.

  • Sarah

    Lovely images! I’ve been to the east coast on a road trip once before, but didn’t get to stay long in each area. I’ll have to return one day and stop by Rockport!

  • JP

    I enjoyed your photographs and story very much, I’ve never been to Rockport, need to add it to my list when I visit up that way.

    • Erin Post author

      Yes, you must visit Rockport, JP. You will fall in love with this charming little town 🙂 Thank you, so much, for reading & taking the time to comment!

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