Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day in Rockport

This weekend, artisans in the Cape Ann towns of Rockport and Gloucester opened their galleries for their 30th Annual Studio Tour. We decided that this was a lovely excuse to drive to the coast and enjoy the blue skies and salty air. Those of you who are George Clooney fans (and really, who isn't?) might know Gloucester as the setting for the movie The Perfect Storm. It's also home to that yellow slicker-clad icon, the Gorton's Fisherman. Gloucester is incredibly scenic, and deserves its own post sometime. For this outing, though, we decided to spend most of the afternoon next door in Rockport's Bearskin Neck, a touristy stretch of lobster shacks, art galleries, and souvenir shops.

Here on Bradley Wharf, you can see what has been called "the most often-painted building in America", a red fishing shack known as Motif #1.


After lunch at the Blue Lobster Grille, we wandered down the streets and through the shops.




The intriguingly named
"Dark Star Philosophia"


Gorton's Fishergulls?

This buoy was calling my name.
Lobster Traps




16 comments:

  1. Rockport is so beautiful! I've spent time there myself as one of my good friends from college grew up there and his parents still live there. It looks like you enjoyed your day trip.

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    1. eHa, I just got up to your beautiful state for the first time on Thursday! I took my mom to the LL Bean flagship in Freeport. Just gorgeous up there.

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  2. Dear MW,
    That looks like an interesting part of the world. I think I should like to visit Rockport too. As for George Clooney, one day we were on hols in northern Italy and he drove past us (from the other direction) in his grey sports car. I said to AGA that we must be famous as George looked at us as he zoomed past. I think he was jealous of our movie star looks haha.
    Kirk

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    1. I am extremely envious that you saw George. I think he is dreamy. :)

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    2. He is - he was wearing sunglasses and I said to AGA that if I turned the steering wheel I could have run him off the road and we could have chatted while waiting for the tow trucks to arrive - but AGA said he was glad I didn't . . .

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    3. Sounds like a perfectly good plan to me. Where is AGA's sense of adventure?!

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  3. Boy, makes me miss the Maritimes even more. Tell me is it pronounced "Glaw-ster", like the town of the same name here in England, or "Glaw-chester"?

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    1. Oh gosh, the town names. So confusing for a non-local. Woburn is Wooburn. Peabody is Peabiddy. Reading is Redding. Worchester is Wooster. (???) And yes, Gloucester is Glawster. Except they seem to drop the final "r" off a lot, so maybe it is Glawstah. I'll listen more carefully next time.

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  4. Love these pictures - the quintessential fishing town!

    Oh keep forgetting to email you - my buddy has two tickets to see Simple Minds in Boston this Saturday and now can't make it! If you or hubby are fans at al, they can probably be gotten for a steal!

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    1. So nice of you to think of us! Saturday is the big USC vs. Notre Dame game though. I'll be cheering for my beloved Trojans (and probably yelling a lot at the TV).

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    2. Oh yes - that is a big night!!!

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  5. What a lovely area with the most charming little properties.
    Such vivid colours too.

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  6. I've never been .. this is definitely on my bucket list. Gorgeous scenery with lots of delicious food and shops I'm sure:)

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  7. I've never been to that neck of the woods either, it all looks like scenes from a fairy tale to me. Beautiful, I can just about smell the salty air.

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