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A Sunny Afternoon in Rockport, MA

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Rockport, Massachusetts is one of my happy places. I spent a lot of time here in my college days, grabbing coffee with girlfriends, brunch with my parents, and dates with my then-boyfriend-now-husband.

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Rockport is most famous for it’s charming, decked out, red fishing hut with colorful buoys that sits in the middle of the harbor. I’ve been told it’s one of the most photographed places in New England. Rockport is also famous for being the location set of The Proposal. The town was temporarily decorated to look like Sitka, Alaska.

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Bear Skin Neck is the touristy area of Rockport, and I love it! A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon there with a good friend, and I thought I’d share.

Here are my favorite things to do in Rockport:

Where to Eat in Rockport:

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Tuck’s Candy Shop – If you’re looking for a sweet to nibble, pop into Tuck’s Candy Shop to watch them make homemade salt water taffy or fudge. They’ve got all the classics, like truffles, and vintage candies, as well as some new delights, like a Dark Chocolate Gummi Bear cup!


image from Cape Anne Magazine

My Place by the Sea – If you’re looking for a fantastic bowl of clam chowder, a lovely dinner date night, or a meal with a gorgeous view, My Place by the Sea is it. Whenever Moose and I debate where we can get the best bowl of clam chowder in New England, this place is always mentioned.

rockport11Helmut’s Strudel – Sharing a strudel here is not a good idea. Just sayin’. Buy your own and get it to go. Take it down to the end of the Neck and enjoy before the seagulls descend.

Honorable mention: The Blue Lobster Grill. This place has changed hands a few times in recent years, and I haven’t tried the newest version. Back in the day, it was called the Greenery and was a great spot to brunch! There is a cafe in the front (muffins! hot cocoa!), and a restaurant in the back that is all glass windows and overlooks the harbor. I can’t vouch for the food of the current place, but the view made for a wonderful experience.

 Where to Shop in Rockport:

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Lulu’s Pantry – One of my favorite kitchen shops. It’s a great place to get your favorite foodie or chef a gift, or splurge of some beautiful items, or hard-to-find ingredients, for your kitchen. The balcony off the back of the shop provides a picture-perfect view of the harbor.

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Milk & Honey – a beautiful little home decor store. HomeGoods doesn’t hold a candle to it.

What to Do in Rockport:

Bear Skin Neck: Walk (don’t be that person that tries to drive) to the end of Bear Skin Neck. Admire the ocean views and clamor around on the rock wall. Take in the salty air and sunshine.

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Gallery Hop: There are a number of fantastic art galleries in Rockport, many in which the artist makes frequent appearances! A long-time favorite of mine is George Anderson, with his colorful, graphic, and fun nautical pieces.

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Old Country Store: Pop into the Old Country Store. It’s full of vintage, hard-to-find candies, funny, nostalgic gifts, and (randomly) a large assortment of cookie cutters! Make sure you put a quarter into the old Nickelodeon and watch it play a tune!

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Walk out to the Fishing Hut: Use the colorful buoys as a photo-op, admire the lobster traps, and check out the boats.

Those are some of my favorite things to do in Rockport. Where is your favorite seaside town?

 

Unexpected Chevron

I’m not really one for trends, but chevron is a huge trend right now in the home design world.

It’s on blankets, pillows, trays, quilts, walls, frames and ceilings. Yup, it’s pretty much everywhere.

I thought this was a cool and unique use of chevron!

 

This was a storefront in the Bear Skin Neck area of Rockport, MA.

Map it. Matte it. Frame it.

To add visual interest and variation to the picture frames in your house consider altering the matting. Usually the frames can be the show stealer, but changing up the matte can result in equally appealing, if not more personalized, results.

Materials Needed:

1 Frame with a matte
Speciality paper (in my case a map)
Super 77 spray glue
Razor blade

The first step is getting your image. A sheet of music, an old map or the page of a book are all great places to start.

I started with a nautical map of one of our favorite seaside towns. I printed it out and made sure that it was large enough to cover my entire matte by just laying it over the top.

Then I sprayed my matte with a thin layer of Super 77. I love this stuff. I use it for paper projects all the time.

Warning: It is really sticky and must be used in a well ventilated area. Be sure to spray over newspaper or something else you can throw away. Alternatives could be Modge Podge, rubber cement or a regular old glue stick. I like Super 77 because it doesn’t cause wrinkles and it dries instantaneously. It’s also fast application.

Carefully align your matte to the back of your selected paper, in my case, the map. There’s only doing this once with Super 77, so be precise. Other methods of adhesion may be more forgiving.

Then with your fingers pat down the paper (make sure you have washed your hands free of Super 77!) so it’s completely mounted on to the matte. If you are having a problem with air bubbles use a brayer, or a rolling pin in a pinch.

Next use your razor blade to cut away the excess paper. Be sure to use a rubber mat, or at least a magazine, as a cutting board.

Flip it over and BOOM!

Now you just need to stick in your photo (mine is a photo of my favorite door in Rockport Harbor) and pop it back in the frame.

What would you use to personalize a matte? The possibilities are endless!

Weekend Trip: Rockport

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. : )