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Rockport in the Off-Season

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A February 2002 trip to Rockport by Girlphoenix

Rocky Shores of Rockport Photo, Rockport, Maine More Photos
Quote: With one of the country’s oldest artist communities and an active fishing fleet, the major industry in Rockport is now tourism. The year-round population of 7000 swells as high at 20,000 in the summer. But what would it look like in February?

Rockport in the Off-Season

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Overview

Rocky Shores of Rockport Photo, Rockport, Maine
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Rockport is located on the northern tip of Cape Ann. It's 17 square miles surrounded by water on 3 sides; Gloucester borders on the west. This seaside community is aptly named – it has the rocky look of the Maine coast, in contrast with the sand dunes associated with the rest of the Massachusetts shore. There are a number of good reasons to check out places like Rockport in the off-season, not the least of which is parking availability. In February, we had a choice of spots right in the heart of the shopping area. Many shops, galleries, inns and restaurants were closed for the season, but there were just as many open. With few visitors, the shop owners could spare time and attention to chat a...Read More

Portside Chowder House

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Restaurant

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Portside Chowder House is open year round. Located on Tuna Wharf, in the summer months they have outdoor seating offering a raw bar and a fantastic view of the harbor. At 2:30 on a Saturday in February our party of two had only a 10 minute wait for a table. But the reception area was cramped and chaotic, with one hostess to greet, seat and take payment for meals. We waited outside. Since this was a February visit, we sat indoors, warmed by the wood stove. We were seated in the middle of a shift change, so were left stranded at our table with nary a greeting nor a glass of water for a good 10 minutes. But once the waitress noticed us, she apologized and provided us with good no nonsense ser...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 10, 2002

Portside Chowder House
7 Tuna Wharf
Rockport 01966
(978) 546-7045

Motif 1

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Attraction | "Motif #1"

Motif 1 Photo, Rockport, Maine
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Motif #1, a fishing shack on Bradley Wharf off Bearskin Neck is Rockport’s trademark. I didn't realize this until I'd come home and looked at the visitor guide I'd picked up. I took a picture of the faded red shack covered with buoys (and pigeons) because it seemed to depict exactly what Rockport is about. Picturesque, quaint, fishing village. Motif #1 was so-named by Lester Hornby, probably best known for his WWI sketches and etchings. In 1918, Hornby received a pass from General Pershing in order to portray the American Army in advances along the Marne and the Meuse Rivers. He ate, slept, lived and advanced with the American Doughboys and was hospitalized once after a mustard gas attack. D...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2002

Motif 1
Bradley Wharf
Rockport , Maine

Joncien

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Attraction

Joncien Photo, Rockport, Massachusetts
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Leslie Asare, the owner and herself an artist, was working on painting a cane with bright colors when we arrived. She told us that the store was named for her father’s ship, which he used to harbor in Rockport. There’s a picture of it by the register. Joncien is everything I look for in a tourist town gift shop. They sell "unique hand-crafted gifts," all made by local artists. You know when you purchase something here, it was made in Cape Ann and not Taiwan. Joncien lays claim to being the only place in this dry town where you can purchase whisky – whiskey paintings, that is. These are watercolors made with whiskey in the water, a tradition that dates to the 1800’s when artists would paint ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2002

Joncien
25 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-9161

Tuck's Candies

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Attraction

Tuck's Candies Photo, Rockport, Maine
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One of the only candy shops open on this February day, Tuck's Candies was having a brisk business. They've been around since 1929, and will ship anywhere in the world. Their candy selection includes salt water taffy (5.95/lb), extra large truffles (3 for 5.95) and fudge (8.95/lb), Tuck's also carries a wide range of Hallmark cards and gifts, T shirts, sweatshirts and discounted Christmas ornaments. Come in for the candy, leave with a souvenier! I resisted the temptation to buy a box of notecards, and stuck to candy for Boyphoenix's Valentine's gift. Not a very wide selection of candy, but good prices and pleasant service make this a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2002

Tuck's Candies
15 Main Street
Rockport , Maine