Heather's Guidebook of My favorites in Rockport, Cape Ann and the North Shore of Boston

Heather
Heather's Guidebook of My favorites in Rockport, Cape Ann and the North Shore of Boston

Food scene

If you want to run around the corner for a fresh lobster roll this is about 1 minute walk from our condo! Very popular place on Bearskin Neck for lobster
My favorite place to get breakfast. About a five minute walk from Tuna Wharf. A cute and cozy diner overlooking the harbor. I have had chocolate chip pancakes and waffles on multiple visits. Always delicious and very inexpensive. Bring cash as they do not do plastic.
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Hula Moon
27 Mount Pleasant Street
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My favorite place to get breakfast. About a five minute walk from Tuna Wharf. A cute and cozy diner overlooking the harbor. I have had chocolate chip pancakes and waffles on multiple visits. Always delicious and very inexpensive. Bring cash as they do not do plastic.
If you enjoy seafood outside overlooking the ocean than you will love this place. Parking can be tricky on weekends. Pay attention to parking/non parking areas. This place does not serve alcohol but it is a byob restaurant so bring a bottle of wine or some beer to go with your seafood!
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The Lobster Pool
329 Granite Street
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If you enjoy seafood outside overlooking the ocean than you will love this place. Parking can be tricky on weekends. Pay attention to parking/non parking areas. This place does not serve alcohol but it is a byob restaurant so bring a bottle of wine or some beer to go with your seafood!
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Roy Moore Lobster Co
39 Bearskin Neck
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Love their lobster rolls and the views of the harbor in a very casual atmosphere overlooking Gloucester's working fishing harbor.
Blue Collar Lobster Co.
63 Rogers St
Love their lobster rolls and the views of the harbor in a very casual atmosphere overlooking Gloucester's working fishing harbor.
Local seafood restaurant on the water in the adorable Rocky Neck art colony.
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The Studio
51 Rocky Neck Ave
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Local seafood restaurant on the water in the adorable Rocky Neck art colony.
This is literally 10 steps from our condo to the restaurant. Open seasonally. Dining overlooking the harbor in Tuna Wharf. Food good, views are great, staff super nice!
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7th Wave Restaurant
Tuna Wharf Road
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This is literally 10 steps from our condo to the restaurant. Open seasonally. Dining overlooking the harbor in Tuna Wharf. Food good, views are great, staff super nice!
Adorable coffee shop in Bearskin Neck, very close to our condo. Pastries and snacks and tea also.
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Bean & Leaf Cafe
12 Bearskin Neck
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Adorable coffee shop in Bearskin Neck, very close to our condo. Pastries and snacks and tea also.
This restaurant is in the town of Essex, about 20 minute drive from Rockport. It is a hugely popular seafood restaurant known for lobsters, fish, clams and fried seafood.
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Woodman's of Essex
121 Main Street
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This restaurant is in the town of Essex, about 20 minute drive from Rockport. It is a hugely popular seafood restaurant known for lobsters, fish, clams and fried seafood.
Very good wood fired pizza in the adorable town of Manchester-by-the Sea, about 25 minutes from Rockport. While you are in Manchester for pizza, go check out the adorable downtown for some shopping and ocean views! Parking is free 2 hour on the street.
Bravo By The Sea
Very good wood fired pizza in the adorable town of Manchester-by-the Sea, about 25 minutes from Rockport. While you are in Manchester for pizza, go check out the adorable downtown for some shopping and ocean views! Parking is free 2 hour on the street.
Big grocery store, not too far from Rockport. Maybe 15 minutes or so to drive there.
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Market Basket
101 Gloucester Crossing Road
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Big grocery store, not too far from Rockport. Maybe 15 minutes or so to drive there.
Brewery in heart of downtown Salem. Fun outdoor beer sampling on picnic tables overlooking a river. Dog friendly if you need to do some dog watching!
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Notch Brewery & Tap Room
283 Derby St
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Brewery in heart of downtown Salem. Fun outdoor beer sampling on picnic tables overlooking a river. Dog friendly if you need to do some dog watching!
Yummy cheese and wine/beer shop in downtown Salem. Go in and ask to sample cheese before you buy.
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The Cheese Shop of Salem
45 Lafayette St
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Yummy cheese and wine/beer shop in downtown Salem. Go in and ask to sample cheese before you buy.
Go grab a drink in Gloucester overlooking the water. Beautiful views. Food's ok too.
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Beauport Hotel Gloucester
47 Commercial St
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Go grab a drink in Gloucester overlooking the water. Beautiful views. Food's ok too.
ice cream! Walking distance
The Ice Cream Store
14 Bearskin Neck
ice cream! Walking distance
Delicious food. Fancyish upscale restaurant and food. Very short walk from condo. Sundays they have jazz brunches (pre-pandemic anyway). Check the website as you may need to make reservations.
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Feather & Wedge
5 Main St
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Delicious food. Fancyish upscale restaurant and food. Very short walk from condo. Sundays they have jazz brunches (pre-pandemic anyway). Check the website as you may need to make reservations.
I have not eaten here yet but I hear from friends that the food is amazing and I have seen the views myself. Amazing! Make reservations if you want to go. They seem very busy whenever I walk past.
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My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
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I have not eaten here yet but I hear from friends that the food is amazing and I have seen the views myself. Amazing! Make reservations if you want to go. They seem very busy whenever I walk past.
Mmmm fresh strudel? Yes please! Very short walk from condo on Tuna Wharf
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Helmut's Strudel
60 Bearskin Neck
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Mmmm fresh strudel? Yes please! Very short walk from condo on Tuna Wharf
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Roy Moore's Fish Shack Restaurant
21 Dock Square
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My husband and I keep our boat here in winter. We like the bar and restaurant overlooking water. they have a very delicious Sunday all you can eat brunch buffet with live music. The Wicked Tuna tv show stars apparently hang out here too so if you are a wicked tuna fan you can see your favorite fishermen here!
Cape Ann's Marina Resort
75 Essex Avenue
My husband and I keep our boat here in winter. We like the bar and restaurant overlooking water. they have a very delicious Sunday all you can eat brunch buffet with live music. The Wicked Tuna tv show stars apparently hang out here too so if you are a wicked tuna fan you can see your favorite fishermen here!
very delicious wood fired pizza in interestingly decorated restaurant. In heart of downtown Salem.
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Flying Saucer Pizza Company
118 Washington Street
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very delicious wood fired pizza in interestingly decorated restaurant. In heart of downtown Salem.
beer, burgers etc overlooking harbor
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Cape Ann Brewing Co
11 Rogers St
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beer, burgers etc overlooking harbor
rooftop restaurant and bar near Peabody Essex museum. really fun in summer. not sure if open in off season
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The Roof
209 Essex St
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rooftop restaurant and bar near Peabody Essex museum. really fun in summer. not sure if open in off season
About 2 blocks from the condo. Delicious food for breakfast and lunch. lots of seasonal and local specials and friendly staff. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon that was to die for recently.
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The Red Skiff
15 Mount Pleasant Street
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About 2 blocks from the condo. Delicious food for breakfast and lunch. lots of seasonal and local specials and friendly staff. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon that was to die for recently.
Pizza and roast beef sandwiches. Very popular and if you have cash they will deliver to Tuna Wharf!
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Rockport House of Pizza
19 Broadway
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Pizza and roast beef sandwiches. Very popular and if you have cash they will deliver to Tuna Wharf!
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Willow Rest
1 Holly Street
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Sightseeing

Rocky Neck is an artist colony neighborhood in Gloucester, about a 10 minute drive from Rockport. Enjoy the beauty of this adorable neighborhood full of artsy galleries, ocean views, restaurants on the water.
Beautiful pier overlooking ocean. Very scenic and a nice one mile walk from Tuna Wharf. You can enjoy watching the boats coming and going and get some great photos! You can also park on the upper level, usually for free. Local secret. On busy festival days they may charge for parking but I have only seen that one time. Just make sure to park on the upper level which is for non residents.
Rockport Granite Pier
16 Wharf Rd
Beautiful pier overlooking ocean. Very scenic and a nice one mile walk from Tuna Wharf. You can enjoy watching the boats coming and going and get some great photos! You can also park on the upper level, usually for free. Local secret. On busy festival days they may charge for parking but I have only seen that one time. Just make sure to park on the upper level which is for non residents.
Cute and clean beach a short walk from Tuna Wharf. Free.
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Front Beach
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Cute and clean beach a short walk from Tuna Wharf. Free.
The harbormaster office and the parking lot it is in are very scenic if you walk to the end and enjoy watching the working harbor. Also free public bathrooms and water fountain here.
Rockport Harbormaster
34 Broadway
The harbormaster office and the parking lot it is in are very scenic if you walk to the end and enjoy watching the working harbor. Also free public bathrooms and water fountain here.
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Rocky Neck
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If you enjoy a walk on a rocky coast up to a half mile pier that goes out into the sea than you will love this place. Great photo opps and watch the local fishermen catching squid and other sea critters on the dock.
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Eastern Point Lighthouse
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If you enjoy a walk on a rocky coast up to a half mile pier that goes out into the sea than you will love this place. Great photo opps and watch the local fishermen catching squid and other sea critters on the dock.
Go enjoy some adventures on the high seas! Super fun whale watches daily and right next door to Blue Collar Lobster when you get done whale watching!
7 Seas Whale Watch
63 Rogers Street
Go enjoy some adventures on the high seas! Super fun whale watches daily and right next door to Blue Collar Lobster when you get done whale watching!
This beach in Manchester, my hometown, is famous for it's white sand that squeaks, or sings, when you walk on it. From October 15-May 1 it becomes a dog beach so if you have a dog back at home and need a dog fix, go here to watch dog parties to your hearts content!
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Singing Beach
119 Beach Street
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This beach in Manchester, my hometown, is famous for it's white sand that squeaks, or sings, when you walk on it. From October 15-May 1 it becomes a dog beach so if you have a dog back at home and need a dog fix, go here to watch dog parties to your hearts content!
If you feel like making the drive to Salem, you won't be disappointed but if it's October you may get stuck in traffic! Witch museums, marine museums, a ton of great restaurants and shopping. One of my favorite towns on the North Shore!
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Salem Witch Museum
19 1/2 Washington Square
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If you feel like making the drive to Salem, you won't be disappointed but if it's October you may get stuck in traffic! Witch museums, marine museums, a ton of great restaurants and shopping. One of my favorite towns on the North Shore!
Amazing large seaside park in Gloucester with dog parks, swimming area, rock climbing, historic trails, tennis and bocci ball courts, a dog beach, public bathrooms in summer. Farmers market on Thursdays in summer months
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Stage Fort Park
24 Hough Avenue
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Amazing large seaside park in Gloucester with dog parks, swimming area, rock climbing, historic trails, tennis and bocci ball courts, a dog beach, public bathrooms in summer. Farmers market on Thursdays in summer months
The Rockport Commuter MBTA line goes all the way to Boston's North Station or stop at some of my favorite towns to check out Gloucester, Manchester by the Sea, Beverly, Salem. All of my favorite fun towns on the north Shore of Boston
Rockport
The Rockport Commuter MBTA line goes all the way to Boston's North Station or stop at some of my favorite towns to check out Gloucester, Manchester by the Sea, Beverly, Salem. All of my favorite fun towns on the north Shore of Boston
Rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards during summer. Closed in winter. A few steps from our condo on Tuna Wharf.
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North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center
9 Tuna Wharf Road
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Rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards during summer. Closed in winter. A few steps from our condo on Tuna Wharf.
I LOVE this park. It overlooks the ocean in Salem Channel. It always has tons of picnics and parties going on within the park. Surrounding the park along the edges are a ton of amazing yummy restaurants that specialize in the best popcorn ever (arcade), pizza by the slice, Chinese Food, arcades and seafood restaurants. If you are exploring Salem, leave some time to check out this park!
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Salem Willows Park
165 Fort Avenue
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I LOVE this park. It overlooks the ocean in Salem Channel. It always has tons of picnics and parties going on within the park. Surrounding the park along the edges are a ton of amazing yummy restaurants that specialize in the best popcorn ever (arcade), pizza by the slice, Chinese Food, arcades and seafood restaurants. If you are exploring Salem, leave some time to check out this park!
Walk out the kitchen door and sit down in the chairs and you'll see Motif 1. It's the ideal photography place for small town New England harbor pictures. I'm not sure why it is so popular not having grown up here but everyone knows this old red fishing shack so grab some photos of it while you're here!
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Motif #1
Bradley Wharf
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Walk out the kitchen door and sit down in the chairs and you'll see Motif 1. It's the ideal photography place for small town New England harbor pictures. I'm not sure why it is so popular not having grown up here but everyone knows this old red fishing shack so grab some photos of it while you're here!
famous monument for Gloucester fishermen lost at sea
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Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial
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famous monument for Gloucester fishermen lost at sea
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Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street
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Really great art museum in downtown Salem
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Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
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Really great art museum in downtown Salem

shopping

Cute and original and artsy clothing and accessories. I always find something fun and unique here for shopping
Pop Gallery
69 Main St
Cute and original and artsy clothing and accessories. I always find something fun and unique here for shopping
All the art in this shop are fish rubbings. I think they are beautiful and unique. What a great place to pick up a souvenir from your trip to Rockport. Right in Tuna Wharf a few steps from our condo!
Joe's Fresh Fish Prints
67-199 Wharf St
All the art in this shop are fish rubbings. I think they are beautiful and unique. What a great place to pick up a souvenir from your trip to Rockport. Right in Tuna Wharf a few steps from our condo!
Wine from summer through around Christmas, cheese, gourmet snacks and chocolate! Yummy. Great place to get supplies for a picnic or cocktail party!
The Cave
44 Main St
Wine from summer through around Christmas, cheese, gourmet snacks and chocolate! Yummy. Great place to get supplies for a picnic or cocktail party!
Pharmacy in Gloucester if you need stuff
CVS
6 Thatcher Rd
Pharmacy in Gloucester if you need stuff
Rockport has no liquor stores so if you want some wine, beer or whatever stop in Gloucester for your booze before you get to Rockport.
Liquor Locker
287 Main Street
Rockport has no liquor stores so if you want some wine, beer or whatever stop in Gloucester for your booze before you get to Rockport.
One of a kind jewelry and beautiful rocks and gems. Very short walk from our condo.
Village Silversmith Ltd
27 Dock Square
One of a kind jewelry and beautiful rocks and gems. Very short walk from our condo.
Cabot Street
Shopping, restaurants, art galleries, boat rides, national marine park to tour old timey sail boats, public restrooms, so fun in this area!
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Pickering Wharf Marina
23 Congress Street
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Shopping, restaurants, art galleries, boat rides, national marine park to tour old timey sail boats, public restrooms, so fun in this area!
My favorite women's clothing store in Salem. Right near Pickering Wharf and the Wine and cheese shop on Lafayette. Retro womens' dresses in fun prints. Sort of 50s styles.
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Modern Millie
3 Central Street
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My favorite women's clothing store in Salem. Right near Pickering Wharf and the Wine and cheese shop on Lafayette. Retro womens' dresses in fun prints. Sort of 50s styles.
Cute French inspired linens and kitchen things.
La Provence
4 Main St
Cute French inspired linens and kitchen things.
Cheap parking garage right in the heart of Pickering Wharf in Salem.
Parking lot
27 Congress St
Cheap parking garage right in the heart of Pickering Wharf in Salem.
All the buildings that share this address have great shopping, art, fudge! The fudgery is right next door to our condo!
6 Tuna Wharf
6 Tuna Wharf
All the buildings that share this address have great shopping, art, fudge! The fudgery is right next door to our condo!

performances

Live music, plays and events a few blocks from Tuna Wharf
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Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
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Live music, plays and events a few blocks from Tuna Wharf
Totally cool and hip movie theater and venue for live music, plays and more. Old timey theater all fixed up for today and you can buy wine, beer and yummy snacks to enjoy with your performance. About 30 or 35 minute drive from Rockport. You can also get to Beverly on the commuter train that goes from Rockport to Boston if you don't want to drive but want to explore the North Shore.
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Cabot Street Cinema Theatre
286 Cabot Street
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Totally cool and hip movie theater and venue for live music, plays and more. Old timey theater all fixed up for today and you can buy wine, beer and yummy snacks to enjoy with your performance. About 30 or 35 minute drive from Rockport. You can also get to Beverly on the commuter train that goes from Rockport to Boston if you don't want to drive but want to explore the North Shore.