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2016 Cape Ann Guide

2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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Experience Cape Ann 2016-2017 18 The Town of Rockport, on the eastern end of Cape Ann, welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its New England seaside charm. Uniquely surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Rockport offers breathtaking coastal scenery along rocky and sandy shorelines. Rockport is a walker's paradise. With public footpaths along the ocean, trails through the easily accessible Headlands, and a lively downtown with classic New England architecture, you can leave your car behind. Discover quaint inns renowned for their hospitality. Stroll along bustling, eclectic Bearskin Neck, with unique shops, restaurants and galleries, many housed in repurposed fshing shacks. Traverse the jetty with views of the Straitsmouth Island lighthouse and the vast seascape. Swim at public beaches – Front, Back or Old Garden – all within walking distance of downtown. Watch sailboat races or rent a kayak for the day. With its uncommonly magical light, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, Rockport has been attracting notable painters and sculptors since the mid-1800s. One of the oldest art colonies in America, Rockport showcases the work of more than 300 artists at the Rockport Art Association & Museum and over 30 galleries. Rockport is home to the iconic Motif No. 1, reputed to be the most photographed and painted building in the United States, if not the world. Each May, Motif No.1 Day celebrates the famous fsh shack with art-inspired activities for every age. Christmas in Rockport, Harvestfest and Illumination Weekend are some of the many festivals throughout the year. For music lovers, the world-class Shalin Liu Performance Center hosts the Chamber Music Festival in June and July and a Jazz Festival in August. Throughout the year, the Shalin Liu presents a wide variety of shows in its intimate setting overlooking the ocean. Rockport cuisine has a distinctive coastal favor. Watch as lobstermen set their traps and dock their boats in the harbor. See their working shacks along Bradley Wharf. Then savor fresh local seafood – chowder, fried clams or lobster in the rough. Rockport is easy to fnd – an hour north of Boston by car or an hour and a half by commuter train. Truly one of New England's gems, Rockport has it all – art, culture, recreation, shopping, dining and a stunning setting on the coast – within a walkable, friendly, peaceful, small town unlike any other. Visit and experience the magic. ROCKPORT ©Michelle Budrow © ©Michelle Budrow

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