weekend notes | a perfect day in Rockport, MA

Hello Loves,

I hope you had a beautiful summer weekend.  As you may know from reading my blog, I spend a great deal of my downtime in Rockport, MA.  My parents fell in love with the town over thirty years ago, and today they call it home. When they told me they were going to buy a home there several years ago, I had no questions as to why.   It is a quintessential New England seaside town that is full of natural beauty, incredibly low key, surrounded by water {and water views given the way the town is preserved} and filled with adorable little shops, art galleries, ice cream stands and some of the freshest seafood you will ever have.  It is a great way to escape the city for a change of pace and scenery that does wonders for your soul.

It’s not swanky, it’s chill and full of character, and not unlikely to see artists set-up outside for the day to paint the natural beauty and scenes of this town.

I planned a beautiful wedding there last year, which you can see here, and also designed a corporate event for a global sales team which consisted of a really fun scavenger hunt around the town, followed by a fabulous New England themed cocktail party at the Rockport Art Association {a beautiful and unexpected space for a cocktail party}. Here is a picture of one of the galleries we transformed into a cocktail party space by bringing in modern cocktail style furniture  {we snapped this photo while we were setting-up}.

The menu was a New England Tasting inspired menu to further embrace the location,  and consisted of various chef stations in each of the galleries including a raw bar, fish and chef made chips with paprika, fresh vegetable tartlettes with a locally grown salad of summer squash, asparagus, chickpeas, truffle vinaigrette along with Lydia Radcliffe’s Vermont hot dogs on a brioche roll, with a pepper relish and lavender mustard. It was a big hit, my client and the attendees still talk about it today.

This weekend however was not about work, it was two days of purely enjoying our surroundings.  Here are some of highlights from my weekend photo album:

Rockport is such a charming and picturesque town, and the perfect destination for a summer day trip.  Below are some of my favorite stops in town.

shop | Lula’s Pantry {think the boutique version of Williams-Sonoma} great cookbooks, kitchen and entertaining pieces, along with a fabulous selection of gourmet foods.  I cannot visit Rockport and not stop by for a dose of culinary inspiration each time.
milk & honey + thistle hill | Both owned by the talented Kelly Hochsprung who has an incredible eye for style with her adorable boutiques in Rockport.  milk & honey is an incredibly well curated home goods store and Thistle Hill is a clothing & accessory boutique.  I had a chance to catch-up with her this weekend while in town and photograph her in her element – a store filled with vibrant colors and hand-picked summer wardrobe essentials.

dine | So there is this restaurant named Top Dog which is known for it’s creative “hot dogs” such as the “shaggy dog” {topped with barbecue sauce and cole slaw}, the golden retriever {hot dog topped with mac & cheese} and the chihuahua {topped with jalepeno, salsa and cheese}.  I have not eaten there because hot dogs are not a part of my diet, however, I take friends there when they visit and everyone loves it!

seafood | when in Rockport, you have to have seafood.  A must stop is at Roy Moore Lobster Co.   They have incredibly fresh seafood and a great harbor view deck filled with picnic tables for you to casually enjoy a lobster, lobster roll, oysters or cherry stones on the half shell, stuffed clams and other summer seafood favs. AND If you have a dog, they give out 1 piece of salmon to your dog per day.  It goes without saying that not only is this a favorite of mine, but also of Sofie’s!

dining with a view | my place by the sea is a restaurant with an outdoor terrace that will take your breath away.  The menu is a bit more expensive than a more casual summer meal but if you are looking for a romantic dinner spot or a memorable meal, this is your place {make sure you make reservations as they fill up quickly}.

see + do:  the beaches in Rockport are stunning.  Good Harbor is my favorite although it’s not always easy to get to and score parking.  If you are planning a day trip, front beach is a short walk from downtown and easy to park at.

walk down Bearskin Neck.  It is an old fishing village which now houses all sorts of shops and restaurants.  Make sure you walk to the very end where you will be in awe of the spectacular views.

So there you have it.  If you have a favorite place in Rockport that I may not have mentioned, I would love to hear about it.  And if you end up taking a day trip this summer, keep me posted!

Wishing you a great week!


About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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2 Responses to weekend notes | a perfect day in Rockport, MA

  1. Christiane says:

    Fantastic pictures and Blog

  2. Robin says:

    Great pictures, that really capture the town’s character and charm. Thanks for the highlights, we’ll definitely check them out!

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