Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Port of Call: Rockport, Massachusetts

Did you know that the comedy/romance movie The Proposal by Sandra Bullock was filmed in Rockport, Massachusetts?

I had seen the movie years ago, and loved the scenery.  So when two of my movie buff aunts told me they were going on an Alaskan cruise next month, I got them to watch The Proposal. I thought I recognized the iconic fishing shack at Bradley Wharf, where Sandra Bullock climbed down the ladder to the boat after she and her fiance arrived at Sitka, Alaska, about 30 minutes into the movie.

Motif Number 1
The scene looked awfully familiar. Around this time last year I had visited Rockport (by car), and had taken a ton of pictures of the picturesque town, harbor and the fish shack. Also known as Motif Number 1, the red fishing shack is the most painted building in America. You may have unknowingly seen it in magazines, calendars, on a stamp, artwork and other commercial products.

Rockport Harbor on a beautiful summer day

Don't remember where we ate, but this place came highly recommended
Taking a break after strolling around BearSkin Neck
New England seaside towns are very charming, and Rockport is no exception. The main drag Bearskin Neck is lined with interesting shops, art galleries and restaurants.

If you love art, you need to make the 15 minutes (5 miles) drive over to Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester to check out the myriad galleries housed in cute cottages. Gloucester proper is also famed for its sweeping harbor views, fishing, and yep, location of yet another movie The Perfect Storm.

View at Rocky Neck
Y'all have a great summer!

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