Tuesday, October 8, 2019

T Stands for Rockport, Massachusetts

After visiting Darrell at the cemetery, Teague suggested we head to the next town over from Gloucester to Rockport. Rockport is a touristy little fishing town and is an artist haven. I hadn't been up to Rockport for decades.


On this beautiful first day of Fall which felt more like a day in July, we were lucky to get the last parking space in the municipal lot. Parking is at premium in this small town and some areas don't allow automobiles


Motif No. 1, the most painted building in the world.



This little white cat in the shop window caught my eye


A tempting place for lunch


Sea flowers vie with garden flowers


Shops and no cars this way!





Another view of Motif No. 1 


Moxie is an old New England soft drink. It's an acquired taste. I don't care for it. Teague is related to John Chamberlain who became the face of Moxie as the Moxie Boy logo


"In my defense I was left unattended." 


After roaming around and looking at places to eat, we finally decided o Roy Moore's Fish Shack.


I didn't really need to look at the menu as I already knew what I was going to order before I got to the restaurant.


My usual unsweetened ice tea with lemon. I think Teague had water.


The place was still doing a brisk business even though it was getting late for lunch.  There were no tables by the window, so we chose to sit in the Captain's Quarters. 


Teague had fish tacos with fries, and I had my last lobster roll of the season. I just wish the lobster had been served with drawn butter instead of mayonnaise. I don't really care for mayo. 


Mural on the way to the rest rooms


Bear Skin Neck, the name of the section of Rockport we were in. The sign reads: Named from a bear caught by the tide and killed in 1700. Commercial and shipbuilding center for Rockport for 150 years. First dock built here 1743 Sandy Bay Pier Company organized 1809, site of stone fort and sea fencibles barrack during War of 1812. Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission.




Houses and shops were abloom with beautiful flowers. I wonder whether it's a town ordinance that properties have to maintain.


Bye bye, Motif No. 1


As the building says, Rockport is located on the Naut Shore (outside of Boston it's pronounced the North Shore)

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50 comments:

  1. I haven't been to Rockport in a long time, and am glad to see it still looks pretty and quaint. And that is one good looking lobster roll. Yum. It makes me want it be a little more summery to have another one. Happy T day CJ. Hugs-Erika

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    1. The lobster roll was my last hurrah. They are no longer on the 99 Restaurant menu 😿

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  2. What a beautiful and picturesque little town, I would love to look around there. Never heard of Moxie though! Your food looks good, but I'm with you on mayo! Happy T Day, Valerie

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    1. Rockport is touristy and fun. Lots of little shops to browse in. Moxie is pretty much a New England beverage. I think it tastes dreadful, but don't tell Teague 🤫

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  3. Delucious food! The trip sounds like fun, beautiful photos ☺

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    1. It was a gorgeous day and a pretty town to walk around.

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  4. Thanks so much for taking us along to Rockport! I know I would love this town- especially seeing all the boats and docks. Good thing you're my last visit to the T Day gang right now because I SO want to eat and have my coffee now but must keep fasting til later after I get blood work done. Happy T day!

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  5. What a beautiful place to look around and have lunch, your lobster roll looks delicious, I don’t care for mayo either!
    Have a great week
    Jan.

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    1. The lobster roll was delicious though it would have been better with a bit of drawn butter.

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  6. Looks like a beautiful day. I will have to check out that restaurant sometime.

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    1. There was another one across the street. I forget the name

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  7. What a lovely outing and photos.

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  8. Moxie.....YUCK! My father liked it....but he also liked licorice and tutti frutti ice cream, so..... :-/
    (I agree about mayo on lobster, sacrilege! Which is why I don't like lobster rolls, but LOVE a broiled lobster!)

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    1. Yup, Moxie is 🤢 Though I do love black licorice. Lobster rolls here come in two varieties. One with lettuce, mayo mixed like a lobster salad. The one I get is just lobster meat in a toasted/grilled hotdog bun with drawn butter (maybe clarified butter) on the side.

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  9. Rockport looks like a place I would love to visit I so enjoyed the photos and reading about your visit to that place. I love when others share their photos of parts of the country or world I'll probably never see. That's why I spend some time here and there google map walking i areas I want to see.

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    1. I enjoy taking trips from the comfort of my chair with a nice cuppa tea. 😊

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  10. I enjoyed my virtual trip to this lovely place. The flowers add a nice touch :) I also always look for a window seat, but "captain's quarters" sounds perfect! Happy T Tuesday.

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    1. Captain's Quarters are the nautical equivalent of Reserved for the Little Princess. 😺

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  11. oh em cod I could sooooooo live there.... ☺☺♥♥

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    1. The pics I took were in the touristy section. You should see some of the homes! Oh em cod! 😺

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  12. Wow, what a fabulous place to visit! I so enjoyed looking round with you, we've never visited Rockport so it's now on my list ...lol 😉. Your lobster roll and fish tacos looks so delicious too - yum! Wishing you a happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. If you do visit, it may be more enjoyable in the off season. During the height of Summer this place is packed like sardines.

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  13. Wow what a fabulous little town-looks like a very fun day out and about. and your food looks soooo good-I do love mayo but I agree the drawn butter would have been better.
    Thanks for sharing all the photos Happy T wishes Kathy

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    1. We had a really nice day out and the food was soooo good.

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  14. Rockport looks a super destination. All the photos were lovely. Its really interesting to see places that I would never get to see in real life. Your roll looked delicious, but I would pass on the drink you described.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Yeah, Moxie isn't for everyone. I don't know how my friend, Teague drinks it. 🤢

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  15. Ohh Rockport is a lovely place to visit CJ !! I Like very much the houses over the rocks, and the beautiful and happy houses with the flowers.
    Happy T-day !! the meals look delicious.
    I wish you a very nice Wednesday,
    Big hugs, Caty

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    1. The flowers are so pretty. I wish I could make my house look like the ones we saw.

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  16. My mouth is watering for your lobster roll! Thanks for sharing your lovely walk around town. Happy
    T Day!

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    1. My mouth is watering for a lobster roll. Is it July, yet?

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  17. What a beautiful place! And oh, that T-shirt is great!
    I think I´ll have to get it (we have a (local) shop for on demand).
    The mural is great, too.

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  18. What a beautiful place and what a fabulous post! I loved looking in the shops and I would have loved to try your food too! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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    1. The shops were filled with lovely knick-knacks, fudge and chocolate (though it was too hot on the first day of Fall to buy those treats!) artisan made crafts like wallets, purses, and art.

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  19. So beautiful.
    So picturesque.
    Loved your photographs.
    I'd definitely visit if I were near!

    All the best Jan

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  20. Great photos. Rockport is a beautiful looking place. (I think I passed through there briefly when I went to Salem one year for Halloween. I headed farther north, after being in Salem, then headed back south to return to CT.) Happy Belated T-Day!

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    1. It's very quaint, and I think would have been on your way to Salem. 🎃

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  21. Who would have thought a pesky squirrel could have sidelined me for over three days. It sure sidelined ME. Otherwise I would have been here sooner.

    I'm very sorry I'm late visiting. I got back online just in time to learn there was going to be a hard freeze tonight. I spent the entire day cutting back my herbs and getting the ones I could lift into the house. The others I covered tonight with sheets. I hope the hard freeze isn't hitting you, although from the looks of things, it probably is.

    What a beautiful town and the flowers and decor are incredible.

    I've never heard of Moxie, so that must be an east coast drink.

    I don't eat mayo. I think I'm allergic to it, so I would have asked for something like ranch dressing if I couldn't get drawn butter. However, shrimp scampi should NOT have tomatoes. This is the second place you have been where that sacrilege has occurred (grin).

    Thanks for taking us around Rockport, as well as your tea (and Moxie reference) for T this week, dear CJ. I'm off to see what else I've missed.

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  22. I hope the squirrel got buzzed enough that he won't be gnawing on wires any time soon. No hard freeze for my area though it got very chilly. Moxie is specific to New England. I agree with you about tomatoes in scampi. There's a Blue Law still on the Massachusetts books that tomatoes can't be used in clam chowder. I hope you got your plants all tucked in and bedded down and that you're not in the path of the blizzard.

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  23. Very odd. I still can't get there. I wish I knew more about Bit Defender. I even tried selecting "I understand the risks but trust this site. So take me there anyway." It still blocked me.

    Anyway, I read your T-post in Feedly and here's my comment. I think you can add it to your blog using my e-mail address if you want to. But I just want to let you know I visited as best I could.

    Rockport looks charming. It brings back memories of similar places we used to go in Flemington, NJ and new Hope, PA. We could walk around all day and still not exhaust all the shopping and window shopping options. I thought you already had your "last lobster roll of the season" a week or two go ;-)

    What a fun post.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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    1. I wasn't expecting a trip to Rockport so couldn't pass up the opportunity for a last lobster roll of the season. I'm so glad you helped me figure out the issues you were having getting to my blog

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  24. What a beautiful area CJ! Thanks for the link! I learned a lot!

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