Location: Almost at the end of the the spit forming the north side of Rockport harbor. The northside of your room is at the waters edge...almost over it at high tide. You must like sleeping with the sound of water gently breaking over rocks or you will not sleep. Your parking is reserved and protected and saves $10 a day...forget parking in Rockport. So staying here you have your car handy yet you can shop, eat, and get all over Rockport without it. Getting here by train is also possible with a short cab ride or long walk. Across the street is the best morning bakery...with fresh struddle made all day and fresh croissants in the morning...get the later first thing if you want a choice. Great coffee and Chai tea too! The restaurants range from $300 a with wine and 4 stars to $10 2lb lobster carryout...fresh from the sea under your porch that morning. We found everyone in Rockport, including visitors, to be very pleasant, friendly, and helpful.
Rooms: The rooms are very clean and the bed was great...I have a Simmons Beautyrest top of the line at home and this was even better...label says Laura Ashley. The bathroom a little small but like new with good shower and facilities...plus you can open the shutters and enjoy the cosmos in the window box assuring your privacy. Bring an extension cord with multiple outlets if you have anything electronic you need to use. We found only one spare outlet in the wall by the TV, which is cable supplied and a decent size flat screen. There is no AC but we found, even on hot days, that the cross breeze from the entry door on the parking lot SE to the harbor deck side NW was usually very cool and nice. A window fan might be needed on summer nights with no breeze. Still woke with cold feet in the morning in first week of August. You better plan on keeping your room very clean as there is a atmosphere of order and cleanliness. Almost all traffic here is foot traffic...the road is really more of a promenade than a street with cars coming by with a destination in mind at one of the establishments. It is 12 to 20 foot wide from building wall to building wall.
NO SMOKING is strictly enforced but smokers are welcome if they light up, smoke, and discard butts off site. This is not hard as there you can walk 20 feet and be off site with great views nearby. Get caught smoking on the grounds and I am sure you would be out and never allowed back.
Owners: Both Tony and Jack were great hosts and very available for advice and guidance. They have great tastes in food choices and we found only one bad pick out of 5 and I suspect we just drew a bad lot at that meal as others who went that night were pleased. Do not miss out on getting a fresh lobster takeout and eating it on the porch overlooking the ocean one night your here. Bottom line is you cannot ask for better hosts. The few negative reviews on this site I suspect were attitude issues on behalf of the reviewers.
AMENITIES: Since everything is so local there are no coffee pots, hair dryers, refrigerator, or AC. There is a fan in the room we did not need. There is ice available day and night. Great porch with chairs and tables for larger groups to meet overlooking the Atlantic and shoals. Could not ask for a better view. Looks North so no glare.
Where to eat: Many trips across the street to Helmut's Struddle, open 7 to 9ish depending on foot traffic. Lobster, Roy Moore Lobster takeout and also restaurant on square for dinner, breakfast at Red Skiff is great and fast, Ellens Harborside is great for seafood and also the pulled pork is the real stuff! Ipswich Cafe Zabaglione is great lunch, ZAGAT rated and reasonable for a day trip.
Must SEE: Spend $2 to park at the Halibut Point State Park, 5 minutes north of town. Take a chair with you and sit at the ocean view and take in the view and cool breeze. The quarry is also interesting and pretty but can get warm since it is surrounded by trees.
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