Welcome New and Returning Guests to Rockport Cottages

by on Apr.24, 2017, under blog

We are happy to announce that The Rockport Cottages are open for the 2017 season. Many weeks have been reserved but we still have some summer vacation weeks unfilled for The Sound House and Cottage on the Lane. And don’t forget the fall. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year overlooking the ocean from Mill Lane when Rockport is in its glory. Enjoy a toasty fire reading those books that you have been meaning to read and look forward to a great seafood dinner in one of Rockport or Gloucester’s array of restaurants. We invite you to enjoy the amenities of our lovely cottages overlooking the sea, close to the village but worlds away from the hectic city life. Warmth, picturesque and charming.

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Town of Rockport

by on Mar.13, 2013, under blog

Rockport is a unique haven in any season. In the summer, we have lazy days in the hammock overlooking picturesque millpond, lying out on the beach, which is a two minute walk away, or using one of our many bikes to explore the island of Cape Ann, discovering views, shops or even swimming quaries.

There’s nothing like the aroma of a fireplace in the early fall. Some would claim that the best time to visit New England is when the leaves are singing in blaring colors and the many festivals and autumn celebrations give you an insight into this special part of the world.

Rockport comes alive in a different way over the holiday season, with ice sculptures lining the quaint streets, decorations overflowing the area, and carolers singing in the street. Seeing the snow drift over a white out over the village from the warmth of the cottage is a special kind of beauty and relaxation.

Come accept our invitation to stay in our cottage away from home.

When you arrive you’ll be greeted by a complimentary welcome basket with bread, eggs, and wine to start your time of peace. Every vacation rental has a working fireplace with stacks of wood, an ocean view, and bicycles. We also have beach chairs, linens, beach towels, icemakers, and a variety of family board games. We have grills for you to have a sizzling summer burger, as well as microwaves for the easier nights when you just feel like staying in and enjoying your TV with Cable, VHS, and DVD player. Each beach rental is also equipped with a CD player music system and wireless internet access, if you feel that you need to keep in contact with the real world. (We wouldn’t recommend it.)

Rockport, Massachusetts is perhaps one of the most famous art colonies in New England with Motif #1 being the premier artist subject when depicting a seacoast community. Being the closest point in the US to England, Rockport is steeped in history. It was settled in the 1600’s evidenced by old ship captain’s homes, pirate lore as well as many ancestral headstones throughout Rockport. Quaint shops line busy Bear Skin Neck with a host of art galleries to suit a wide spectrum of tastes. Homemade clam chowder and seafood specialties tantalize the palate while the beautiful vistas of Rockport’s natural rocky coast offer spectacular views. Wander the quaint lanes, enjoy front beach and relax in Cape Ann’s most photographed seaside village. Diversions are numerous – biking, swimming, diving, whale watching, sailing, boating or just relaxing. Rockport offers a wide range of activities for a fun filled vacation.

Take a stroll down Bearskin Neck, with a bevy of charming shops. Sample and savor the many seafood and authentic New England dishes in each restaurant hidden behind corners. Stop in at Roy Moore’s and grab a stuffed clam and shrimp cocktail. Sample the freshly made chowder at the Portside Chowder House, looking out over the Motif #1, a world famous red fishing shack which is one of the most photographed buildings in the area. Sample some home made taffy, browse the old world bookstore, housed in an old bank, or mosey around the many art galleries, maybe even buy a painting for your family as a souvenir and meory of your time in the land where time stands still. Take as unset sailboat tour around the coast aboard the “Appledoor” or treat yourself to an elegant dining experience on the rocks at the edge of the neck.

Bike around the island, touring the museums and gazing at the lighthouses. Take a while watch tour, or a deep fishing expedition.

The entire town of Rockport is a historical district, so all the building are as authentic as they were years ago. You won’t see over development here, but a picture perfect town the way all towns should be. With its beautiful architecture and seascape, it’s no wonder that it is a mecca for painters and artists.

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The Sound House

by on May.29, 2012, under blog

The Sound House at 16 1/2 Mill Lane was in a former life a garage but prior to that it was used as an outbuilding to hang the sounds of fish for the end use in manufacturing isinglass.

“Isinglass is a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish. It is a form of collagen used mainly for the clarification of wine & beer. It can also be cooked into a paste for specialized gluing purposes. Isinglass was originally made exclusively from Sturgeon, especially Beluga sturgeon, until the 1795 invention by William Murdoch of a cheap substitute using cod. This was extensively used in Great Britain in place of Russian isinglass. The bladders, once removed from the fish, processed and dried are formed into various shapes for use.”*

Further down by the Pond Rueben Norwood, Karl’s great, great grandfather cut ice at the Mill Pond and housed it in the ice house which has since burned down. The Sound House was used for the hanging and drying of cod until it was converted to a garage during the advent of the automobile. In more recent times the garage was then further converted to a guest studio aptly named The Sound House”.

Over the past sixteen years it has had several iterations of improvements with the most recent being accomplished three years ago with an updated kitchen and bathroom. The cottage i.e. The Sound House still retains a working fireplace and along with the addition of a lovely bay window drinks in the views of the ocean. Decorated in a Martha Stewart/nautical theme with all of the comforts of home, a vacationer may enjoy wireless internet, flat screen tv and the conveniences of modern day life in a jewel box vacation studio within a two minute walk to Front Beach.

Surrounded by historic graveyards, an old English appearing lane with glowing lights from the lantern at the fronting graveyard – you have come back in time when life was simpler, peaceful and reflective. A perfect place for “two” and best of all, you can bring Baxter, Bailey, Max, Montoro, Sherma and Finigan as we are pet friendly!

*Facts in quotes were taken from the Wikipedia web site.

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Cottage on the Pond – “The Porch”

by on May.28, 2012, under blog

We have always enjoyed sitting on the porch at Cottage on the Pond taking in the spectacular ocean views with coffee or wine but since “the porch” has been renovated the views are even clearer due to new screening and opening up the viewing space.  Sun rises at the cottage are gorgeous while the afternoons and evenings are eye catching cocktails of lobster boats, sailboats and all manner of pleasure craft plying the waters off of Rockport.

After all these years our favorite place is always “the porch” yet we are fortunate enough to have the old mill pond in our backyard.  It would be difficult to not find a beautiful place to roost at the cottage – “the porch” has been recently renovated with fresh paint; new roof and antique wicker with gay colored cushions accented by nautical & Rockport theme wall hangings.  A great place to enjoy a favorite novel; visit with friends over drinks but the best libation of all is just hanging on “The Porch” for one of the unrivaled views of the sea on the coast of Rockport.  May your next vacation be at our special perch at Cottage on the Pond where “the porch” beckons.

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Fall in Rockport…

by on Sep.06, 2011, under blog

“Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to vacation.  Why not spend a four to five night get away on Mill Lane in Rockport – newly renovated, “Cottage on the Lane” offers all the amenities of a lovely home with sea views and within a two minute walk to the beach.  Lovingly restored retaining the cottage feel, we invite you to our slice of paradise at Our Home Away from Home.

Enjoy the sights around Cape Ann and come home to a beautiful kitchen to prepare a seafood dinner or grill in the newly landscaped backyard.  Should the weather be chilly, the fireplace will provide a cozy setting to spend an evening at home.  We are situated on one of the quaint walking lanes of Rockport – view our web site at www.rockportcottages.com and select the time frame that works best for you and your family.  Make memories as so many of our returning guests have through the years.”

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