The Other Cape – Who Knew?

Apparently there’s more than one Cape. Who knew? Full disclosure: I grew up in Texas. But we’ll come back to that. I have now officially lived on Cape Ann longer — 26 years — than anywhere else. I was born in Battle Creek, Mich., but spent the majority of my...

100 Best Things to Do in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was where the original colonists settled and it has a lot of historically significant things to see and do. There are also plenty of parks and family friendly places to make any trip to Massachusetts one to...

The Best Outlet Shops Near Boston

If you’re on the prowl for designer clothes, jewelry, shoes, and handbags – and cost is no object – Boston has no shortage of upscale shops. (Take a stroll along Newbury Street, or check out the Shops at the Prudential Center.) But if you, like many of us,...

What in the world is a Motif #1?

Did you know that the most famous fishing shack in America is located right here in Rockport? It’s called Motif #1. Take a walk down Bearskin Neck and look toward the right: you can’t miss it. It’s the quaint red building, festooned with buoys, sitting on Bradley...

My favorite lobster and fried clam spots in Cape Ann

In my last post, “Three Great Places to Eat Breakfast in Rockport, Mass.,” I couldn’t help digressing from the subject to praise the fried clams at Nate’s at Front Beach. Because while Nate’s does a spectacular breakfast, their fried clams are really their claim to...