Bearskin Neck in Rockport has that quintessential Cape Ann vibe. Let me walk you through my recent day trip there.


First, though, a quick shout-out to my good friend (and ace photographer) Michael Khachadoorian. His family owned Camera Corner, which operated in Dock Square in Rockport, for decades. Michael’s summer job was to mind the shop, and I’d visit him up there often. So thank you, Michael, for introducing me to Rockport. And specifically for showing me around Bearskin Neck.


Back in the day, we’d grab a bite at Ellen’s Harborside (which is now Fleur Cuisine Harborside), sneak a peak at Motif Number 1, then head over to the Rockport Art Association to pay a visit to our friend Willie, who was the caretaker there. That’s the beauty of Bearskin Neck: good food, art, and seaside vibes. But still with that old school, North Shore, Cape Ann feel.


Bearskin Neck in Rockport Might be Cape Ann’s Best Day Trip

A few things have changed over the years, but Bearskin Neck is still Bearskin Neck. You can pack a day full of things to do, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an international tourist looking to get that classic New England experience or a New Englander looking for a change of pace. The activities and experiences are wide-ranging, and they appeal to adventurers of all ages. In other words, bring the kids.


I brought my kids to Bearskin Neck and we had our typical day out of food and fun. I snapped some pics and shared them below, with some tips that work for us. Hopefully they’ll work for you, too. Maybe do like we did: start your Rockport day out with a hike at Halibut Point State Park, then wrap it up with a visit to Bearskin Neck. You’ll have a time, I’m sure of it.

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