Rockport is a small town on Maine’s midcoast, and unless one takes the back road to Camden it’s easy to miss the charm of this place that has captured my heart.
Year after year Rockport is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful small towns in America. I’ll not disagree. One of the reasons is the harbor which I’ve shown in so many posts.
At one end is Indian Island with its now disabled lighthouse. It is the sight that after a day of boating welcomes me home.
At the other end is a boatyard specializing in building wooden boats and reproductions of historic ships.
Here, too, is the dock where I pick up lobsters right off the boat and that is a fishing spot for many.
In the park where I like to look out over the harbor is a granite statue of Andre, the very famous seal that entertained visitors for years and is a unique part of Rockport’s identity. If there is a child in your family, get the book telling Andre’s story. It’s guaranteed to become a favorite.
The harbor is also home to the Rockport Boat Club where on Friday evenings the hubby and I gather with friends to share a friendly and spirited time.
Rockport may be small, but it has two of the area’s most popular restaurants, both walking distance from our house. Salt Water Farm is a great place to enjoy fresh baked goodies for breakfast
and Shepherd’s Pie serves an outrageous Duck PB&J that is my favorite for dinner.
The Village also has 3 galleries and CMCA where I have spent many hours volunteering over the years.
At Ralston Gallery are wonderful photographs capturing the spirit of Maine’s islands and coast, and if one is lucky enough to catch Peter in the gallery he has stories to tell!
On the main street is this lovely little park
and the Opera House which hosts a lively summer concert schedule as well as programs during the off season.
The Rockport Library is a sweet place in the middle of the Village, and I rarely pass by without stopping to check out an audio book to listen to on my walks.
Yes, this little Village with its beautiful harbor is a special place reminiscent of times past with its slower and simpler pace in a location nature has blessed with beauty. Every day I am thankful for the moments I’m lucky enough to spend here.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
42 thoughts on “A Closer Look”
Beautiful! We went there this summer but didn’t have time to stay. It’s on our list!
A really lovely place to spend some time, Lulu. I like the look of the ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ restaurant. 🙂
You’d like the food, too. The best onion rings anywhere!
Onion rings are scrumptious. ;$
Even though I didn’t get to see you when we visited a couple years ago, I sure enjoyed Rockport, Linda. (even gave Andre a smooch!)
What a jewel Rockport is and what a treat to walk to the dock and pick up lobster for dinner! I would love to visit one day. 🙂
I live me some Rockport!
You know I do, too!!
Gorgeous photographs! We haven’t been to Maine in about twenty years, but I fell in love when we were there. I can almost smell the salty air. Sighs….
You mustn’t stay away so long!
Your pictures and stories of Maine and all of the places you visit are dreamy. I will be visiting Maine one day!
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I actually discovered yours several months ago through your daughter’s blog. When you commented on my post I saw your picture and thought “I know her!”. I live about an hour and half from your daughter in north Alabama.
Your work in hand-weaving cloth is amazing. I love textiles. Yours are especially beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful week.
What a coincidence and how small this blog world can become. We will be driving from Rockport to Houston with a stop at Linsey’s this weekend. Thank you for visiting, and i hope you will stop by again. I’ll put you on Blog Lovin’ to keep up with you.
I love Rockport and their galleries…I am thinking we stayed in a B&B there that was famous for its pies!…24 hour pie…it was great…and a lovely B&B….beautiful photos … love the stormy harbor scene…
Would you believe that’s actually sea smoke which is one of winter’s beautiful sights.
What a picturesque town! I can see why it is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful small towns in America.
And I didn’t even show any of the lovely residential area which is a delight.
Your post is a gift, to see such an awesome place – you are so right, it is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been too. I’m thrilled that you post so many gorgeous images, lets me enjoy the view as if I were right there.
Thank you, Mary. There’s no pretend here, it is a lovely as you might think.
Lovely post about a favorite part of New England for us Texans. We have traveled to the Rockport/Camden area for many years and it is just so beautiful. I have enjoyed your boating posts of the area, too. Andrew Wyeth and all that goes along with him is sort of what drew us to the area the first time…back in the early 70’s when the house in Christina’s world first was open to the public. A few weeks ago at the first of October we were fortunate to spend a week with friends in Vermont and then my husband and I took a quick run to the coast in the Ogunquit area before we flew out of Boston. It was a nice “taste” (as in chowder) of Maine but of course, all too short. Anyway, I love your blog and try to soak up the things you show us in picture and words.
It warms my heart to read your words. There is so much to love about maine, one of this country’s special places.
I’ve probably said it before but it would be great to visit the northeast part of our United States!
You are just going to have to do it.
I spent some time considering a stay in Rockport, I think I mentioned that to you. Can you recommend any places for lodging that you like?
For how long are you thinking?
Jane, can you give an idea for how long you want a place and i can go from there.
Love the history you share and as always the pictures are beautiful!
Utterly delightful Lulu, I can only try to imagine the joy of living here part of the year, walking to restaurants and buying lobsters straight from the sea! Gorgeous photos~
I do love it here, Jenna, and have a very hard tim thinking about leaving this week.
Thank you, Jenna, it is a privilege for which im very grateful.
Thanks for introducing me to Rockport. It will have to be added to my where-to-next list. Thanks also for the like on my travel blog.
It sings to you Linda…so wonderful! You are indeed very lucky to have found that one special place for you. Safe travels back to TX….
You know the joy, Jeanne, as you have found Tahilla Farm. Heading to houston this week.
Oh my, what a perfect New England town. Pure green envy here!
It’s a beautiful town and that was a
wonderful overview of your home away from home.🏡🏡🏡
The Chamber of Commerce needs to use this post…you captured Rockport!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!!
Thank you. You got to know this area pretty well!
Beautiful photos of this charming, peaceful, and romantic town. Love it!
It is all those things which is what makes me so happy here.
Got some great snapshots of a pretty little village that we all love to visit. Many people who come here just never stop talking about this little part of heaven! Great photos, Linda.
Great post with wonderful pics. Hope all is well Lulu. 🙂
You’ve captured the harbor well, Linda!