Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Seaward Inn….a Rockport gem

The Poppycocks spent their recent getaway at a truly unique and wonderful place in Rockport, Massachusetts, in the area known as Cape Ann.  It’s near Gloucester, the famous fishing town, and the broader region includes Beverly, Salem, and other fun places.

Our friends from New Jersey joined us at the Seaward Inn, a classic New England “shingle” bed and breakfast, directly on the water in Rockport.  It’s situated on a lovely road that provides wonderful peace and quiet with a view, and the perfect opportunity for morning and evening walks, in which you will take in superb properties and gardens, most with incredible ocean views.

You can find the info on the Seaward Inn here:

The character, details, and appointments at the Inn are all first class.  And the breakfast is world class.  They have a great chef and an impressive professional kitchen from which to serve cooked to order morning meals.  We only wished they served dinner as well, but they do not at this point. 

The staff is most helpful, the “common areas” are homey and comfortable, and the amenities include fresh baked cookies each afternoon and complimentary tea and coffee available during the day.  Within a day or two we felt like old friends, even though we had not been there before.  But we plan to be there often in the future.

The Inn has been operating for more than 60 years, and the current owner is the daughter of the family that opened it as a tourist destination.

Rockport has a thriving waterfront village that is strong on art galleries, candy shops, and other classic New England offerings.  It took us a bit to scope out the dining options, but once we did, we had some most enjoyable meals.

The finest of these was at a place known as Duckworth’s Bistrot in East Gloucester.  The odd spelling of ‘bistro,’ we were told, is the original spelling in French.  No matter; this reporter rates the place in the top five places I’ve dined at in my lifetime.

Small, cozy, very well run, extremely appealing menu.  And most items available in either appetizer or entree sized portions, which we wish was more common in fine establishments.  The service was superb, and the desserts were beyond belief.  Check out a typical menu here.  And here’s what it looks like:


All in all, if you’re looking for a nearby getaway,  the Seaward Inn should fill the bill, and Duckworth’s will leave you wanting more, and more, and more.

And you can trust me on this; I’m not like all the others.

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