Essex is a super cute sea-side town that is a big ship building hub. Almost 4,000 wooden ships were built here! There are lots of antique stores, cute shops, and shipyards to wander around. We love to go antiquing, so of course we spent a few hours sifting through several of the stores. One of the stores had some old pictures with holes cut where the faces used to be...which we had a great time with...you'll see evidence below.
|A really cool metal clarinet!|
After that, we stopped by the shipbuilding museum and walked around for a while.
As we were finishing up at the shipbuilding museum, it started to rain, so we jumped in the car for cover. I'd talked to my friend Bailey a few days before, and her boyfriend Dave had some great suggestions for other places to see on Cape Ann. We decided to take one of his suggestions and spend the rest of the day at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. He also suggested we get there via Route 127, so like good little listeners, we took off for destination #2! He was 100% right - it was a beautiful, windy road that takes you through little towns along the coast. We decided to go straight to Halibut Point...but vowed to double back later to check out some of the beautiful overlooks.
Halibut Point is at the tip of Rockport, MA and has stunning views. On a clear day, you can see the coast of New Hampshire and Maine! There are lots of paths that lead you around an old granite quarry, down along the rocky coast, and up to a tall visitors center.
|The back. Can you find us?|
Then, as promised, we stopped by several of the scenic overlooks/beaches on the drive back. The first was Folly's Cove.
Then we went to Plum Cove Beach where there was some crazy person in the water. It may have been Memorial Day weekend...but it was a COLD 52 degrees and windy!
Then we turned out sites toward home. One the way we passed a house covered in lobster buoys that I loved. Such great colors!
The next day we went to Kennebunkport - read more about it!