Rockport from the water.
Every store is decorated for Halloween and Fall.
There is a tiny peninsula that juts out from Rockport called Bears Neck.
It is a tiny little enclave.
Too cute and very New England.
Everyone seems to have dogs.
This restaurant is right at the tip of Bears Neck.
An historic building also at the tip of the peninsula.
The Old Stone Fort
This is the view of the cove just behind the building.
An old abandoned shack next to it.
A sailboat moored in the cove.
These granite sea walls keep the boats safe during big storms.
This store is ready for Halloween.
I now own this pillow.
I forgot that today was Columbus Day.
Big mistake heading to Salem. All schools were closed and I think all the kids headed to Salem. It was too crowded. So this is a quick trip and I will be returning on Wednesday.
This is one of the major witch stores. Crow Haven Corner.
Creepy Guy will drive you around Salem for a tour.
Creepy Guy is.....Creepy!!!!
Or you could take a tour on Tales and Tombstones.
This is one of my favorite stores....The Broom Closet. Check out the grapevine pentagram in the window. Click to enlarge any of the pictures.
They are always ready for Halloween.
This is a relatively new place.
The witches are already out. Actually, they are always out here.
The store owner.
My daughter just had to buy a pair.
And just in case you need one, you can also have customized wounds done at this place.
This is the original Daniel Low building. He was the jeweler who made my sterling witch spoons in the 1800's.
Check out the face on this little guy wearing his bat wings. His name is ZuZu. He is owned by a witch. The wings are fake, the tooth is real.
The Daniel Low building is now a restaurant.
Even the photos in this town are a bit scary and can change before your eyes.
Some of these people are real and some are not.
In the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel you can enter a contest to guess the weight of this enormous pumpkin.
Hmmmmm...more or less than a ton???? I guessed 878 lbs.
Salem was too crowded and it was hard to get good pictures. So, we left and returned to Rockport.
We headed straight to our favorite cupcake store. If you are ever in Rockport, go to Bears Neck and try every single cupcake this guy makes. Take it from a cupcake expert, this guy has the best. Oh baby these are some Jesus cupcakes cause they walk on water!!!
They do rock.....and after a few, I now roll.
Interesting story for an interesting place.
And no decent New England town would be complete without salt water taffy. One should always buy salt water taffy to finish off a meal of cupcakes. It is a vacation after all. Whomever invented the taffy pulling machine must have been married because old fashioned taffy pulls done between men and women were a way of meeting your future spouse. They were a very social activity in Victorian times. Erotic taffy pulling.....not even going to go there!
How cute is this store?
Most of the stores have living space on the second floors.
Another cute one.
This is a silver smith's shop.
It's covered in cedar shakes.
Bears Neck has many art studios.
And one last pic for today and my favorite. You can see the lobster traps on the back of the boat. Tomorrow I will show you the shop these lobsta's went to. This lobsterman is the shop owner. He pulls into the cove, the one protected by the granite sea walls and unloads these straight into the tanks in the shop. You can't get them much fresher than this unless you catch them yourself.
I am posting this tonight because it might take you the rest of the week to look at the entire entry and also because I am heading to Maine for the day tomorrow and won't be posting again until tomorrow night. So rest your weary eyes until then!!!
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