You can see the ocean and T-Wharf as you approach the private yard and gardens surrounding this beautifully remodeled carriage house. Five-minute walk to village shops, 8 minutes to the beach, and the commuter rail to Boston. Even though you're close to everything, you're shielded from the hubbub by this secluded location.
Depending on your wishes, Sea Mist Cottage is the perfect romantic getaway, or the perfect family vacation.
Enjoy the light-filled ambiance from large skylights and white woodwork; a full-sized, gourmet-equipped kitchen (matching silverware!) , and a spacious bathroom with a brand new tub and vanity. Everything is spotlessly clean. The studio bedroom is romantically private. The Teddy Bear Loft, filled with toys, accommodates young children.
Our guests say ... : 'What a wonderful place to spend our 10-year wedding anniversary!
We give it two paws up! Thank you!'
Melissa and Matt Triplett and miniature schnauzers Oreo and Jellybean
'You have an adorable cottage. We had a wonderful time. Would like to return later this year.'
'My wife loved it! She said it was so clean!'
New York City
'So kid-friendly. Beats a hotel any day. My son Aidan asked if we could live here.'
Customize your stay!: Whatever your interests: romance, fine dining, a family get-together, history, painting, antiquing, hiking,
I can customize a weekend or an entire vacation stay just for you.
I grew up on the ocean in Connecticut and spent 15 years on Boston's South Shore. I've been in Rockport 12 years. Since arriving here, I have explored great places to visit on the North Shore and in Boston.
I'm also a former travel writer who has published in 'Yankee,' 'The Boston Globe,' 'Caribbean Travel and Life,' and 'Walking Magazine,' among others. I am the author of 'Massachusetts Off the Beaten Path' and co-author of 'Hidden New England.'
I have two children in college. If you want to know where are the best playgrounds or beaches for young children, tweens or teens, just ask me! Rockport also has a nice teen center with games, movie nights and live music and dances.
History of the main house: My house was built in 1850 as the home of Olive Tarr, daughter of one of the original founding families of Rockport, and is in the Historic District. It has a Greek Revival exterior and is surrounded by perennial gardens and flowering trees and shrubs: crab apples, a magnolia, lilacs, beach roses, enkianthus and weigela, as well as evergreens.
You are welcome to use the terrace beside the house, furnished with patio chairs and tables.
Sea Mist Cottage was originally a carriage house. While remodeling, I saw the holes left by enormous hinges that once held the massive doors. The former owner made it into an artist's studio with eight skylights (a lot of closing when it rained).
I envisioned a small summer cottage with large skylights, which became a reality in May of 2006. I have stayed in the cottage myself, and am very envious of its airiness, and its spanking new bathroom and kitchen.
The gardens are always a work in progress. My trumpet vines should bloom this summer.
I am a writer and New England native. I grew up in Noank, CT, before it was on the map. I went to UConn and majored in English Lit.I love the outdoors and am always inspired by the ocean vistas when I take my walks. I have two children in college, one a talented musician and the other a teacher in training. I also have a tuxedo kitty: Hapi, who will greet you on her travels. Rockport has many gems that I am happy to share with you.
My children and I had vacationed in Rockport a number of times and loved it. I had just gotten divorced and sold my house in Wellesley and wanted a more lowkey community for my children. There's never much for sale in Rockport. I wanted this house for two reasons: it is in the heart of downtown, and it had a studio that I could remodel to rent as a vacation getaway. I needed that income as a single parent. I never expected that having guests would be so much fun, or that wonderful people would come from all over the world.
Every time you come home, you see the ocean at the foot of Broadway. You can walk to everything: the beach, the shops, the restaurants, the galleries, the P.O., the bank, the library. I run all my errands on foot. Huge skylights make the cottage always light and bright and cheery, especially on winter days.
The Teddy Bear Loft is loved by all children who stay in it, and it keeps them out from underfoot.
I am a sucker for dogs and babies, and will babysit your baby if you like.
I have an unbroken record in making people laugh.