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Salty Dog Summer Stay - family-friendly, bright, perfectly located

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, eat-in kitchen, sleeps 7

Built in 1900, this classic New England beach house is located in the Headlands neighborhood in Rockport, Massachusetts. Steps away is the charming Old Garden Beach, secluded enough to remain a hidden jewel of Rockport. Also a short walk away is the Headlands, providing spectacular views of Rockport Harbor, Bearskin Neck, Rockport Village, and Sandy Bay.

Salty Dog Summer Stay provides guests a spacious, bright, tastefully decorated furnished apartment with all the comfort and amenities one may need to enjoy time spent in our seaside town. Perfectly located, many of Rockport's shops, restaurants, and attractions are a short walk away.

The Summer Stay encompasses the ground floor of our home. The apartment has a full sized, eat in kitchen with seating for up 6 people; a living area with cable TV, DVD, ipod stereo, games, books; wireless internet; grill and picnic area; front patio with rocking chairs; parking for two vehicles; and a resident beach pass.

More Details

Justin Mierz
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Justin Mierz

Justin grew up in Rockport and graduated in 1992 from Rockport High School before heading to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Justin returned home after graduation, received a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and met his wife, Marcie, in the North End in Boston. Justin was an environmental analyst for the environmental epidemiology program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for 13 years before resigning and starting up a vacation rental business in 2013. Marcie is a technical project manager in the field of software engineering in the financial services sector . Justin and Marcie live with their two girls - Ava Mae (7 years old) and Sadie (4 years old) - at 40 Atlantic Avenue. The Salty Dog Summer Stay encompasses the whole ground floor of our home and we reside on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Justin Mierz purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Justin Mierz chose Merrimack Valley & Essex County

Justin's great grandparents bought the house in the 1940s, and his step father and aunt grew up there. In 2005, Justin and Marcie were able to purchase the property from the family. At the time, the house was in disrepair. Justin and Marcie slowly made major renovations and were able to restore the house. Justin and Marcie take great pride in their home and are fortunate to be the third generation to raise their family in such a special place.

What makes this apartment unique

Location. Arguably, the best neighborhood to live in Rockport. We are minutes from Old Garden Beach, Bearskin Neck, Headlands, Rockport Harbor, Shalin Liu Performance Center, and downtown's shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I stayed at this house with a few friends for a recent wedding. We had a wonderful time and the house was perfect for us. Justin, the owner is very friendly and was super helpful throughout the whole renting processes. The house itself was very clean, big enough to fit a pretty large party, and very welcoming. It was an extremely hot weekend (high 90's the whole time) and the AC's kept us nice and cool throughout our visit. The back yard was very big and a great place to play catch or grill. The ocean was a 5 minute walk away and was a great pre-wedding activity for us! I highly recommend a stay here...we are planning to do so again next summer!
May 2013
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Rockport Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Front bedroom - 2 double , pull-out cot is available
    Back bedroom - 1 queen
  • The front bedroom has a large closet and bureau with mirror. The back bedroom has a closet, dressing nook, and full-sized mirror. Both bedrooms are bright - the front bedroom has 3 windows and the back bedroom has 4 windows, including a large picture window. Both bedrooms have their own air conditioning unit and heating.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Salty Dog Summer Stay - family-friendly, bright, perfectly located
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 30 reviews

Very nice location with great accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

The Salty Dog was the perfect rental for our group. It is set in on a quiet road with a short walk right to the ocean with great views. Everything we needed was a short drive away from the location, which was a major plus. Justin was a nice easy going guy and he has the rental set up with all you would need if it were your own home. Very inviting and pleasant. I would highly recommend anyone looking to stay in the area to highly consider staying at the Salty Dog!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for 6!

  • 5 of 5

We used the Salty Dog as a secondary place to sleep additional guests. It was very comfortable and Justin was very accommodating!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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would return if occassion arised

  • 4 of 5

absolutely spotlesssly clean-- a definite requirement for my family...Justin very hospitable, leaving us alone but always being there if needed

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, convenient and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Salty Dog was the perfect spot for our fall get away to Rockport! Clean, spacious and well appointed it was a great base to explore the area from. We are a family of four adults and it fit our needs perfectly. Justin was an amiable and easy to work with host. The beds are nice, the wireless fast, and the neighborhood peaceful. It is an easy walk to town. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful New England Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the ground floor of this beautiful home for two nights and could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. It was clean and comfortable, exactly as described. Justin was easy to communicate with throughout the entire process. The property is within walking distance of a small beach and the heart of Rockport's shopping and dining district. I absolutely recommend staying at the Salty Dog! I would love to stay here again if I can find a time to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Well organized, clean, easy to access, wonderful location and helpful owner make this an ideal place for a family vacation. All was as advertised.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Boston's Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Numerous bars/pubs in downtown Gloucester
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Salem Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Rockport Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Rockport Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 127 and 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Numerous restaurants in downtown Rockport
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Old Garden Beach
Car: recommended

Rockport is located at the tip of Cape Ann and bordered by Gloucester to the west. Rockport is tranquil yet alive with culture. Beaches, galleries, seafood, and music are some of the broad array of reasons to spend time in our town. Festivals and events occur year-round, and traditions are abound.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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