If you go to the right place, sometimes a trip just an hour away can feel like a full vacation. A daytrip (or, even better, an overnight) to Rockport, Massachusetts in Cape Ann is just that sort of place.
My friends and I have started a new tradition of coming up here for a girls weekend in the spring. In the summer this place is full of vacationers eating ice cream or lobster rolls as they stroll among the quaint shops and beach. Though there is plenty to do on an ordinary day, there are many festivals to liven up a weekend. This fall will feature the Cape Ann Artisans Tour and the 10th Annual Rockport Harvest Fest. The arts have long been important to this area made famous by Motif Number 1 (featured in our image). That spirit is still strong today.