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Coastal day trip

We are going to be in Boston for the weekend and are looking for a great coastal spot for photography. Unfortunately, Nantucket is too far for this trip. What about Rockport? Or is there something better?

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1. Re: Coastal day trip

Rockport is a nice choice as is Ogunquit Maine, the Marginal Way.

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My vote goes to Rockport and, right next door, the city of Gloucester. In Rockport check out Bearskin Neck for shots of a quaint, seaside village, and for the quintessential "rocky coast" shot, head to Atlantic Avenue in Gloucester.

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For dunes and incredible light, you can't beat the outer part of Cape Cod ... you can catch a 'fast ferry' from downtown Boston for a day trip to Provincetown ... on the very tip of the Cape ... once you get off the boat, the dunes are easily accessible by shuttle bus or taxi, or rented bicycle or even by walking.

There's two ferry companies. Check out their sites for more info:

http://www.provincetownfastferry.com/

bostonharborcruises.com/provincetown-ferry/

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Ooops ... forgot to say, you didn't mention when you'll be here. The ferries to P-town stop running around Columbus Day.

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Actually Rockport features "Motif #1", supposedly America's most painted (and often photographed) building. It's a red fishing shack by the water. Here's an excerpt from a web site.

"ROCKPORT'S trade mark is the dark red shack on a Bearskin Neck wharf. "Motif No. 1" is recognized in far-away places, thanks not only to visitors who spread its fame, but to the innumerable paintings and prints that have carried its likeness abroad. One story says that a Yankee traveling in South America found a picture of the house: it had been painted in Czechoslovakia. He brought it to his home in New Hampshire.

As we have noted, America's most-painted building received its name in an impulsive exclamation by Lester Hornby. This illustrator and etcher taught in Paris in the winter; his pupils, in the French manner, drew certain standard subjects or motifs.

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6. Re: Coastal day trip

If you make it to Rockport, check out Halibut Point State Park. It has beautiful ocean views, large rocky coast. Many artists paint here:

www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/halb.htm

It is a 2 or 3 miles outside of the downtown area.

Also you could check out the Boston Harbor Islands. They have great views of the city and other islands. After Labor Day though the ferry schedule is limited so some may not be vistable this time of year:

http://www.bostonislands.org/

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