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Rockport or Marblehead

Cary, NC
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234 posts
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Rockport or Marblehead

Hey Guys. We are planning a last minute trip to the area the end of August. We will be staying one day in Boston and then up to the Cape. We wanted to stay in a condo/rental but have had difficulty finding it in Rockport, which I have read is quaint. I recently read about Marblehead and wondered if that would be just as nice to stay at and enjoy 3 days. THANKS for your guidance!

Boston, MA
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for Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard
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168 reviews
1. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

Hi, when you say "up to the Cape" are you asking about Cape Cod or Cape Ann? because Marblehead & Rockport are north of Boston & Rockport is on Cape Ann. Both are beautiful towns. Marblehead is more of a bedroom community than a tourist destination.

North Shore, MA
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for Salem
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2. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

Marblehead is lovely and quaint in a less touristy-way than Rockport. It does have several B&Bs, but I don't know if it has many vacation rentals. I do think the beaches are better on Cape Ann than in the Marblehead area--it's easy enough to drive from M'head to Cape Ann for a beach day and other activities though.

Cary, NC
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234 posts
9 reviews
3. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

I am referring to Cape Ann. Is it worth staying at Marblehead?

North Shore, MA
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for Salem
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4. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

I'm not sure what you mean by "worth it." Maybe the following links will help you decide:

http://www.marblehead.org/

http://www.marblehead.org/index.aspx?nid=876

http://www.visitmarblehead.com/index.asp

massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/…index.php

If you decide to stay in Marblehead, I don't think you'll want to spend all of your three days there, but it makes a good base for visiting the area north of Boston, including Cape Ann. The drive to Rockport will take about 45 minutes.

Boston...
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5. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

Rockport is fun, yet much more touristy as noted earlier. You can easily explore all the area in between very easily. Do not plan spending all that time in one place or another. Do both, they both offer something different.

Gloucester, MA
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6. Re: Rockport or Marblehead

I think you should try Gloucester. Beautiful beaches lots of rentals and great restaurants and museums. Try accommodations at Rocky Neck or Atlantic vacation homes. Gloucester is also the whale watching capital of the world you might want to take a trip with Cape Ann Whale Watch. www,seethewhales.com

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