This week marks our final week of Takeout Today and we encourage you to visit Mile Marker One at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort in Gloucester. With locally caught seafood, grass-fed beef, and a selection of cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Visit them after Wednesday this week when their Bridge Deck opens. You can dine with them inside or outside at the water’s edge, you can even dock and dine by boat! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks are also available to-go for curbside, dockside or delivery. Follow Mile Marker One on social media to stay up to date with all their activities.
The Lantana House is an intimate, welcoming bed and breakfast open year round in the heart of historic Rockport. Innkeepers Richard and Tracey welcome their guests with open arms and delicious food and ensure their guests take in all that Rockport has to offer. After a long day out and about, what better way to wind down than on the front porch and deck, listening to the sweet sounds of Rockport. Book your stay today
The time has come for Cape Ann to bid a fond farewell to Matt and Missy Anzivino as they prepare to begin the next chapter in their life story in Florida. Their Cape Ann chapter began in early 2009 when Matt was hired by Maine Course Hospitality Group to manage their recently acquired and newly renovated Rockport Inn & Suites. For the first few months Matt commuted to work between Cape Ann and Cape Cod, while Missy remained in Chatham for their daughters Rachel and Jordan to complete the school year with their classmates. That summer the family moved to Rockport and the rest – to coin a phrase – is Cape Ann history.
The Anzivino family quickly joined the Cape Ann Chamber family even as they were becoming part Rockport’s community fabric. Over the years, Matt and Missy and their team at Rockport Inn & Suites brought energy and spirit to Christmas in Rockport and the community Easter egg hunt, while hosting countless Rockport Division meetings and Chamber events at the inn. Along the way, Matt helped bring Santa to Rockport, while Missy, Rachel and Jordan – as Santa’s elves – organized photos with Santa and gave joy to hundreds of children. In 2016 Matt became Chamber Board President and took as the theme of his presidency year “Oceans of Change, Waves of Opportunity”. During his time at the Chamber helm, Matt ably navigated our ship through changing seas while helping us ride every opportunity forward with his steady, skilled hand on the wheel.
Chamber CEO Ken Riehl added: “Matt and his wife Missy and their daughters Rachel and Jordan are what we mean when talk about our Chamber family. Matt has been an incredible partner with the Chamber, and supporter of Rockport and the entire Cape Ann region. Whether he’s coaching the Rockport High basketball team, hosting Rotary or Chamber meetings, supporting the Innkeepers Association or serving as a distribution point for Chamber publications, Matt has always given to his community. Matt was also one of my earliest supporters, on the hiring committee, and we have weathered through challenging times, shared terrific successes and had a lot of fun. I wish Matt and his family the very best, and know that they will be as involved in their next community and as successful as they have been here on Cape Ann.”
Now as they embark on their next great adventure, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Matt and Missy Anzivino for their loving, generous and dedicated years of service to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. And even more importantly we thank Matt and Missy and Rachel and Jordan for their friendship and for becoming part of our extended Cape Ann family.
The North Shore, a group of towns in Greater Boston, is a culturally important swath of Massachusetts. The coastal region is known for its excellent seafood, beautiful beaches, and historic landmarks. Many a good film has been filmed here as well, such as Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester-by-the-Sea. There are many towns worth visiting, but Rockport is a favorite among travelers. Forty miles north of Boston, the town has a can’t-miss natural gem in Halibut Point State Park, from which visitors can spot Maine in the distance 80 miles away. Rockport is also beloved by art history buffs: it is home to Motif Number 1, a fishing shack with the superlative “the most-often painted building in America.” It was built in 1840, and was a popular subject because it represented New England’s nautical character. (And it didn’t hurt that the light hit it just so.) A replica was built promptly following the historic Blizzard of 1978, which destroyed the original. Gray Malin photographed it for his recent project on Boston.
There are about forty-six rooms of Beauport and no two are the same. Beauport, also known as the Sleeper-McCann house, is a brilliant display of architecture and interior design. The house was built by one of America’s first interior designers, Henry David Sleeper.
Sleeper’s good friend, A. Piatt Anderw introduced Sleeper to the Eastern Point area in 1906. The area comprises the southern half of the peninsula between the eastern side of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Sleeper purchased a plot of land in the area in August of 1907 right down the road from Andrew’s summer mansion, Red Roof. In the fall of that same year Sleeper began construction. By May of 1908 Sleeper was moved in, but the house was nowhere near complete. Sleeper added room after room to the house for the next twenty years. He used the home to showcase his skill in interior design and architecture. Sleeper replicated Jacobean American, Colonial American and various styles of French décor throughout the process of bringing his vision to life. Prominent clients from around the country had the option to replicate elements or entire rooms of Beauport in their own homes. He did this in an effort to preserve styles of design and orientation that may have otherwise been lost. This is partially what makes the house so unique. Each room is influenced by a different era and style of architecture with a twist that Sleeper applies in the form of masterful skill in the orientation of art and glass decoration.
Charles and Helena Woolworth McCann purchased the property after sleeper’s death in 1934. The family made a few minor changes, but kept most of the house exactly as Sleeper left it. In 1947 the heirs of Charles and Helena donated the house to the Society for the Protection of New England Antiquities, now known as Historic New England. To this day the organization operates the property as a house museum.
Visitors can go and see the mansion nearly exactly as Sleeper left it. The outside of the house is almost as impressive as the inside. The gardens, the highlight of the grounds, are complimented by a breathtaking ocean view. Currently there are three tours to choose from at Beauport. The standard tour is an hour long and it consists of 26 rooms. Though it is the shortest, it is still packed with plenty of info on the history and design of the mansion. By the end it is hard to believe that there are still twenty more rooms. The Nooks and Crannies tour undoubtedly lives up to its name. This tour consists of all 46 rooms and is about three hours long. If you are looking for a fun and informative activity that will fill up an afternoon than this is the one for you. The tour gives visitors plenty of time to explore each room and it is filled with seemingly endless info on various pieces in the house, as well as stories about Beauport’s original owners. Designing Beauport is the newest tour offered at the house and it is about two hours long. The tour takes visitors through rooms in the exact order that they were added by Sleeper. This tour focuses on the style of design, decoration and orientation that Sleeper used, as well as what events in his life inspired the home. There are no self-guided tours but the guides at Beauport are pleasant, personable and quite professional. The staff at Beauport is full of energy and enthusiasm. The amount of information they have to offer about any given element of the house is quite impressive.
Open May though October (Closed July 4th)
Tours on the hour 10am to 4pm, Last tour at 4pm
Location: 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Historic New England Members: Free
students and children: $8.00
Article and Photos by Joe Codrington