Synergy at Cape Ann Motor Inn Long Beach: Salty Frank’s Dogs, Cape Ann SUP, and The Cow mobile ice cream parlor

Veritable foodie and water sports holiday corner at the Cape Ann Motor Inn Gloucester side of Long Beach in the summer of 2018.

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Water sports galore: Cape Ann SUP returns with their awesome crew ensuring the beach is festive with all that good energy

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new this summer:

Salty Frank’s Dogs will be on site Tuesday through Sunday fair weather days, and weekends after Labor Day. The menu changes up daily and goes beyond dogs (lobster rolls, mozzarella sticks, chicken…) One photo shows  looking back to his childhood: his family stayed in the first house on the front cottages row. There used to be a store on the ground floor.

 

 

Testing the waters this weekend:

The Cow: mobile scooped ice cream parlor frappes, iced coffee and more

 

 

Check out the Cape Ann Motor Inn’s live beach cam 

back and side Cape Ann Motor Inn; North Shore Music Theater flies Aladdin banner

 

 

 

 

Had My 1st Beer at Top Dog

My husband, Finn, and I went for a bike ride throughout Rockport yesterday while Thatcher was out sailing.  We stopped at Top Dog for lunch and, after hearing that if I were to order a beer it would be the 1st one they poured that day, I had to have one.  Mind you it was 1:30 in the afternoon…and perfectly acceptable.

Super yummy lunch and a very cold beer.

The last photo shows a VERY happy customer raving to the owner and cook about the fact that her fried clams were the absolute BEST she has ever had.

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Motif No.1 Day 2015 (M1D:15) is Gonna Be Amazing

Five days away from the best M1D in 65 years (really). Film, Dance, Poetry, Music, Art, activities for kids and tons of community events are planned.

FILM: (look for GMG goddess Kim Smith’s clip!) The Red Shed Film Fest at the Rockport Public Library

DANCE: The T-Wharf tent featuring the Rockport Dance Academy and Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre.

MUSIC: The Dock Square tent features the Mari Martin Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Glass Onion. The Shalin Liu features a FREE community concert and an Instrument Petting Zoo.

WORDS: The School Street Tent: Magnetic Poetry Slam, Words Interactive, Words Before Dinner: the Poetry of Cape Ann.

ART: motif 2015 is a show featuring fresh, new work curated by Bob & Jill Armstrong of Iartcolony Gallery in Rockport. Artists from Cape Ann, Boston and beyond have re-imagined the Motif in everything from sculpture to paintings to video installations. A gallery walk will also be part of the festival.

COMMUNITY: Rockport Elementary School 3rd Grade Art Show, the M1D 5k & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools, Thacher Island Committee, Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport Cub Scouts, Millbrook Meadow Committee, Addison Gilbert, SISU Fitness and more!

FOOD: Top Dog will have a food booth at the School Street Tent, Blue Lobster Grille and That Nutty Redhead will be set up in Dock Square, the New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth will be in Harvey Park.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest with prizes sponsored by The Ice Cream Store, painting, sketching, a Story Walk and Make-a-Book craft sponsored by the Rockport Public Library and much more!

Print out this handy Schedule of Events and bring it with you to Motif No.1 Day. The CATA trolley Park ‘n’ Ride will be running all day. Follow us on Twitter @rockportfest to stay up on the festival haps (do people still say that?) #M1D #rockportrocks www.rockportartfestivals.com

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Top Dog, Dog

I think Top Dog is becoming my favorite place for fried clams on Cape Ann. Their fried clams are very light, crispy and flavorful, the dogs are awesome too. It’s a great place for yummy summer food, people watching and taking a break from Bear Skin Neck shopping.

The Man’s Best Friend Hot Dog (chili & cheese) and Fried Clams at Top Dog in Rockport. 

 

Amy’s Coffee and Cones Now Serving Killer Dogs

Amy Blake Had Me Swing By To Sample One of Her Killer Dogs On Rocky Neck.  I’m telling you (and maybe I shouldn’t let out the secret) that her little deck next to the shop has the best little ocean breeze and view of Smith’s Cove.  A perfect spot to bring the kids for a hot dog and ice cream while sitting and taking in the beautiful view.

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Just Hit Up Top Dog In Rockport

Based on GMG contributor Paul Morrison’s glowing reviews I took the family to Top Dog on Bearskin Neck in Rockport.

He was spot on. This place is a gem and must go-to spot for casual faire while in Rockport. Very reasonable prices. Great food, excellent set- up, spotless bathrooms. A top notch establishment the Top Dog is.

Eight thumbs up from the Ciaramitaro family.

Thanks Paul for the recommendation. We probably never would have tried it had it not been for you!

Pics coming