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Family Friendly Apartment, Short Walk to Beach/Downtown, Parking, WiFi, Grill

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,025 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Open year round, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, eat-in kitchen, Long Beach parking pass

The Salty Dog Summer Stay is a spacious, bright, furnished apartment with all the comfort and amenities one may need to enjoy time in our seaside town. Perfectly located on Atlantic Avenue in the Old Garden Beach neighborhood, many of Rockport's shops, restaurants, and attractions are a short walk away. Old Garden Beach is a 5 minute stroll down the lane, the Headlands and Rockport Harbor are a 10 minute walk, and Bearskin Neck is a 13 minute walk.

The Salty Dog apartment encompasses the whole ground floor of our home. My wife, 2 girls, and I live in the other unit on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

The living area is furnished with a comfortable couch, 3 chairs, and a bench. Entertainment includes HD cable TV, DVD, WiFi, bluetooth stereo, board games, and books.

The Salty Dog has two bedrooms. One bedroom has two double beds and the other bedroom has a queen bed. We also provide a twin-sized folding cot.

The apartment has a full sized, eat in kitchen with seating for up 6 people. There is a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker.

Guests can enjoy backyard space that includes a grill and picnic table, and a children’s play set (3 swings, slide, and monkey bars). There is also a front covered patio with rocking chairs.

There is off-street parking for 2 cars in our driveway.

We provide a complimentary resident beach pass that allows guests to park in the “resident only” parking lot at the popular Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach.

More Details

Justin Mierz
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Justin Mierz

I’m dedicated to providing families and friends a comfortable, casual, friendly stay at our vacation rentals. I specialize in convenience, personalized service, and love and knowledge of our home, Rockport, Massachusetts. I welcome those wanting to vacation short or long term and take pride in the accommodations I offer.

I live with my wife, Marcie, and two daughters, Ava Mae (9 years old) and Sadie (6 years old) on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport. I spend most of my time operating two year-round vacation rentals in Rockport and raising two active girls. I appreciate being able to work at home so I, along with Marcie, can spend valuable quality time with our daughters and participate in their school, dance, and sports activities. Marcie also is a technical project manager in the field of software engineering for the NASDAQ OMX group.

I worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston for 13 years as an Environmental Analyst before resigning in 2013. I have a degree from East Carolina University in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene and a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. Before the state health department, I worked for the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

I drive a 1987 Volvo 240 to get me around town and dock a Boston Whaler in the harbor. I enjoy lobstering and sharing the catch since I dislike the taste. I love the thrill of catching a bluefish and can be found most late summer mornings on the water trying to catch the fierce fish.

My favorite food is pizza and I appreciate a good pie. We are fortunate in Rockport and Gloucester to have excellent pizza shops. Friday night is pizza night in the Mierz household. I will happily recommend places for guests to go! We also have great seafood restaurants in Rockport and Gloucester. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with guests, if wanted, about places guests may want to check out.

Justin Mierz purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Justin Mierz chose Rockport

My great grandparents bought the house in the 1940s, and my step father and aunt grew up here. In 2005, Marcie and I were able to purchase the property from the family. We slowly made major renovations to restore and preserve the house's natural character. We take great pride in their home and are fortunate to be the third generation to raise their family in such a special place.

What makes this apartment unique

Location. We are minutes from Old Garden Beach, Bearskin Neck, Headlands, Rockport Harbor, Shalin Liu Performance Center, and downtown's shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I stayed at this house with a few friends for a recent wedding. We had a wonderful time and the house was perfect for us. Justin, the owner is very friendly and was super helpful throughout the whole renting processes. The house itself was very clean, big enough to fit a pretty large party, and very welcoming. It was an extremely hot weekend (high 90's the whole time) and the AC's kept us nice and cool throughout our visit. The back yard was very big and a great place to play catch or grill. The ocean was a 5 minute walk away and was a great pre-wedding activity for us! I highly recommend a stay here...we are planning to do so again next summer!
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Rockport, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1025 sq ft
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • **A signed rental agreement is required to book a reservation**
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Front bedroom - 2 double bed , pull-out cot is available
    Back bedroom - 1 large double bed
  • The front bedroom has a large closet and bureau with mirror. The back bedroom has a closet, dressing nook, and full-sized mirror. Both bedrooms are bright - the front bedroom has 3 windows and the back bedroom has 4 windows, including a large picture window. Both bedrooms have their own air conditioning unit and heating.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • sand pit
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Family Friendly Apartment, Short Walk to Beach/Downtown, Parking, WiFi, Grill
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 35 reviews

Cozy, comfortable and convenient in March. In a blizzard.

  • 5 of 5

The property is less than a 5 minute walk from Old Garden Beach and less than 10 from Bear Skin Neck and the center of Rockport. (Although with temperatures in the high 20's and low 30's, and the wind blowing at 30+ MPH, we didn't use the beach much.)

Who knew there would be a blizzard four days after we arrived at Salty Dog? Winter Storm Skylar blanketed Rockport with several inches of heavy wet snow, but there were no problems on Atlantic Ave.

The two bedroom apartment is very comfortable and had excellent cable, wi-fi and heat. The living area is comfortable for sitting, reading, watching TV, or just relaxing. There is a bookcase filed with a variety of materials to entertain you including about 20 board games. The kitchen is HUGE and well stocked and organized. Just bring your groceries. The beds are comfortable. The bathroom is small, but more than adequate for your vacation needs. There is a clothes washer and dryer , ironing board and iron, etc....; you will want for little or nothing during your stay.

Justin, your host, is readily available, helpful, and responsive. He is fast on answering his phone and text messages. He even had the snow cleared from the walkway and front door before we even awakened. And he can unlock your front door when you lock yourself out. Twice.

We had a delightful visit with family, and in spite of the Nor'easter, were very happy with Salty Dog. I would definitely consider staying again when we return to Rockport.

Thank you, Justin!

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful spot in Rockport!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic place to stay. Clean, comfortable, warm, and roomy. What more could one ask for? Well, how about being a block from the ocean, and a five minute walk to Bear Skin Neck? Justin met us when we arrived, gave us a tour of the apartment, and showed us how things worked. Since he and his family live upstairs, it was nice to know he was there if we needed anything. Everything was lovely. We hope to return many times.

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location with wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment in a perfect location. Even a winter stay was great! Justin is very accommodating, just a wonderful host. The apartment was nice and clean - which is huge with me - and did not disappoint. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 11/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, spacious, perfect.

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our mini getaway last weekend. The apartment is clean, cozy, and has great amenities. Justin was a helpful and kind host. Will definitely stay here again when visiting the Rockport/Gloucester area again. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 20/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Apartment was beautiful. Justin was the best i have ever worked with. Would definately recommend to anyone. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice location with great accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

The Salty Dog was the perfect rental for our group. It is set in on a quiet road with a short walk right to the ocean with great views. Everything we needed was a short drive away from the location, which was a major plus. Justin was a nice easy going guy and he has the rental set up with all you would need if it were your own home. Very inviting and pleasant. I would highly recommend anyone looking to stay in the area to highly consider staying at the Salty Dog!!

  • Review Submitted: 23/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Boston's Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Numerous bars/pubs in downtown Gloucester
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Salem Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Rockport Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Rockport Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 127 and 128
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Numerous restaurants in downtown Rockport
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Old Garden Beach
Car: recommended

Rockport is located at the tip of Cape Ann and bordered by Gloucester to the west. Rockport is tranquil yet alive with culture. Beaches, galleries, seafood, and music are some of the broad array of reasons to spend time in our town. Festivals and events occur year-round, and traditions are abound.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Rockport, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
July, August
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend
31 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
3 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
November, December
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$25 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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