Driving around last year along  Harbor Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea I stumbled upon  a pretty little cove (can’t seem to fine the name anywhere) that looks directly out to House Island  and Smith Point that is home to an historic observation tower (that guards the entrance to Manchester Harbor). The lighthouse looking structure was actually built by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1943 to look out for German U-boats.

Sunrise at Smith Point Lighthouse

To find this hidden gem just make a left on Harbor Street (if you are heading south towards Beverly) on Route 127 in Manchester and then bear right at the “T”.  If you go left you end up beautiful Tucks Point (great gazebo overlooking the harbor), which is worth a stop, although it is reserved for Manchester residents. If you go right in less than mile you will arrive at this little hidden gem of a hidden cove on your left.

Tucks Point

There is actually a little door that leads you onto a small beach  and there is a little spot to pull your car over on the right although I sure there are no parking signs everywhere. I fortunately came in the dark and could not see them.

I arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise to set up my camera tripod and I was fortunate to have this gorgeous red sky framing the rocky shoreline with House Island on the right and the old lighthouse on Smith Point on the left.

If you continue on, there are “keep out private signs” everywhere but anyone can really drive through and see some amazing waterfront mansions that really distinguish Manchester as one of the elite seaside towns in New England.

The Door to House Island