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tion, was purchased in 2015 by Migis Hotels whose properties include the well-known Black Point Inn in Maine. During our stay, the Emerson (www.emersoninnbythesea.com) was in the final stages of an extensive restoration that retained the grand hotel's traditional features. A sweeping staircase connects guest rooms to an intimate first floor parlor with a cozy bar. Updated public spaces had received sophis- ticated color schemes and framed works by contemporary local artists. Like many of the 36 guest rooms, ours had a high old-fashioned four- poster bed, luxurious linens, a flat screen TV, and a view to the rocky shore. Without delay, we changed for the pool. Charmingly old-fash- ioned, it was nothing glamourous and still needed fresh paint but the setting was peaceful and the water fine. It was an unpretentious, sooth- ing prelude to dinner in the Emerson's casual Pigeon Cove Tavern, which serves excellent local and seasonal dishes. We had scheduled our visit around a particular concert at Shalin Liu Performance Center, the home of Rockport Music (www.rock- portmusic.org). In the heart of town, a historic building was given a million dollar renovation and a new life. It opened in 2010 with a beautiful contemporary performance space designed by the team responsible for Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall. Shalin Liu, named for the woman who is its major benefactor, has a reputation for superb acoustics and a year-round schedule of jazz, classical, folk, pop, blues, chamber, and world music. This was our first visit. On the way in, we were greeted by a longtime volunteer, Mary Jane. We told her we were looking forward to seeing the venue's signature element: the harbor seen through a glass wall backing the stage. 204 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 excursions "the setting was peaceful" C O U R T E S Y O F E M E R S O N I N N The historic Emerson Inn, Rockport