Make no mistake about it: Sea glassing is serious business (just ask that woman over there giving you the side eye because you’re coming too close to “her” part of the beach). We, however, don’t mind sharing. The way we see it, each new tide brings in new/old frosted treasures, so why not? Herewith are a few of our favored spots.
Pavilion Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Unlike Massachusetts’ “other” cape (that of the “cod” variety) Cape Ann is known as fertile ground when it comes to the hunt, and Pavilion Beach on Gloucester Harbor is an excellent place to start. Time your visit for low tide, of course, and don’t forget to look between the rocks — you never know what will turn up, perhaps even a centuries-old piece of “pirate” glass, which looks black until you hold it up to the light. Oh, the stories it could tell!
Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut
As Connecticut’s most populous city, Bridgeport may not be the first place you think of when it comes to strolling the beach — but perhaps it should be. Case in point: Seaside Park, which boasts 2½ miles of beachfront tucked between Bridgeport Harbor and Fayerweather Island at the mouth of Black Rock Harbor. Whether a sea glass bottle bottom, bottle stopper or a marble (i.e., the Holy Grail), much of the glass found at Seaside tends to be fabulously frosted.
Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
The entire western border of 464-acre Colt State Park overlooks Narragansett Bay, which means that this “gem” of the Rhode Island state-parks system offers an abundance of opportunities to find ocean-worn gems of your own. Red, orange, yellow and turquoise may be the colors most rare, but don’t overlook those whites tossed upon the shore. Upon closer inspection, they often turn out to be coveted lavender.
Fish Beach, Monhegan Island, Maine
This tiny (as in 1¾ miles long by three-quarters of a mile wide with a population of less than 100) island 12 nautical miles off the midcoast mainland is accessible by boat service from Port Clyde, New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. Those in the know recommend you bring a big ol’ bucket for your sea glass and a sturdy pair of shoes — this is a “walking” island; no cars allowed.