Last summer, as I was looking for a beach that allowed dogs I came across an online article describing Gooseberry Island. We finally visited today and it was well worth the wait. What I thought was just going to be a tiny little spit of land turned out to be a good-sized island that feels pretty wild and a little desolate. You can see Horseneck beach and other areas of Westport, MA, but the rest of the view is all Buzzards Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean beyond. Not to mention those creepy World War II lookout towers . . .
As I was trying to learn more about the island, I found a Gooseberry Island Facebook page and blog. The site describes Gooseberry Island’s interesting history as a WWII coastal defense site, and also a small summer colony. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching.