Emerson Inn By The Sea - Rockport Inn: North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley Inn, MA
Emerson Inn By The SeaRockport, MA
A Rockport Massachusetts hotel, is Cape Ann's only historic grand hotel. Referred to by many as a "baby grand," this lovely Rockport inn is an historic gem. Thirty-six beautifully appointed rooms have been restored to reflect the quality of yesteryear with amenities that discerning travelers seek today, including private baths, spa tubs, private enclosed balconies, televisions, Wi-Fi, and telephones. Two vacation rental cottages adjacent to the Inn offer the ideal surroundings for family vacations and reunions or corporate retreats, with decks, ocean-view yards, and even a backyard BBQ. Following seven years of extensive renovations, our Massachusetts oceanfront bed and breakfast is the choice for those seeking Rockport vacations, Cape Ann getaways, wedding and conference facilities on the coast or fine dining in a historic setting. From a leisurely stroll through Rockport or nearby Gloucester, to marine-life adventure snorkeling, to a hike among the fall foliage or along the shore of Cape Ann, the Emerson Inn by the Sea is surrounded by a diversity of summer and winter activities. Experience the unparalleled romance and comfort of this classic Massachusetts country inn.
- Air Conditioning
- Family Friendly
- Handicap Accessible
- Historical Features
- Live Entertainment
- Meeting Facilities
- Outdoor Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
- Cross Country Skiing
- Cultural Activities
- Ice Skating
- Lighthouse Tours
- Whale Watching
DiningEmerson Inn by the Sea is proud to feature The Grand Cafe, one of the finest Rockport, MA restaurants. Starting with a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean - just 50 yards from the dining room - and ending with delectable desserts, everything in-between is what fine dining should be. In this Cape Ann restaurant, our chef serves up fine New England fare using the freshest local ingredients and appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts from his own original recipes, resulting in our classic and creative cuisine.
Emerson Inn by the Sea is now proudly able to serve your favorite wines and spirits. The Town of Rockport requires that, "alcoholic beverages may only be ordered in conjunction with the consumption of a meal." A meal consists of an entree or multiple servings of other dishes.
One Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966
Rockport, Massachusetts is most famous as an art colony. The town was also a major granite shipper until the depression closed the quarries. Today, vacationers sunbathe on the rocks and beaches, take walks through the woods or along the shore, or watch the whales from boats out of Rockport or Gloucester. The Rockport Golf Club has a fine nine-hole course about three miles from the Emerson, and there are tennis courts less than a mile from the Inn.
With one of the most picturesque harbors in the nation, Rockport town is the epitome of quaint, New England charm. Embark on a Cape Ann whale watch in the hopes of seeing local marine wildlife. See Motif No. 1, the red, harbor-side fishing shack that is one of the most-painted (and photographed) buildings in the world. Stroll along the streets of downtown, and the famous stretch on Bearskin Neck, through a variety of antique stores, jewelry shops, clothes boutiques, and other shops. Dine at Emerson Inn or eat locally at one of the delicious little cafes.
A thriving artist colony, Rockport features many small art galleries and art stores offering works in various forms - from paintings, to sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Click here for a list of Rockport art galleries. The Rockport Art Association sponsors exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and educational programs for children and adults throughout the year. The association also holds an annual art auction, usually in May.
Rockport offers a number of lovely beaches, each with its own character. A renowned scuba diver's spot, Back Beach is located between Main and Granite streets. It also offers great views. If you are looking more for peace and quiet, Cape Hedge Beach on South street is quietly tucked away – a perfect place for solitude. Front Beach is a busy beach on Sandy Bay – walking distance to downtown Rockport and its restaurants and shops. Long Beach, off Thatcher Road, is another long, protected stretch of ocean and sand, backed by a cement retaining wall and lined with summer cottages. From Long Beach you can easily view the twin lighthouses on Thacher's Island.
Boating & Water Adventure
Whether you are aimin to catch a giant bluefin tuna or just want a quiet sail, Rockport offers the perfect boating charter. We are happy to make recommendations for a charter.
More challenging than it first appears, the semi-private Rockport Golf Club has thick, tree-lined fairways that put a premium on shot accuracy. Although a 9-hole course, there are additional tees that can be used when playing an eighteen-hole round. Ask an innkeeper for information on public-use times. Open April 1 through November 1.
Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse was built in 1835 to mark the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor. The relatively small lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard but the island itself is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird and wildlife sanctuary. The Twin Lighthouses, also known as Cape Ann Light Station, are the only surviving multiple lights on the coasts of the United States. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in 1789—making them among the oldest of America’s lighthouses.
Museums & Historic Sites
The Sandy Bay Historical Society, housed in the 1832 Sewall-Scripture House at 40 King Street, features an extensive collection of local history and genealogical information. Permanent exhibits also include the works of deceased Cape Ann artists Fitz Hugh Lane, Aldro Hibbard, Alfred Wiggin and Charles Gruppe. The Paper House is a historical site that must be seen to be believed. Built in 1922 as a summer home by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, the house still stands today as a monument to ingenuity.
Visitors can enjoy exceptional musical performances and events year round, including classical, jazz, folk and world music— as well as HD simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and England’s National Theatre -- at the critically acclaimed Shalin Liu Performance Center conveniently located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts. Summer brings the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which offers orchestral concerts from string quartets, pianists, vocalists, and trios throughout June.
Gloucester Stage Company presents professional productions of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant dramas, comedies, and musicals. Plays developed at the Gloucester Stage Company have gone on to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the United States, and around the world. The Company has received numerous awards and citations including several Elliot Norton Awards (awarded by The Boston Theater Critic's Association) for individual productions and performances and a New England Theater Conference Award. Gloucester Stage Company is located in East Gloucester, MA on Smith's Cove adjacent the galleries and restaurants of Rocky Neck, the oldest art colony in the United States.
Performances from the students at the Windover Center for the Performing Arts whose works have included the creation and re-creation of original choreography, dance/ theater pieces, and full-fledged musicals with original music can also be enjoyed year round. In addition, the Windhover Dance Company has performed reconstructions of the dances of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, and it is the only company in New England dedicated to the work of these pioneer modern dancers.
Walking & Hiking
Walk the Words guided tours takes you through rock formations created by glaciers 10,000 years ago, the remains of Dogtown, a colonial village from the 1700s, and boulders inscribed with inspiring words from the Great Depression.
Halibut Point State Park is owned by the Town of Rockport and is open for public use. Here you can explore the park's trails and tidepools, picnic on its rocky ledges, enjoy its sweeping views, and learn about Cape Ann's historic granite industry.
Spy a gentle giant out in the waters of Cape Ann. Humpback, Fin, and Minke whales, and even the endangered Right whale, feed here from mid-April through October. Other sea mammals, such as dolphins, and rare seabirds, including Black Guillemots, Manx Shearwaters, Greater Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm Petrels also can be spotted. Many whale boats guarantee sightings. Click here for Cape Ann whale tour options.
MeetingsMeetings Capacity: 60
Meetings Guestrooms: 36
Meetings Space Sq. Ft.: 2,770
Classic, turn-of-the-century inn with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Award-winning oceanfront restaurant. "Gourmet Greatness" - The Phantom Gourmet; "Unparalleled Ambience" - The Boston Globe. Stimulate creative ideas in our oceanview meeting room; then RELAX... in a rocker on our seaside verandah... by our heated outdoor swimming pool. Emerson Inn by the Sea is a conference center in Massachusetts ideal for functions on the North Shore. From the Conference Coordinator assigned to our meeting to the ocean-view conference room and break-out rooms offering state-of-the-art AV equipment, every function no matter how big or small is meticulously planned and implemented.
Menus for banquets, private parties, and conference set-ups, at this Massachusetts conference facility, are varied from lavish to informal, and food can be customized to meet the needs and themes of groups. In 2005, Emerson Inn by the Sea was awarded the first liquor license in Rockport since 1933, and an extensive wine list along with popular spirits are now available, as well.
When planning your next Rockport executive retreat or Cape Ann meeting enjoy our 21st century capabilities mixed with the charm and ambiance of the 18th century. We offer:
A spectacular ocean-view conference and banquet room accommodating up to 75 attendees
Break-out conference rooms accommodating 26 - 75 attendees
State of the art audio visual equipment
High-speed wireless and wired Internet
All-day Meeting Packages
Free motor coach parking
Our service staff will give every attention to detail so you can worry about how to schedule some time for just enjoying the view.
Group TravelGroups Capacity: 60
Groups Guestrooms: 36
Groups Space Sq. Ft.: 2,770
Following seven years of extensive renovations, our Massachusetts oceanfront bed and breakfast is the choice for those seeking Rockport vacations, Cape Ann getaways, wedding and conference facilities on the coast or fine dining in a historic setting. From a leisurely stroll through Rockport or nearby Gloucester, to marine-life adventure snorkeling, to a hike among the fall foliage or along the shore of Cape Ann, the Emerson Inn by the Sea is surrounded by a diversity of summer and winter activities. Experience the unparalleled romance and comfort of this classic Massachusetts country inn.
WeddingsWeddings Capacity: 150
Weddings Guestrooms: 36
Weddings Space Sq. Ft.: 2,770
A memorable Massachusetts wedding at the Emerson Inn by the Sea will be the event of a lifetime - a perfect blend of traditional elegance and impeccable service. Our award-winning culinary staff and professional wedding coordinators attend over the small details, so you can relax and enjoy your wedding by the ocean. And, we offer exceptional wedding packages to help with your planning and budgeting. You will find our inn to be the perfect location for ocean wedding destinations. Our stunning ocean-front setting offers picturesque and panoramic sea views for Massachusetts weddings and receptions. In the colder months (and in inclement weather) our grand parlor offers lovely historical surroundings with elegant furnishings. Throughout the year, the main floor and ocean-side grounds can be rented for ceremonies. Lovely banquet rooms can accommodate a seaside wedding reception of 150 guests. Wedding menus vary from lavish to informal, and food can be customized to meet the needs and wedding themes of the bride and groom. In 2005, Emerson Inn by the Sea was awarded the first liquor license in Rockport since 1933, and an extensive wine list along with popular spirits are now available.
RoomsNumber of Rooms: 36
Our 36 well-appointed guestrooms offer Rockport, MA lodging that exudes the charm and nostalgia of the past as well as provide the amenities and conveniences of today such as wireless Internet, television, telephone, voice mail, mini-refrigerators, air conditioning and, of course, private bathrooms. In our guestrooms, you will be able to go back in time, sit back and relax before a dip in our heated outdoor swimming pool, or before a delicious dinner in our award-winning restaurant.
An inviting alternative to Gloucester, MA hotels, our Rockport accommodations feature an eclectic range of rooms that can fit everyone's needs from families to single travelers. For those special occasions, we also have rooms with enclosed balconies and spa tubs. Our two-bedroom suites, offer two separate sleeping areas which are ideal for families. Our oceanfront rooms offer fantastic ocean views and are the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic.
We offer 2 Vacation Homes right next door to the Inn for the family vacation, wedding, corporate group or retreat.
Make your stay at the Emerson Inn By The Sea an unforgettable memory.