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Emerson Inn By The Sea
Bed and Breakfast

Rockport, Massachusetts

A rebirth has occurred in the seacoast village of Rockport, Mass. Much like the coming of Spring, the Emerson Inn by the Sea is a refreshing change of atmosphere.

Renovated under the stewardship of innkeepers and owners, Bruce and Michele Coates, the Inn displays the essence of the past, finely preserved in a distinctive New England setting.

Emerson Inn By The Sea, one of Rockport's original summer hotels, began as the Pigeon Cove House in 1846 when William Norwood sold the tavern near the present Pigeon Cove post office in order to relocate to a place better suited to the carriage trade of the day. It was during this period that Ralph Waldo Emerson, then on the lecture circuit, vacationed here in the company of other notables of the day. In 1965, this elegant historic hotel was restored and renamed for its most famous guest.

All of our 36 rooms have a private bath, air conditioning, color cable television, and telephones.   Wireless internet connection is also available.

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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.

Delight in a host of gourmet specialties in the elegant setting of The Grand Cafe.  Hot breakfast served May 1 through October 31; hearty continental served November 1 through April 30.

Enjoy a peaceful night's rest, awakening to the warm welcome of an Atlantic Ocean sunrise.  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.

Rockport is a small seaport one hour north of Boston at the end of Route 128. (Take route 127 from Gloucester until you see our sign in Pigeon Cove) Most famous as an art colony, the town was 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.

The Emerson is open year-round

Although the town is "dry," you may drink anywhere on the premises. We cannot sell drinks, but there is a package store about two miles from the inn. We are a traditional country inn. Half of our rooms face the Ocean, and our top floor suite has a balcony with a truly spectacular Ocean view.  Although we are easy to reach by car, Rockport also has good rail service from North Station in Boston. Complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the Rockport

Salt-water swimming pool is open seasonally. Indoor whirlpool and sauna are available year round.


  • We are a smoke-free Inn.
  • We do not accept pets.
  • Check-in Time 4:00 pm;
  • Check-out time 11:00 am.
  • Late arrivals (after 10 pm in season / after 7 pm off season) must be arranged in advance.
  • We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diners Club and Cart Blanche.
  • RATES: All rates are per room, double occupancy, and are subject to change. Room tax is 9.7%. A two night's deposit is required for all reservations. 14 days advance notice of cancellation is required for a deposit refund. The charge for each extra person (infant, child or adult) is $25 per night plus tax, and must be made in advance. A two night weekend reservation is required May through October. A three night minimum applies during holiday weekends and weekends in August. Occasionally, space may be available for shorter periods of time: please call to inquire.
  • ADVANCE DEPOSITS: A 100% deposit is required for one-night and two-night hotel stays; a three-night deposit is required when a three night minimum stay is in effect; a 50% deposit is required for stays of 5 nights or more. However, for all reservations made online: a 100% deposit is required regardless of the length of stay. A credit card deposit will be charged to your card immediately on the day your reservation is taken. The remaining balance, if any, is due upon arrival. All reservation confirmations are subject to our receipt of your deposit, which will be applied to the last night(s) of your reservation. Fourteen (14) days advance notice of cancellation is required for a hotel guest room deposit refund, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations received less than fourteen days prior to the arrival date will not be refunded.
    We offer a complimentary full, hot breakfast from May through October.
    We offer a complimentary continental breakfast from November through April.
    Complimentary breakfast is not offered with vacation home rentals, but may be purchased for an additional charge.
  • Days and hours of dinner service vary by season. If you plan to join us for dinner, please inquire about dinner reservations while making your room reservation.
  • We accept cash, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diners Club and Carte Blanche.

Weddings at the Emerson Inn By The Sea:

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 Wedding Contact Information 978-546-6321 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. While we promote afternoon and early evening receptions, alternate arrangements may be discussed.

We all look forward to serving you and your guests for an Oceanside "affair to remember" at the Emerson Inn By The Sea.

We know you will enjoy Rockport, as so many of our returning guests do, and hope you will spend your Cape Ann vacation here with us at the Emerson Inn By The Sea

Emerson Inn By The Sea
Bed and Breakfast

1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
(978) 546-6321
Toll Free: (800) 964-5550

Fax: (978) 546-7043
Email: info@emersoninnbythesea.com
Homepage: www.emersoninnbythesea.com.
Innkeepers: Jesse, Paul and Olga

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