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North of Boston/Merrimack Valley have comfortable B&Bs & historic inns

From a pair of old brownstones on Beacon Street in the Greater Boston area to a lodging that first opened as a crossroads public house in Concord in 1716, Massachusetts inns and B&Bs are smaller, quiet, extremely luxurious lodgings that reflect the historic character and regions of MA. Inns are found in every corner of Mass, including North of Boston, Marblehead, Rockport, and Salem. Inns usually offer personal luxuries like hot tubs and Jacuzzis, fine dining, gardens and walking trails, spectacular scenery, and nearby cultural attractions. North of Boston region, including picturesque Cape Ann, is a place to go whale watching in Gloucester, visit museums of witchcraft in Salem, learn about New England’s seafaring past at the Peabody Essex Museum, enjoy art and beautiful harbor vistas in Marblehead and Rockport, see the history of the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, and dine on lobster and seafood at every stop.
Room #25 with Fireplace 500x250 - Harbor Light Inn - Marblehead, MA
Harbor Light Inn

58 Washington Street Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-631-2186

Elegant 18th-century inn close to historic harbor as well as shops, galleries, restaurants

Set snugly in Marblehead’s historic downtown, close to the harbor, shops, galleries and restaurants, the Harbor Light Inn exudes charm, hospitality and a serene comfort. Its rooms, appointed with finely tooled furnishings, offer delightful options including two-person jetted tubs, working fireplaces, and four-poster and canopy beds. There’s an intimate, popular tavern serving casual-dining favorites, an outdoor pool and poolside seating area, and breakfast including hot dishes and homemade sweet breads is served every morning. Area activities include sailing charters, paddle boarding, whale watching or taking a walking tour of this historic town. There’s a public park with a fabulous view at Fort Sewall, and gravestones going back to the 1600s (including a Salem Witch Trial victim) at the Old Burial Hill.
Grand King Suite - Briar Barn Inn - Rowley, MA - Photo Credit Kim Crawford
Briar Barn Inn

101 Main Street Rowley, MA, 01969 Phone: 978-653-5323

Picturesque country inn an oasis of tranquility for those seeking relaxing getaway

As soon as you see the Briar Barn Inn, across from the common in historic Rowley, you’ll know you have chosen the right place for your vacation or getaway. The inn’s 30 guest rooms and suites feature rustically elegant decor, with curated artwork and antiques, gas fireplaces, soaking tubs and luxurious linens. A relaxing, stylish spa offers massages, facials and other rejuvenating body treatments. Enjoy the restaurant, Grove, in a light-filled room with an adjoining terrace, features farm-fresh dining, including bountiful weekend brunches. Pull up an Adirondack chair to a fire pit in the courtyard or relax before the fire in your spacious suite. Nearby activities include hiking, gallery hopping, museums and a variety of water activities from sea kayaking to whale watching.