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.
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

Your North Shore vacation should begin at this elegant inn with on-site spa, restaurant

Elegant as well as casual, with rustic and sophisticated touches, the Briar Barn Inn provides the ultimate in comfort for your getaway or longer vacation. Its 30 distinctively decorated rooms, located around a landscaped courtyard with fire pits and seating, feature gas fireplaces and cozy seating areas, original artwork and large soaking tubs. There’s a pool, and an on-site spa offers relaxing massages, body treatments and soaks. The Grove restaurant, popular with locals and guests, serves up regional fare with flair in its beautiful post-and-beam barn setting, with a terrace for al fresco dining. The North Shore’s list of activities is vast, from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter to kayaking, golfing and beach-going in warmer months and great shopping, dining and antiquing all year.
Common Parlor 500x250 - Harbor Light Inn - Marblehead, MA
Harbor Light Inn

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

Lovely town, romantic inn: It’s a perfect combination for your Marblehead getaway

In the heart of the Harbor District in one of the loveliest towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore, the Harbor Light Inn exudes a calm, welcoming, romantic atmosphere in everything from the soft sunsets through its small-paned windows to the chimes from a mantel clock to the finely tooled furnishings in its common rooms and spacious guest quarters. Rooms, each individually styled, feature options including traditional seasonal fireplaces or gas fireplaces and two-person jetted tubs. A full breakfast is included, served in the dining room or, in season, on garden tables overlooking the pool. An intimate, popular tavern serves wine, beers, cordials and bar bites. Make your getaway special by ordering wine, flowers, chocolates or other delicacies for your room. In-room massages also can be arranged.