Stay in hotels and inns where history happened

As the home state of Plymouth Rock and several critical sites of the American Revolution, Massachusetts is arguably among the most historic places in the United States. Historic hotels and other historic lodgings are numerous in MA. Many of these Colonial-era or 18th- and 19th-century hotels and inns boast period furnishings and owners who are more than happy to discuss the period with visitors. Most historic lodgings also are near locations of early gatherings and battles that helped form the United States.
Publick House Historic Inn On the Common Exterior Sturbridge MA
Publick House Historic Inn On the Common

277 Main Street - Route 131 Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508-347-3313 Toll-Free: 800-782-5425

Gracious Sturbridge inn honors its 18th-century history, offers modern amenities

Don’t settle for the ordinary when you can have a truly revolutionary vacation. The Publick House Historic Inn, which has welcomed guests since 1771, honors its heritage with everything from the antiques and period reproductions in the original inn’s comfortable rooms and suites to the post-and-beam ceiling and wide plank floors held together by cast nails in the Historic Tap Room, the inn’s original dining room, where hearty comfort food is a specialty. Enjoy a drink by the fire at Ebenezer’s Tavern, with its vintage brass beer taps and rum barrels. Modern amenities at the lovely inn include an outdoor pool, a fitness room and spa. And you’ll want to visit the famous Bake Shoppe, with its irresistible pastries, fresh-baked breads and decadent desserts.
Entrance Couch - Hotel on North - Pittsfield, MA
Hotel on North

297 North Street Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-358-4741

Rich heritage and vibrant modern sensibilities make this boutique hotel a must when visiting the Berkshires

At the Hotel on North, they say that whispers of the past echo through the corridors. The hotel, a combination of two 19th-century buildings that used to house the legendary menswear and sporting goods emporium Besse-Clark©, honors its heritage with a birdcage elevator where you can sip cocktails, exposed brick walls that date back to the 1880s, tin ceilings, decorative columns and a few charming quirks you won’t find in modern buildings. Each of its 45 rooms is unique, featuring artwork and furnishings that reflect the work of Berkshire artists and artisans. Modern amenities include day passes to next door’s fitness center, lockers for ski equipment, delightful lounge areas and the popular Berkshire Palate restaurant, serving creative dishes for lunch and dinner.
Exterior Porch View 500x250 - Deerfield Inn - Deerfield, MA
Deerfield Inn

81 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA, 01342 Phone: 413-774-5587

Tradition of warm hospitality still greets visitors to this charming 24-room inn, built in 1884

When the Deerfield Inn opened its doors to guests in 1884, they came by stagecoach, carriage and horseback to enjoy the inn’s warm hospitality. Today, that tradition continues, with uniquely appointed rooms, most with period reproduction furniture and antiques, hearty meals served by a crackling fire in Champney’s restaurant and tavern, and a comfortable front porch with a ceiling still painted robin’s egg blue. The original hayloft door is still at the inn, the horse weathercock still turns and floors in the main inn still offer unexpected turns. Stroll down Main Street past gorgeous 18th- and 19th-century houses or get up close and personal to the historic town’s roots at the Flynt Center of Early American Life or Memorial Hall Museum.
Room #5 with Fireplace 500x250 - Harbor Light Inn - Marblehead, MA
Harbor Light Inn

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

Like its town, Marblehead inn honors its history with architecture, furnishings, ambiance

Marblehead, with roots that go back to the 17th century, honors its history – and so does one of its finest inns, the Harbor Light Inn, in the town’s harbor district. The inn sits among other lovely homes and buildings, some of which go back to the Revolutionary War and earlier. Inside, the inn’s chandeliers, hand carvings, finely tooled furnishings, paintings and prints reflect the treasures brought back from many different ports during Marblehead’s golden age of sailing. Some rooms have original exposed beams that go back to the 1820s. History buffs will find much to admire in the area, including the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, built in 1768 and preserved in its nearly original state and Fort Sewall, established in 1644 and now a scenic public park.