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Emerson Inn By The Sea

1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966

Toll-free 800-964-5550

Phone 978-546-6321

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Ralph Waldo Emerson called the Inn “Thy proper summer home.” Today’s guests at the Rockport, MA bed and breakfast enjoy the relaxed 19th century atmosphere from our broad oceanfront veranda, but can savor the 21st century amenities of a heated outdoor pool, room phones, air conditioning, television, and private bath. Nearby are hiking trails along the oceanfront, tennis, golf and the always popular whale watches. Halibut Point State Park features the history of the Rockport Quarries and downtown Rockport is famous for shops and art galleries.

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$0-99, $100-199, $200-299, $300+

  • Cash
  • Visa
  • MC
  • AmEx
  • Discover
  • DC
  • Traveler's Cheques
  • Gift Certificates

Weekends, Holidays




Coastal, Waterfront


  • Pool
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property
  • Business Center
  • GLBT Friendly
  • National Historic Registry


Outside Only


Wireless, Complimentary


36 well-appointed, non-smoking guest rooms, some with spectacular ocean views; 2 oceanfront cottages which offer private yards. Each accommodation elegantly decorated with period furnishings and private baths, some with spa tubs. Heated seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

  • Cottages
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites

Twin, Double , Queen, King



Front Desk

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hairdryers
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerators
  • Rollaway Available
  • Telephones
  • Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards

  • Cable TV

More about our rooms

Join us at the Emerson Inn By The Sea for an elegant dinning experience and an award winning wine list.

Days and hours of dinner service vary by season.  Advance dinner reservations are recommended.


Continental , Full

Individual Tables, Flexible Times


Beer, Wine, Spirits

Breakfast, Dinner

  • Special Diets Accommodated
  • Vegetarian Options

  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Early Coffee/Tea

$10-19, $20-29


Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

AAA 3 Diamond

  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • State/National Parks
  • Tennis
  • Whale Watching

More on what to do at our inn

More info on our packages

Cape Ann Fisherman's Brew Package

There's something brewing for beer lovers and craft beer connoisseurs at the Emerson Inn by the Sea. This is the perfect getaway for the craft beer-seeking traveler!

Our Ocean View Terrace boasts a spectacular ocean view and is ideal for small groups of 6 to 36 boardroom style, but can accommodate up to 50 people classroom or theater style. Our ocean side verandah is a wonderful place to relax  or stimulate new ideas.

  • Business
  • Family Reunion
  • Social

  • Dedicated Conference Center
  • Onsite Catering

Indoor, Outdoor

More about our meetings services

The Emerson Inn By The Sea is available year and can accommodate parties up to 150 people. We offer an elegant ocean front setting for you and your guests to enjoy. Our Wedding Coordinator can refer you to the best suppliers of everything you will need from flowers to the wedding cake.

  • Ceremony
  • Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Bridal Luncheon

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor


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