Emerson Inn by the Sea

Massachusetts, New England

The hotel

Cape Ann's only historic grand hotel, this lovely seaside inn features 36 elegantly appointed rooms which have been restored to reflect the quality of yesteryear featuring enclosed balconies offering sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for watching the sunrise. The Pigeon Cove Tavern opened in May 2016 and is one of the north Shore's most spectacular ocean-side settings with a diverse menu of dishes, great for a relaxing breakfast or candlelit dinner on the veranda.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the quiet, residential neighbourhood of Pigeon Cove, approximately 2 miles north of Rockport.

Hotel information

36 rooms with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, Juliet balcony or private deck, HD flat screen TV, hair dryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities. Standard Rooms are charming and quaint with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean View Rooms provide great views of the Atlantic Ocean, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Pigeon Cove Tavern (open for breakfast and dinner on select days). Morning coffee and tea served in the parlor. Outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal). Games room. Yard games. Complimentary WiFi.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pure Bliss!

Jul 20, 2021 Chelsealecuyer

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of eloping at the Emerson Inn. From the beginning I contacted their events manager Chappell who was extremely responsive and helpful. We chose it sight unseen based on the photos on their website. It did not disappoint! The views from the Inn and lawn are breathtaking. However, the real highlight of our… Read more
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of eloping at the Emerson Inn. From the beginning I contacted their events manager Chappell who was extremely responsive and helpful. We chose it sight unseen based on the photos on their website. It did not disappoint! The views from the Inn and lawn are breathtaking. However, the real highlight of our stay was the entire team at the Inn. Every interaction we had with staff members in every department was so positive. They were all incredibly kind and the level of hospitality was impressive. From our evenings in the parlor with Bill, to breakfasts in the morning with Cam, and our daily interactions with Candice we truly felt part of an Emerson family. We are looking forward to returning for many years to come. A huge thank you to the entire Emerson team for making our special weekend a dream come true! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful views, wonderful stay!

Jul 17, 2021 V7511VDsuzannel

Our family of four had a wonderful time at the Emerson Inn. It is a gorgeous, historic property with beautiful views of the water, nicely maintained grounds, and a very nice swimming pool. The restaurant was not back to full service (from Covid changes), but the limited menu was very nice and we enjoyed having a drink each evening out on the… Read more
Our family of four had a wonderful time at the Emerson Inn. It is a gorgeous, historic property with beautiful views of the water, nicely maintained grounds, and a very nice swimming pool. The restaurant was not back to full service (from Covid changes), but the limited menu was very nice and we enjoyed having a drink each evening out on the Adirondack chair by the fire tables, looking out over the water. The service was not as seamless as some experiences we've had at high end inns and hotels. There were some hiccups here and there... However, the owner, managers, and staff were friendly and attentive and took good care of us whenever we needed anything. The service felt very personal and warm. The rooms are not as impeccably appointed as other stays we've had at this price point, but they are clean and attractive and the beds very comfortable... Also, the room comes with a very generous breakfast that includes eggs, pancakes, an omelette, etc. It was great to have such a nice experience in a historic inn as they can often be a bit staid and/or musty. The Emerson Inn felt fresh and well cared for. We would definitely stay here again! Read less
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Jul 11, 2021 ChristenT_12 Walpole, Massachusetts

From online booking, a quick call to confirm room assignment, a reminder email with important details, to arrival, warm greeting, and the view from our room, the Emerson Inn amazed. This is a beautiful and well kept inn right on the water. Quintessential higher end New England inn experience! My husband and I live only just over an hour away and… Read more
From online booking, a quick call to confirm room assignment, a reminder email with important details, to arrival, warm greeting, and the view from our room, the Emerson Inn amazed. This is a beautiful and well kept inn right on the water. Quintessential higher end New England inn experience! My husband and I live only just over an hour away and scuba dive at sites around Rockport and Glouchester. We are always here by 7:30 am. With a quick bite to eat locally, we depart for home by 1:30 in the afternoon. We craved spending just a little more time here, to become more familiar with the arts and activities. Our stay at the Emerson Inn has been a wonderful way to do just that! With gratitude Read less
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Jul 9, 2021 711marybethd

This place is special. Historic, well appointed and comfortable. Kim the new owner seems very excited and really works hard to make you feel welcome. The location is perfect. The views are lovely. We will be back.
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Jul 1, 2021 Resort34643174243 Yarmouth, Maine

We just returned from Rockport, MA where we stayed at the Emerson Inn. We were five couples and we all agree that it is a great place to stay. Although terribly short of staff, the owner, Kim, went out of her way to insure we had what we wanted and needed. She is compassionate, very hardworking and helpful. She’s a relatively new owner coping… Read more
We just returned from Rockport, MA where we stayed at the Emerson Inn. We were five couples and we all agree that it is a great place to stay. Although terribly short of staff, the owner, Kim, went out of her way to insure we had what we wanted and needed. She is compassionate, very hardworking and helpful. She’s a relatively new owner coping with the effects of the pandemic. We all wish her great success. Read less