Boston’s Best Bed & Breakfasts

May 10, 2013 1:55 PM

Photo Credit: Northey Street House via Facebook

Staying at a bed and breakfast has become a popular getaway that allows you to still enjoy all the comforts of home. The best linens, hearty breakfasts and elegant surroundings will allow you to relax and recharge.So if you’re looking north of Boston near the beautiful shoreline and a place to unwind, check out the area’s best bed and breakfasts.
(Photo from Northey Street House/Facebook)

(Photo from Northey Street House/Facebook)

Northey Street House
30 Northey St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 397-1582

The Northey Street House is an historic bed and breakfast that will take you back to a simpler time – with its antique furnishings and elegant detail. Located in downtown Salem, the inn is just a quick walk from the waterfront, Salem Common, Derby Wharf, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Pickering Wharf, the Peabody Essex Museum and the witch museums. All rooms have a queen bed, equipped with down pillows and comforter, and a private full bath. Upgrade your stay by booking the Captain’s room or the Woodbury room, which both feature an original marble fireplace from the 1800s.

(Photo from Amelia Payson House)

(Photo from Amelia Payson House)

Amelia Payson House
16 Winter St.
Salem, MA 01970
(520) 744-2365

The Amelia Payson House will welcome you with its Greek Revival-era architecture and beautifully restored rooms. Hosts Ada May and Donald Roberts serve a family-style breakfast each morning while providing guests with information about historic Salem and the mystique surrounding witchcraft. After breakfast, spend some time relaxing in the parlor near the grand piano or visit the reading room upstairs, which is full of visitor information. Take a stroll downtown to visit one of the many museums, enjoy some waterfront dining or plan a cruise on the Salem Ferry.

(Photo from Arbor House)

(Photo from Arbor House)

Arbor House
28 Ticehurst Lane
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 990-1326

The Arbor House is a hidden gem that sits by the ocean and provides a peaceful getaway with its serene ambiance. It also offers ultimate privacy as it is a single-suite bed and breakfast. Along with its own entrance, bathroom and kitchenette, the suite boasts an Italian tiled bath and cathedral ceiling. Turn up the romance during your visit by taking in the pond view out the front windows or stepping out into a secluded garden through the sliding glass doors. A private beach is also located just a short four-minute walk away.

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(Photo from Charles Hovey House)

(Photo from Charles Hovey House)

Charles Hovey House
4 Hovey St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-7732

The Charles Hovey House offers romance and luxury in a villa-style setting. All your stress will melt away as you sit on the veranda overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The nearby beaches, biking, hiking, whale watching, antiquing, shopping and fine dining provide plenty of entertainment options for guest of all ages. Couples can reserve a room for a private getaway, or the whole house can be rented for family reunions. Either way, the crystal chandeliers, antique soaking tubs and five working fireplaces will allow you to relax in elegance.

(Photo from Pleasant Street Inn)

(Photo from Pleasant Street Inn)

Pleasant Street Inn
17 Pleasant St.
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-3915

The Pleasant Street Inn is a casual bed and breakfast located on a slight elevation of land, which provides unique views of treetops, church steeples and beaches. There are eight guest rooms to choose from, each of which has its own character and special touches. Consider booking the Whirlpool Room for an upgraded experience. This room is located on the lower level, has a private outside entrance and a large whirlpool tub for extra relaxation. The rest of the Inn is comprised of the grand foyer, dining room, living room and front porch. Enjoy downtime in any of these spaces or head out to the lawn for a picnic or a game of croquet.

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