Are you an early American history buff? Want to brush up on America’s formative years while immersing yourself in luxury? Look no further than the wide variety of Massachusetts’ bed and breakfast inns where you can explore a kinder, gentler America in comfort and style.
Built in 1901 as a loving husband's gift to his wife, Palmer House Inn is a natural continuation of its romantic beginnings. Set in the beautiful historic preservation district of seaside Falmouth, the inn enjoys a relaxed and scenic setting that is little changed from those early days and untouched by today's fast pace. Its carefully preserved Victorian ambience and modern subsurface infrastructure keep you comfortable with the comforts and amenities you would expect. Be it tea on the porch, a leisurely walk to the beach, a stroll downtown for freshly made ice cream or a sampling of Falmouth's excellent shopping and restaurants, be it a boat ride to wonderful Martha's Vineyard, an evening spent at a live theatre or musical performance, or a brisk bike ride down our deservedly celebrated Shining Sea Bike Path, your Cape Cod holiday can be as relaxed or as exciting as you would like it to be. Palmer House Inn. Falmouth-by-the-Sea. Cape Cod. Perfect bliss.
A romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast getaway experience awaits you at The Captain’s Manor Inn. Located in Falmouth Village’s national registry historic district and set on over an acre of meticulously manicured gardens, your getaway offers a choice of 7 guestrooms with private baths, guest common areas including a Café with refreshments, an elegant living room with the original 1849 black marble fireplace and countless areas to relax on the 2000 square foot wrap around veranda. Just a short stroll from The Captain’s Manor Inn you will discover some of Cape Cod’s best restaurants and boutique shops, as well as museums and galleries. For those who love nature there are many options to explore such as Beebe woods, the Shining Sea Bikeway, The Knob and Falmouth’s 12 beaches. We look forward to welcoming you to the wonders of Cape Cod, and The Captain’s Manor Inn.
Nestled in the beautiful Berkshires in the quaint town of Lee, Massachusetts, The Devonfield offers comfortable and spacious accommodations with gourmet candle-lit breakfast in this gracious country inn. This four-season paradise provides year round activities including, a heated swimming pool and acres of pastoral meadows perfect for relaxing. The Devonfield is conveniently located to all area attractions, including Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, and the Norman Rockwell Museum as well as a wonderful variety of fine restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, galleries and the Lee Premium Outlets. Come relax in style and luxury in this traditionally furnished country inn boasting six tastefully decorated guest rooms, four two- room suites and a separate guest cottage all featuring private baths, air conditioning and televisions - as well as rooms that include wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs.
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Just steps from historic Lenox Village and walking distance to Tanglewood, the Garden Gables Inn is top-rated on TripAdvisor. We are recognized for the personalized service we provide for each of our guests. If you are looking for a place to get away from the busyness of life, where you can relax in a traditionally-decorated, country inn setting, the Garden Gables Inn may be just the place for you. Delicious food is key to a great experience. We serve a freshly made-to-order, five-star hotel-quality, full breakfast menu each morning throughout the year – included with your stay, and prepared by professionally-trained chefs. We offer private seating and full waitstaff service in our dining room, wraparound porch and outdoor patio. For a private, romantic, candlelit dinner at the Inn - or, a special, private dinner with family or friends - book our Private Chef's Table (offered on selected days, year-round, call us to check availability). Our professional culinary team will develop a custom menu with you - a level of service increasingly difficult to find in today's world. What's more, our Historic Lenox Village setting has many excellent restaurants within a five-minute walk, and a wide range of local restaurants within a five-to-fifteen minute drive. Pamper yourself with a massage, facial or other esthetic services, delivered by licensed experts in our dedicated spa rooms. More active pursuits also beckon–our 70-foot heated pool for starters - hike in Kennedy Park, stroll to Lenox Village for the galleries, shops and restaurants. We also own nearby Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery–a short drive away, in the historic Berkshires farmland - where we are preserving 200 acres of open spaces and where you can hike and snowshoe, pick apples and taste wine - all complimentary for Garden Gables Inn guests.* And, the Berkshires region offers an incredible array of cultural, culinary and natural locations to delight you year-round. Our Inn is decorated throughout in an updated - yet traditional - English/American country house style, professionally maintained to provide for today's needs. Guest rooms all have private baths, AC, spa robes, designer linens, L’Occitane bath products, HD LED TVs with DVD players (and our DVD guest library with the latest releases). Internet service is available throughout, for no additional charge. Many rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces* - there are no additional charges to use them at the Garden Gables. No hidden or unexpected facility fees - enjoy our pool and grounds, the library and sherry room, and complimentary snacks and beverages - all included. Relax and let our full-service staff take care of what you need to make your stay with us healthful and refreshing.
The Seven Sea Street Inn is the perfect Nantucket Bed and Breakfast. With 11 elegant guest rooms you are sure to find your perfect getaway. Located a short walk from Main Street Historic District, and less than five minutes from Children's Beach, and Steamboat Wharf. Guests also enjoy visiting our Whaling Museum, or watching the waves break on the jetties at Brant Point and the Brant Point Lighthouse. Whether this is your first time to Nantucket Island or your first time to a Nantucket Inn the innkeeper at Seven Sea Street Inn is ready to welcome you. Amenities include free wi-fi, private baths, air conditioning, 600 count eco-friendly linens, and a continental breakfast served in your room or in our breakfast area. Highly rated on Tripadvisor and a member of the bnbfinder Diamond Collection. You are guaranteed to feel the heart of Nantucket experience! Check our website for updates on Massachusetts COVID-19 safe travel guidelines and our check-in procedures. Guests who book direct will also qualify for Ferry discounts to Nantucket!
At the Brass Lantern Inn, you will experience traditional Nantucket hospitality in a classic setting. Our Nantucket bed and breakfast is perfectly located in the Old Historic District on cobblestone North Water Street, just a short walk from the ferry terminals, the Whaling Museum, and the restaurants and shops of Town. Exceptional Nantucket lodging awaits with 17 completely renovated rooms, you will enjoy your Nantucket holiday in a fresh, up-to-date setting – with a soothing decor and style that is uniquely ‘Nantucket’.
Ashley Manor, circa 1699, is one of the most gracious estates on Historic Old King’s Highway, scenic Route 6A. The Inn is centrally located in the Historic Village of Barnstable minutes from Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. The properties mid-cape location is just minutes away from the Hyannis Ferry for those day trips to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Rich in history, you’ll find the delightful village of Cape Cod easy to reach from Ashley Manor’s front door. For your visit to Cape Cod, Ashley Manor offers six spacious guest rooms from which to choose. Four luxury suites with wood-burning fireplaces, private en-suite baths and over sized Jacuzzi tubs. Additional suite features include individual ductless air and heat, HDTV and King or Queen sized beds. Two deluxe guest rooms offer en-suite baths and all of the traditional amenities. There is a private balcony for the exclusive use of the Phinney's Terrace room. The home was once believed to be a "safe house" during the Revolutionary War as well as one of 6 hotels to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, Ashley Manor's 17th Century charm is carefully blended with modern luxury. It is no surprise that the New York Times called Ashley Manor, “One of the nicest on the Cape” and recently named 2021 B&B of the Year - Cape Cod by LUXlife magazine! Stay at Ashley Manor and indulge in a multi-course chef inspired gourmet breakfast each morning. During warm summer mornings, breakfast is served on the brick patio overlooking the spacious 2-acre park-like gardens. When the weather chills down, service moves inside to the formal dining room with glowing wood burning fireplace. Guests have full use of the onsite Tennis court with recently added Pickle ball lines.
A Romantic Bed & Breakfast on Cape Cod Exhale and relax as you experience luxury and personalized service that make you feel like you've just arrived home! Built in 1845 by a wealthy Sea Captain, the historic Captain Farris House has been restored to incorporate luxurious, modern amenities while preserving its distinctive Greek Revival style architecture. The result is a picturesque B&B featuring 10 inviting rooms, an elegant dining room, a lovely parlor, and stunning gardens. Each of the cozy accommodations at the Captain Farris House offers its own charming features along with private en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, fluffy bathrobes, soft linens, comfortable beds, and beautiful views. World-class antiques and exquisite window treatments adorn all the rooms. After a wonderful night’s stay, wake to a full breakfast each morning in the elegant dining room or in the sun-drenched courtyard. Be welcomed with the aroma of fresh baked goodies when you walk in the door as you exhale and relax after a busy day. Stroll the gardens, sip tea in the parlor, browse the DVD collection for a cozy movie night, or unwind with an evening refreshment while listening to a variety of soothing music. There are so many fun things to do on Cape Cod, and the Captain Farris House is the best place to stay to experience them all.
Cape Cod’s Best-Rated Boutique Hotel! Top 1% of Hotels in the World for Quality, Service, and Value (TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019). Award-Winning, Adult’s Only Luxury Inn located in the heart of Cape Cod with easy access to all of the Cape. Everything is included in your rate, there are no hidden fees. Beach Access is a short walk or bike ride away. Complimentary bikes for Guest use - bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail! Gourmet Breakfast (Chef’s Choice) each morning, included. Clean, Modern Design planned with your comfort in mind. Enjoy 1st Class Service & a Personal Concierge to live like a local, or just relax. Some rooms with private entrances. Walking distance to dining and shopping. 5 minute drive to the ferry to Nantucket. Centrally located on the Cape - a great place to stay and experience all Cape Cod has to offer. Can accommodate most all dietary restrictions and preference. Some rooms have ergonomic desks, beverage fridges, fireplaces, soaking tubs, private terraces or balconies - call to inquire. The whole inn may be rented (8 guest rooms) for family or group getaways. Please call to inquire.
The Shaker Mill Inn is a unique family and pet friendly Inn that can be a comfortable and safe alternative in these days of Covid-19. Each room has a private entrance. There is a self-check-in/check-out process. There are no common eating or gathering areas, and we use cleaning and food handling techniques recommended by the Health Department. Each room is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette so that you can enjoy your breakfast in your room or on your patio. The rooms and grounds are spacious, which will make for a relaxing visit to the Berkshires. Conveniently located in the central Berkshires near Lenox, Lee, and Stockbridge, The Shaker Mill Inn offers cozy bed & breakfast rooms with king and queen beds, private baths and rooms with a private deck or balcony. Business travelers will find convenience in our Greylock Suite that includes a large living room for gatherings or entertaining clients and a secure Wi-Fi. For summer lodging, Shaker Mill Inn is 10 minutes from the Tanglewood Main Gate. We are committed to running a virus free B&B, with the health and safety of our guests our main concern. We hope you consider us the next time you want to get away.
The Yankee Clipper Inn is a 1929 art deco mansion that sits on a rocky bluff overlooking the picturesque Atlantic Ocean in the quintessential seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts. Our location is conveniently located 3/4 of a mile from beaches and Bearskin Neck the home of Motif #1 “the most often-painted building in America.” The inn is conveniently located 35 miles north of Boston with a total of 15 guest suites, 8 suites ocean-front in our main Yankee Clipper building and 7 suites across the street in our Historic Bulfinch House.
Welcome to Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel, situated on the tip of Cape Cod, in the heart of Provincetown, Massachusetts. You'll enjoy being in close proximity to many activities and attractions like Bas Relief Park and the Pilgrim Monument Memorial Park. We are just steps from the bustle of Commercial Street, but our garden oasis offers total seclusion - the best of both worlds! We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from guest rooms, to suites, to spacious apartments. Children and pets are welcome for a nominal fee in selected rooms - please inquire. For over 40 years, Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel has offered a quiet oasis of luxury accommodations. Located in the heart of Provincetown, MA, this New England getaway is comprised of four beautiful historic buildings. Guests will enjoy the variety of spacious, elegantly appointed guest rooms, suites, and apartment units. There are also charming common areas to relax in, like the garden courtyard and sun decks. Located on the tip of Cape Cod Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel is nearby many seaside activities and attractions. Enjoy an afternoon sailing, swimming, or whale watching. There is an array of seafood restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and cabarets to enjoy while visiting our charming hotel.
Irving House has been welcoming visitors to Cambridge since 1945. Our guesthouse offers a range of room types from simple small rooms with baths across the hall to family rooms with queen bed, bunk beds and private baths. Up the street at Turner House, we offer rooms for long term stays with weekly housekeeping and kitchenettes, weekly and monthly rates. Our breakfast menu is locally sourced and organic as much as possible. Irving House has been operating in environmentally conscious ways since the current ownership bought the property in 1990.
Located in the heart of one of America’s oldest seaports, the Salem Inn Bed & Breakfast in Massachusetts comprises three historic homes offering accommodations rich in history with a proud tradition of service and comfort. Each building has been meticulously restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Centrally located in the heart of historic Salem, the city’s impressive array of attractions, restaurants and activities are all within easy walking distance. Each of our 40 guest rooms and suites is individually decorated featuring antiques, period detail and homey touches. All rooms include an ensemble of amenities – cable television, telephone, private bath and coffee maker; many offer working fireplaces, oversized whirlpool baths or canopy beds. Family Suites, complete with equipped kitchenettes, are ideal for families or longer stays. The West House, Curwen House, and Peabody House each boast an inviting fire placed parlor perfect for planning your days activities or relaxing with a glass of complementary sherry in the evening. Come and experience “history making hospitality” at the Salem Inn.
Known as the world away from the everyday, Josephine’s on the Bay Bed & Breakfast creates the ultimate space needed for you to rediscover the true meaning of ‘getting away’. Located in beautiful Hull, Massachusetts, Josephine’s on the Bay Bed & Breakfast seamlessly blends traditionally historic charming architecture, while also providing guests with today’s modern comforts and unique rooms with antique furnishings and beach decor. Close to the action but far from the crowds, Josephine’s on the Bay Bed & Breakfast is located only steps from the shores of Nantasket Beach, The Paragon Park Historic Carousel, and Boston Harbor Islands State Park. Serving one of the best gourmet breakfasts in town with beautiful views of the Bay, Josephine’s on the Bay Bed & Breakfast is your perfect quiet oasis away from home.
The Inn At the Oaks is a charming 13 room Inn located in Cape Cod’s historic Eastham, MA. We offer spacious and light-filled accommodations, delicious continental breakfasts, thoughtful amenities, and unfaltering attention to detail that will ensure your Cape Cod vacation experience will be cherished for years to come. We are across from the National Seashore Visitor Center and close to Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, First Encounter Beach, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, golf, kayaking, and award winning restaurants.
Vacation, relax and unwind at our waterfront inn with its beautiful, sun drenched, sandy private beach overlooking the warm tranquil waters of Nantucket Sound on Cape Cod in Harwich Port, MA. The Inn is centrally located on Cape Cod and is within an hours drive to Provincetown at the tip of the Cape to the East and Woods Hole/Falmouth to the SouthWest. Enjoy our pristine beach and, from your comfortable vantage point along the water’s edge, watch the sailboats racing in the weekly regattas from neighboring harbors. Try our quaint beachfront Inn. It has been the destination for many families over the years who are looking for a low key beach vacation to escape their hectic day to day schedules. 2021 Weekly Rental: Book 6 nights, get the 7th night free With a six night stay we are happy to offer you an extra night Free during the 2021 season: April 15th to Nov 1st 2021. Discounts cannot be combined. All 7 nights must be consecutive.
The Stockbridge Country Inn nestled in Stockbridge, CT is a Federal country house dating to 1856, and is perched on four beautiful acres of lush landscape with lovely gardens surrounding an in-ground pool. A period carriage barn completes this lovely and quaint Massachusetts bed and breakfast in the Berkshires. Luxury Guest Suites abound with fine antiques and attention to detail surround, Private Bath en Suite, Canopy bedsteads and full custom bath amenities. Start your Berkshire day the only way, by enjoying a full-service gourmet country-style breakfast made to order and served each morning.
Our charming inn is located in Providence, one of the oldest cities in the United States. We are located within walking distance to attractions, local shops, restaurants, and universities. This historic 3-story brick Italianate mansion was built in 1858 and renovated in 2003 into a beautiful 14-room bed and breakfast.
The Historic Daniel Rust House in Coventry, CT was established in 1800 by the Rose family as a place to rest and refresh yourself before undertaking the remainder of your journey. We strive to continue this tradition today. Our B&B are located within ten minutes of the University of Connecticut and Interstate 84 and are situated on two beautifully landscaped acres amidst established perennial gardens and fruit trees. Our bed-and-breakfast has all modern amenities including queen-sized canopy beds, private baths and fireplaces. This Connecticut bed-and-breakfast provides several common rooms. The cooking hearth is the center of attraction in the tavern room. The Stone Room is an inviting place to read a good book, linger on the covered porch overlooking the garden, or you may want to take a stroll around the yard and enjoy the perennial flower beds and herb garden.
Blueberry Cove Inn offers a variety of comfortable rooms within walking distance of the Town Beach and the historic Towers in Narragansett, R.I. It is perfect for a memorable beach vacation, relaxing weekend getaway, or wedding headquarters. Whether you are looking for a romantic rendezvous, a girlfriends’ weekend, or a place to stay while on business, we have an accommodation to satisfy your needs. Our town center located is a five-minute stroll from the beach and several fine restaurants. Enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room before heading out to your day’s activities. If you’re looking for more action than baking on the beach, a short drive can bring deep-sea fishing, a dozen golf courses and a nature preserve within reach. If sightseeing is more your speed, attractions like Newport, Mystic Village and Block Island are less than an hour away. At the end of the day, take a leisurely walk to the beach to experience the sunset, or catch the evening breeze on our front porch, lawn chairs, or yard swing.
The Inn on Putney Road Bed & Breakfast is an elegant French Provincial estate overlooking the West River but just short walk to vibrant downtown Brattleboro, VT. Each room has private full bathrooms, and many have fireplaces. All rooms have fluffy robes and premium quality bedding, as well as individual coffee and tea stations. Our main house has four luxurious rooms, and our Carriage house has two luxury rooms, each with their own entrance directly from the yard, for additional privacy. Our spacious half acre of gardens offer multiple nooks and private seating areas to extend each guest's ability to relax and enjoy nature while social distancing. Enjoy a picnic, bottle of wine, a good book, or let us set a full dining experience with your takeout in one of our sanctuary spaces around the Garden. Our property sits next to acres of conservation land, through which 15+ miles of manicured hiking trails wind around the West River. Our yard and the Ripley Suite/Garden Room overlook the gardens and river as well. We offer a full gourmet two- or three- course breakfast each morning, a wide variety of juices (as well as our famous Watermelon Juice), French Press coffee and a variety of Harney & Sons fine teas.
You deserve to treat yourself once in a while. Whether you’re in the area on business, looking for a romantic getaway, or a girls/guys weekend, the Wedgeway B&B is an excellent choice. Wedgeway combines the comfort, elegance and relaxation of a traditional B&B with the safety, and security features of a modern hotel. Located within the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District, Wedgeway is the original home of Austin and Ruth Cheney and is included in the National Historic Registry. Built in 1911 with a major addition in 1921, the grand home is situated at the western edge of a nine acre parcel of town owned land known as the “Great Lawn” and is the newest of the Cheney Mansions.
Located just 5 miles from Mystic and many area attractions, we offer peaceful surroundings and luxurious accomodations. Surrounded by 6.5 acres of green lawns, stone walls and lush gardens, we offer traditional historic rooms and updated luxurious suites complete with TVs, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, heated towel racks and in room coffee. Originally built in 1807 as the estate of Sea Captain Shubel Smith, Stonecroft Country Inn offers an atmosphere of relaxation and romance. Stonecroft is family owned and operated with a friendly and attentive staff. We pride ourselves on our signature warm welcomes and personal service. Start your day with a full country breakfast, then explore to your heart’s content! Return and relax on the terrace around our fire pit overlooking the pond and gardens. Voted 2012 Best of New England by the Editors of Yankee Magazine! and 2015 Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.
The Margin Street Inn was built in 1849 on the banks of the Pawcatuck River in Westerly, Rhode Island. It was the first of five houses built that made up the historic Perry Homestead, a residential grouping of great distinction to the town of Westerly, Rhode Island. Today, The Inn has two beautifully renovated Colonial and Classic Revival style guest houses, The Main House and Beech House, offering ten well-appointed bedrooms all with private baths and luxury amenities. Our Bed & Breakfast strives to provide guests a low key, casual elegance in which every need is taken care of. A European fare breakfast of fresh baked goods, local frittatas, homemade granola and fresh fruit is provided daily along with snacks and drinks on the sun porch in the evening. Surrounded by over 6 acres of manicured grounds with magnificent specimen trees, 4 out barns. and two docks to come by boat or to fish and explore the river, The Margin Street Inn is the perfect setting for weddings and private events or to simply get away.
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Steeped in the lore and history of the early days of our nation, you can find bed and breakfast inns statewide to suit any taste and budget. Central to the bed and breakfast industry across New England, Massachusetts perhaps could be considered the flagship state when it comes to B&B hospitality.
Perhaps no other locale better represents the classic American summer vacation than spending a week at the beach on Cape Cod. Grand style and genteel culture greet those who are up for fun in the surf while being treated to fresh-caught seafood served up by their Massachusetts B&B hosts.
Plymouth, just south of Boston, is famous for its Rock where the Pilgrims first landed. Provincetown and Rockport can argue the claim of being the easternmost town in the state and are either a long drive or a short boat ride away from each other across Cape Cod Bay.
Rockport is on the mainland and not far from the conveniences of Boston. Provincetown, on the other hand, might as well be in the middle of the Gulf Stream, though it’s nestled in the protective crook at the tip of Cape Cod peninsula.
Not a fan of the summer heat and humidity? Head west to the cooler highlands of the Berkshires in the western portion of the state. Revel in spring and autumn color, chilly mornings with fog-shrouded valleys and farms as you unwind with Henry David Thoreau.
East, west, or in between, cozy, comfortable inns are just a short drive but a world away from either New York or Boston.
The bed and breakfast inns of Massachusetts connect deeply with some of America’s earliest history. The first B&Bs were simple hotels, rustic restaurants, and pubs. These inns formed the initial network of waystations and stopovers travelers depended on as they made their way across the country.
Of course, the original structures of most of them have long since vanished. Some B&Bs, however, have retained a wall here, a broken piece of foundation there, or a frame of windows whose glass may have glimpsed Revolutionary War soldiers. Seen as portals to the past, great care has been taken to protect these relics from the ravages of time and renovation.
These inns with their connection to the past are extraordinary. In a world that seems to be changing at an ever-quickening pace, it’s refreshing to spend some time surrounded by walls that welcomed many from the bygone era that nurtured this great country’s beginnings.
Because there are thousands of B&Bs to choose from across the state, a historical tour is a great way to sample numerous inns and revisit our nation’s early history. In a condensed area like Boston, plan on a night’s stay in each of five inns. You’ll have a much better understanding of the region’s rich history as you build your B&B resume for future visits.
For those looking for action to enhance their visit, there is no shortage of activities. The challenge is choosing.
In a seaside, world-class city like Boston, everything under the sun is available with a couple of taps on the smartphone. From arts and culture to museums and galleries, to taking in a game at one of the sports coliseums, it could take weeks to sate one’s appetite for all there is to see and do.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of the finest in the United States. With a focus on the thirty-fifth US president’s upbringing, education, military service, and political career, the museum also features in-depth exhibits on the Kennedy family. The Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see as well. With over 450,000 exhibits, it is one of the largest fine arts museums in the country.
The New England Aquarium is another outstanding attraction that houses a giant ocean tank containing over 2000 sea creatures of all shapes and sizes. Check out one of the champion-caliber sports teams when they’re in town and pay a visit to our version of Rome’s Coliseum at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
For those history buffs, the Freedom Trail is an absolute must. Running the boulevards and back streets across 2.5 miles, this tour will connect you with 16 historically significant locations in our nation’s fledgling days. This trail by itself is worth the trip to Boston, as no other American city has such a rich tapestry of our history on display in such a compressed and compelling way.
One might be forgiven for thinking first of Boston and perhaps then Cape Cod when Massachusetts comes to mind. Two of the most iconic areas in our nation are located on the east coast. And with good reason, there is a lot to do and see throughout the region.
But for those who prefer a quieter visit, or time and space to relax, hike, wander, or find a secluded place to read, there are ample locations to dial down and rebalance elsewhere in the state that are attractive in their own right.
A simple online search will pull up dozens of places scattered across the state where one can avoid the crowds and simply unwind.
Monument Mountain in Great Barrington is one of the most sought-after natural features in the state. Squaw Peak affords probably the best view of the southern Berkshires. The views from this promontory can be breathtaking during the fall; however, plan your visit carefully to avoid the like-minded crowds.
Walden Pond is known for its name-sake film from 1981 starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Certainly on the list of things to do, but it’s cool because it’s natural and inspired a great story.
The many lakes and rivers are vestiges left over from the last glacial age approximately 12,000 years ago when underlying rock strata were scraped, twisted, and buckled by the pressure of sometimes miles-thick ice sheets above. With eons of time and the forces of erosion rounding off the uplifted, fractured rock, rounded mountain tops, hills, valleys, river bottoms, and gorges provide endless trails with pastoral settings perfect for quiet hikes while reconnecting with nature.
Yes, the big cities have their trappings. And the seashore is a magnet for that time in the surf and sun. But when the soul craves something away from the action and the noise, much good can be attained by seeking the solace you will find when you embrace Massachusetts’ widespread natural features.
Even in a relatively small state like Massachusetts, there is a great deal of diversity when looking for fun, educational, and historical things to do. Boston is a world-class city located near some of the finest beaches anywhere around the country. A beautiful set of gently rolling mountains lies to the west, and small towns and villages populate the state’s central portion where there is a setting for everyone to find their piece of peace to satisfy the soul.
If one has to pick an area, though, that provides the highest concentration of things to see and do, the coast is hands down the place to be. Names like Martha’s Vineyard, Hyannis, Nantucket, and Falmouth conjures images of a small, weather-beaten cottage tucked among the sentry-like dunes. Sailboats languishing at anchor, gulls wheeling for a snack, and the blue-green surf endlessly flirting with the beaches are a siren song for those who love the seashore.
For lighthouse lovers, Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect stop. No less than three of these coastal relics still shine brightly on the darkest nights notifying mariners of the dangers nearby. They also provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Vineyard Sound area.
Check out the Steamship Authority in Hyannis and treat the kids to a day at Pirate Adventures Hyannis. For some wildlife viewing head to Mashpee National Wildlife Area just east of Falmouth. And for the ultimate getaway, Nantucket will do the trick. It’s an island all of its own. Rentals are the way to go because the price tags on single-family homes average $2.3 million!
The climate across Massachusetts varies between hot and humid in the summer months to cold and snowy over the long winters. There is abundant precipitation owing to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. The mountains to the west see consistent snowfall totals drawing moisture from the interior parts of New England and even Lake Ontario well to the west.
This bodes well for skating enthusiasts who take advantage of the innumerable lakes and ponds that freeze over as well as the snowy hills and trails for cross country skiers. Although the ocean moderates winter chill in and around the Boston area, weather systems that roil up the coast from the mid-Atlantic region can bring ferocious storms, heavy surf, and high wind, rain, and snow.
All things considered, the weather in Massachusetts can play havoc with the best-laid plans for a vacation. But allowing for the weather’s foibles, there is endless fun to be had, whether cavorting in the surf or shushing down a winter trail in the highlands.
Ok, the fun part first. From world-renown items like Boston baked beans and Boston cream pie to famous brands like Sam Adams beer and Friendly’s Ice Cream, Massachusetts is no stranger to culinary delights.
Looking a bit deeper on the menu, fresh seafood from fishing communities such as Cape Cod, Nantucket, Provincetown, and Falmouth, it almost doesn’t matter what the sides are when your dinner was alive in the ocean just hours ago. And an excellent way to start a brawl is to complain about a local bistro’s clam chowder. Red, white? Spicy, smooth? It all depends on the pallet but figure out your fav because as friendly as these seafood servers are, even they have their limits with diners who don’t know their chowder. And for dessert, that Boston cream pie will cool off any heat you’ve ingested. Wash it down with a Sam Adams for good measure and you’ll be fit as a fiddle. As you consider your comfy midday snack, toss down a couple of Fig Newtons, born and bred in Newton, Massachusetts.
In our ultra-modern culture, it’s not even a chore to locate any type of food you desire and have it delivered to your door in minutes. But when in Massachusetts, go local to seek out these tasty treats regardless of whether you’re at the coast, mid-state, or high up in the Berkshires. I’ll bet your B&B can have some Ubered and on your table within the hour.
In a word, nostalgia. What better way to immerse yourself in the history of our nation’s early days than a stay in a historic inn that actually might have been around at that time?
Another consideration for a B&B stay is service. While there are countless hotels that cater to every whim and fancy, the B&B is much more intimate. Because you’re actually sharing space with the homeowners, you are subject to a higher degree of that personal touch often missing in a hotel experience. The innkeepers undoubtedly have stories stretching back decades, if not centuries, to give you a keen sense of what it was like to live in the area at that time.
You also have the pleasure of experiencing their taste in everything from charming interior design, to art and furniture heirlooms, to their style of meal preparation. Many visitors rate their stay heavily on host-friendliness and with good reason. A relationship develops very quickly between hosts and guests, and the host’s passion for their calling is evident in the way they care for their guests.
Whether you choose a Victorian-style property or one that’s more upscale in the boutique range, you can count on many of the innkeepers possessing a comprehensive knowledge of their local region. With any luck, you may be sharing the home of an early patriot’s descendants – talk about a body of knowledge!
Other considerations may include a full-service concierge for your getaway. These professionals are trained in the local history and pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge of the politics and events that shape the present-day culture.
And depending on the layout of the property, you may opt for some greater privacy and choose a carriage house or captain’s quarters that are a bit removed from the main house. This is all part of the fun of planning out your vacation, and there is an endless number of B&B types to meet your every desire.
A most interesting juxtaposition of the Massachusetts bed and breakfast is the deep historical context overlaid by today’s up-to-the-minute, modern amenities. Private baths have been around since the days of Bathsheba, but with whirlpool jets? The peak highlight of any visit after a hard day of sightseeing is returning to your sanctuary for a soak in a tension-melting Jacuzzi. Then slip between high-quality linens for an exquisite night's slumber to round off the day.
Missed some emails (oh snap)? Maybe the latest happenings on the sports fields? Not to worry, wifi has you covered. And unless you’re in the middle of a tech detox, there’s most likely a widescreen tucked away somewhere that will provide the needed fix.
By definition, the B&B culinary feature is what makes or breaks a guest’s visit. As noted earlier, many guests rate their stay on the friendliness and hospitality of their host. The next most important feature for many guests is that all-important first meal of the day. And it stands to reason that because the chef and staff have only one meal to concentrate on, all their focus goes into breakfast.
Need to get gone quickly and attack the day’s list of must-see attractions? Plan on a continental breakfast so you can maximize your time first thing in the morning. That’s one of the attractions to the B&B experience – customized service with a smile. Many innkeepers delight in pleasing their guests because, well, that’s what they’re in business to do.
Additional considerations for your B&B stay may include them being pet, family, or singles-friendly. In today’s on-demand culture, there are numerous other categories to be searched and no doubt found. So it’s a good idea to give some thought to the type of experience you desire at the outset of your vacation planning and begin with that property type in mind.
Because of the relatively small size of Massachusetts, those native to the state will typically choose to drive. Escaping the hordes of Boston for points west and the cooler uplands of the Berkshires is but a few hour’s drive. And likewise for those headed east from the rural parts of the state.
Arriving by air from out of state? The good news is there are numerous national and international airlines serving Boston’s Logan International Airport. New York’s JFK and LaGuardia, and Newark International Airport are nearby options as well.
Once on the ground, any of these large airports have fleets of rental cars and buses to get you anywhere you need to go. Equally as important, though, is how to get around once you’ve arrived at your destination.
More good news. A rental car is the conventional way to go, but if you’re going to be in Boston for any length of time, Uber, Lyft, and the standard taxi will suffice for timely transportation and eliminate the hassle of driving in big-city traffic, not to mention finding convenient parking.
Beach bound and eschewing the four-wheelers all the way? Check with your B&B host - they may provide fat-tire beach cruiser bikes to handle any terrain. But short of that, you can always rent a bike for the length of your stay.
And of course, there’s always the time-honored method, finding places you want to see within walking distance. Those wishing to stretch their legs while on vacation will find no shortage of hikes, trails, beaches, and city blocks to traverse on foot. Not a bad idea after one of the sumptuous B&B breakfasts your host has stuffed you with!
With so many quality Massachusetts bed and breakfast experiences to choose from, where to start? There are many bnbfinder Diamond Collection properties we recommend stretching across the state from the seashore to the Berkshires. Coastal inns include beautiful properties such as The Woods Hole Inn and The Palmer House Inn in Falmouth, the Hampton Terrace Inn, The Garden Gables Inn, and The Rockwood Inn all located in Lenox.
For the best bed and breakfast in seaside pampering, Nantucket boasts many first-rate inns such as The Seven Sea Street Inn and The Brass Lantern Inn. Polished from stem to stern, these inns are timeless, classic settings perfect for that romantic bed and breakfast experience you’ve always dreamed of for years.
As captivating as the coastal inns are, they have their competition cut out for them in the western uplands. Archetypal inland country inns such as The Deerfield Inn in the northwest is a fabulous getaway and conveniently located just a short drive from a major interstate highway.
The best of the Berkshires include Shaker Mill Inn in West Stockbridge as well as the palatial Windflower Inn in Great Barrington. These great old houses inspire the romance and sentimentality of bygone eras that still reverberate through our nation today.
In addition to the pet, child, and family-oriented inns listed earlier, have a look at properties that cater to the romantic, haunted, or various themes. As our population ages, there is an increasing number of inns whose features and design include amenities for the disabled.
As mentioned earlier, the bed and breakfast inns of Massachusetts remind us of all that is good about our nation. Constructed during a time that could not possibly imagine the world today, come and immerse yourself in the best that B&Bs have to offer. Rest, rejuvenate, and rebalance. Your heart, body, and soul will benefit from the connection you make to the past while you luxuriate in the amenities of today.