Massachusetts Bed and Breakfasts Attract Financially Savvy Travelers

cranberrypondBe Merry in Massachusetts – traverse this entire state -relax in some wonderful B&B’s, dine on some scrumptious gourmet breakfasts and still have money left over for souvenirs! While most travelers know the benefits of off-season travel – fewer tourists, shorter lines and friendlier prices – the bed and breakfasts listed below also participate in Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Program so there are substantial savings possible.

Cranberries & Ice Skating
honeysucklewinterTraveling 40 miles south of Boston you will come to the relaxing bed and breakfast, On Cranberry Pond B&B, in Middleboro MA. Here you can splurge on the quiet pleasures of a country setting, instead of high hotel rates. Use Middleboro as your base for day trips into Boston, Plymouth or the Cape. Each morning you will be treated to a full gourmet breakfast, artfully presented by owner Jeannine. And if you travel to this Cranberry Capital of the World in winter, you can skate on the frozen cranberry bogs, a true New England experience.

Cape Cod Treasures
Traveling south to Cape Cod, you will find the Honeysuckle Inn in West Barnstable. As with all the inns mentioned in this article, you can use your Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free  certificate. The Honeysuckle Inn accepts it October through May, based on availability.  Located 10 minutes from Hyannis, you are close to the Kennedy Museum as well as many boutique shops and restaurants that line Main Street. Or you may choose an 1850s sea captain’s home by staying at the Long Dell Inn located in Centerville, MA, which offers understated casual elegance. The Centerville Beach is great for long strolls in any season. In the warm months, treat yourself to one of the oldest and yummiest ice cream shops in America by heading to Four Seas, located in an old blacksmith shop in downtownCenterville. Ocean walks, off-season rates and open hospitality all combine for an affordable stay at this Cape Cod bed and breakfast.

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Waves & Witches
allenhouseAlthough not as well-known as Cape Cod, the North Shore of Massachusetts offers its own great artistic ocean communities. While Salem is best known for its witch trials and great Halloween celebrations, there is so much more.  First, drop your bags at the historic Salem Inn with a range of inviting rooms, many with period antiques and working fireplaces. To begin, there is a stunning harbor to explore. Then continue on to great boutiques, restaurants for every budget, the classic House of Seven Gables- fascinating for young and old; and the amazing Peabody Essex Museum, which is truly a voyage through culture and art.  Or head to the next town, Marblehead, where you can watch spectacular sunrises over Castle Rock at the lovely Seagull Inn Bed & Breakfast.  You will start the day with homemade baked goods and fresh coffee and perhaps end the day at the local Landing Restaurant with its fresh seafood.

College Town
walkerhouse_cardHeading west you come to Amherst, MA, where the sprawling University of Massachusetts is found, along with its famous 100-member marching band.  And of course you will find a bed and breakfast for your comfortable and affordable night’s lodging. At the Allen House Victorian Inn you will enjoy the rich character of this Victorian Painted Lady’s heritage as well as their famous filling breakfasts.  And from January through April, on Mondays through Wednesdays, based on availability, you can take advantage of the Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate from U Mass is one of 5 in this college consortium which also includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Any savings will be appreciated, especially if you are traveling with a soon-to-be college student!

Musical Lenox
historicmerrilllakeTravel further west to Lenox where you can stay at the Walker House an 1804 American Federal Bed and Breakfast where each room is named after a composer.  Check with innkeepers Peggy and Richard for the dates of concerts they hold in their bed and breakfast! And of course there are always reasonable lawn tickets available for the world famous concerts performed each summer at Tanglewood. Each summer brings the Boston Pops and world-renowned musicians such as James Taylor.

Norman Rockwell’s Paintings
And finally, your trip through Massachusetts concludes in Stockbridge, where you can stay in a canopy bed at the Historic Merrill Inn.  Awake to outstanding breakfast offerings before you explore the Norman Rockwell Museum, a tribute to his classic capturing of life in America, often displayed on the front covers of Life Magazine.

These are only a few of the many bed and breakfasts throughout the state of Massachusetts where you can be assured an affordable rate as well as a bounty of year round activities. Browse through the 19,000 B&Bs and country inns that specialize in other locations that may also interest you. Most of the properties listed above are also in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate. also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, a perfect solution to help celebrate any occasion.


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