15 of Our Favorite Massachusetts Inns

Weary from walking through history? Stay a stone's throw from Plymouth Rock. Wanna whale-watch? Tours leave from Cape Ann to Cape Cod with lots of lodgings to choose from. Celebrate 90 years of baseball at Fenway Park and hit a home run at one of our favorite Massachusetts inns.

The Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich
Lavish pleasures and spectacular views of the coastline are found behind ornamental gates on the secluded Crane Estate.

Amelia Payson House, Salem
Take a bewitching walk from this elegantly restored inn to the nearby historic haunts.

Lodgings for Literary Lovers

Stay where these local luminaries lived or frequented: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and American playwrights Thornton Wilder, Sinclair Lewis and Robert Sherwood.

Sleep in Wharton's four-poster bed:
The Gables Inn, Lenox

Many writers and philosophers walked these grounds:
Hawthorne Inn, Concord

Quoting Ralph Waldo, "Thy perfect summer home":
Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport

Named after the original literary commune:
Brook Farm Inn, Lenox

Hawthorne wrote "Twice Told Tales" here:
Edgartown Inn, Edgartown

Preserved as a historic literary shrine:
Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury

Author-themed guest bedrooms:
The Kemble Inn, Lenox

Playground for presidents as well as playwrights:
Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge

Across from Emily Dickinson House:
Allen House Victorian Inn, Amherst

The Cranberry Inn, Chatham
For a relaxing getaway at any time of the year, try this traditional New England landmark in a quiet seaside village.

Fernside Inn, Princeton
Located on the side of Mount Wachusett with views of Boston's skyline from the Fernside rockers or adirondack chairs, revel in opulent amenities.

The Inn at Clamber Hill, Petersham
Avid leaf peepers, bird watchers, golf and horse enthusiasts enjoy this 33-acre estate surrounded by 4,000 acres of protected woodland in the north central forests.

Crown Pointe Historic Inn, Provincetown
Hike sand dunes, sail the harbor or bike the quaint town while staying at this stately, fully restored, sea captain's mansion on a bluff.

Seven Hills Country Inn & Restaurant, Lenox
Expect romantic luxuries at this traditional Tudor-style mansion built by Mayflower descendants, and the more contemporary Terrace and Carriage Houses.

The Colonial Inn of Martha's Vineyard, Edgartown
The light and airy decor, generous amenities, harbor view, fireplaces, balconies and sunrooms all reflect the inn's policy to promote comfort and pleasure.

Pineapple Inn, Nantucket
An authentic whaling captain's house, this exquisitely renovated inn boasts colonial ambiance, gracious hospitality and upscale extras like designer linens and marble baths.

Applegate Bed & Breakfast, Lee
Tour the local countryside on a complimentary bike, play golf or tennis across the street, swim in the pool and experience refined tranquility in the Berkshires.

By the Sea Guests Bed & Breakfast & Suites, Dennis Port
Enjoy the relaxed, friendly ambiance and the natural beauty of Nantucket Sound from the waterfront porch and private sandy beach.

The Inn on Sea Street, Hyannis
Transportation to this romantic Victorian inn is provided when arriving by bus, plane or train for a perfect retreat that even includes beach towels and chairs.

A Cambridge House B&B Inn, Cambridge
Experience generous hospitality in an elegant setting at this Victorian treasure near Harvard.