The location can't be beaten at this place, so with trepidation we made reservations. I even packed our own sheets and pillows just in case the ones provided were scary -- we'd checked out the inside of this place over the last few years and it was a bit swilly, but I was willing to be flexible for a hotel right on Good Harbor Beach.
We checked in and found new owners, and basically a complete makeover!
Our room had a gorgeous view of the ocean, a kitchen and trundle bed for the kids. Our room was cleaned each day with fresh linens -- so our own sheets never even came out of the car. We went to the beach, took a break from the sun on the inn's large, rolling, lawn and then return to the beach for the rest of the day. We ate our dinner in front of the inn's outdoor fireplace -- after putting the kids to sleep!
The four owners (2 husband and wife teams) were warm, hospitable, and were very welcoming to our kids -- not something you'll always find at an inn. We even made reservations for the end of the summer, and we can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steps from Good Harbor Beach (#1 Beach in New England 2012). Minutes to downtown Gloucester (America's Oldest Fishing Port) and Rockport. Close to Cape Ann's 20+ restaurants and dozens of shops and galleries, as well as the Rocky Neck Art Colony (America's oldest and continuous operating art colony). Just 55 minutes by car or commuter rail to Boston and less than 2 hours drive from other New England destinations. We're one of the most popular spots on "the island you can drive to" (our section of Gloucester is separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the Annisquam River). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Shutters Beachside Hotel Gloucester
- Blue Shutters Beachside Inn Gloucester, MA - Cape Ann