Ok I'm biased. I love this place. Have for years and so thrilled to have the chance to go again last week. Seaward Inn is the sort of place you look forward to when you are ready to completely unwind. Yet, for those of your party who want more besides gorgeous views, friendly people and an old family sort of place by the sea, downtown Rockport is just a seaside amble away.
The day at Seaward begins at dawn, where there's nothing between you and the first tip of sun over the water (early risers rejoice!). Visit the Inn's complimentary coffee station and go back to the waterside benches for more sea or go on in for the House breakfast buffet in one of the charming dining rooms, windows all around to bring in the light and views. The buffet is plentiful and well prepared, and the chef and waitstaff couldn't be more accommodating.
Next you can put yourself at the mercy of the tides - high tide with the waves crashing (my favorite) or low tide (my family's), when they can go climbing on the rocks, searching for treasures. The Inn has a park-like spot directly across from the main house that rims the waterside and it's perfect for either tide.
When you're ready, take the 20-minute walk to town via the Old Garden foot path that winds along the water and over the Headlands. While in town there's shops, galleries, restaurants and the new Shalin Liu Performance Center, which is reported to be one of the finest performance spaces for music in the world. There are also kayak rentals, boat charters, beaches and art classes. Or, Seaward's location is convenient enough to be a short drive to so many other activities on Cape Ann (bicycle tour or whale watching anyone?) or into Boston for the day.
At the end of the day, return home to your quiet, immaculate cottage-style rooms, a la 1940's, very "New England" in their simplicity and comfort. The linens are crisp, the towels soft and thirsty. We were in unit 206, which had ample space for all of us, an outside deck area with a water view.
The Inn and it's guests have been cared for by members of the same gracious family for almost 60 years, who take pleasure in helping to make your seaside visit the most comfortable it can be. Seaward Inn is a special place you shouldn't miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seaward Inn, nestled on the outmost edge of Cape Ann, has taken many shapes and forms over the past 65 years while remaining in the Cameron family. Although the main building and restaurant were sold in December 2013, the building formerly known as Spruce Cottage or Gulls Nest will now be available for weekly rentals for the 2015 season. Guests can choose from our Cottage, Lover's Cove ( King Bedded unit), or Gully Point (Suite with Deck). Each unit has a private bathroom, Direct TV, free wireless internet, air conditioning, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryers and plenty of free parking. There is also be an outdoor gas grille for your convenience and pleasure. The Seaward offers a refreshing, rustic seaside alternative to vacationing in Rockport with four unique choices of accommodations. Guests who visit The Seaward comment on the restful atmosphere, while still being close to a wealth of attractions including gorgeous nature preserves, great shopping, boating, whale watching, museums, and sandy beaches. We also offer bicycles to enjoy the winding rocky coastal roads and pathways with stunning vistas and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The Seaward is located on Marmion Way, known for its lovely homes, gardens and ocean views. Here you can relax to the soothing sound of waves lapping the rocky shore and distant fog horn while watching the lobster and sailboats pass by. We are a short & scenic mile to downtown Rockport which can be accessed along an ocean path. Along the way you will pass Old Garden Beach; a good spot for a dip, and "headlands" for an outstanding view of Rockport Harbor. Spruce Cottage -Enjoy two bedrooms - a queen sized bed in one room and 2 twin beds in another. The kitchen offers a stove, sink, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Although most folks prefer to relax on the front lawn, the cozy living room includes a kitchen table, fireplace couch and flatscreen TV. Gully Point - Enjoy a deck with ocean views and rocking chairs. Gully Point offers accommodations for up to 4 people comfortably. One bedroom has a queen sized bed, while the rather spacious living room has accommodations for two more on a comfortable (full size) sleeper couch. Loblolly Cove - has a similar set up as Gully Point and can adjoin it to accommodate up to 8 people. Enjoy a deck with ocean views. On it's own Loblolly Cove offers accommodations for up to 5 people. One bedroom has a queen sized bed, while the living room has a twin day bed and pull our (full) couch. Lovers Cove has ocean views, a king sized bed, newly conditioned hardwood floors and a small private courtyard garden. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seaward Hotel Rockport