I've stayed at the Marblehead Summer House several times since it's been open and I thoroughly enjoyed each visit. I love old homes and architecture and this place is true to its roots. It's quaint and unassuming, balanced with modern comforts (i.e. flat screen TVs and WiFi) and the rooms have all the basics with charm: clawfoot tub, antique dresser, clean and comfortable bed(s), antique chairs and rugs,and authentic fireplaces (though not in use). True, this is not an aristocratic style home nor is it a Marriot but rather that of a working class family from the 1600 or 1700s (that I've gathered from the owner John who is very helpful and lovely). Those notes come through in the modest style of the building and rooms that leave you feeling like you are pleasantly back in time and a world apart.
But I don't go to Marblehead to say in my room all day, I go for the sailing, the historic sites like Fort Seawall, the one of a kind shops, to gawk at the large homes on "the Neck" and to take day trips into Salem and Boston (which are pretty easy to get to by car, bus, or train). I love feeling like a local as I eat breakfast with both tourist and townsfolk alike at the Driftwood Cafe (I recommend the banana pancakes) or the Muffin Shop, both are just a 5 minute walk from the house, if you walk slowly, and are reasonable priced. To unwind I enjoy reading a book in the backyard or on Crocker Park, which is conveniently located right outside of the back gate of the Marblehead Summer House. Two years ago, I bumped into the John, the owner, in the backyard and enjoyed spending an evening drinking wine, entertained with stories of the house and the town, and getting to know the neighbors who apparently help keep an eye on things when the owner is with his family out of state.
Every time I stay, I enjoy chatting with the on-site manager who is an endearing lady and very helpful. I have never had a problem. For me this is the authentic place to stay in Marblehead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 3 miles from the Salem line and the Salem Historic Area, you'll be in the heart of Old Town Marblehead just 200 yards from the Boston Yacht Club, co-sponsor of the Halifax Race. Surrounded by houses built in the 1700’s and 1800’s it's one of the nicest parts of the old village. The house you’ll be staying in was built prior to 1717. We weren’t the USA then you know! Walk through the back gate onto Crocker Park and enjoy swimming off the park’s float, fishing off the rocks, viewing the harbor and its 5 yacht clubs or take in one of the many Marblehead cultural events which take place on the park during the year. During the week of July 4th Crocker Park is one of the centers of activity for the Marblehead Arts Festival. Each of our 5 units include a private full bath, some also include a kitchenette. We're not a B&B and do not serve breakfast, but there are 3 restaurants within a 4 minute walk that do! With the exception of the 3rd Floor Suite the baths do not have showers. They have the original long claw-foot soaking tubs with European shower wand faucets. So, enjoy the bath! ... more less