Ok....so that's a load of crap...but we did have a wonderful 2 night stay at Captain Haskell's Octagon House this past weekend during New Bedford's annual summer music festival. The six of us rented out the entire B&B. It was nice having it (and the host & resident kitty cats) all to ourselves. Chuck, our host, local expert, mapmaker, and breakfast architect, was a wealth of information & good advice. He kept us pointed in the right directions, recommended good eats, & got us off to a good start each day with some yummy fruit bowls, french pressed coffee, homemade scones, & Portuguese pastries. The free WiFi was very convenient and our party enjoyed kicking back with refreshments on the porch after hours each evening before bed. I am especially grateful to Chuck for his suggestion of a particular route to Horseneck beach at checkout on Monday morning and, even more so, of his recommending the quaint restaurant at/near the beach where I had the best meal of the vacation (absolute best lobster roll anywhere (Yum!...its nothing but huge pieces of fresh naked lobster meat with drawn butter & mayo on the side), eggplant fries & a huge salad that was to-die-for with candied walnuts sliced tomatoes & goat cheese - all enjoyed al fresco on a glorious summer beach day. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Octogon house again or to send any friends looking for a place in New Bedford that's a convenient walking distance to all the festivities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pet-friendly bed and breakfast in a whaling captain’s elegant 1848 octagon house. Victorian elegance, combined with casual and comfortable atmosphere. Walk to NB Whaling National Historical Park, Whaling and other museums, Zeiterion Theatre, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts Star Store campus, libraries, galleries, restaurants and shops, working waterfront and ferries to Martha’s Vineyards and Cuttyhunk. Nearby beaches and parks. Fabulous seafood, Portuguese and other cuisines. Comfortable accommodations and gracious indoor and outdoor common areas provide base for longer stays and day-tripping to SouthCoast, Cape Cod, Islands, Plymouth, Newport and other Rhode Island attractions. ... more less