Harborside House Bed & Breakfast
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Discover the charm of Marblehead, MA, home of the Harborside House Bed & Breakfast, and a picturesque seacoast town on Boston's historic North Shore near Boston and Cape Ann. The reknown harbor is the focal point of the town; from the numerous parks and beaches, one can watch the constant activity of boats of all kinds.
Marblehead's winding streets are lined with houses which reflect its history: 17th century homes of the early fisherman, 18th century Georgian mansions of ship owners (such as the Lee and Hooper mansions), 19th century Victorian edifaces such as Abbot Hall, where the famous painting "The Spirit of '76" can be seen.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Susan for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Marblehead is a perfect spot to begin or end a vacation in Boston’s North Shore area or in Maine or New Hampshire due to its proximity to Logan Airport.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
What do you love most about your inn? Harborside House is historic ( 1850 home) best known for convenient location ( one does not need a car to explore Marblehead) I love my harbor view and so do guests!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Best location nearest Logan airport to explore the North Shore and visit Boston. Great for overseas travelers to un-jet lag in a picturesque setting.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Since 1986, guests have written their comments/compliments in their room journal. They make me know they have loved staying here and that I have done good job in providing everything they need. I especially like when they rave about how comfortable the beds are!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
How accessible the historic area of town is!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
After enjoying the sites and history of Marblehead, Salem and Cape Ann are easy to drive to.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
EVERYTHING! Historic sites, shops, restaurants, museums etc!
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Landing: great food right on the harbor.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Two guest rooms.
Do you accept pets?
NO. Sea Gull Inn does.
About the Innkeeper
Susan Livingston transformed her home of over thirty years into one of Marblehead's first Bed & Breakfasts in 1985. She is a semi-retired professional dressmaker specializing in weddings. She has been active in the Historical Society and a local garden club. She is a calligraphist and nationally ranked Master swimmer. Susan is very happy to share her knowledge of Marblehead, as well as Salem, Cape Ann and Boston, all within an hour's travel.
Harborside House is an 1850 colonial overlooking the picturesque harbor in the historic district of Marblehead. Guests enjoy waterviews from the wood-paneled and beamed living room with fireplace, the period dining room, and the sunny breakfast porch and deck.
Harborside House offers two spacious guest rooms which offer the comfort and convenience of writing desk, bureau, closet, clock radio, hairdryer, free wi-fi, terry robes and toiletries.
Antique furnishings and period wallpapers enhance the charm of this comfortable, quiet home. A large guest room with antique mahogany twin beds overlooks the harbor. The romantic double-bed guest room with antique mirrored dressing table has a garden view. A generous continental breakfast includes fresh friut, juice, homebaked breads and muffins, and a choice of cereals. Wi-Fi is also available to our guests.
A generous continental breakfast includes juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, cheeses, home-baked breads & muffins, choice of cereals. House specialties are blueberry muffins & Muesli bread
Afternoon tea on request, homemade cookies, bedside Harbor Sweets chocolates & Nespresso.
English & limited French
Two vintage Raleigh bicycles with helmets and lock are available if desired.
Things To Do
Only a short walk from Harborside House are antique shops, art galleries, shops of local craftsmen as well as a variety of dining choices to suit every taste bud and budget.
- Marblehead Arts Festival and fireworks (4th of July)
- Race Week (end of July)
- The Christmas Walk (early December)
- Marblehead Museum & Historical Society
- The Landing
- Jack Tar
- Three Cod Tavern
- Grace Oliver's Beach
- King Hooper Mansion Gardens
- Tory's Jewelry
Below are some links to learn more about Marblehead & nearby attractions.
- Visit Marblehead | (781 631 2868)
- Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
- Marblehead Historical Society
- Discover Our Town
- House of Seven Gables
- Visit Massachusetts
- Essex National Heritage Coastal area
Enjoy activities such as whale watch excursions, historic house tours, classical and jazz concerts, sunset cruises, the July Arts Festival, the December Christmas walk, or summer racing regettas.
Only a short walk from Harborside House are the historic sites of Old Town, antique shops, art galleries, shops of local craftsmen, as well as a variety of dining choices to suit every taste bud and budget - fresh seafood, gourmet Northern Italian, or casual Mexican.
Directions & Destinations
Harborside House in Marblehead is an excellent base from which to explore Boston and the North Shore, visiting Salem(3 miles), Gloucester(15 miles) and Rockport(20 miles). Boston(15 miles) is accessible by bus from Marblehead or by the MBTA subway just 20 minutes away.
From I-95 North to 128 North (about 9 miles)
- From Rt 128 take exit 25A (Rte.114 East) to Salem/Marblehead
- Go 4 miles thru Salem, past Salem College
- "Entering Marblehead" sign is 1/2 mile ahead
- Continue 1.1 mile to the light at Ocean Ave.
- Marblehead fire station will be on the right and turn right
- Turn left at the next light onto Atlantic Avenue.
- Go 4/10 of a mile
- Turn right on Hawkes St., just after West Marine store
- At the end of Hawkes St., turn left onto Gregory Street. #23 is on the left
- Park along right side curbing or in driveway
From I-90 Mass Pike (about 16 miles)
- Continue through the Ted Williams tunnel, past Logan Airport and merge with Rte 1A North
- After about 9 miles, bear right at sign to Nahant/Swampscott (Rte.1A goes straight into Lynn and Salem)
- Go 3/4 around rotary onto Lynn Shore Drive (Rte 129)
- Go 4 miles to "Entering Marblehead" sign
- Continue 2 miles on Atlantic Ave
- Turn right on Hawkes Street
- See above directions
From Logan Airport
- Follow Rte 1A North as directed above
From Cape Cod
- I-93 North to I-90(Logan Airport) exit
- Then follow directions above
From Maine & Coastal New Hampshire
- I-95 South to Rte 128 NORTH
- Take exit 25A (Rte 114 East)
- Then continue as described in uppermost directions