The Seagull Inn Bed & Breakfast
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The Seagull Inn welcomes guests throughout the year.
Luxurious suites complement the inn's oceanfront setting. Each suite in this century old inn has been totally restored with cherry floors, Shaker furniture and original paintings.
Families with children are welcome. The Seagull Inn offers kayaks, bicycles, a nearby beach, croquet, a fireplace, a film library and a CD collection. Wireless Internet access is available, and guests may use an Inn computer and a copier/scanner/printer/fax. In addition, all suites are air conditioned, and provide TV/VCR/DVDs with cable access, telephones, hair dryers, coffee makers, complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and snacks. Beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas are available. The Seagull Inn is smoke free; however, guests may smoke outdoors on decks and patios.
On Marblehead Neck, with ocean and harbor views from decks and some rooms, casual elegance welcomes our guests.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ruth & Skip Sigler for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most travelers – I’d say 60% - stay at our inn because of family or events here in Marblehead – weddings, bar/bad mitzvahs, sailing regattas, graduations, visiting family who don’t have room. Probably another 30%, including most European visitors, stop by on a tour of the New England coast, just a stop on the way to Maine, the Cape, Boston, fall foliage. A few, usually within a 200 mile radius, come for a short get-away, may or may not have ever heard of Marblehead.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We’re best known for our location on beautiful, residential Marblehead Neck, and for welcoming families and dogs. Two of our suites are expandable for families, and many other B&Bs in town do not take young children or dogs. Our three suites are separated enough so that children with one guest won’t bother another. We love the feeling of history about our inn – it was an inn from about 1920 till 1942, known as The Seagull. And we love our location - two houses from Marblehead Harbor, a half-block from the Atlantic Ocean. Our Lighthouse Suite, a two-story apartment, is particularly charming, has nice water views, a wonderful seaside feel, great energy.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Marblehead is known for our beautiful rocky seacoast, for our national historic district – over 200 homes built before the Revolution, for our harbor full of sailboats in the summer. But it’s really an undiscovered gem. It isn’t really a destination, is a small, mostly residential, year-round community, which doesn’t try to attract visitors. For people who discover it, the non-touristy atmosphere is part of the charm, but few unaware travelers plan a trip just to come to Marblehead.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Quite a few well-traveled guests have told us it’s the best B&B they’ve ever stayed in. And the repeat bookings are the best compliment – most of our Lighthouse Suite guests book next year when they leave this year, to be sure of getting it!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Probably most visitors are not aware of the depth of history in the town. The patriots of the town, including the town’s most famous Revolutionary resident, General John Glover, supported the American Revolution fervently. The Lee Mansion was built in 1768, and is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country. I’ve visited many colonial homes, and find it one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen – original wallpaper, original tiles, furniture by Marblehead craftsmen of the period. But they have no funds to market the venue, so it’s perhaps an inadvertently well-kept secret. Unfortunately it has no central heat, so is closed in the winter.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
We advise our guests of more than one night to spend a day wandering around Marblehead, and a day seeing Salem, the next town, a ten minute drive. The Peabody Essex Museum there is first-class. It has an unsurpassed Asian art collection, thanks to the sea captains from the late 1700’s, early 1800’s, who sailed around Cape Horn, brought back objects of art from the Orient, and were allowed to join the East India Society, which then became the Peabody Essex . The House of the Seven Gables is a nice tourist attraction, and literature buffs will enjoy a number of Nathaniel Hawthorne venues. Salem also has a charming “McIntire Historic District” of gorgeous Federal architecture homes. And of course it’s known as “The Witch City”, so people interested in witchcraft can have a heyday – Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, Witch House, psychic readers, fortune tellers, graveyard tours, haunted house tours. The third day (or more!) could be used to go to Boston. A ferry from Salem arrives in Boston in 45 minutes, a beautiful way to approach what has become one of the loveliest waterfront cities in the country, once the “Big Dig” took down the elevated highways. Boston is only about 45 minutes by car, about an hour by driving to public transportation. Many people prefer to stay out of the city, as long as it’s easy to reach. Our guests also often spend a day driving up the coast to Cape Ann to the picturesque villages of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Ipswich. The coast ride is scenic, there are beautiful beaches along the way, and the towns are charming.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
On Marblehead Neck we’re about a two-mile walk from the closest restaurants and shops. We’re a few houses away from small rocky beaches, a mile from a public sandy beach with a snack bar, but guests prefer to drive to the main commercial part of town across our causeway. Sailors racing in regattas find us very convenient, with two yacht clubs barely a block away from us.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Marblehead is too small to have many first-class restaurants, but we comfortably send people to Five Corners Kitchen, Caffe Italia, and the Landing for fine dining. The Barnacle, on the water, is fine for casual dining, as is Jack Tar, Maddie’s Sail Loft, and The Three Cods. Many guests like to stop by Shubie’s, a lovely wine and deli store, pick up delicious wine, cheeses, sandwiches, freshly prepared entrees, and bring them back to eat at the table on our patio overlooking the harbor.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
I would suggest www.visitmarblehead.com, run by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also sponsors an availability calendar for most of the B&Bs in town, accessed through the accommodations link on that site.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have three suites, all with queen beds. The Library Suite accommodates two people. The Seabreeze is a three-room suite, a queen bed in one room, an adjoining sitting room with a sofa and twin day bed, and an adjacent room with two twin beds. It can accommodate a family of five comfortably. The Lighthouse Suite has a kitchen, living room with futon sofa, upstairs a queen bed and bath, a roof deck on top. It can easily accommodate four, as long as people don’t mind going through the bedroom upstairs to reach the bath. We also have blow-up air mattresses for extra children, and a portable crib.
Do you accept pets?
Yes, we do accept dogs, no cats. We charge $25 extra per visit to cover additional cleaning. We don’t advertise on pet sites – we don’t want to be over-run with them, but have really had no problems – people travelling with dogs are quite responsible, and we have no pets of our own.
Skip and Ruth Sigler
After 20 years working in corporate America, Skip and his wife Ruth transformed their home in Marblehead, Massachusetts into a bed and breakfast. Within a year, the Seagull Inn Bed and Breakfast had reached success and had become fully booked. Inn goers are glad to spend their mornings with Skip, who has the natural talent for hosting and conversation.
Children of all ages accepted. Two of our suites are expandable for families. We provide port-a-cribs and a booster seat; we have available toys, videos, games, bicycles, and kayaks.
Dogs, all sizes, (no cats) are welcome. We charge an extra $25 per visit. We ask that dogs not be allowed at breakfast, or on the bedding. They may be left alone in the room, as long as they're happy, and not barking, whining or chewing.