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The Davenport House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1912, is registered with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and is one of only a few examples of Jacobethan architecture located within the city of New Bedford. New Bedford is 35 miles east of the beautiful beaches and legendary mansions of Newport, and the city of Providence, and 55 miles south of Boston, the capital/hub of Massachusetts. New Bedford is deemed by many tourists traveling throughout the area as the "Gateway to the Cape."
New Bedford, MA - Known in the 19th Century as "The Whaling Capital of the World"!
The front parlor features unique build-out windows providing extra space for seating whether you choose to read, socialize with other guests, or listen to music played on the antique upright piano. This spacious room offers one of the four working fireplaces on the first floor. Two fireplaces are located in the adjacent family room and the grand foyer area, and the 4th fireplace is in the dining room.
A large mahogany piazza wraps around the rear and south side of the Davenport House overlooking a beautiful and spacious garden with a variety of unique trees and colorful bushes. There are multiple sitting areas to enjoy within this garden. The front porch, which greets every guest as they enter the Davenport House, and the second floor piazza are available for sitting, reading or socializing as time and interest permits. There are two off-street parking spaces available for guests.
A continental breakfast featuring items reflective of the area's Cape Verdean, Portuguese, African American and Latino cultures is served in comfort and elegance in the formal dining room. The dining table is set with formal dinnerware every morning. Breakfast includes coffee/tea, juice(s), fruit, cereal and fresh baked muffins/breads/coffee cakes.
The Downtown Historic District has been designated as a National Historical Park. The Mayor's Office and dedicated organizations throughout the City continually strive to recreate and expand the greater downtown area to reflect the historic appearance and ambiance of the whaling era.
The following is a sample of New Bedford's historical points of
interest, within walking distance of the Davenport House:
- New Bedford Whaling Museum and Seamen's Bethel
- New Bedford Art Museum
- Schooner Ernestina - 106 years old, Artic explorer
and trans-Atlantic Cape Verdean packet
- Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
- Frederick Douglass Home - The Nathan and Mary "Polly" Johnson House - the first free home of Frederick and Anna Douglass - 1838-1841
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Marlene Centeio for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Visiting relatives in the area, business trips and/or looking to tour our historic area mainly for whaling history.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for family, friendly and fun environment. Inn is unique due to beautiful back deck facing large landscaped yard not common for the area our Inn is located. We love meeting and greeting new people to the area and helping them to navigate around the city to ensure they obtain a full and enriched experience of the City of New Bedford.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
New Bedford was once the Whaling capital of the world. People come to learn more, visit the Whaling Museum and walk through the city's National Historic Park.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our room rates were too low considering all the services and special treatment a guest receives when staying at our home.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
City is part of the historic Underground Railroad where the Nathan and Mary Johnson House, first free home of Frederick and Anna Douglass is located.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
- Go to the National Park Visitor's Center on William Street for information on City events.
- Sign-up for walking Tour of the National Historic Area & more.
- Visit the Whaling Museum and Seamen's Bethel on Johnny Cake Hill.
- Take the high-speed ferry boat (Seastreak) to Martha's Vineyard for a day.
- Take a short ride to Newport, Rhode Island to tour the mansions and waterfront.
- Enjoy fresh seafood at any one of many wonderful restaurants in the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns - See the Nathan and Mary (Polly) Johnson House at 21 Seventh Street which was the first free home of slave, abolitionist, and orator Frederick and Anna Douglass in 1838. This house is an Underground Railroad site and a National Historic Landmark.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Downtown New Bedford and the National Historic Area are both within a 5-10 minute walk from our inn. There are also many beautiful homes/mansions built during the whaling and industrial era in the surrounding neighborhoods of the Davenport House Bed & Breakfast.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Freestone's, Antonio's and Izzy's which all serve, fresh seafood, Portuguese/American food and Cape Verdean food representing the various cultures within the City.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
- Downtown New Bedford, Inc., - Guide & Map - www.downtownnb.org
- New Bedford Whaling Museum - www.whalingmuseum.org
- Nathan and Mary (Polly) Johnson House - www.nbhistoricalsociety.org
- New Bedford Preservation Society - www.nbpreservationsociety.org
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - www.nps.gov/nebe/index.htm
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have a combination of three (3) rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No. The Captain Haskell's Octagon House (B&B) accepts pets which is located with two (2) blocks of our inn.
Guests are able to ride the ferry from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard during the months of May to September or drive 42 miles east to Falmouth and take the ferry to either Nantucket Island or Martha's Vineyard Island.
The New Bedford Chamber of Commerce, the Office of Tourism and the many independent cultural groups and affiliations hold annual festivals that draw thousands of visitors to the area including:
- Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Week
- New Bedford JazzFest
- New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival
- Taste of SouthCoast - Cuisine and Music
- New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival
- Hispanic Heritage Multicultural Festival
- Annual First Night Celebration for Families
- The New Bedford Half Marathon & Downtown Run - March
- The 50's Night - July
- Whaling City Festival at Buttonwood Park - July
- New Bedford Folk Festival - July
- The Greater New Bedford Track Club Road Race - August
- Portuguese Annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament - August
- The Latino Cultural Festival is in September
- Working Waterfront Festival - September
- A Bioneers by the Bay Conference - October
- Oktoberfest in New Bedford - October
The area features various art museums and theatres including The Zeiterion, Gallary X Art Museum, New Bedford Art Museum Downtown, and Your Theatre. New Bedford's parks of interest include Fort Taber Family Park and the Buttonwood Park & Zoo. The movie, Passionada, filmed in the City of New Bedford by Samuel Goldwyn Films & Fireworks Pictures, is the first of its kind to feature the Portuguese-American family. Captured within this movie are many beautiful and historical sites of the City of New Bedford and the surrounding towns of Fairhaven and Dartmouth.
The Davenport House Bed & Breakfast is a warm and friendly place where "we treat you like family, because you are!"