Emerson Inn by the Sea

1 Cathedral Avenue, Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Innkeeper(s): Bruce and Michele Coates
  • Introduction


    Emerson Inn by the Sea - Rockport, Massachusetts


    The perfect romantic vacation getaway.

    Much like the coming of spring, Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport, MA is a refreshing change of atmosphere. Carefully renovated, the inn displays the essence of the past, finely preserved in a distinctive New England setting.


    The Grand Cafe, Dining room


    Enjoy a peaceful night's rest, awakening to the warm welcome of an Atlantic Ocean sunrise . Delight in a host of gourmet specialties in the elegant setting of The Grand Cafe. From a leisurely stroll through Rockport or nearby Gloucester, to marine-life adventure snorkeling, to a hike among the fall foliage or along the shore of Cape Ann, Emerson Inn by the Sea is surrounded by a diversity of summer and winter activities. Experience the unparalleled peace and comfort of a refined classic romantic North Shore inn.

    Rockport is a small seaport, one-hour north of Boston at the end of Route 128. Most famous as an art colony, the town was a major granite shipper until the depression closed the quarries. Today, vacationers sunbathe on the rocks and beaches, take walks through the woods or along the shore, or watch the whales from boats out of Rockport or Gloucester. The Rockport Golf Club has a fine nine hole course about three miles from the Emerson, and there are tennis courts less than a mile from the inn. 

    For more information about the area and local attractions, please visit our Area Information page.

  • Breakfast

    During the summer, we offer a complete hot breakfast buffet that can be enjoyed in the dining room of the Grand Cafe or on our screened-in porch.

    In the off-season (winter and spring), breakfast include a hearty continental buffet, inlcudiin:

    • freshly baked pastries and breads
    • fruit
    • cereals
    • milk and yogurt
    • fresh coffe, juice and tea
  • Weddings

    Emerson Inn By The Sea is the place where "weddings become historic occasions."

    The inn is available all year and can accommodate parties up to 150 guests. The main floor and ocean-side grounds can be rented between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meal prices begin at $47 per person, plus tax and gratuity. We offer a full array of fine wines & spirits to accompany your special occasion. Our wedding coordinator can also refer you to the best suppliers of everything you will need, from flowers to the wedding cake.

  • How to Find Us

    Driving Directions:

    • Take Route 128 North to Gloucester, following Route 128 through to two rotaries and turn left onto Route 127 North at the traffic light.
    • Continue approximately 4 miles (staying on Route 127) you will take a sharp left at Rockport's five corners (again remaining on Route 127).
    • Follow signs to Pigeon Cove. Continue approximately 2 miles and turn right on to Phillips Avenue at the Emerson Inn Sign.

    From Boston's Logan Airport:

    • Take Route 1A North to Route 60 West.
    • 60 West to Route 1 North.
    • Route 1 North will get you to 128 north, then follow directions at the top.

    Although we are easy to reach by car, Rockport also has good rail service from North Station in Boston. Complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the Rockport Train Station.