The Emerson Inn by the Sea is Rockport’s Premier Boutique Hotel! It has a storied history that dates back to the 1850’s. As one of Rockport’s first hotels, the inn attracted the New England elite and many other notable authors and artists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

The Emerson Inn boasts thirty-six (36) rooms renovated to bring a modern flavor to its nostalgic boutique atmosphere. Although the Emerson Inn retains the beauty of its jazz age, its rooms are outfitted with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi. In 2021, a local couple purchased the property and has added a layer of European elegance.  Guests can enjoy local art, music and seafood at The Emerson Inn’s new parlor lounge featuring cocktails in its charming piano bar or on the oceanfront veranda.  The Emerson Inn is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or for solo travelers seeking respite at our salt water pool along the ruggedly beautiful Cape Ann coastline.