Who needs a hotel when you can stay in one of these cozy, historic inns? Massachusetts is positively lousy with quaint accommodations that feel like they haven’t changed at all since colonial times. Here are some lesser-known inns that have a charming feel while still offering all the creature comforts you could desire.
1. Bass Rocks Ocean Inn, Gloucester
This gorgeous coastal inn will have you admiring views of the Atlantic and Thacher Island’s lighthouses from each one of their 51 rooms. Other highlights include an old-fashioned billiards table and darts, as well as freshly-baked cookies each afternoon. It’s cozy New England comfort all the way. (107 Atlantic Rd, Gloucester)
2. Devonfield Inn, Lee
Settled in a quiet part of Lee on 30 acres of meadow, the Devonfield Inn offers unparalleled peace and quiet. It was built over 200 years ago and is filled with charming antiques and period style, but has also been updated with the latest modern conveniences. Enjoy a stocked guest pantry full of treats, indulge in a fireside gourmet breakfast served on fine china, and stroll through the flower gardens. (85 Stockbridge Road, Lee)
3. The White Elephant Inn, Nantucket
This is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking to have a dreamy, luxurious Nantucket holiday. Just a quick jaunt from Nantucket Harbor, this inn offers plush accommodations and perks like afternoon port and cheese tastings.
4. The Beach Plum Inn, Menemsha
The Beach Plum Inn has been catering to guests since 1950. Their 13 rooms are simply but thoughtfully furnished in country-French decor, and come complete with private patios and breezy hammocks. You can also choose to stay in one of five cottage around the property, or a private home. There’s also an excellent restaurant on premises. (50 Beach Plum Lane, Menemsha)
5. The Red Inn, Provincetown
The Red Inn was built in 1805 and has been lodging guests since 1915. It overlooks Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay, and visitors can take full advantage of the view since each room comes with a waterfront balcony. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and in the dining area or in your own room. There are three guest rooms, three suites and two private residences available. (15 Commercial St., Provincetown)
6. Brook Farm Inn, Lenox
The Brook Farm Inn is a quintessentially cozy lodging house in Lenox. Most of their 15 rooms include fireplaces, and the inn also offers a massage studio, heated outdoor pool, living room and library that is open 24/7. You'll also be in the heart of the Berkshires, so there's plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. (15 Hawthorne Street, Lenox)
7. Amerscot House Inn, Stow
Just 27 miles outside Boston, this scenic Stow inn operates out of a historic colonial home. With just one suite and three bedrooms, the atmosphere here is cozy and friendly. Enjoy dining on the sunny porch or relax in their luxurious rooms, featuring 700-count Egyptian cotton linens and fine English toiletries. This is the perfect country escape. (61 West Acton Road, Stow)
8. The Birchwood Inn, Lenox
This romantic Berkshire inn is the perfect spot for a honeymoon or cozy weekend away. You'll be treated to a lovely natural setting and fine antique furnishings, as well as a freshly-prepared breakfast to start your day of exploring (or relaxing). This inn has a warm, friendly atmosphere with New England character and comfort.
9. The Belfry Inn & Bistro, Sandwich
Each room at this church-turned-inn is totally unique. Enjoy period architectural features and comforting amenities. The Belfry offers stained-glass windows, roaring fireplaces, and live piano music that perfectly complements the artistic atmosphere at this Cape Cod hidden gem. (6 Jarves Street, Sandwich)
10. 1896 House Inn & Country Lodgings, Williamstown
This charming inn is pure country. Located on a scenic route just inside Williamstown, the 1896 House Inn has seven guest rooms that range in style and affordability. There's plenty of natural beauty to keep you feeling serene, as well as romantic footbridges, lovely gardens and a stately gazebo. Stop by the duck pond after breakfast, and then spend the day exploring nearby attractions like Tanglewood and Mount Greylock.