BOSTON – July 22, 2014 – Massachusetts offers plenty to do in the colder months, with 12 ski areas, countless inviting restaurants, and many museums to discover. There’s no better home base for a wintry visit than a welcoming bed and breakfast, with friendly hosts and a hearty breakfast. Many inns around Massachusetts are steeped in history, while offering modern amenities like free WiFi, making for an unbeatable winter getaway.

Greater Boston

Irving House Bed & Breakfast (Cambridge)

The Irving House at Harvard has been welcoming guests since 1945, with many returning year after year for the warm hospitality. It features the generous amenities, including afternoon snacks, books throughout the house that guests are welcome to take, and complimentary postcards to send anywhere in the world. The four-story inn decorates the walls with the work of independent artists, celebrating animals of the water, earth, sky, and heavens.

Samuel Sewall Inn & The Bertram Inn (Brookline)

Located in leafy Brookline, The Samuel Sewall Inn and its sister property across the street, The Bertram Inn, were built in 1886 and 1907, respectively. Today, they offer guestrooms with luxury linens, Turkish towels, and signature bathrobes. Some rooms also have working, wood-burning fireplaces. and

Clarendon Square Inn (Boston)

Like the South End neighborhood it calls home, the Clarendon Square seamlessly blends the historic touches of the building with modern features to create a sophisticated comfort. Couples should book the Luxury Suite, with a marble fireplace, 400-thread-count Egyptian thread count linens, full living room area, a separate soaking tub and an 8-foot shower with dual heads. The “piece de resistance” according to the website? The rooftop Jacuzzi hot tub, open 24-hours a day, all year long.

North of Boston

Emerson Inn by the Sea (Rockport)

Named for it’s most celebrated guest, Ralph Waldo Emerson, this historic Cape Ann property consists of 36 well-appointed rooms, with private enclosed balconies and spa tubs. The La Petit Spa offers guests therapeutic massages and The Grand Café is the perfect setting for ocean-side dining.

The Seagull Inn (Marblehead)

Ideal for families, the Seagull Inn houses three suites including the Lighthouse Suite Apartment, with two levels and room for five guests (not to mention a roof deck with ocean and Marblehead Harbor views). The Library Suite, better suited for a couple, features an antique captain’s desk and walls lined with books. The shelves are sure to include the cookbooks written by innkeeper Skip Sigler, covering his favorite recipes.

Cape Cod and the Islands

The Captain’s Manor Inn (Falmouth)

Owned by high school sweethearts, Trish and Kevin, The Captain’s Manor Inn is a perfect home base for any trip to Cape Cod. All eight rooms offer classic comfort, some with private verandahs, and the Bates, Hatch, and Robinson Rooms all offer corner fireplaces.

Revere Guest House (Provincetown)

A restored 19th-century sea captain’s home, the Revere Guest House welcomes guests in the popular Cape destination of Provincetown. In addition to six guestrooms, the Revere Guest House offers a suite and a one-bedroom apartment, with a private entrance, state-of-the-art kitchen, premium cable, and a fireplace. The Captain’s Room and Chatham Room boast whirlpool tubs for two.

Colonial House Inn (Yarmouthport)

The Colonial House Inn is a registered National Historic Place, having been built in the 1730s. In 1986, the innkeepers renovated the Carriage House, adding 10 guest rooms, a conference center, common areas including a widow’s walk that serves as a reading room with 360 views of Yarmouthport, and a year-round heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

South of Boston

Winsor House Inn (Duxbury)

Duxbury is a tony Boston suburb, and the Winsor House Inn caters to guests looking for a luxury experience outside of the city. The Inn includes three rooms and a suite, the latter with a private entrance. The family owners aim to keep the “friendly English-pub atmosphere with its cheerful, cozy fireplace” in the carriage house restaurant that offers cuisine from casual to fine dining.

White Swan Bed & Breakfast (Plymouth)

Guests are welcomed as family at the White Swan Bed & Breakfast. Christine, the innkeeper, makes a memorable breakfast with her own coffee blend, and goes above and beyond to create a comfortable stay. Best for couples, the White Swan offers a free night after a six-night stay.

Central Massachusetts

Maguire House B&B (Ashburnham)

Set on 40 acres of land, the Maguire House includes three guest rooms and two living rooms – one with a fireplace – for visitors to enjoy. All guest rooms are readied with flowers, gourmet chocolates, bottled water, and refreshments. Its proximity to Mount Watatic, Mount Wachusett, and Mount Monadnock make it a perfect home base for an active winter getaway.

Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant (Petersham)

Be sure to request the room that best suits you at the Clamber Hill Inn, as each has its own theme: the Nautical Room, Charleston Room, Equestrian Room, Oriental Room, and Tuscana Twin Room. The website also lists a number of special winter packages, including a ski & stay package and a snow shoe adventure.

Winterwood at Petersham (Petersham)

Petersham is thought of as a classic New England town, and Winterwood at Petersham is located in its historic district. Winterwood is a Greek Revival mansion that’s set across from a 32-acre wildlife meadow preserve and offers views of Mount Wachusett. Most of the five guestrooms and one suite have working fireplaces for a warm winter stay in picturesque Petersham.

Western Massachusetts

Poetry Ridge Bed & Breakfast (Greenfield)

All the rooms at the Poetry Ridge Bed & Breakfast are named for – not surprisingly – poets, like Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The home was built in the early twentieth century using stone quarried from the grounds for the foundation, billiard room, and seven fireplaces. Visitors can stay on-theme and visit the nearby Emily Dickinson Museum.

The Cornell Inn (Lenox)

Cross country skiing or snowshoeing in Kennedy Park is easy to do from the Cornell Inn, located at the base of the park. The 26 guestrooms are spread among three buildings on the property. The Main House also includes McCaffery’s Pub, a private bar for guests for a relaxing drink by the fire after a day spent in the snow.

About MOTT:

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates close to $1 billion in state and local taxes and $16.9 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 124,700 in-state jobs.


For more information, contact:

Annie Moloney, Director of Communications

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

617 – 973-8531

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Molly Kravitz, Public Relations Manager

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