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If you happen to be in the North of Boston area, check out these recommended bed & breakfasts.

1. Harbor Light Inn

Picked as one of ABBA’s highest rated inns, this elegant, colonial-styled bed & breakfast is a perfect getaway spot. It is located in Marblehead, Massachusetts, just 45 minutes north of Boston. There’s a wide variety of rooms available, including jacuzzi rooms, fireplace rooms, deluxe rooms, and even apartment suites. There are plenty of things to do and places to see while you stay. Marblehead is a coastal town dotted with boutiques, art galleries, and museums such as the Civil War and G.A.R. Museum, and Marblehead Museum. It also offers activities such as boating, whale watching, and even luxury yacht cruises. Popular locations for dining out when you want some of the best include the Jack-Tar Tavern, The Barnacle, and The Landing Restaurant.

2. The Essex Street Inn

Sticking with the traditional colonial-styled design, this clean and cozy bed & breakfast can be described as a home away from home. Located in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts, it is roughly an hour’s worth of travel north of Boston. It has 37 rooms available, with a wide variety of themes such as the elegant suite, the deluxe suite, and the honeymoon suite. This town has a lot to offer. Travel to the Plum Island Lighthouse or tour the Cushing House Museum & Garden or the Spencer Pierce Little Farm to learn more about the history of the town. For a savory bite to eat, the Grog Restaurant, Ceia Kitchen and Bar, and Anchor Stone Deck Pizza are good restaurants to stop by. Outdoor activities that are available include, boating, whale watching, kayaking, and windsurfing. For a more relaxed stay, there are parks and beaches that you can lounge around at.

3. The Inn at Castle Hill

This Inn is the perfect location when you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious getaway. It is situated in Ipswich, Massachusetts, roughly an hour from Boston. It has 10 classic rooms available, each with different atmospheres. If you are thinking of getting out on the town, be sure to stop by the Ipswich Waterfront, and also tour some of the historical houses in the area such as the Paper House or Castle Hill on Crane Estate. Participate in fly fishing, whale watching, boating, and scuba diving if you are looking to add a little adventure to your trip. Be sure to also stop by the Choate Bridge Restaurant, and the Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant for a bite to eat.

4. Captain’s House Inn

This bed & breakfast in Rockport on Whale Cove is an hour’s worth of travel from Boston, but it is worth it. It is located right on the rocky coastline, with amazing views of the ocean. There are 5 rooms available, each with a more modern beach-cottage design to them. As tempting as it is to stay at the inn the whole time, definitely try to visit the twin lights on Thatcher Island, the Cape Ann Museum, the Halibut Point State Park, and the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. If you are an avid fisher, try your hand at striped bass fishing right off the rocks at Captain’s House. For some fine dining, make dinner plans at My Place by the Sea or Duckworth’s Bistrot.

5. The Salem Inn

If you are planning to stay in Salem, MA, this Inn is the place to be. It is just a 45 minute drive from Boston, and it is actually three different historical homes, West House, the Peabody House, and Curwen House, that have been renovated to offer over 40 quaint, cozy rooms. Make the most of your time in Salem though by checking out the House of the Seven Gables, touring the Salem Witch Museum, riding the Salem Trolley Tour, and sailing on the 1812 replica of the schooner Fame. As for dining out, the innkeeper’s recommendations, Dube’s Seafood Restaurant, the Ugly Mug, and Bambolina, are all great restaurants to check out.

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