Emerson Inn

One Cathedral Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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4.9 out of 5.0
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About Emerson Inn

The Emerson Inn Seaside Resort is a full service boutique hotel located in Rockport, Massachusetts. This historic property has graced the rocky shores of Rockport for more than 150 years, offering a memorable mix of extraordinary views, expansive outdoor space, authentic new england atmosphere, within a discrete and charming location.

Facilities and Capacity

For more than 150 years, this Grand Dame of a hotel has been offering the most picturesque place north of Boston to host lifes most memorable moments. It is ideal for outdoor ceremonies, on-site pictures, festive receptions and all-in-one destination event accommodating simple elopements to larger receptions inside, outside or on our covered veranda.

For a perfect ceremony -- plan to use our Oceanfront Lawn as you prepare to say ‘I do’ against a backdrop of breathtaking coastline and the powerful Atlantic Ocean. Here, you can set up the perfect ceremony photos as you and your beloved are joined in matrimony.

Afterwards, the wedding party can meander back to the main building where the roaring 20s themed spaces welcome your guests with a creative twist on classic cocktails ahead of your perfectly curated reception meal. With stunning oceanviews from every window, your guests will appreciate the elegance, style and authenticity of this hidden gem just 45 miles North of Boston, 5 miles from downtown Gloucester, 1.5 miles from Rockports beaches, and 1 mile from Halibut State Park.

Services Offered

Thanks to a number of wedding packages, there is something to suit absolutely every couple. For those who want a more formal affair, the Emerson Inn Seaside Resort has various a packages, with most of our events opting to have their event during daylight hours to maximize the views and the use of the outdoor spaces. Those who would like an intimate celebration or an elopement can benefit from packages to suit their particular preferences, also.

We also offer options for rehersal dinners, showers, and pre-wedding getaways.

Other services available include:

  • Destination event planning
  • Get-ready rooms
  • Overnight accomodations
  • Event rentals including tents, photobooths, chairs, special linens
  • On Site Restaurant and Bar
  • Setup and Clean-up Services
  • Free On-Site and Street Parking
  • Wheelchair access

Accommodation

This venue truly takes advantage of its glorious setting by offering accommodations to match. Many of the rooms offer great views of the ocean, a few with spa tubs, julliet balconies and large windows.

Cuisine

The catering services available here include staffed buffet, cocktail reception, family-style, hors d’oeuvres, plated, and stations. Experienced servers and bar tenders will ensure your guests are well cared for and that your dream day can be realized with a menu that can be customized to meet your culinary desires.

  • Woman-owned
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55 Reviews for Emerson Inn

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Diane K. · Married on 06/29/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Wonderful experience from start to finish!

    We got married at the Emerson Inn on 6/29/2019, and we COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER with that choice of venue! We fell in love with the inn the first time we visited- it’s charming and intimate and the views are beautiful- but it’s always hard to know ahead of time how the experience will be. It not only was everything I’d hoped, but exceeded expectations across the board! We had 88 people at our wedding so we did the ‘exclusive use’ package where you fill the 34 rooms of the inn for the weekend. Having everyone in one place allowed for so much more convenience for the guests (since they didn’t have to worry about transportation between events) and more time for all of us to catch up: over breakfast, relaxing on the porch, etc. I loved getting ready in the morning and glancing out on the lawn to see friends coming and going, playing lawn games, relaxing at the pool, going for walks, etc. We had the ceremony inside the parlor (the fallback plan for weather), and it was beautiful. The space/layout was great for the reception too.
    Just as great as the setting was the SERVICE!! Everyone was commenting on it: all of the waitstaff were exceptionally helpful, proactive with solving problems, and positive. Candice is the event coordinator and she took care of everything. She really cares about what she does and her heart was in it from beginning to end. She was also perfect with sort of preserving and protecting our plan for what we wanted: when guests had suggestions (turning down music volume during dinner, or ‘wouldn’t it be nice if the flower girls did XYZ’), Candice politely and succinctly deferred to our plan, or checked in with us to confirm whether that was okay with us- she was focused, positive, and socially masterful. Emily the rooming coordinator was proactive and helpful. The food was delicious for our catered meals and for morning breakfast, and everything worked out well across the board. HIGHLY recommend Emerson Inn for a wedding venue!!!

    Sent on 07/14/2019
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    Michael F. · Married on 06/16/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Gorgeous location, great staff, wonderful food= a wedding venue of excellence

    Having planned many events and stayed in many hotels, I can honestly say the Emerson Inn experience was second to none. The event coordinator was flexible with a "we will make it work" approach putting in long hours as if this were her own child's wedding. The Emerson staff, from bell hop, to server, to maintenance, to chefs, to front desk, to housekeeping all shared this same work ethic. Everyone was easy to work with so we could all relax and enjoy to occasion. Last minute changes due to weather and some special accommodations were problem solved and handled seamlessly and with enthusiasm and grace. Set up for ceremony, cocktail hour, buffet, dancing was smooth and efficient.
    Staff often anticipated needs, including some from our 95 year old, special guest. The food was delicious. Passed bites during cocktail hour were plentiful and very tasty. Dinner exceeded even high expectations. And breakfasts provided new surprises each morning for lasting fond memories (homemade donuts!). One can't beat sitting on the porch in a rocking chair with the ocean their before you. A doable walk to town or a shorter walk to a state park made it a location from which one can access Rockport. . Family and guests have given us nothing but positive feedback and enjoyed being together in this pretty setting. If we have another event to plan, we would go back to the Emerson Inn without hesitation. For us, the Emerson Inn is an unqualified recommendation and played a huge role in making our daughter's wedding so much fun and so special for everyone. Thank you.

    Sent on 06/23/2019

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Emerson Inn FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 3500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 3000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 35
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Signature Drink
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    120
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    2
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Historic Building
    Hotel
    Inn/B&B
    Resort
    Restaurant
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Pet Friendly
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    April
    May
    November
    December

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1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • Emerson Inn 1
    2021 Summer Wedding Special

    Special for couples looking to host their wedding during the most perfect time this year! Call for pricing -- we have dates available in July, August and September.

2 Events

  • May Sun

    Destination Cape Ann Wedding Expo

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    • When:
      May 16, 2021 02:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • Location:
      One Cathedral Avenue, Rockport, Boston

    Head to the coast, and see our spectacular location on the seaside.

    Learn all the great things there are to do and see around Rockport. If you are planning a wedding in the neighborhood, this is a great place to start. We know all the best places to visit and to host your guests for a long weekend.

    And if your still searching for a venue -- take a tour and let us show you around our space.

  • May Sun

    Tour the Inn

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    • When:
      May 23, 2021 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • Location:
      One Cathedral Avenue, Rockport, Boston

    Come tour the inn!

    Enjoy some time on the seaside, and get a peek at our beautiful venue! Hourly tours available and let us share some wedding stories with you.

    Please email events@theemersoninn.com if you plan to come.

Team of Emerson Inn

Kimberly & Bart

Kimberly & Bart

Managing Owners

We met in Paris, France and got married at 40 years old, in the French Alps. It was a magical weekend with a ceremony on a mountain and the reception at the foot of the Mont Blanc.

We returned to the Boston area, hoping to fullfill a lifelong dream of owning an Inn. After searching for 7 years, we found this dream location just down the street! A place that was a part of my heart since I was in high school.

Since taking over the Inn in February 2020, we have updated the inside and the outside to bring back the ragtime luster of the roaring twenties. Such a backdrop for afternoon ceremonies and great gatsby garden parties.

Please stop by and see us!

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Rev. Sue Wedding Officiants

    Candace and her team will ensure that every detail is tended to on your wedding day. With dramatic coastline views, exceptional dining, and impeccable service, you will be thrilled you chose the Emerson Inn by the Sea.

  • Artful Occasions Wedding Rentals

    I would like to say how easy and pleasant it is to work with the Emerson Inn and in particular Melissa the event coordinator. She is extremely helpful & pleasant and very professional. I would highly recommend the Emerson Inn to anyone looking for a beautiful venue by the sea with a great staff!

  • Marrero Events Wedding Planners

    Emerson Inn by the Sea is one of those special places that you are so glad to know about but also wish it stayed your personal little secret because it is just THAT special! The staff knows how to properly take care of their guests and share in your excitement for your event! Need a certain type of music to add a special touch to your dinner? They do that! Need a recommendation for a welcome gift? They can refer you! The Emerson and its staff are truly wonderful to deal with and it's rare to find places where the service matches the view!

Map

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Emerson Inn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Emerson Inn?

Emerson Inn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Emerson Inn, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Emerson Inn includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Emerson Inn, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Emerson Inn includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of Emerson Inn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Emerson Inn for wedding events is known for:

  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Inn/B&B
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Emerson Inn for wedding events?

Emerson Inn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Emerson Inn offer?

Emerson Inn offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Emerson Inn offer for wedding events?

Emerson Inn offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Emerson Inn have available for wedding events?

Emerson Inn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Emerson Inn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Emerson Inn is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5.0 in quality of service, 5.0 in professionalism, 4.9 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.8 in value.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Emerson Inn offer?

Emerson Inn currently offers 1 offer promotion for wedding services.