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.
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.
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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.
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.
55 Reviews for Emerson Inn
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Justice T. · Married on 08/03/2020
Pleasure to work with the Staff
I had the honor to officiate a wedding there on Sunday the 8th. I arrived early and was able to do a quick run through with Candice and the rest of the staff. Everyone at the Emerson was absolutely professional, very attentive, patient and accommodating. The wedding ceremony had to be delayed and the staff worked diligently to assure that things went smooth, that all parties involved were on the same page and most importantly communicated well with me so that we can assure that the bride, groom and their families were happy. It was truly a pleasure to work with everyone there.Sent on 03/10/2020
Diane K. · Married on 06/29/2019
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.Sent on 07/14/2019
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!!!
Michael F. · Married on 06/16/2019
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.Sent on 06/23/2019
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.
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.
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Team of Emerson Inn
Kimberly & Bart
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.
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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.
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!
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!