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Blue Shutters Beachside Inn
Ranked #1 of 17 Gloucester B&B and Inns
Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best spot in Goucester”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

All the rooms in Blue Shutters face Good Harbor Beach. The sunrises are the best we've ever seen! We had 3 glorious warm sunny days in "off-season" early May. Our room was very comfortable and quiet. The breakfast was lovely: hard boiled eggs, granola, cinnamon toast, poppy seed cake - certainly much better than poorly prepared omelets we've had elsewhere! Ed, Ann Marie, Tony and Patty treated us like old friends! The other guests were congenial and interesting to chat with. We found many places to hike on Cape Ann - Plum Island, Ravenswood (Trustees property in Magnolia), the light house at the end of the private road, Halibut Point (look for the Atlantic Path that goes along the shore amongst a blueberry heath). And, of course, Good Harbor Beach and the walk to the island at low tide (and run back as the tide comes in). The views are among the best on the Atlantic. WE WILL BE BACK!

Room Tip: If you don't like amazing sunrises, ask if there is a room on the other side.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

First of all I have to say that both the owner and the manager of this B&B went out of their way to do whatever they could to make my stay more comfortable. This included a free upgrade to a better room. The reason I needed this was that the room I was in was both next to and underneath people who were very noisy, in a place where the walls are very thin and noise travels easily. Fortunately for me, the room I ended up in had no one above it that weekend. The beds are comfortable, linens only average, breakfast food below average (supermarket quality pastries). The place was very clean. The other thing that bothered me was that the room I stayed in had a door that would not stay closed unless you manually lifted it up so that the lock would engage - not everyone would be capable of doing this, and it's a real fire hazard to have a door like that. The building is old, and definitely in need of upgrades. I would only recommend staying on the top floor, unless noise does not bother you. Also, the Captains Mate room has a "door" which is mostly glass, and there is no way to get rid of the light coming in from the hallway (existing curtain does not cut down on this light much).

Room Tip: Ask for 3rd floor only, or specify a room with no room above it. Floors are incredibly squeaky.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

The location of this b&b can't be beat! Beautiful views of the ocean. For those who are runners - great running available right up the coast (ask Ed he will tell you how far/where to go!). The common area was decorated for Christmas and very inviting. The room was spacious and clean. The host (Ed) wanted nothing more than to make us feel at home.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an ocean view :)
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Great hosts make a lovely town even better. Always ready to help with dinner suggestions, marshmallows for s'mores, and the best view to wake up to. Can't wait to be back again. Thank you Tony, Ed, and families.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed in the room Twin Lights which has great views of the ocean. The room and bathroom were clean and comfortable.

The B&B sits right at the end of Good Harbor Beach, where we spent a couple of afternoons. It's also located in a great place for going for a run or walk along the coast. I highly recommend getting on the beach for sunrise.

The hosts were great and invited us to join them and other guests one night for drinks and some impromptu live music.

It was very peaceful eating breakfast on the deck chairs in the front garden watching the sun rise over the ocean. Will be returning again next summer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

Spent 3 nights here, lovely weather, good breakfasts (help yourself style), plentiful. Very friendly, hotel garden could do with a few more flowers and a bit of a tidy, generally clean and comfortable, deckchairs, bodyboards and beach towels on hand. We had the apartment on the side of the house, found it to be slightly shabbier than the main house, steps up to room wooden, banisters etc. would not pass health and safety standards in UK. Electric sockets in bathroom. Kitchen certainly needed updating, but as we only used the gas stove for the kettle it wasn't a problem for us. House overlooks the sea, you could not fault the location it was wonderful!

Room Tip: We did not see main house bedrooms, cannot comment, all very clean, lots of towels, bedroom in Apart...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Historic Inn right off the end of Good Harbor Beach. The owners are always at hand for anything you need. Breakfast is serve yourself which was fine but could use some higher quality choices. Other than that, it was a fantastic stay.

Room Tip: Get an ocean view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Blue Shutters Beachside Inn

Property: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn
Address: 1 Nautilus Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930-3202
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Gloucester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steps from Good Harbor Beach (#1 Beach in New England 2012). Minutes to downtown Gloucester (America's Oldest Fishing Port) and Rockport. Close to Cape Ann's 20+ restaurants and dozens of shops and galleries, as well as the Rocky Neck Art Colony (America's oldest and continuous operating art colony). Just 55 minutes by car or commuter rail to Boston and less than 2 hours drive from other New England destinations. We're one of the most popular spots on "the island you can drive to" (our section of Gloucester is separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the Annisquam River). ... more   less 
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Blue Shutters Beachside Hotel Gloucester

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