This was our third visit to the Seagull Inn and have to confess to preferring our evenings spent there than our own home! The warm hospitality (and this is an understatement!) provided by owners Ruth and Skip Sigler applies to all their guests but what really sets them apart is the subtle ways in which they make repeat boarders feel like part of the family.
When you arrive, Ruth and Skip meet & greet you at the door (we’re lucky enough to receive a big enveloping hug), show you to your room (regardless of the number of prior visits) and then invite you down to the kitchen for a cocktail. Please accept this generous offer as you have the opportunity to not only enjoy a very fine glass of your favorite beverage but will often find yourself ensconced in lively and intelligent conversations with locals and guests alike, all who just happen to know when Skip opens the “kitchen”! (One evening in particular was spent with a member of the state department, a farrier, two businessmen, a “local” who hails from Scotland and broadcasts for the BBC from his attic and his British wife who writes for the Boston Globe – too much fun!)
We have stayed in two of the three rooms (the Library Suite and the Lighthouse Apartment) with each offering their own special charm but all the rooms in the inn are focused on comfort – from the supplemental in-room heater and the extra down quilt for cold weather visits to the fans and air-conditioning unit for warm summer evenings. Additionally, each room is supplied with a tray filled with copious packaged goodies, nuts, coffee, water and sherry which we loved being able to snack on at any time of the day.
Breakfast is continental in style and happens to be one of the best EVER with homemade pastries (which change from day-to-day), breads and rolls, jams and jellies, a fresh fruit salad (which also varies daily), an array of cereals, yogurt, smoked salmon, meats, cheeses, juices, hot teas, coffee and loads of great conversation.
The inn is located in a quiet neighborhood on Marblehead Neck and has some great roads for walking, jogging and biking as well as several points of interest that include a park with lighthouse, a bird sanctuary and Castle Rock. Additionally, Ruth and Skip have a few kayaks available for use and paddling on Lady’s Cove is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The town of Marblehead is agreeably curious (check out the gold cod or sperm whales located over many of the homes’ doors), with great shopping, a lively arts scene, lots of historical sites and to some very good restaurants. However, be wary of driving the streets as they are tend to be very confusing and circular in nature…the town is best seen on foot.
To Skip and Ruth, seeing to their guests needs is second nature and nothing is too trivial for their oversight whether that be assisting with directions to Boston or Portland, providing information on local happenings such as a yoga class or recommending a near-by restaurant like the Three Cods. And as they've lived in Marblehead for 40 or so years, they are able to do so effortlessly so you don’t feel as though you were imposing for asking. Not to put too fine a point to it, staying at the Seagull Inn is simply better than staying at home !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On beautiful Marblehead Neck near ocean and harbor, this old New England inn has been restored with cherry floors, Shaker furniture, and original paintings. Comfortable and private guest suites, expandable for families. Water views from porch, dining room, some suites. Beautiful gardens. Kayaks and bikes free for guests. Beaches nearby. All rooms have private baths, TV/VCR/DVD, phone and refrigerator. ... more less