Every year in April or early May, we travel from Iowa to spend a week at the Yankee Clipper. We go during the off-season because it's quiet - and because we usually have the house to ourselves (except on weekends). We always stay in the the Flying Cloud room, which has a small enclosed porch looking east to the Atlantic and south to Rockport. The porch alone makes the trip worthwhile. The day starts with an uninterrupted view of the sunrise - and ends with the blinking of the Straightsmouth Island Lighthouse marking the entrance to Rockport harbor. There is a coffee/tea maker just outside the room, and so much of our day is taken up sitting on the porch, cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other, reading and intermittently gazing out on the Atlantic. Yes, there is a flat screen TV (which we've never turned on) and wireless (which we do use). And then, when weather permits, there is the pleasure of a good cigar smoked sitting on a bench outside on the rocks overlooking the sea while watching the lobster boats haul in their traps. When we feel more ambitious, we take the 1 mile walk into Rockport, past some 150 year old homes along the waterfront. Rockport (and Bearskin Neck) are oddly more enjoyable during this quiet time; the owners seem more friendly and less harried (although not everything is open). And don't miss Roy Moore's Fish Shack - best fried fish on the planet (and we've tried every place from Ipswich to Gloucester).
This year, when we walked in the front door, Mike (the manager) just said "welcome home" and that was exactly how we felt. Home again. The Yankee Clipper is the perfect bed and breakfast. It's a big, rambling house with lots of old wood, high ceilings and extraordinary character. Yes, there are a few creaks and bumps but it exudes warmth and quiet comfort. Mike is simply priceless. He may only be "a manager" - but this is HIS house and you are HIS guests and everything he does reflects this attitude (and he makes a mean Belgian waffle!).
We are already looking forward to next year.
Mike and Linda Todd
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yankee Clipper Inn is a 1929 art deco mansion that sits on a rocky bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Rockport, MA. The inn is conveniently located 35 miles north of Boston. There are 15 guest rooms, 8 in the main inn and 7 rooms in our historic Bulfinch House across the street from the main inn as well as a ocean front function room. Most of the guest rooms provide spectacular ocean views. Famous celebrities such as JFK, John Lennon, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, and countless others have been guests at the Inn. The Yankee Clipper Inn has won countless awards over the years. Arrington's Bed and Breakfast Journal has voted the Yankee Clipper Inn as "The best inn on the eastern seaboard," "One of the best inns in the country," and "Most panoramic ocean views." Boston Magazine named the Yankee Clipper Inn "Best Nearby Escape." The inn has been featured in Country Living Magazine and on The Country Inns television program. The Yankee Clipper Inn continues to be an award-winning establishment. In 2012, the Inn won the Editor's choice award for Best Bed and Breakfast in North Shore Magazine August 2012 Best of Issue. Spacious, manicured grounds and flowered gardens surround this great Rockport inn. Guests can sit and relax on our oceanfront patio or spend a quiet moment in the oceanfront gazebo, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Rockport. A salt water pool is located on the property for guests to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yankee Clipper Hotel Rockport