Part of Boston’s North Shore suburban area, Swampscott, Massachusetts, sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Massachusetts Bay. An affluent town of about 15,000, Swampscott is home to Marian Court College. Accommodations within a five-mile radius include four inns and hotels, each with its own distinctive character and history. One of these properties is in Swampscott itself, while the other three lie in the nearby communities of Marblehead and Salem.
Cap'n Jacks Waterfront Inn
Overlooking Nahant Bay, this intimate bed-and-breakfast-style inn in Swampscott offers a wide array of accommodations ranging from standard-size hotel rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites. Housed in a structure built in 1835, the inn has no elevators, a consideration for those who may have difficulty climbing stairs. The hotel has its own seasonal oceanview swimming pool nestled amid lushly landscaped grounds and lies within easy walking distance of two beaches, as well as several restaurants. The hotel provides refrigerators in some of its rooms and suites, so inquire about these when making reservations.
This historic hotel in downtown Salem, 3.8 miles from Swampscott, first opened its doors for business in July 1925 and over the years has hosted numerous celebrities and dignitaries, including President George H.W. Bush, General Colin Powell, Walter Cronkite and Bette Davis. Eighteenth-century reproduction furnishings and regional antiques give each of the hotel’s 93 guest rooms and suites its own special appeal. A four-room bed-and-breakfast inn, called the Suzanne Flint House, adjoins the nine-story hotel building; B&B guests also enjoy all the amenities of the hotel. The on-site Nathaniel’s restaurant offers breakfast and dinner, while the Tavern, overlooking Salem Common, serves pub-type fare for lunch and dinner in a sports bar setting.
Only 3.5 miles from Swampscott, this small all-suites hotel in nearby Marblehead has all the trappings of late-19th-century Victoriana yet manages to deliver 21st-century amenities for its guests. Each of the inn’s two-room suites -- all of which are nonsmoking -- features a kitchenette, separate sitting and sleeping areas, high-speed Internet and whirlpool bathtub. Country Victorian furnishings help transport guests back to a more carefree era. The hotel serves a buffet-style continental breakfast each morning.
Linking together three historic Salem homes, each of which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this small hotel offers 40 individually decorated guest rooms and suites. The individual homes are the Captain West House, Curwen House and Peabody House. Amenities vary from unit to unit, but some rooms and suites feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, canopy beds and/or kitchenettes; all have high-speed Internet. Each of the three houses boasts its own parlor, where guests can relax around the fireplace and meet others who are staying at the inn. The hotel has no fitness center but provides free guest passes to the Salem YMCA just around the corner.