A Romantic Oasis in a Rockport B & B

Sunday, May 4, 2014
 Ok, so all along I have been writing blog posts about places to go without leaving home.   Well..... the truth is.....every now and again, we all need a little getaway.   Even me!  Until my daughter moved to Indiana for a work promotion last year, the farthest I'd "get away" was to the Atlantic coast.   Those getaways would frequently take me to Rockport, MA.  Last June, we ventured to Rockport to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and found a home away from home.

Located just a short walk from the center of this historic seaside village, The Beech Tree Bed and Breakfast, owned by Dan and Helene Duffy is the ultimate in B & B's.    From the moment I phoned and spoke to Dan to make our reservations, I knew our stay was going to be perfect.  Pulling up to the Beech Tree only confirmed that......this 1850's Greek revival home, though decorated to absolute perfection, was cozy and welcoming and immaculate from the front door, to the porch and every where in between.

The Beech Tree has three rooms for guests - all upstairs.  We got to stay in Marga's room.  Before you even see the photos, I will tell you that I didn't want to come home.  Dan and Helene were the consummate hosts and their intention for perfection was obvious in everything the Beech Tree offers.  Whether it be the unbelievably decadent linens on the beds, the fully equipped  bathrooms, the homey decor throughout, the beautiful gardens, or the delectable breakfasts they serve - not one detail was overlooked.  Each and every room, every area of this home makes you want to sit and relax and beckons you to stay. 
The side porch with it's rocking chairs and beautiful view of the magnificent beech tree was the perfect spot to rest after a morning of exploring Rockport.  We were fortunate to be blessed with beautiful weather during our visit, so both mornings breakfast was served outside on the patio.  Trust me - the fact that we ate outside in no way made this a less than elegant meal.  In addition to delicious yogurt, fresh fruit and homemade granola, each day we were also served a hot breakfast, juice and coffee or tea.   My only disappointment was in not getting to eat in the simply beautiful dining room! 

It is very easy to see why the Beech Tree B & B was a 2013 Certificate of Excellence winner.  Rockport is a beautiful, clean seaside village, home to fishermen and artists.  Interesting fact... until 2005, Rockport was a dry town!   It is nearby Gloucester, Cape Ann and Ipswich and is full of neat places to explore - like Hammond Castle, Beauport Mansion, art galleries and fabulous eateries.  Although it has all sorts of family activities, it's also the perfect couple retreat and is less commercialized than tourist spots like Hampton Beach and Wildwood. I would describe it as a beautiful and sophisticated adult oasis.   At the same time, during the summer months the streets are brimming with families with small children and loads of dogs!   Whatever your interest, whether it be beaches or boats, art or armor,  or shops galore, you'll find it in Rockport and so much more.  (Stay tuned for future blogs when I'll be featuring Hammond Castle and Beauport Mansion.)

This is what a welcoming entry
looks like.

And our room...................

And outside the B & B........as if the inside weren't enough......

The Beech Tree

So if you're looking for a little getaway.....consider Rockport and be sure to give the Beech Tree B & B a try.  I promise you won't want to leave and you'll be sure to go back!  Links to contact Beech Tree are listed below.   I know you want to go......make your reservation today!


1 comment

  1. Gail's pictorial make you want to spend a couple of nights there. How awesome.


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