Oceanfront Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport Massachusetts Has Been Restored To A Luxury Retreat

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The Yankee Clipper Inn, under new ownership, has undergone a transformation from country Inn to elegant, old world oceanfront mansion. The new owners have transformed the property with the addition of high end amenities and European antiques. Almost every area of the Inn has been transformed over the last four years. Guests of the Inn are truly enjoying and commenting on all of the changes.

Long a favorite destination among New Englanders, Rockport and Cape Ann’s other enchanting towns have never quite attained the mythical following of the other Cape to the South. However, they remain some of New England’s most shimmering jewels. Voted best oceanviews by Arringtons Bed and Breakfast Journal and best nearby escape by Boston Magazine, The Yankee Clipper Inn of Rockport has long been regarded as the finest jewel of Cape Ann. Celebrities from around the world have stayed at The Yankee Clipper including John and Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bette Davis, Diane Lane, Whoppi Goldberg and numerous others.

Perched on a bluff, overlooking the open ocean and the downtown of Rockport Massachusetts, The Yankee Clipper Inn offers one of the most beautiful and romantic settings in New England. The grounds are lush with perennial and annual flower gardens and rocky paths and steps wind up to an oceanfront gazebo and bluff that provides the perfect place for pictures, reading, or sitting and watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the shoreline. Lobster boats pass slowly, checking their traps. Dozens of different types of seabirds swim, dive, fish and gather on the rocks below. Occasionally a seal reclines on the rocks. Sunrise is a rainbow sherbet display of orange, pink and blue. Sunset offers a reflective, softer display.

Overlooking this breathtaking view, The Yankee Clipper Inn sits majestically, perfectly sited to take advantage of 180 degrees of view. The Inn is conveniently located close to the inviting shops of Rockport but it is set in a quiet, residential area. The Yankee Clipper Inn has undergone a major transformation over the last four years. Under the new ownership of Randy and Cathy Marks, major renovations and redecorating has been accomplished in most areas of the Inn.

The Inn now consists of two buildings; The 1929 Art Deco Mansion Main Inn, and The Quarterdeck Building, a more contemporary style Cape offering panoramic ocean views. The Main Inn has been updated with new wiring, high speed internet access, new wall paper in several rooms, Egyptian Cotton sheets and towels, high end amenities, and beautiful quilts and duvets. But old world charm has been retained and supplemented with the addition of magnificent European Antiques to almost every room in The Main Inn and to several rooms in the Quarterdeck. The Main Inn offers three suites, with European Antiques in the bedrooms and wicker furnishings on the sun porches that overlook the ocean. The three superior oceanfront rooms on the third floor offer dramatic views, DVD players, decks, and most have jet tubs. A small non view room and partial view room offer more modest accommodations in the Main Inn.

The Quarterdeck has some of the most dramatic ocean views found anywhere. The feel of this building is more contemporary, with large picture windows, recently refurbished tile and marble baths, and jet tubs in most rooms. All of the superior rooms have DVD players and access to the DVD library.

The living room of the Main Inn is a work of art, with elaborately carved mahogany stained wood molding and wainscoting, hand painted art deco murals on the walls, an inviting gas fireplace sitting area and an antique gold and blue parlor set. The Blue Sapphire Dining Room, formerly the Veranda, has been redecorated with cream walls, shades and linens, and gorgeous Shonbeck blue crystal chandeliers and sconces complementing the view of the gardens, ocean, and downtown of Rockport. The room provides an elegant backdrop for English style afternoon tea, which is served on pewter and silver tea services every weekend, and dinner, which is served different days, depending upon the season. A lavish breakfast buffet is included with your stay.

The special occasion room is a choice location for weddings, functions and business meetings. With a beautiful granite floor, antique servers, expansive views of the ocean and gardens, and direct access to the bluestone patio through 4 sets of sliding doors, this room is perfect for any special occasion or retreat. The oceanfront gazebo, described earlier, is available to rent for the ultimate private romantic dinner, (it is the perfect place to propose), or for small elopement weddings.

Guests of the Yankee Clipper continue their tradition of leaving comments about their stay. A few examples; Alexandra and Jim of Napa Valley Ca –“Most awesome ocean views,” Bill and Bunny of Suffield Ct. “The most attentive staff anywhere-awaiting every need-Thank you!” , Ann and Scott off Fairfield Ct., “Breathtaking views the perfect interlude!”, Amy and Robert of Potsdarn, N.Y., “So beautiful I cried. Thank you!” Erik and Sarah of Acton MA, “Our third visit-as relaxing and perfect as the first!” Herb and Gail, Barnstead New Hampshire, “Our return to The Yankee Clipper after 20 years. Even nicer than we remembered!” Jennifer and Kevin of Dedham MA “One of the best stays we have ever had!” Ken and Mary of Roslindale MA “Paradise near Beantown” Abish and Khan of Cambridge MA “The view just took my breath away!” Malaina and Stephen of Rumfield RI “What a beautiful place-relaxing and joyful!” These are but a few of hundreds of the compliments in the guest book.

The Yankee Clipper Inn offers a choice of guest rooms ranging in price from $129.00 to $389.00, depending upon the room and the season. Specials are often available on the web site at http://www.yankeeclipperinn.com or call 1-800-545-3699.


Cathy Marks




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