The Captain’s House Inn

General Information



The Captain's House in a 1984 ad

The Captain’s House Inn is normally open from mid-March to early November. The house was built in 1910 as a private residence with possibly the best scenic views in Rockport. It has been an inn a couple of times in its history, continuouly since 1966. The house retains almost all its period features and all the bedrooms have an ocean view. Our rates include a continental breakfast which is served on the sun porch with spectacular views of the ocean. 

We are easy to reach by car and Rockport also has a good rail service from North Station in Boston.

We have free wireless broadband internet access and children are welcome. 

Panoramic view from the Inn
Panorama from the porch of the Captain's House

The view from the Captains House covers more than 180 degrees  from North to South. The features on the horizon in the panorama above, left to right, are:
  • Gap Head: a rocky promontory
  • The Gap: a shallow race between the mainland and Straitsmouth Island
  • Straitsmouth Island: home to a lighthouse and an Audubon Society bird reserve
  • The Dry Salvages: a group rocks with a beacon partly behind Straitsmouth Island
  • Whale Cove and the Atlantic Ocean to the horizon
  • Thacher Island: with its twin lighthouses
  • Flat Point: another rocky promontory
You can enjoy the view from your room, the living room, the sun porch and, weather permitting, the deck, the lawns and the rocks.

Rockport MA

Rockport is a small seaport one hour north of Boston. Most famous as an art colony,  was a major granite shipper until the depression closed the quarries. Today, vacationers sunbathe on the rocks and beaches, take walks through the woods or along the shore, or watch the whales from boats out of Rockport or Gloucester.

Lobster Pot BouysRockport has 6 beaches; the closest to the inn is Old Garden Beach which is about a half mile walk. All the beaches are within 2.5 miles.

There is state park 3 miles away at Halibut Point, a playground and pond at Meadow Park and a maintained nature walk 200 yds up the road. There are three lighthouses, Straightsmouth Island and the twin lights on Thacher Island, all of which are clearly visible from the Captain's House.Inn Rockport MA Beach

From the Harbor you can charter a sailboat, sail on a traditional schooner, or charter a whaler to fish for cod or striped bass. From Gloucester, which is 3 miles around the coast, you can go on a whale watch. There are kayaks and bicycles for rent on Tuna Wharf.

Motif #1The Rockport Chamber Music Festival presents a full program of chamber music throughout the season at the Rockport Art Association, and starting in 2010, it's own brand new Concert Hall. The Gloucester Stage Company meanwhile presents a full program of drama at their theatre at Smith's Cove in Gloucester.

Other attractions include Motif #1, the red lobster shack in the Harbor which has found fame as the most painted building in the world for its prominence and simple but interesting proportions. Also, there are eight churches dating from 1755, over 20 art galleries, a hand-made candy store, a bookstore, a paper house, a pottery and innumerable other stores.

The local Golf Club has a nine hole course 1/2 mile from the Captain’s House.

You can find many other things to do under Events and Attractions.

Your Hosts

The Parkers
Gretchen and Tim Parker lived in England for 15 years before taking over the Captain's House in 2005 from Gretchen's parents. They live there with their two children Caitlin and Alexandra.

We all look forward to welcoming you!

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