Yankee Clipper Inn: Rockport MA

Sunrise through shower porthole, Yankee Clipper Inn

Where else can you spy an Atlantic Ocean sunrise through a porthole window in your shower? This 8 room inn (13 rooms in total with the Bullfinch House across the street), perched over a rocky coastline, stands about a mile from town, and is perfect for the traveler who cares less for stylized perfection and more about a friendly, accommodating welcome, hearty breakfasts, warm and “we can get it for you” staff, and yes, of course, stunning scenery. (Read: if you are the kind of person who is personally affronted by chips in railing paint or tiny cracks in bathroom tiles, or makes a fuss about “vintage” decor, don’t book here).

First Impressions of Yankee Clipper Inn

Yankee Clipper Inn Lobby

The setting – off a main road on a windswept rise over the Atlantic Ocean – has something of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir about it. Walk inside to a small reception area and beautiful wood-paneled lobby/parlor that evokes the burnished interior of a clipper ship. Manager, Mike, is courteous and helpful at check-in, with plenty of recommendations for touring the area.

Yankee Clipper Inn grounds, Rockport MA

The grounds are magnificent – dotted with lounge chairs for maximum ocean-appreciation and wave-watching. There’s also a saltwater pool enclosed in a fenced off area that is popular with families.

Rooms at Yankee Clipper Inn

Sunrise from Yankee Clipper Inn, Rockport MA

Ask for Sovereign of the Seas – on the third floor – a corner room that affords 180-degree views of the Atlantic. Décor is retro Yankee (off-white walls, sheer curtains, antiques, maroon wingback chairs, push-button phone, ship model, and a walk-in closet that features a real, full-sized ironing board and built-in shoe shelves!) with large flat screen TV. The spotless bathroom is dressed in ‘80’s mauve and grey – with that unique porthole window in the shower. The room’s best feature, however, is a small private deck from which you can watch the sunrise.

JFK Room, Yankee Clipper Inn, Rockport MA

There’s also a deck off the room below – Flying Cloud – informally called the “JFK Room” because John and Jackie Kennedy opted for those accommodations (as did Paul Newman and John Lennon).

View from Yankee Clipper Inn, Rockport MA

I kept my windows open and fell asleep to the sound of wind and waves crashing on the rocks, and awoke to birds harmonizing outside, thankfully announcing that astounding sunrise (at 5:30am!). There’s a sense of tranquility and wellbeing here that review sites just can’t convey.

Dining at Yankee Clipper Inn

Breakfast Room at Yankee Clipper Inn, Rockport MA

Take breakfast – both Continental and made-to-order, complimentary with room – in a solarium overlooking the ocean. Pancakes are perfection, slight crunch and ultra fluffy, and you can order a custom omelet or “special of the day.”

For now, there is no restaurant onsite, though the Inn will arrange catering for weddings and events.

Just the Facts

Rates from $189 – $399 in season, from $145-$199 off season include free wi-fi, parking, cooked to order breakfast and priceless views.

In Category: Hotels, Massachusetts

Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of newly released cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday and New England Boating Magazine (formerly Offshore/Northeast Boating Magazine), with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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  • Brian Kalata July 13, 2016, 9:53 pm

    I am looking to book a weekend getaway as a 2nd Wedding Anniversary gift to my wife. I have never been to Rockport, MA. I would love to secure a room overlooking the ocean. We work very hard and need a couple days to decompress. I am interested in rooms such as the Flying Cloud and rates for weekends in early August.

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