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It is with very mixed emotion I’m writing to tell you Seaward Inn, as we now know it, was sold on December 9th, 2013. The new owners plan to renovate the main building back to its original purpose, a single family home.

As you may know, the Inn grew from a “cottage” which my parents bought in 1945 to a 36 unit highly acclaimed resort which spanned both sides of Marmion Way and Lighthouse Lane. Some of you will remember the bingo and swap parties, artist demonstrations, dad’s jazz stick, my mother’s wonderful meals culminating in Pierre Tells All - The Cook’s Book, the Assorted Artists of Seaward Inn, the swimming pond, Rogers Sanctuary and the, ever sought after, clothes pins. After my parents passing, my sisters and I tried to carry on their legacy but, in 2003, the expanding circle began to diminish. We sold off much of the property and I took over operation of “the heart” (the main inn, Gull’s Nest and what we now know as Gully Point Condominium Association created in 2007).

Seaward Inn has continued to be home away from home for our guests, many of whom have become friends over the years. My family and I feel lucky to be part of your lives. We have enjoyed being able to share our home activities with you, as many visitors joined our swims off “the rocks”, evenings by the fire, and bike rides to the quarry. Some of our longest guests span generations. It’s been exciting to watch those coming since birth grow into young men and women. My children (Kai and Maya) and I have been able to form lifelong friendships with guests from all over the world and we are so honored.

It’s been this legacy and your love of the Inn that has kept me going these last 10 years. Although sad to sell “the heart” of Seaward Inn (my childhood home), it is time for restoration to begin.

I still have a few decisions to make regarding how I will proceed with Gull’s Nest and Spruce Cottage. As of now, I’m playing with the ideas of seasonal accommodations, longer term rentals or year-round, ocean view apartments. Although it will be different, I’d be so happy to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Please call or e-mail with any thoughts or questions regarding future plans, or just to say hello.

Drop a pebble in the water:
Just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center
flowing out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.
By James W. Foley

Warmly,
Nancy Cameron-Gilsey & family

  •  978.546.3471  •  44 Marmion Way  •  Rockport, MA 01966