A Rockport Bed and Breakfast Inn
In 1945, following the end of World War II, Roger and Anne Cameron purchased a large home (in those days,
considered a cottage) in Rockport, Massachusetts overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. They originally lived
in the cellar, later moving into small family quarters while renting rooms to summer guests. Over the years,
with hard work and determination, their “home” grew into a premier country Inn offering 36 impeccably
kept and designed units as well as 2-3 meals a day. Roger maintained their five acres, with a fastidious eye
- from the country gardens, to the spring-fed swimming pond; perfection was the standard. Returning guests
still reminisce about the salads from his gardens offered at dinner as well as the Jazz stick with which he
serenaded guests on special occasions. Anne, the head chef and bookkeeper, oversaw the kitchen, which was always
open - welcoming guests for a chat, a glass of lemonade, or a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Her recipes were
so sought after that, in 1981 she ultimately published Pierre Tells All The Cooks’
Book which still flies off the shelf of our Gift Shop.
Another of the many stories and traditions includes one whereby guests were issued their own personal clothes
pin for use as a napkin holder during their visit. After departure it was hung on vertical clothes lines in
the “East Room” where it remained, awaiting their return. A record of each visit was etched onto
the clothespins – some indicating second and third generation use by the same family. As much as the wait staff
hated keeping thousands of clothespins in alphabetical order, a year still doesn’t go by, that someone will
come to the door saying ‘I remember coming here with my family many years ago...is this the place with
the clothespins? Do you still have mine?”
Over six decades later, the Seaward Inn remains in the Cameron family. Under the ownership and management
of the family’s youngest daughter, Nancy, Seaward Inn will open for its 68th season on May 10th, 2012.
Some changes were inevitable after Roger and Anne’s passing, but Nancy succeeded in keeping ‘the
heart’ of the business. You might have met her son, Kai, flipping omelets or, daughter, Maya serving breakfast, among
other many and varied tasks, as the traditions of a “family business” continues.
With 18 charming units, The Seaward Inn remains idyllically situated on the Atlantic Ocean on the outermost
tip of scenic Cape Ann - just 40 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts (Accessible by car, boat or train!)
Recommended by Forbes Guide and American Historic Inns, Inc, this premier, bed and breakfast country inn is
the perfect retreat for privacy, relaxation, and adventure. Over the years, it has been a home away from home
for numerous artists, writers and Hollywood celebrities, including the cast of “The Perfect Storm”.
Actually, a number of high profile guests have enjoyed the Seaward Inn. Some include: Sebastian Junger, George
Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, Wolfgang Peterson, John Rielly, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Gloria
Stuart, Blythe Danner, Tom Selleck, Barbara Streisand, James Brolin, Buzz Aldrin, Ellen DeGeneres, Judge Judy,
Upton Sinclair and Whoopie Goldberg.
As well, Walt Disney Productions has listed Rockport Harbor as one of the ten most scenic places in the United
States. This is just one more reason why for over a century - artists, writers, musicians and adventurers,
have made Rockport both their home...and inspiration.
Feel salt tinged sea breezes cool your face. Watch as the early morning fishing boats pass by your window
as you lounge in your bed. Enjoy the serenity of the ocean waves breaking on the shore, the sound of fog horns
in the distance and the tranquil calls of Cormorants, Gulls, and Geese overhead.
Now you begin to understand why thousands of our guests, for over six decades, have chosen us as their perfect
New England holiday. Isn’t it time you make your great escape to the Seaward Inn?
The Cameron-Gilsey family and staff cordially welcome you home to the warmth and hospitality of the Seaward
Inn. We look forward to your visit.