The Emerson Inn has a storied history that spans over two centuries, going back to its founding as a popular tavern and boarding house by William Norwood in the 1850's. In 1856, Hannah Jumper famously launched a raid destroying all alcoholic spirits in Rockport, putting Mr. Norwood out of business. Out of the tavern business, Mr. Norwood turned to the summer tourism industry just beginning to discover scenic Rockport. Mr. Norwood, along with his wife, operated the "Pigeon Cove House" as an inn well situated for the carriage trade of the day. The inn attracted the New England elite and many notable authors and artists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
In the 1965, the inn was renovated and reopened as the Ralph Waldo Emerson Inn, after its most famous guest, and restored to bring historic charm back to the property. In 2015, Emerson Inn was purchased by Migis Hotel Group, which renovated the property in its entirety and rebranded the on-site restaurant as the Pigeon Cove Tavern, offering New American cuisine in a casual yet atmospheric setting ideal for oceanside dining.
As the stewards of this historic property, it's our belief that the traditions and history of the inn are of the utmost importance. We believe in cultivating a unique hospitality experience grounded in superb service, excellent dining, and comfortable accommodations. Enjoy a refreshing beverage in our historic bar or by our seasonally heated oceanview pool, stroll through Bearskin Neck in Rockport and witness hundreds of years of Cape Ann's history, or simply relax in your oceanview rooms and enjoy the many amenities our lovely Rockport inn has to offer.
Whether you're a first time traveler or long time guest, we'd love to welcome you to our historic property for a wedding or other special event at our property, or just a quick stop through to experience a special getaway on Cape Ann.
Video & photography courtesy of Shannon Shipman