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Emerson Inn By The Sea

Rockport , MA
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One Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966 US (map)

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978-546-6321

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Your Rockport wedding at the Emerson Inn by the Sea will be the memorable event of a lifetime – a perfect blend of traditional elegance and impeccable service. Our award-winning culinary... Read more
Your Rockport wedding at the Emerson Inn by the Sea will be the memorable event of a lifetime – a perfect blend of traditional elegance and impeccable service. Our award-winning culinary staff and professional wedding coordinators attend over the small details so you can relax and enjoy your wedding by the ocean. And, we offer exceptional wedding packages to help with your planning and budgeting.




Our stunning ocean-front setting offers picturesque (and panoramic) sea views. In the colder months (and in inclement weather) our grand parlor offers lovely historical surroundings with elegant furnishings.

Lovely seaside banquet rooms can accommodate 150 wedding guests. Wedding menus vary from lavish to informal, and food can be customized to meet the needs and wedding themes of the bride and groom. In 2005, Emerson Inn by the Sea was awarded the first liquor license in Rockport since 1933, and an extensive wine list along with popular spirits are now available.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Historic, Hotel, Inn / B&B
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Vintage, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Rentals
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

REVIEWS

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Evan
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
The Emerson Inn is a beautiful venue to host a wedding reception, especially following the hotel's recent renovation. Everyone on the staff, but especially Event Coordinator Melissa Hobbs, was very accommodating and made our big day a huge success. We planned our entire wedding from overseas, so extra kudos for Melissa and Co. for dealing with us remotely.

We had 140 guests which approached the Emerson's maximum (150), but everyone was comfortable and the service was great. EVERYONE raved about the meals, so kudos to the chef - though plating all 140 guests took considerably longer than anticipated. No bother since Melissa kindly agreed to extend the party an extra hour to ensure our guests could properly enjoy the dance floor. Bar service was superb and the hotel was super accommodating on special booze/signature cocktail requests.

We researched a ton of wedding venues on the North Shore and could not have been happier with our selection of the Emerson. Our guests loved their elegant, cozy, New England seaside inn experience - and so did we. Look forward to returning in the future to enjoy a cocktail on the veranda.
The Emerson Inn is a beautiful venue to host a wedding reception, especially following the hotel's recent renovation. Read more...
The Emerson Inn is a beautiful venue to host a wedding reception, especially following the hotel's recent renovation. Everyone on the staff, but especially Event Coordinator Melissa Hobbs, was very accommodating and made our big day a huge success. We planned our entire wedding from overseas, so extra kudos for Melissa and Co. for dealing with us remotely.

We had 140 guests which approached the Emerson's maximum (150), but everyone was comfortable and the service was great. EVERYONE raved about the meals, so kudos to the chef - though plating all 140 guests took considerably longer than anticipated. No bother since Melissa kindly agreed to extend the party an extra hour to ensure our guests could properly enjoy the dance floor. Bar service was superb and the hotel was super accommodating on special booze/signature cocktail requests.

We researched a ton of wedding venues on the North Shore and could not have been happier with our selection of the Emerson. Our guests loved their elegant, cozy, New England seaside inn experience - and so did we. Look forward to returning in the future to enjoy a cocktail on the veranda. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wedding venue was The Emerson Inn by the Sea, and their wedding coordinator is Melissa Hobbs. This venue was exactly what I wanted - comfortable, low key, elegant and on the water with magnificent views. Melissa made my wedding everything I envisioned, and she was a dream to work with. She is very patient, knowledgeable, professional and so pleasant. On our wedding day, she ensured that everything ran smoothly and while I knew she was there she made herself invisible. Everything was seamless. Six of us stayed at the Inn the evening prior and the wedding night. Our rooms were charming and comfortable - with ocean views. Perfection all around! Thank you Melissa!
My wedding venue was The Emerson Inn by the Sea, and their wedding coordinator is Melissa Hobbs. This venue was exactly Read more...
My wedding venue was The Emerson Inn by the Sea, and their wedding coordinator is Melissa Hobbs. This venue was exactly what I wanted - comfortable, low key, elegant and on the water with magnificent views. Melissa made my wedding everything I envisioned, and she was a dream to work with. She is very patient, knowledgeable, professional and so pleasant. On our wedding day, she ensured that everything ran smoothly and while I knew she was there she made herself invisible. Everything was seamless. Six of us stayed at the Inn the evening prior and the wedding night. Our rooms were charming and comfortable - with ocean views. Perfection all around! Thank you Melissa! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Emerson was the perfect place for our wedding. It was our last venue we visited when we were planning our wedding; we wanted somewhere on the ocean, in the Cape Ann area, and a hotel/inn so that all of our guests could stay and not have to go or drive anywhere the whole weekend, and no where else had really sold us yet. As soon as we drove up and I saw the place I knew we needed to have our wedding there! Melissa the events coordinator at the inn was amazing; she was so knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and kind and put our minds at ease so many times throughout the planning process. When we found out that we were going to have to have a day wedding, from 12-5, due to the inn opening for dinner at 5:30, we initially were apprehensive until Melissa's expertise kicked in again and she suggested we do an after-party harbor cruise out of Gloucester on a whale watch boat, which is exactly what we did (easy to book, and cost effective!). And it was AMAZING. We brought our photographer and DJ (also affordable to do) and got some great photos and did 2 straight hours of dancing, after a very beautiful, casual reception at the inn. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, they seemed genuinely excited for us even though they do weddings all the time. Melissa helped us plan everything out and told us what worked best in the space and we didn't have to worry about a thing come the wedding day, she and the staff took care of it all. Our guests are still raving about the food, the rooms, the whole vibe, and said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. Some of them even want to make the Emerson a new vacation spot and come back to stay! We used the pool a few times the week before the wedding because we were staying on site, and that was clean, comfortable and had a great view. Overall we could not have been happier with the Emerson and are SO glad we found this hidden gem on the north shore!
The Emerson was the perfect place for our wedding. It was our last venue we visited when we were planning our wedding; we Read more...
The Emerson was the perfect place for our wedding. It was our last venue we visited when we were planning our wedding; we wanted somewhere on the ocean, in the Cape Ann area, and a hotel/inn so that all of our guests could stay and not have to go or drive anywhere the whole weekend, and no where else had really sold us yet. As soon as we drove up and I saw the place I knew we needed to have our wedding there! Melissa the events coordinator at the inn was amazing; she was so knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and kind and put our minds at ease so many times throughout the planning process. When we found out that we were going to have to have a day wedding, from 12-5, due to the inn opening for dinner at 5:30, we initially were apprehensive until Melissa's expertise kicked in again and she suggested we do an after-party harbor cruise out of Gloucester on a whale watch boat, which is exactly what we did (easy to book, and cost effective!). And it was AMAZING. We brought our photographer and DJ (also affordable to do) and got some great photos and did 2 straight hours of dancing, after a very beautiful, casual reception at the inn. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, they seemed genuinely excited for us even though they do weddings all the time. Melissa helped us plan everything out and told us what worked best in the space and we didn't have to worry about a thing come the wedding day, she and the staff took care of it all. Our guests are still raving about the food, the rooms, the whole vibe, and said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. Some of them even want to make the Emerson a new vacation spot and come back to stay! We used the pool a few times the week before the wedding because we were staying on site, and that was clean, comfortable and had a great view. Overall we could not have been happier with the Emerson and are SO glad we found this hidden gem on the north shore! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Leah
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
There was never any doubt that we would be married at the Emerson Inn. We wanted the quintessential New England summer wedding and this was the PERFECT location! Melissa Hobbs, the Inn's wedding coordinator, was beyond excellent and made sure our day went off without a hitch. I honestly didn't have to worry about a thing because Melissa had it all perfectly coordinated and all we had to do was enjoy our special day. We had a traditional lobster bake and our guests raved about the food! It really was delicious and the ambiance of being on the ocean was just beautiful.

Since we had a lot of out of town guests, Melissa helped us arrange a meet -n- greet the day before the wedding, which included appetizers and cocktails on the Inn's beautiful veranda. That too was delicious (the cocktail shrimp are a must!) and the setting was just stunning. Ocean breeze, sunset, and champagne! The entire weekend was just perfect.
There was never any doubt that we would be married at the Emerson Inn. We wanted the quintessential New England summer Read more...
There was never any doubt that we would be married at the Emerson Inn. We wanted the quintessential New England summer wedding and this was the PERFECT location! Melissa Hobbs, the Inn's wedding coordinator, was beyond excellent and made sure our day went off without a hitch. I honestly didn't have to worry about a thing because Melissa had it all perfectly coordinated and all we had to do was enjoy our special day. We had a traditional lobster bake and our guests raved about the food! It really was delicious and the ambiance of being on the ocean was just beautiful.

Since we had a lot of out of town guests, Melissa helped us arrange a meet -n- greet the day before the wedding, which included appetizers and cocktails on the Inn's beautiful veranda. That too was delicious (the cocktail shrimp are a must!) and the setting was just stunning. Ocean breeze, sunset, and champagne! The entire weekend was just perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Emerson Inn By The Sea responded with the following comments:

Many thanks, Leah! Happy Anniversary- and many more! - Melissa
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/3/2015
4.9/5.0
Melissa Hobbs, the Events/Banquet manager was a joy to work with. She bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect!. They took such good care of us from the minute we walked in, to making beautiful trays of food for our wedding party /family to nibble on while getting ready all day to helping us set up a wonderful brunch for everyone the next day.The Venue is so charming and beautiful- the pictures in the garden were breathtaking! The food was excellent.
Since this is such a small inn there is limited space and limited choices for timing of events, but we worked it out and had a blast!
Melissa Hobbs, the Events/Banquet manager was a joy to work with. She bent over backwards to make sure everything was Read more...
Melissa Hobbs, the Events/Banquet manager was a joy to work with. She bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect!. They took such good care of us from the minute we walked in, to making beautiful trays of food for our wedding party /family to nibble on while getting ready all day to helping us set up a wonderful brunch for everyone the next day.The Venue is so charming and beautiful- the pictures in the garden were breathtaking! The food was excellent.
Since this is such a small inn there is limited space and limited choices for timing of events, but we worked it out and had a blast! Read less
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Lettie
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
All the stuff at the Emerson In by the sea were so accommodating and flexible for our last minute wedding. Since the first call they responded and we were able to have our special day there.
We can't thank them enough for their help.
BTW: The rooms are beautiful. The restaurant: a 5 star. The grounds GORGEOUS..!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Mr. & Mrs. Glass
All the stuff at the Emerson In by the sea were so accommodating and flexible for our last minute wedding. Since the first Read more...
All the stuff at the Emerson In by the sea were so accommodating and flexible for our last minute wedding. Since the first call they responded and we were able to have our special day there.
We can't thank them enough for their help.
BTW: The rooms are beautiful. The restaurant: a 5 star. The grounds GORGEOUS..!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Mr. & Mrs. Glass Read less
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David
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue: wonderful location, elegant and understated setting - just right. My daughter's extensive contacts with Melissa before the event were very positive, the staff were all friendly and highly professional. The wedding reception could not have gone better. Very much recommended.
Beautiful venue: wonderful location, elegant and understated setting - just right. My daughter's extensive contacts with Read more...
Beautiful venue: wonderful location, elegant and understated setting - just right. My daughter's extensive contacts with Melissa before the event were very positive, the staff were all friendly and highly professional. The wedding reception could not have gone better. Very much recommended. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
The Emerson Inn by the Sea is an amazing place to get married! The picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocky shores, the classic quaint New England charm of the Inn, the exceptional service from every employee... this place has it all! We could not have imagined a better venue for our wedding.

From the moment we first contacted the inn to inquire about wedding services, we knew we had found a special place. Laura Abraham Long, the Event Sales Manager, was a pleasure to work with. She gave us a great tour of the inn, answered all of our questions, and was in constant communication with us during the contract negotiation period. She made the whole process very easy and very painless.

Melissa Hobbs, the Wedding Coordinator, is equally as fabulous. We owe so much to her and could not have pulled off the wedding of our dreams without her guidance and support. She is exceptionally talented, and goes so far above and beyond to make your wedding day special. She was always available to answer questions and worked very closely with us to make sure we had everything thought through and taken care of. She was consistently pleasant to deal with and always seemed to be calm (this is a great quality for a stressed out bride and groom!). She coordinated every aspect of the wedding and kept everything running smoothly on the day of.

The inn is situated on a large lawn that is well kept and has beautiful flowers arranged around the perimeter. It was so beautiful that additional décor for the wedding ceremony was not even necessary. The chef puts the same effort into the food for the wedding serving 120 people as he does when he crafts the individual meals he serves during the normal restaurant hours. Do yourself a favor and try the crab cakes, they are amazing.

We cannot say enough good things about the Emerson Inn by The Sea. It is one of the most beautiful venues in the entire North Shore and should definitely be on your list of places to visit!
The Emerson Inn by the Sea is an amazing place to get married! The picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocky Read more...
The Emerson Inn by the Sea is an amazing place to get married! The picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocky shores, the classic quaint New England charm of the Inn, the exceptional service from every employee... this place has it all! We could not have imagined a better venue for our wedding.

From the moment we first contacted the inn to inquire about wedding services, we knew we had found a special place. Laura Abraham Long, the Event Sales Manager, was a pleasure to work with. She gave us a great tour of the inn, answered all of our questions, and was in constant communication with us during the contract negotiation period. She made the whole process very easy and very painless.

Melissa Hobbs, the Wedding Coordinator, is equally as fabulous. We owe so much to her and could not have pulled off the wedding of our dreams without her guidance and support. She is exceptionally talented, and goes so far above and beyond to make your wedding day special. She was always available to answer questions and worked very closely with us to make sure we had everything thought through and taken care of. She was consistently pleasant to deal with and always seemed to be calm (this is a great quality for a stressed out bride and groom!). She coordinated every aspect of the wedding and kept everything running smoothly on the day of.

The inn is situated on a large lawn that is well kept and has beautiful flowers arranged around the perimeter. It was so beautiful that additional décor for the wedding ceremony was not even necessary. The chef puts the same effort into the food for the wedding serving 120 people as he does when he crafts the individual meals he serves during the normal restaurant hours. Do yourself a favor and try the crab cakes, they are amazing.

We cannot say enough good things about the Emerson Inn by The Sea. It is one of the most beautiful venues in the entire North Shore and should definitely be on your list of places to visit! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Rob
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.8/5.0
The Emerson staff demonstrated exemplary planning and catering for our wedding, and extreme flexibility in the face of adversity. My husband and I had a small wedding of only 22 guests, but the Emerson staff, led by Melissa Hobbs, provided us with housing, a guest breakfast in the Grand Cafe, a cocktail hour, a wedding scheduled for the lawn, and a dinner in the Ocean Terrace Room. Melissa helped us connect with vendors from across the region, and when a major storm forced our ceremony indoors and briefly knocked out the power, the Emerson team was still able to relocate us quickly, keep the dinner on schedule, and create a memorable event for all our friends and family! Our only concern was the temperature of some of the rooms -- it was a little warm -- but given the quality of of everything else the Emerson provided, who could really complain?
The Emerson staff demonstrated exemplary planning and catering for our wedding, and extreme flexibility in the face of Read more...
The Emerson staff demonstrated exemplary planning and catering for our wedding, and extreme flexibility in the face of adversity. My husband and I had a small wedding of only 22 guests, but the Emerson staff, led by Melissa Hobbs, provided us with housing, a guest breakfast in the Grand Cafe, a cocktail hour, a wedding scheduled for the lawn, and a dinner in the Ocean Terrace Room. Melissa helped us connect with vendors from across the region, and when a major storm forced our ceremony indoors and briefly knocked out the power, the Emerson team was still able to relocate us quickly, keep the dinner on schedule, and create a memorable event for all our friends and family! Our only concern was the temperature of some of the rooms -- it was a little warm -- but given the quality of of everything else the Emerson provided, who could really complain? Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Bethany
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.8/5.0
Our wedding at the Emerson Inn was wonderful! Melissa, the wedding coordinator, was so helpful! She was organized, helpful in decision making and letting us know what to expect and always so calm!! Among other things she worked with us to find ways of setting up the dining room that were different from the usual set ups and it came out perfectly!

The rooms used for the wedding are elegant and the views of the ocean are the real draw of this place. Also, my guests appreciated being to sit outside at tables on the porch and relax after dinner. We did use the small dance floor but most guests were relieved to be able to chat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and not feel pressured to dance.

We really liked the option of having stations for dinner rather than buffet or table serving. All the food I tried was delicious and I heard many positive remarks about the food from my guests as well.

The staff I interacted with were all very nice and professional. The grounds of the Emerson are beautiful and we took some of our professional photos there.

One thing to know if you are looking at the Emerson is that the cheaper option of having your wedding from 12-5pm, as well as the fact that the reception area must transition from a restaurant to the reception dining area in an hour makes set up and getting ready for the wedding, as well as lighting for photography, a little tricky. But we worked it out and we don't regret that choice at all!

My parents did end up spending more than they planned when all the taxes and fees and things we're added in but I guess that is normal. I recommend you ask about fees and taxes and any other charges when you make your initial inquiry to avoid this.

Emerson Inn by the Sea is gorgeous, romantic, peaceful and was perfect for our wedding! Thanks to Melissa and her staff for making our day so wonderful!
Our wedding at the Emerson Inn was wonderful! Melissa, the wedding coordinator, was so helpful! She was organized, helpful Read more...
Our wedding at the Emerson Inn was wonderful! Melissa, the wedding coordinator, was so helpful! She was organized, helpful in decision making and letting us know what to expect and always so calm!! Among other things she worked with us to find ways of setting up the dining room that were different from the usual set ups and it came out perfectly!

The rooms used for the wedding are elegant and the views of the ocean are the real draw of this place. Also, my guests appreciated being to sit outside at tables on the porch and relax after dinner. We did use the small dance floor but most guests were relieved to be able to chat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and not feel pressured to dance.

We really liked the option of having stations for dinner rather than buffet or table serving. All the food I tried was delicious and I heard many positive remarks about the food from my guests as well.

The staff I interacted with were all very nice and professional. The grounds of the Emerson are beautiful and we took some of our professional photos there.

One thing to know if you are looking at the Emerson is that the cheaper option of having your wedding from 12-5pm, as well as the fact that the reception area must transition from a restaurant to the reception dining area in an hour makes set up and getting ready for the wedding, as well as lighting for photography, a little tricky. But we worked it out and we don't regret that choice at all!

My parents did end up spending more than they planned when all the taxes and fees and things we're added in but I guess that is normal. I recommend you ask about fees and taxes and any other charges when you make your initial inquiry to avoid this.

Emerson Inn by the Sea is gorgeous, romantic, peaceful and was perfect for our wedding! Thanks to Melissa and her staff for making our day so wonderful! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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