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Marblehead, MA

Travel Guide
Marblehead featuring a park and a bay or harbor

With a bright, old-fashioned haven of rickety houses and cobbled roads, this town also has a rich cultural heritage and splendid coastal scenery.

Admire colonial architecture and Revolutionary War artwork in Marblehead. Embrace a rich maritime culture at the region’s premier yachting port and follow leafy paths to deserted beaches.

Marblehead, settled in 1629, is claimed as the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. This title dates back to 1775 when the schooner Hannah became the first vessel commissioned for battle by George Washington. Today’s maritime culture remains strong. View the pretty harbor holding over 2,000 boats.

Stroll along the narrow streets and admire shades of cream, yellow and blue coating many of the buildings from the 1600s and 1700s. Look inside boutique clothing and craft stores or purchase nautical-themed souvenirs shaped from wood and ceramics.

Walk to Abbot Hall. Unmissable for its red-brick façade, its high clock tower is visible from all parts of town. View fascinating artifacts including the original title deed given by the region’s native tribe in 1684. Don’t miss the Spirit of ’76 painting by Archibald M. Willard.

Visit the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, an impressive federal structure built in 1768 that now holds a museum of period toys and furnishings. Priceless relics illustrating a turbulent seafaring past are placed in rooms decorated with lavish chandeliers and canvases.

From here enjoy a leisurely walk to Fort Sewall at the northern end of town. Constructed in 1644 and enlarged in 1742 to defend against French ships, this weathered structure now has an area of luscious parkland around it.

Comparable for its natural beauty and tranquility is Marblehead Neck, reaching into the Atlantic from the town center. See homes of the rich as you follow tree-covered trails leading to secluded coves perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Marblehead is in Essex County, a 40-minute drive north of Boston. Come at the beginning of July for the Festival of the Arts, a 3-day extravaganza of painting, street performances and children’s activities.

The Hotel Marblehead
The Hotel Marblehead
3.5 out of 5
264 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA
The price is $249 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Situated by the ocean, this boutique hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Fort Sewall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Peabody Essex Museum and House of the Seven Gables. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)
"Beautiful and well decorated establishment. Friendly and outgoing staff. We’ll definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

The Hotel Marblehead
Harbor Light Inn
Harbor Light Inn
3.5 out of 5
58 Washington St, Marblehead, MA
The price is $349 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Situated near the airport, this romantic inn is within a 10-minute walk of Marblehead Museum & Historical Society and Fort Sewall. Salem Museum and Peabody Essex ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
"Nice pool area"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2021

Harbor Light Inn
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay, Riverhead Beach, and Marblehead Museum & Historical ...
5/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Great Spot
"Francie, Bob, & adorable Lucy (their dog) were fabulous hosts. They responded quickly to all of our questions and gave us a warm greeting with wine and a delicious cheese platter. The place looked exactly like the pictures and was very clean and cozy. My husband, 4 month old and I really enjoyed ..."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Massachusetts Bay, Riverhead Beach, and Marblehead Museum & Historical ...
5/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Great Spot
"Francie, Bob, & adorable Lucy (their dog) were fabulous hosts. They responded quickly to all of our questions and gave us a warm greeting with wine and a delicious cheese platter. The place looked exactly like the pictures and was very clean and cozy. My husband, 4 month old and I really enjoyed ..."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Charming Private Townhouse, a Block From the Ocean
Brackett Cottage
Brackett Cottage
3.5 out of 5
49 Washington St, Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Marblehead Museum & Historical Society and Massachusetts Bay. Fort Sewall ...
Brackett Cottage
Kings Rook
Kings Rook
3.5 out of 5
12 State St, Marblehead, MA
Located in the heart of Marblehead, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Marblehead Museum & Historical Society and Massachusetts Bay. Fort Sewall ...
Kings Rook
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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