Best of Boston

1998 Best Escape, Nearby

Yankee Clipper Inn

There are surprisingly few seaside inns within an hour of Boston. But when you’ve found this one— and can afford the upper-end price tag— who needs others? Many of the 26 rooms located in four diverse buildings of the inn’s compound overlook the ocean. Many have fabulous sun decks or glassed-in porches with a view of waves directly below. Thick lawns and colorful gardens roll down to the water’s edge. There’s no sandy shore, but there is a pool and a gazebo. Plan ahead: The dining room is strictly BYOB, as Rockport is a dry town.

96 Granite St., Rockport, 978-546-3407,