- Who Are We
- Historic Inn
- Our Mission
Dear Valued Guests,
The Essex Street Inn is nestled in the heart of historic downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. Moments away from both casual and elegant dining, the famous waterfront, and unique shops, the Essex Street Inn is the perfect coastal New England getaway.
We invite you to walk the streets of a traditional New England seaside town, explore the rolling sand dunes at Plum Island and indulge yourself in the finest cuisine.
Whether you visit for a night or a week, we'll make sure you feel right at home at the Essex Street Inn.
Your gracious innkeepers,
Lori and John Guertin
Message from the Manager
For many years I have been welcoming guests to the Essex Street Inn. And in that time I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful and interesting people from around the country and around the world. That's why I look forward to coming to work every day. I never know who I will meet. One thing I do know is this... I'll welcome you in the same way I do family, because that is how we do things here at the Essex Street Inn. Hopefully, we'll have the chance to meet really soon.
Until then, be well...
About the Inn
The Essex Street Inn was originally built as the “Lucky Livery Stable” in the early 1800‘s, It was sold and re-bought by a succession of merchants . Due to the Great Fire of 1811 it burned down along with leveling most of Downtown Newburyport. A new stable was soon built on the same spot. A large, barn-like building that the stable -keeper rented out horses , carriages and sleighs. In 1836 the property was purchased for $950.00 by an inn holder and two stable hands, reflecting a strong alliance with traveling guests, providing them with a place to stay and means of transportation to weddings, funerals whether by private coach or regular stage lines in which this stable functioned as a terminal. The stable’s large water cisterns are still partially visible in the present inn.
In 1879 the property was purchased by the trustees of the estate of Dr. Henry C. Perkins. The Perkins trustees owned other residential property on Essex Street and decided to add to their estate with a new building. In 1880 the stable was razed and in it’s place rose the present Essex Street Inn. Built in a conservative version of the style known as Victorian eclectic. A three story duplex style #5 was first rented to a sail maker and #7 was first occupied by the family of Joseph Titcomb Chase. Over the years #5 remained primarily a lodging house , while #7 served for many years as a private family residence.
Eventually #5 and #7 became one. A fifteen room lodging facility with three townhouse suites a joined to the back of #3 Essex Street the front was a rooming house. #9 ( formally the Captain James Kettle house) Essex Street was also a rooming house.
Through the years it had many different proprietors it was sold by the Pearson Family to the Guertin Family in the early 2000’s.
As of today all 3 buildings are combined on the same property make the Essex Street Inn a large 37 room facility. Added in 2007 was a small conference center and exercise room.
Our Mission is to provide a soothing, warm and inviting atmosphere for all who pass through our doors. We are courteous, cheerful and respectful of each valued guest. We are good neighbors and support the vision of Newburyport and contribute to the local business community. The innkeepers will not rest until you do!