For Immediate Release

June 8, 2005


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Girlfriends “Gabaways”, Gingerbread Houses and Cookie Decorating all highlight

Affordable Holiday Packages from Emerson Inn by the Sea


Rockport, MA – For some, the holidays send travelers into a daze; for shoppers, November and December gets their engines revving.  Emerson Inn by the Sea offers packages for everyone from girlfriends seeking a shopping gab and getaway to parents and grandparents seeking new holiday traditions.  Best of all these packages start at under $170 per person, leaving plenty of money for holiday shopping.


Girlfriend! Let’s Go Shopping!

Get a Jump on the Holidaze


Emerson Inn by the Sea invites shoppers to come for a special gift preview and shopping extravaganza, November 4-6, 2005.  Get a jump on the holiday shopping while you enjoy time with girlfriends and fellow shoppers.  You’ll start the weekend with a coffee and dessert reception, while previewing great gift ideas from local crafters and North Shore gift shops.  Saturday, fuel up for a great day of gift-getting while you plan your shopping spree.  A map of the Rockport area along with a collection of coupons and special offers from local merchants will spur decisions on where to go.  Return to the inn after a successful day of unique gift gathering, where you’ll find plenty of  holiday paper and bows to wrap up those gifts, so you’re ready well in advance for the holidaze this year.  You can relive the day with laughs over dinner in the Grand Cafe.  Sunday, awake to another hearty breakfast, and then you’re off to get those last few items before heading home.


This is the ideal shopping spree for girlfriends who love a “gabaway” together for unlimited time to catch up and shop!


This package includes:

  • A two-night stay, November 4-6, 2005
  • Friday night coffee and dessert reception and gift preview
  • A hearty continental breakfast to start each day
  • Shopping maps and coupons
  • Complimentary gift wrapping and bows for your presents
  • A $25 credit toward dinner in the Grand Cafe

This package is offered November 4-6, 2005 for $168 To $350 per person Depending upon choice of rooms.


Starting at under $170 per person, Emerson Inn by the Sea allows friends to get and give the gift of gab this holiday season!


Family Prelude to the Holidays,  December 2-4, 2005


Get ready for the holidays with help from Emerson Inn by the Sea. This is the ideal package for families or grandparents and grandchildren.  Your weekend will start on Friday with an evening reception featuring festive beverages and specialty foods while you review the collection of beautifully handmade gingerbread houses on display at the inn. Gather some great ideas for your own gingerbread house and holiday entertaining while you enjoy special tastings from the Grand Cafe.


Saturday, awake to a hearty continental breakfast, then set out to do some holiday shopping.  Maps and special offers from local merchants will be provided.  For those who’d rather stay behind you will have the opportunity to participate in the cookie decorating workshop, and take home a dozen of your own hand-decorated cookies.


At the end of the day enjoy dinner in the Grand Cafe, featuring an eclectic menu with a New England flair.


On Sunday, December 4, participate in the Rockport Inns Holiday Open House, where you’ll enjoy sweet treats and gather more holiday decorating ideas before heading home.


The Family Prelude to the Holidays package includes:

·         Two nights accommodations for two in rooms varying from cozy to family suites or cottages.

·         Breakfast each morning.

·         Friday night specialty food tastings & gingerbread house review

·         Shopping maps and coupons

·         A cookie decorating workshop

·         A $60 credit for dinner at the Grand Cafe

·         2 tickets  to the Rockport Inns Holiday Open House

This package is offered December 2-4, 2005 for $218 To $538 depending upon the choice of rooms, double occupancy.  Call for prices on additional children in the room.


Emerson Inn by the Sea, Cape Ann’s grand bed and breakfast hotel overlooking a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, offers thirty-six lovely guest rooms and fine dining in The Grand Cafe.  Adjacent cottages offer families and groups ocean-view accommodations with vast amenities.  Following six years of extensive renovations, Emerson Inn by the Sea is the ideal choice for those seeking vacation getaways, function and conference facilities or fine dining.  For more information, visit or call 800-964-5550 to make a dining or hotel reservation.


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