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Best Dog Friendly Vacations in New England | Concord’s Colonial Inn

February 27, 2020 6:46 pm

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Dog Friendly Vacations in New EnglandWe couldn’t be more pleased to announce that Concord’s Colonial Inn is now a pet-friendly hotel in Concord, Massachusetts! Why not bring your entire family along on vacation, including that furry, four-legged friend of yours? Pet separation anxiety becomes all too real when you travel, and now you can rest assured when planning dog friendly vacations in New England. During your daily outings, your dog must remain on a leash while in the town of Concord, MA, and you’ll find a variety of spots to walk man’s best friend. Dog owners are encouraged to read below to learn more about our pet-friendly policy and learn why your next dog-friendly getaway should be to Concord. 

Convenient Walks for Your Dog 

You’ll be happy to know we welcome up to two pets during your stay in Concord, Massachusetts. We’re aware that you must have access to get outdoors and let Spot run around and play; otherwise, they would drive everyone mad during your dog friendly vacations in New England. For that reason, dogs are welcome on the backyard patio at Monument Square, and there are many paths adjacent to the Concord inn where you can head out for a quick walk (don’t forget to bring your clean up baggies).

Pet-Friendly Stops in Concord, MA

While we do not allow dogs in our Concord, MA, restaurants or taverns, you’ll find a variety of dog-friendly cafes around town. The Main Streets Market & Cafe is a great spot during the springtime to grab delicious light fare and sit at a table outside with your pet. There are three tables outside at Trails End Cafe where you can relax with your pup and sip on a loose leaf tea, cappuccino, or Chai Latte. Haute Coffee, Bedford Farms Ice Cream, and Rossini Pizzeria are a few other pet-friendly stops to check out while you’re exploring the town of Concord, MA, with your dog. One essential part about planning your dog friendly vacations in New England is that you have many options on things to do around town, and here, you’ll have just that! 

Doggy Daycare

We ask that your pet is well-behaved to ensure that all of our guests remain happy during their stay in Concord, Massachusetts. Pets tend to miss you just as much as you tend to miss them when you’re planning a night out. For this reason, we suggest using a local dog daycare if you plan to be away from your room for an extended period. is a website that offers travelers local pet sitters and dog walkers that are located around Concord, MA. If you’re planning a long day out, check out Boston Dog Company located less than five miles from the Concord inn, as they feature a warm, friendly dog daycare service. 

Affordable Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Dog Friendly Vacations in New EnglandEnjoy your stay on the first floor in the Prescott Wing when you bring your pet along on your dog friendly vacations in New England. Whether you’re staying with one pet or two, one $35 non-refundable payment will be applied that will cover the cost of the cleaning required throughout and after your stay at the Concord’s Colonial Inn. We’d be pleased to connect with you over the phone at 1-800-370-9200 if you’d like a direct conversation with our welcoming staff about our Pet Policy. We hope that both you and your pet enjoy your stay with us and your visit to Concord, Massachusetts.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway in Concord, MA 

January 7, 2020 4:55 pm

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Valentine's Day getawayNow that the holidays are over, the season of love is right around the corner, which means it’s time to plan something special for your significant other. Why not keep it simple and surprise them with a weekend Valentine’s Day getaway to Concord’s Colonial Inn? Our historic inn features the best restaurants in Concord, MA, beautiful rooms with colonial period details, private afternoon tea times, a luxury on-site salon-Monument Style as well as live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday nights at Village Forge Tavern. Whether you’re with us for Valentine’s Day or are planning your annual romantic anniversary trips, the charming town of Concord, MA, is a destination location that will inspire you to return each year. 

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Make your reservations early at Merchant’s Row for your Valentine’s Day getaway, as this is one of the best restaurants in Concord, MA, and it books quickly! The restaurant features a special Valentine’s Day menu with several delicious entrees and savory dessert options. Give us a call to make your reservations for dinner at 1-978-369-2373, or for convenience, reserve a spot using OpenTable

Unique Quality Time Activities near Concord, Massachusetts

Everyone knows that one of the most important aspects of any relationship is spending quality time with one another. During your romantic anniversary trips or Valentine’s Day getaway, why not step out of your comfort zone and step into some snowshoes at the deCordova Sculpture Park? The park features Snowshoe Tours with rentals on-site during winter, where you can explore the grounds with Eastern Mountain Sports and an experienced deCordova guide. 

After feeling inspired by the sculpture park, why not put that inspiration to good use and try a painting session with Pinot’s Palette? They offer a unique painting class where you’ll be able to get creative with your significant other during your Valentine’s Day getaway. There’s always a class happening at the Lexington Center, which is less than ten miles from your stay. 

In almost every winter romantic comedy film, you’ll find couples ice skating with one another throughout the colder season. One of the most romantic things to do in Concord, MA, during winter is ice skating at the Valley Sports Arenas, which is less than five miles from our historic inn. Ice skating is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and it’s just a mere seven dollars! We encourage you to check the schedule before your day of skating to ensure your specific date is open for public skating! 

Escape to Concord, MA

Wow your someone special this year with a Valentine’s Day getaway to Concord’s Colonial Inn. While there are many fun activities and things to do in Concord, MA, you may find yourself just relaxing with your love at our inn throughout your stay. Make an appointment at Monument Style where gentlemen can indulge in a hot towel service while their lady gets a makeup application or up-do hairstyle for the evening. No matter what you do, you’ll love spending time with your sweetheart at Concord’s Colonial Inn. Please give us a call at 1-800-370-9200 to make a reservation or book on our website.

Walking Winter Tours in Concord, Massachusetts

December 17, 2019 1:20 pm

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Concord MassachusettsThe town of Concord, Massachusetts, is a natural wonderland this time of year where the trees are covered in snow, and Concord’s Colonial Inn is adorned with lights and beautiful wreaths. We feature the best restaurants in Concord, MA, where you can stop in and warm up with a cup of coffee and a delicious hearty meal. On a sunny winter day, we suggest bundling up with your loved ones and taking a winter walking tour with the Concord Tour Company. There are many historical spots in Concord, Massachusetts, and a variety of excursions to choose from that make for a fun winter daytime stroll. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our favorite tours. 

The Real Little Women

Explore the life of the best selling author of “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott, on The Real Little Women 90-minute walking tour. Not only will you discover the lives of the Alcott family, where they worked, lived, and played, but you’ll also be able to learn about the historical world in Concord, Massachusetts, that inspired the book. The tour is a two-mile walk; however, a driving tour can be arranged at an additional price. 

The Rude Bridge Tour

An excellent tour for any age is The Rude Bridge Tour, which is less than a mile and is based on the book “The Minutemen and Their World,” written by Robert A. Gross. The 90-minute guided tour features historically significant spots such as the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, along with opportunities to view Revolutionary artifacts. History buffs will be fascinated by the unique stories that surrounded the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War as the expert guides tell them along the way.  

Wide Awake at Sleepy Hollow

When you think of the town of Concord, MA, names such as Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Emerson come to mind, but there were a variety of influential authors that swayed the lives of many. During the Wide Awake at Sleepy Hollow tour, you’ll discover other famous authors that had a significant impact on American history. The 90-minute walking tour may be one of your favorite things to do in Concord, MA, during winter as the snow-covered grounds give the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery a peaceful touch.

Enjoy Live Music at Village Forge Tavern

Concord MassachusettsYou’ll find many other historical tours with Concord Tour Company that are open year-round and can be found on the website You’ll also be able to enjoy live music at the Village Forge Tavern on-site Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Check out our entertainment calendar under our Restaurants Liberty page on our website to see who’s on for the evening.

Booking your stay is now as easy as the click of a mouse! All you have to do is click Book Now, select the time you’d like to visit and confirm the dates of your stay. If you have further questions while you’re in the process of booking online, please give us a call at 1-800-370-9200.

Winter Wonderland at Concord’s Colonial Inn

November 25, 2019 12:23 pm

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Concord MaAll ages are welcome to join in the festivities and fun at this year’s Winter Wonderland at Concord’s Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Bring your family to enjoy a delicious holiday feast, visits with Santa, music, cookie decorating, and so much more! With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, family gatherings, and last-minute holiday shopping, don’t forget to set aside time to slow down and bask in the activities. Without further ado, here’s what you can expect at this year’s event at the Concord Inn. 

Come for Breakfast or Lunch

We will be featuring two meal times where you can indulge in breakfast or lunch at one of the best restaurants in Concord, MA, on-site at the Concord Inn. During breakfast, enjoy a buffet filled with traditional breakfast items such as scrambled eggs, french toast, crispy bacon, sausage, Concord Inn crispy potatoes, and more! We’ll also feature a waffle station in addition to providing fruit, assorted muffins, mini donuts, croissants, as well as yogurt and granola. 

The lunch buffet features an array of salad options, a nacho cheese bar, and adult entrees such as Faroe Island Salmon, Yankee Pot Roast, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Children items like chicken tenders and baked macaroni and cheese will be provided as well. Of course, we wouldn’t have one of the best restaurants in Concord, MA, without a dessert station to polish off an excellent buffet!  

The first seating for Breakfast Wonderland is 9:30-11:30 a.m. The second seating for Lunch Wonderland is 1:00-3:00 p.m.  

Festive Things to Do in Concord, MA

Once you’ve finished getting your fill of the holiday feast at the Concord Inn, stick around to enjoy festive activities that will get you into the spirit of the season. The Winter Wonderland is the perfect family event atmosphere that features a variety of kid-friendly activities in the town of Concord, MA, for the holidays. Your little ones will be able to participate in sing-alongs with winter princesses like Elsa and Anna from Frozen with a special guest appearance from Olaf. Take holiday pictures with Santa, and when you’re finished, bring your children over to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Lastly, don’t forget to vote on your favorite decorated gingerbread house before leaving! 

Where to Get Tickets

Tickets for this year’s Winter Wonderland at Concord’s Colonial Inn are good for admission to either breakfast or lunch and includes all of the festive activities. Adult tickets are $47, children ages 3-11 are $35, and two and under are $25. You must purchase tickets for this year’s Winter Wonderland in advance, and you can do that on Eventbrite’s website (breakfast tickets) (lunch tickets). Whether you’re in our beautiful town of Concord, MA, visiting family for the holidays, or are just passing through, don’t miss out on our annual Winter Wonderland event. Please give our welcoming staff a call at 1-978-369-9200 to answer any questions you may have or visit us on our website

Visit the Historic Concord Homes

November 18, 2019 12:44 pm

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Concord Homes Spending your days soaking up the rich Concord history is a must while staying at Concord’s Colonial Inn. When you’re looking for things to do in Concord, MA, you’ll find a variety of historic Concord homes and landmarks that you’ll want to take the time to explore. Keep reading to find the best Concord homes to tour during your stay in our beautiful historic town in Massachusetts. 

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Once occupied by the Alcott family and where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women back in 1968, the Orchard House has now become a historical museum that’s open to the public. There have been no profound structural changes, and the Alcotts owned 80% of the home furnishings on display here. Walking into the home, you’ll truly get a sense of what the house looked like and felt like when the Alcott family occupied it. 

The Old Manse

We encourage you to take a tour of The Old Manse, as you’ll be fascinated by the amount of Concord history that has taken place here. Once occupied by famous mid-19th-century writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathanial Hawthorne, you’ll feel as though you’ve made a step back in time upon entering the house. Outside you’ll also find a vegetable garden that was planted by Henry David Thoreau for Hawthorne’s wedding. The garden has since been re-created and can still be viewed to this very day. 

The Emerson House

The Emerson House was initially built back in 1828 and was occupied by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s family in 1835. Over time the household became a highlight of Concord’s social life as well as a literary center throughout the American Transcendentalist movement. The home still holds original furniture as well as artifacts and can be viewed through the guided tour from April through October in Concord, MA. 

Thoreau Farm

The Thoreau Farm was the birthplace of David Henry Thoreau and is referred to as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. While Thoreau’s family only occupied the house for a short period after David’s birth, it has become a Concord, MA, destination for many tourists and scholars. Seasonal visits and tours are available but must be booked in advance. To learn more, visit

The Wayside

Also known as the house of authors, The Wayside was occupied by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Alcotts, and the Lorthops (Margaret Sidney). As you look at the exterior of The Wayside, you’ll find a writing room built at the top of the home where Hawthorne would lock himself in the small space to write. The house has since become a part of the Minute Man National Historical Park and can be seen through a guided tour. 

Have a True Colonial Experience

Concord HomesVisit our Things to Do page to learn more about the Concord homes and historical attractions that are worth exploring while you’re in town. Concord’s Colonial Inn was previously a home owned by a doctor during the revolutionary war era, which means you’ll be stepping into a piece of Concord history as soon as you enter our inn. The portion of our home that dates back to 1716 is made up of 15 individually decorated rooms that will give you a true Colonial experience and can be viewed on our accommodations page. To inquire about a stay in one of our historic rooms, please speak with our friendly staff by calling 1-800-370-9200.

On-site Restaurant Dining at the Colonial

October 21, 2019 3:36 pm

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Concord MAA beautiful destination awaits you and your loved ones at our elegant Concord MA hotels at Concord’s Colonial Inn. You won’t have to go far to delight in fresh, local, gourmet cuisine as Liberty and Merchants Row are on sight and have been coined the best restaurants in Concord MA! Our two unique Concord restaurants offer a different dining experience in the same location which connects using the same Concord’s Colonial Inn menu. Whether you’re looking for a laid back or high standard concept, we’ve got you covered. 

Merchants Row

Merchants Row is a sophisticated, but not stiff, dining space that provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wake up with a cup of joe and indulge in a fresh breakfast made with locally-sourced ingredients. Your taste buds will dance as you start your day with a cappuccino and an omelet, breakfast sandwich or something a little sweeter, like our malted waffles! Our lunch and dinner menu is American cuisine that has options for salads, sandwiches, and entrees that come by land or sea with bold and vibrant flavors providing something for every palate! When you’re gathering together to celebrate an anniversary party or groom’s dinner, Merchants Row offers an elegant atmosphere to celebrate your special occasions. Have a delightful culinary experience while dining with friends in a quiet, private area with exquisite gourmet eats. 

Liberty at the Colonial Inn

Liberty is comprised of three different dining concepts the Liberty Room, the Taproom, and the Village Forge Tavern. Kick back and relax after a long day out exploring Concord MA, basking in live music at Village Forge Tavern. Our Concord restaurants have a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War so be sure to inquire about the stories while dining! When you want to delight in warm conversations with friends, the Taproom has an inviting cocktail atmosphere, which is a great place to grab an appetizer and debate the night away! The Liberty Room is the perfect place to have a casual meal and also provides outdoor dining during a beautiful summertime day on the Porch Patio, but arrive early, as it’s first come, first serve!

Charming Concord MA Hotels

Concord MAEnjoy a peaceful getaway to our luxurious Concord’s Colonial Inn as you explore everything that charming Concord MA has to offer. Swing by our quaint Concord MA restaurants for a unique dining experience throughout your extended stay. Much like our restaurants, each room is unique so whether you’re on a business trip or casual vacation browse through our rooms to select the atmosphere that best suits your needs at To book your stay and speak with a friendly staff member, give us a call at 1-800-370-9200.

The Haunted Hotel of Concord, MA

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haunted hotelWalking down the hallways of Concord’s Colonial Inn, you may feel a chill going up your spine as the inn is known as a historically haunted hotel. The hotel was built in Concord, MA before the Revolutionary War began and is located just a half-mile away from the North Bridge. The famous bridge was where the “shot heard around the world” took place that started the Revolutionary War in 1775. Many historical events happened around Concord, MA, that may perhaps make it one of the most haunted places in Massachusetts. Keep reading to find out what makes our inn a hauntingly unique part of Concord history.

Room 24

Many guests make reservations for the notoriously haunted hotel room 24 on the second floor. Room 24 was used as an operations room for wounded soldiers back in the 1770s. During the Revolutionary War era, the hotel was actually a home owned by a doctor. Caretakers operated on injured soldiers in room 24 where many did not survive and passed in that very room. There was also a morgue located in room 27 on the first floor where many curious guests dare to spend the night. While you may not find many ghosts of the soldiers, you may discover apparitions of the caretakers still roaming the halls.  

Particular Experiences

Visiting the historically haunted hotel during the Halloween season will be a thrilling experience for ghost enthusiasts. Staff and guests have both reported flickering lights, waking up with the lights and tv on, noticed floating orbs, and have heard haunting voices. Many report seeing an older woman roaming the halls that some believe to be a middle-aged nurse named Rosemary. You may find yourself walking a little quicker in some regions of the hotel, and with so much Concord history between the walls, we don’t blame you!

Historic Hotels in Concord

haunted hotelIs there concrete evidence that our hotel is one of the most haunted places in Massachusetts? While we cannot say for sure, many paranormal experts have come to investigate particular areas of our Concord, MA, inn. Visit our Haunted Inn page to learn more about our haunted hotel. When you’re looking for an authentic Colonial experience, opt for one of the 15 rooms at the inn that date back to 1716. Perhaps a possibly haunted room isn’t your forte, we provide 54 different rooms in four different areas of the inn, and no two rooms are alike. Please give our friendly staff a call at 1-800-370-9200 to make a reservation or book online

Best Sightseeing Opportunities | Massachusetts Attractions

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Massachusetts attractionsIt’s no surprise that Concord’s Colonial Inn will not only give you a place to soak up Concord history, but you’ll also be surrounded by beautiful fall foliage as we say goodbye to summer. As the leaves transition from deep green to scarlet red, amber, and gold, you’ll want to add a walk to your list of things to do in Concord, MA. While there are many fall activities to check out during your stay, we suggest taking a look at these Massachusetts attractions that offer the best opportunities for sightseeing! 

Walden Pond 

Visit Walden Pond State Reservation during autumn’s peak as the sights are absolutely breathtaking from the low fog that sits atop the water to the towering trees off in the distance. In summer, people like to cool off with a swim and during fall many walk around the park to take in the beautiful colors. While you’re at the park, step back in time when you check out Henry David Thoreau’s single-room cabin replica; it will be a favorite way to experience Concord history.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

One of our favorite Massachusetts attractions is the deCordova Sculpture Park, which has been around since 1950 and is located on the shores of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln. The exhibitions on display rotate and provide a fascinating experience for those with an artistic eye. Walkthrough the outdoor sculpture park and take pictures by the towering art creations located across 30 acres. On a chilly afternoon, grab a warm beverage from the cafe and explore the gardens, as there are approximately 60 sculptures on display at all times.

Charming Concord Getaway

Massachusetts attractionsWe encourage travelers to check out our things to do in Concord, MA, page, as this will be your guide to the many Massachusetts attractions and activities near our inn. Not only will you enjoy the opportunities for sightseeing around Concord, but you’ll enjoy the charming atmosphere of our inn. For those planning a special romantic getaway, ask about our Thoreau Suite, which is our premier honeymoon suite. You may view all of our accommodations online before selecting a stay that’s perfect for you and your loved one. Please call 1-800-370-9200 to make a reservation or 1-978-369-9200 for general inquiries. 

Concord History: A Look Back in Time

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concord history Concord’s Colonial Inn’s structure was built in 1716 well before the American Revolutionary War began, making us a unique part of Concord history. Many historical events happen year-round in Concord, MA, and we welcome you to join us each year. Our staff will provide information to ensure you are informed on what places to visit around the area, here are a couple worth checking out. 

Minute Man National Historical Park 

When taking a walk through the Minute Man National Historical Park visit the North Bridge as this is where the first shot was fired, also known as “the shot heard around the world” that started the American Revolutionary War. Stop by the visitor center where you’ll learn about what happened that day in 1775, a map that orients you to specific areas in the park, and you’ll also be able to watch a short video about the transpiring events. There are many trails throughout the park, structures, historic sites, landscapes and so much more associated with the Revolutionary War opening battles. When making a list of things to do in Concord, MA, plan an afternoon venture to the park to learn about Concord history. 

Concord Museum

The Concord Museum is an excellent stop for those wanting to learn more about the history of Concord, Ma. You’ll be able to browse through the historical museum on your own time or opt for a guided tour to gain further education and ask questions. You’ll love seeing the framed 1775 world-famous Paul Revere’s lantern, Native American tools, objects from the colonial period including textiles, clothing, furniture and the many other historical artifacts in six diverse gallery spaces. During your getaway, stop into the museum where you’ll be able to get an up-close look at what makes our town so special.

Haunted Hotel

concord historyAs you learn about the history in town, you’ll be interested to know that one of our buildings on-site was used as a storehouse for firearms during the war, which may be why some say our inn is classified as a possibly haunted hotel. While you’re staying at the inn, we suggest checking out the local landmarks as many areas will take you back in time. Each of our rooms offers a historic atmosphere mixed in with modern-day amenities such as free wi-fi, 42” flat-screen TV, hairdryer among other necessities for a comfortable stay. Please call to set up your reservations at 1-800-370-9200. 

Quaint Concord MA Wedding

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Concord MAEvery picture-perfect love story deserves a dream wedding to go along with it. At Concord’s Colonial Inn, our wedding team is dedicated to helping you during each step of the planning process. Concord MA weddings appeal to those that want to be surrounded by our town’s history, romance, and charm. We specialize in showers, bridal teas as well as rehearsal dinners, so rest assured that you’ll be in good hands leading up to the big day! Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding for a small group or an extravagant wedding inviting 100 guests, we’ll have the package that is right for you and yours.  

The Venues

When you’re looking for a unique wedding venue in Concord MA, look no further as we provide six diverse event room options for your reception. You’ll adore the intimate setting for smaller groups, while still having enough space to dance all night! Our versatile options can accommodate slide shows, musicians, DJs, and more. We provide catering options from a full buffet to a multi-course meal depending on what fits your dream wedding. Speak to our wedding director to see what option will be best for your reception! 

Plan the Details

Planning the small details of your day can be overwhelming, which why our trusted wedding team at Concord’s Colonial Inn will be on top of making your day worry-free! When you think of little details some things that come to mind may include a cocktail reception, cake service, tastings, bar and catering services, linens and plating arrangements, setups and well, we could go on! No need to worry about all these little details as our professional staff will take care of it all at our Concord inn. 

Convenient Accommodations

Concord MAWhen you plan your day with us, you’ll be surrounded by 300 years of living history as you look out over Monument Square. Our Concord inn provides 56 diverse room options for your guest as well as a honeymoon suite for the special couple! Stop into Merchants Row or the Liberty, our award-winning Concord MA restaurants, for a cocktail the evening before your big day. For your convenience, we provide on-site salon services at Monument Style as well as a room to get ready! It’s never too early to start planning the wedding of your dreams in Concord MA, to get more information visit our wedding page online!