America’s Favorite Inns on the Seaside

By Natalia Kvitek,

America has spoken: we love our coasts and the quaint inns on the seaside that accompany them. From whale watching while taking a bath to rocking and sipping sweet tea while watching the waves from a Southern porch, a common belief is that,

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.”

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If you’re in need of a salty cure, we present you with America’s favorite inns on the seaside. Our winners were chosen based on scores compiled from user ratings from a myriad of booking and review sites from all over the internet for a transparent and unbiased look at America’s favorite properties. These trivago Award winners for 2017 deliver exceptional experiences close enough to the shore to dip your toes.

Want to see the full list of winners of the trivago Awards 2017? For a peek into which properties you decided were the best, see here!


Cannery Pier Hotel

Astoria, OR

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Perched atop a pier. Photo by Nazhiyath Vijayan CC BY

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The Cannery Pier Hotel brings the sea literally below your feet. Built 600 feet out onto the water on the old Union Fish Cannery, this hotel setting is more than unique. Sweeping views of the Columbia River, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, the Astoria-Megler Bridge, and Washington State await visitors. Equally jaw-dropping are the views from the rooms, each with its own private balcony and an addictive set of binoculars perfect for spotting frolicking sea lions. You’ll also enjoy warming up next to your fireplace or swinging down to the sunset-drenched lobby in the evenings for the nightly wine reception. The property is decorated with understated yet warm furnishings that fit in with the architectural feel of the hotel.

Astoria Oregon sunset over docks

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The Cannery Pier Hotel is located slightly out of town, but getting a drive in one of the hotel’s complimentary chauffeured classic cars to dinner is an experience in itself. The upscale hotel won a 5-star trivago Award for 2017 — and with its perch upon the riverside coupled with its luxurious amenities, the Cannery Pier Hotel is an excellent choice for any Pacific Northwest adventure.

Cuthbert House

Beaufort, SC

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A great Antebellum dame on the water. Photo courtesy of the Wikipedia Creative Commons.

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The Cuthbert House first lured visitors when it was built to take advantage of the breeze rolling in from Beaufort Bay over 200 years ago. The pre-Civil War waterfront mansion proved to be a national favorite with its win in the Alternative accommodation category of the trivago Awards 2017. This antebellum inn on the seaside still bears many relics of its history: 18th century moldings, the formal Charleston gardens and black marble mantel forever inscribed with the graffitied names of Federal soldiers who were posted at the house during the 1862 Union army occupation. Some rooms are even outfitted with precious antique beds, including a very covetable four-poster rice bed and a carved cherry bed in another room. Clawfoot or whirlpool tubs complete the picture of absolute coziness, along with the working gas fireplaces.

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Shrimp at the seaside. Photo by Eric Smith for Visit Beaufort

The included Southern-style breakfast is made hot every morning in-house and provides the necessary fuel to taking the inn’s loaner bikes out for a spin around the National Historic Landmark District of Beaufort. Cuthbert House is located near many restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops that round out this picturesque seaside experience.

Fort Condé Inn

Mobile, AL

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Not far from Alabama’s finest beaches stands the Fort Conde Inn. Photos taken from trivago.

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A location in the heart of Mobile surrounded by century oaks, gas lamp streetlights and brick streets lend more of a village feel than summer seaside town but the coast and some of Alabama’s best beaches are only a short drive away. We persist in referring to the Fort Condé Inn as one of our favorite inns on the seaside, especially seeing as the Inn won a trivago Award in the 4-star category. Visitors laud the Inn’s breakfast as both exquisite and legendary: take it in the communal dining room, take it out in the shaded courtyard or take it in the comfort and privacy of your bed. Across the board, it’s cooked fresh by Chef Robbie with a rotating selection of entrées that remind you of the Inn’s proximity to the Bay. Guest favorites include a Seafood Benedict and Blue Crab served with fresh baked biscuits. It’s both luxurious and homey, much like the Inn itself.

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Accommodation at the Fort Condé Inn varies from the spacious rooms in Mobile’s second oldest house dating back to 1836 to the larger historic private cottages. Each room has been beautifully restored and filled with a selection of art, antiques, exceptionally soft linens, and outfitted with all the modern technological trimmings. Large parlors encourage guests to mingle and a veranda beckons for one last nightcap while listening to the cicadas.

Black Dolphin Inn

New Smyrna Beach, FL

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Photos courtesy of the Black Dolphin Inn

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For lovers of seaside abodes, the Spanish styled but modernly outfitted Black Dolphin Inn brings you as close as you can get to the seaside feeling. The property begins at its private dock, which leads up the lawn, decorated with colorful Adirondack chairs and a house facade dominated by private guest room balconies and terraces. Views from most of the guest rooms sweep endlessly across the Indian River and come thoughtfully complete with binoculars to use for dolphin spotting. Rooms are decorated with authentic mid-century modern pieces and original art, and are brightly awash with natural light.

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Swing your feet from the dock of the Black Dolphin Inn.

This trivago Award winning inn in the alternative accommodation category evidently takes its seaside location seriously: complimentary seaside themed amenities include surfboards and boogie boards to bring to the consistent surf breaks of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, as well as beach towels, chairs and umbrellas and even fishing poles. Weekend guests befit from the full Southern breakfasts with a slightly paired-down version waking weekday guests.

The Marquesa

Key West, FL

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Stay in the heart of Key West at the Marquesa. Photo from Visual Hunt.

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The Marquesa paints a picture perfect Key West seaside image. A mere five blocks from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this quiet oasis showcases all the best bits of Key West. Porches overlook two pools surrounded by a maintained wild garden full of geckos and iguanas getting on with their business in Key West’s typical laid-back fashion. The building which today houses the Marquesa was originally four “conch” houses originally built in 1884 that were joined together to form the pastel and gingerbread trimmed building we see today.

Rooms are decorated in soothing tones that play with the natural light. The furniture comes from all corners of the world including bed hailing from as far as Indonesia and teak tables from the Philippines harmonizing with the overall island scheme. The Marquesa sees its fair share of return guests, so it was only natural they should land on the trivago Awards for 2017 in the 4-star category.

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Almond Tree Inn

Key West, FL

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Tropical landscaping at the Almond Tree Inn pool area. Photo taken from trivago.

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The island seaside vibe envelopes the Almond Tree Inn with their quaint shuttered windows which also function to keep in shade but usher in ocean breezes. The vibe of the tropics continues with a waterfall and Koi pond located next to the pool’s seating area surrounded by landscaped gardens. Rooms are cheery and bright with splashes of color palm and tree accents making for a cute beach vibe that suits the Keys to a T. Wake up to a delicious continental breakfast and take in that relaxed slowed-down pace that is ubiquitously the Florida Key West atmosphere where time just seems to slow down.

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Almondy Inn

Newport, RI

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Elegance near the seaside. Photo taken from trivago.

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For those looking to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of this traditional American seaside resort town, the restored circa 1890s landmark house Almondy Inn is the perfect seat from which to explore Newport. Located in the gas lit Historic Hill district, you’re a hop, skip and jump from Bannister’s Wharf and the Bay; so close in fact, that the blow of the ocean wind can be felt the minute you leave out the door. Five rooms and a suite are elegantly decorated with authentic period antiques, gas fireplaces and some with romantic four poster beds and views of the Bay that can’t be beat.

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Wake up to breakfast served in the dining room every day of the week and get recommendations from the inn owners for what to do with your day. From the many restaurants, gilded mansions to the annual music festival season, personalized tips on how you should enjoy your time in Newport make all the difference. This alternative accommodation winner of the trivago Awards 2017 ensures that every seaside stay suits what you had in mind for a holiday.

Benchmark Inn

Provincetown, MA

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Located just a block away from Provincetown Harbor, the Benchmark Inn was once a captain’s home and has been a guesthouse for the last 20 years. Owners Dan and Daniel strive to make each experience at their inn flawless from start to finish. The Inn is located in a quiet spot of the beloved LGBTQ holiday destination, amid all the galleries and restaurants that bring quirky charm to the tip of Cape Cod. Forgo your car in this very walkable town and begin your Provincetown seaside adventure by taking a ferry over from Plymouth, Nantucket or Boston. You’ll be picked up at the harbor by the Inn owners. This car-free mentality is just one of the elements that make up the Inn’s eco-friendly philosophy along with all electricity coming from renewal energy resources, a fully energy efficient household and cleaning supplies and toiletries that don’t harm the environment.

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Rooms at the Benchmark Inn are bright and comfortable and equipped with a gas fireplace that can be used seasonally. Some rooms have the original 1850’s era pine floors while others have views of the water or the town. A beautiful continental breakfast is served every morning and includes some reputably delectable coffee that pairs perfectly with the daily fresh baked goods.

Have you taken advantage of the sea salt cure at any of our seaside destinations? Let us know in the comments which place is your perfect escape! 

*Cover image courtesy of the Black Dolphin Inn