Every year for the last 10 years, my wife and I travel to the village of Rockport on Cape Ann to witness Santa's arrival by lobster boat. The event always takes place on the first Saturday of December. So we'll book the night before in Massachusetts and the night of the event we move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where the town welcomes Santa by parade at night. The first weekend in December also works for us to shift gears and kick off our holiday shopping.
For Rockport, we've stayed at every single Marriott property within a half-hour drive. For Portsmouth, the Wentworth is our favorite, with the Residence Inn Portsmouth Harbor and Sheraton tied for second.
This year we decided to stay two nights before and selected hotels on the basis of which property had the best rate. We also wanted a property within an hour of the Premium Outlets in Merrimack, NH where we like to shop.
Residence Inn Boston Marlborough rose to the top of the list. We enjoyed our first stay at this property and look forward to going back. Check-in was smooth. Our King studio was cozy, comfortable, and quiet. Not sure why, but we almost had the entire place to ourselves for breakfast.
If you're traveling through the area, consider the Residence Inn Boston Marlborough. You won't be disappointed.