A proper inn — and a proper getaway — any time of year

By Kathy Tully | BOSTON GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  

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ROCKPORT — We chose The Emerson Inn as our home base during a recent stay in this coastal village town. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the inn’s most famous guest, once referred to it as “a proper summer home.” If Emerson visited today, he might christen it proper year-round.

Bought last year by the Migis Hotel Group, the historic inn and its in-house restaurant, the Pigeon Cove Tavern, also rejuvenated, reopened in May.

An air of casual elegance pervades the inn. Is it the ocean view? Attentive staff? Or seemingly endless places to rest, what with all the comfy couches, antique rockers, Adirondack chairs, and chaise lounges thoughtfully placed throughout?

Must. Resist. We’re here to explore.

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