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The Harborview Inn in Gloucester

From the street, the Harborview Inn appears to be just another quaint and charming New England inn. And it is, in fact, quaint and charming, beautifully situated at Gloucester Harbor in a row of houses across from the Fisherman’s Memorial, and just a few minutes from downtown shops, restaurants, beaches, and Stage Fort Park. There are six guest rooms, with fitting names like Essex Room, Gloucester Suite, Manchester Room, and . . . “the Golub Suite’’? Hello? This is when you suspect the inn has a story behind it, which host John Orlando is happy to share.

It turns out that he and his wife, Marie, are only the third owners of the house in 202 years. It was built by the Gorton family (of frozen seafood fame) in 1810, and later sold to a couple named Golub who owned it for 50 years. Orlando grew up eight houses away, and was almost like a son to the Golubs, who had no children. “They took me in as the young person who helped them stay in touch with the world,” he said. When the Golubs died, their will specified Orlando had the first right of refusal on the house and could buy it at a discounted price.

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