You HAVE to stay at this cool hotel...

It's not every day that you have the opportunity to stay at one of the oldest hotels in the United States. If you ever decide to visit Concord, Massachusetts, you'll get just that.

Concord's Colonial Inn's original structure was built in 1716. One of the Inn's original buildings served as a storehouse for arms and provisions in 1775 during the Revolutionary War.

When the British arrived to seize and destroy the supplies, the Minutemen met them head-on at the North Bridge for what became the first battle of the American Revolution. The event is commemorated every April with a parade near the Inn and a ceremony at the North Bridge on Patriots' Day.

In the early 1800s, parts of the Inn's were used as a residence and variety store. From 1835-1837, author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who was born and died in Concord, stayed at the Inn while attending Harvard. In the mid-1800s, the building was used as a boarding house and a small hotel called the Thoreau House.

The Inn as we know it today began operating in 1889, surrounded by a slew of landmarks commemorating the nation's literary and revolutionary history.

Eleven years later, the property was given its current name, Concord's Colonial Inn.
The Inn melds three centuries of history with today's modern conveniences, making it an ideal lodging choice for history buffs and travelers seeking charming, comfortable accommodations in Concord.

It also boasts two lovely restaurants, Liberty and Merchants Row; ample meeting space for weddings and other events; and an enviable location near such historic hot spots as the Concord Museum, Ralph Waldo Emerson House, and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

If you're ever in Concord, there's no reason not to stay at this quaint inn steeped in charm and history. It's worth checking out even if you plan on booking elsewhere.

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