178 Bradford Street

Snug Cottage

Snug is the word for this 1825 house, now an eight-room inn. In the 1960s, A. Philip Tarvers Jr. had his real estate business here. By the mid-70s, it was the Bradford Gardens Inn, among the earliest women-owned guest houses and one of only two accommodations in town rated “outstanding” by Massachusetts: An Explorer’s Guide. It has been owned since 2000 by James Mack, who renamed it Snug Cottage. Mack, a Unitarian Universalist chaplain, officiates at the weddings of same-sex couples, an amenity few guest houses can offer. He himself is married to Jon Arterton.

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