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  Innermost House in Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Innermost House in Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

What to Bring

Food & cooler
for storage
  Cooking and eating
Flashlight &
  Plastic bags for
One sleeping
pad (if party of
  Insect repellent
Stove and
  Sleeping bags or
bedding (sheets,


From Boston, take I-95 north
Take exit 50 for route 1 north
In Topsfield, turn right at traffic light on route 97 south (High street)
Take second left on Perkins Row
Sanctuary entrance is on the right about 1 mile down the road (sign)
Follow signs for parking lot on the left
  Good to know in advance
Open year-round for rental

4 campers max. (Sleeping capacity in the
beds provided: 3)

Check-in: 2pm-4 pm, check-out: 11 am
You can stay several nights in a row
Unloading and overnight parking allowed
only on parking lot (no car access to the
Sanctuary map available at the
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield MA 01983 - (978) 887-9264
Cooking only on the outside porch
Clean the house before leaving
Carry out your trash
No alcoholic beverage
Do not harass wildlife
Stay on trails

ID Card

Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 45 mins.
  Duration: Weekend

$30 per night

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Innermost House is a small cabin located in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an 2,800-acre property that is largely worth the trip itself, with a mix of woods, meadows and wetlands accessible through a extensive network of trails.

The House is a rustic cabin down a trail from the Sanctuary headquarters – once the property gates have closed in the evening you will have the entire sanctuary for yourself. The house has only one room (9" x 16') with a cot and one bunk bed (upper and lower bunks) and a wood-burning stove. The house also contains a small table with 2 chairs and 2 kerosene lamps. Restrooms are located in the headquarters nearby, and you will have to bring your own water (check "What to Bring" for the complete list of gear). All this makes for a pioneer-like experience at night: complete obscurity to gaze at the starry sky, the sounds of wildlife around the cabin, and except for that, total silence to drain yourself of urban life's tension.

Overall, this is one of the most original ways to spend a night in the great outdoors around Boston.

To rent the house, you will need to be a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The annual fee is $40 and gives you free access to all other 40 sanctuaries of the Society across the state – this universal access is largely worth the fee. To become a member, call 1-800-AUDUBON.

Once registered as a member, call the Sanctuary at 978-887-9264 and ask them to fax you the Innermost House reservation form (no reservation accepted by phone). Return the form with full payment and show up at the Sanctuary on the reserved date before 4 pm. The staff will then give you the key and show you the way for the House.

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