Museums & Shops & Boats Oh My!
As promised I wanted to share the other half of a trip to Plum Island- exploring Newburyport, Massachusetts. Founded in the 1600’s this port had a thriving industry in ship building and was an early site of the U.S. Coast Guard, which patrolled the Merrimack River. If you are interested in Colonial history there is much to enjoy, including several museums and the oldest boat shop in the country.
Several years past we stayed in town at the Essex Street Inn in the heart of downtown Newburyport. It is a lovely old inn, convenient to the shops, restaurants and attractions of the city. The breakfast room is well stocked with pastries and fresh coffee each morning, and the staff are very helpful with recommendations for things to do and places to eat. A friend just recommended a stay at the Garrison Inn named for native son William Lloyd Garrison, the famous abolitionist.
One of the nicest aspects of Newburyport is the diverse number of shops and restaurants some quite unique. Whenever I am on a road trip I try as much as possible to support the local economy. Purchasing a meal, buying a book or a gift for someone special, it makes a difference to those who are trying to run an independent small business. If you like to shop, there are plenty of choices in Newburyport. I especially enjoy going to the Tannery Marketplace and browsing the books at Jabberwocky. With the holidays around the corner another fun stop is Partridge in a Bear Tree.
Hungry? There are plenty of great restaurants, some with lovely views of the harbor. The Grog is a local favorite that I have been to several times. Michael’s Harborside is nice in the warmer months, you can sit on the deck and watch all the activity in the port. I recently ate at the Starboard Galley which I also recommend.
If being near the water makes you yearn to get on a boat, there are plenty of opportunities. You can go on a whale watch, take a harbor tour or go deep sea fishing with any number of charter boats in the harbor.
Perhaps instead of the usual gifts during holiday season you might want to give someone you love an experience. Try Plum Island and Newburyport, Massachusetts. I suspect like me, you will savor the sites and discover a new favorite destination.