Day Trip: Newburyport

December 10, 2015

When my husband and I first moved to Newburyport, we rented the top floor of a small summer cottage on Plum Island. The plan was to rent for a year to determine if this was a good place to settle down.  Before the year had ended, we purchased our first home. While I enjoy living within walking distance to all downtown Newburyport has to offer, part of my heart still belongs to Plum Island. My ideal day in Newburyport would be spent in both places.

Start at Mad Martha’s Cafe on Plum Island. Order the Carmalized Banana French Toast.

Head to the Newbury side of Plum Island and visit the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This place is beautiful any time of year. Don’t miss the opportunity to bundle up on a sunny winter day an explore some of the nature trails. While Parker River is famous for its birds, you don’t have to be an expert in migration to enjoy a morning here.

IMG_1621Head back into town and stop over at The Tannery Marketplace.

Don’t miss:

Jabberwacky Books

Red Bird Trading Co

Joppa Fine Foods

For lunch, visit the Grog. Warm up with a bowl of clam chowder and a pint of local beer.

Should the beer inspire you, hop in your car and visit the breweries in the Industrial Park: RiverWalk or Newburyport Brewing Company

Looking for more outdoor exploration?  Leave town on Merrimac St. and find Maudslay State Park.  Don’t miss the 19th century garden.


When the sun begins to set, kick your feet up and catch a pre dinner movie at The Screening Room, 82 State St. Newburyport.


Finish off your day with amazing Oysters at Brine Restaurant.  Don’t skip the small plates: Order the bacon & egg.



  1. Reply
    Mary McAvoy

    The Parker River Refuge is a slice of heaven. Some of my best photos ever were taken out my back windows, at sunrise, over the Refuge.

  2. Reply
    STAY: Blue Inn – Newburyport Daytripper

    […] If you are traveling North of Boston, or looking for a picture perfect beach getaway, Blue Inn is the ideal location. While the waterfront cottage I stayed in with my husband and children was a great fit for a family, I think the property is almost made for a romantic getaway (think fireplace + roaring ocean on a cold winter’s night). Check out Blue Inn’s website here for rates. And if you are looking for things to do on Plum Island and around Newburyport, visit this previous post. […]

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *