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