I love nothing more than a staycation, which is why I jumped at the chance to visit Blue Inn on Plum Island. Perhaps some of my favorite local lodgings are those by Amesbury based Lark Hotels. I’m a sucker for a boutique hotel, and this just happens to be Lark’s speciality. Placed in some of the most popular New England getaway destinations (think Nantucket, Newport, and Kennebunkport, to name a few) and with eye-popping decor, these beautiful hotels offer an experience that is decidedly unique.
When news broke last March that Lark Hotels had acquired Blue Inn on the Beach, a 13-room hotel with a handful of small cottages on Plum Island, I was truly excited. The inn sits atop sand dunes on the Newbury side of Plum Island, almost touching the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Open the door from your room and instantly put your feet in the sand. It is easy to imagine someone spending an entire week here during the peak summer months, but it is also an ideal place for an off-season visit. Room rates drop significantly in cooler months, and many of the cottages and suites are outfitted with wood burning fireplaces (starter logs included!).
Lark Hotels properties are visually stunning: small details such as vintage room keys and coffee table books with just the right color palette add to the overall vibe. As a mother with two small children, not much makes me feel “cool” these days (except my faux Frye boots and the occasional glass of whiskey), but while staring out at Atlantic with an uninterrupted view, I must admit I felt a bit more contemporary than I do in my own kitchen.
Perhaps the highlight of the overnight was the morning breakfast. Since many of Lark Hotels destinations are former B & Bs, the charm of a beautiful morning breakfast seems to be a top priority. We awoke to a small crate dropped at our doorstep, filled with orange juice, coffee, pastries, poached eggs on a bed of greens, and the most delicious honey yogurt. If I had known a small crate of breakfast would have brought such joy to my children (and myself for that matter), I might have given such a gesture a try years ago.
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 perfect 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.