Spotlight | Newburyport – A Slice of New England Heaven

August 03, 2014

For many of us in the Boston area, summer getaways typically mean a trip to Cape Cod.  While the Cape is still a summer favorite, this weekend, I (Katie) decided to shake things up a bit.  I spent the weekend with friends in Newburyport, MA, a picture perfect little town on the shore about an hour north of Boston.  

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Settled in the 1600’s, Newburyport is not only beautiful, but also full of great American history.  We were lucky enough to be in town for the last weekend of Yankee Homecoming – a week-long celebration that includes nightly concerts, street performers and vendors and an all-round fun, energetic atmosphere.  

Newburyport is known for its great eating and we certainly didn’t hold back this weekend.  Over the course of 2 days we sampled the Yankee Homecoming food tents, dined in at some of the town’s famous restaurants and pretty much indulged in any and all treats that came into our path.  

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The center of town is the hub for local restaurateurs and food trucks to set up shop for the week.  We sampled delicious seafood and clam chowders.  

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We tried 17 State Street diner for breakfast.  It’s a throw back – but the food is amazing.  By far the best quiche I’ve ever had. 

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See what I mean by “indulged”?  When was the last time you ate Penny Candy?  If it’s been more than 20 years, I suggest you give it another try!

Ok, enough of the eating!  The best part of Newburyport is without a doubt the shopping.  

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There is so much to see – you can window shop for hours.  There are small, pretty boutiques full of colorful, beachy clothing, home shops full of antiques and other decor, great food specialty stores and cool consignments shops throughout the town. 

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Modern Millie was one of the stores we stopped in to check out.  Beautifully arranged, the store is full of unique, vintage clothing and accessories.  Walking into the store feels like you’re stepping back in time.  Definitely a must see while visiting Newburyport. 

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Being on the water, there was a nautical theme throughout many of the shops in town.  We loved these airy summer scarves.

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The Grand Trunk Old World Market is another must stop for all you wine and cheese lovers out there.  Lured in by the display of rosé in the window, we walked in to find meats and cheeses from all over the world.  A great place to stock up for cocktail hour!

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The mack daddy of antique consignment shopping in Newburyport is here at Oldies Marketplace.  The garage style shop is a site to see.  Full from top to bottom with everything from antique furniture to vintage style boxing bags, this shop is another Newburyport must see.  

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Checking out some of the prints at Oldies.  

Lastly, while there are tons of beautiful Inns and B&B’s in Newburyport, you don’t have to break the bank to stay overnight there.  We opted to rough it a little by camping at Salisbury Beach.  

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The smallest tent in all of Salisbury Beach

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But how can you beat this view?

The Details:

  • The Who: You!  And your friends.  Get in your car and go.
  • The What: Newburyport!
  • The Where: 1 hour North of Boston.  Take 95N.
  • The When: Yankee Homecoming is over, but you can check out the town any time of year.  
  • The Why:  Because it’s summer and you don’t need an excuse to get outta town!

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