A Weekend Getaway to Newburyport MA


This is a guest post from blogger Elizabeth Brown of Newburyport Daytripper.

Looking for a weekend escape? Look no further than Newburyport. The city that I call home is known for its summer tourism, but I encourage you to come back and stay for a weekend in the colder months. The small, walkable downtown is lined with fantastic restaurants and shops that are close together, making it easy to explore when the temperature is low. And don’t forget Plum Island – there are many reasons to visit this barrier island year round. This is why my ideal weekend in Newburyport is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities about town. So pack your mittens, and head North!

Getting there: From Boston, Newburyport is an easy one-hour drive on Route 95 north. No car? No problem. The MBTA commuter rail or the C & J bus line will get you to our little seaside city.



Start at Mad Martha’s Cafe on Plum Island. Order the Caramelized 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 and 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, a local pub that just celebrated its 45th birthday. With its low key nautical décor, you are reminded of Newburyport’s historical importance as a vibrant seaport. Order a bowl of clam chowder and a pint of local beer.

Should the beer inspire you, visit the town breweries, which are located in the Industrial Park.  Both RiverWalk Brewery and Newburyport Brewing Company offer tours on the weekend, where you can see the brewery in action and sample a pint or two.


When the sun begins to set, kick your feet up and catch a pre-dinner movie at The Screening Room at 82 State Street in Newburyport. Since it’s home to only one screen and perhaps the most charming concession stand in the area, plan to arrive a bit early to secure a seat.

For dinner, you could finish off your day with amazing oysters at Brine Restaurant. Don’t skip the small plates and definitely order the bacon & egg. Or visit Brine’s sister restaurant, Ceia, a European bistro. To start, choose from a selection of fine meats and cheeses, and pair it with a glass of wine. If you’d like to try something new, check out The Poynt, which just opened in September. Ask to sit at the bar in front of the brick oven. From there you can watch all the action in the kitchen while staying warm.


If you’re looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend the Clark Currier Inn. With just the right mix of comfort and historical ambience, this bed and breakfast is a great place to rest your head at night. The staff is fantastic, and the morning breakfast is more than generous.


Wake up from your in-town location, and walk to 17 State Street Cafe for breakfast. Or brave the line – which can sometimes extend outdoors – at Abraham’s Bagels. Pick up a coffee at Plum Island Coffee Roasters and enjoy the waterfront view.


For shopping, visit the Tannery Marketplace. It’s perfect in colder months as you can bounce between indoor shops.

Don’t miss:

Jabberwacky Books

Red Bird Trading Co


Joppa Fine Foods

Have a late lunch at Lexi’s on State. Throw caution the wind and order a burger with all the fixings and a milk shake.

Leave town via Merrimac Street and find Maudslay State Park. If there is snow on the ground, snowshoeing is a must-do. Don’t miss the remains of the nineteenth-century garden. Follow the trail until you find yourself at the edge of the Merrimack River.

Or if shopping is your thing, stop in to Oldie’s Marketplace and lose yourself in one-of-a-kind vintage items. My personal favorite finds to date: nautical maps and botanical prints.

Before leaving, enjoy the best fried clams in town at Park Lunch, a local sports pub.

Of course, don’t forget to visit Newburyport in the summer when the boardwalk is in full swing and during our Yankee Homecoming in August.  Hope to see you soon!

Thank you, Elizabeth! We can’t wait to take a little weekend trip up to Newburyport. Follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Facebook – and be sure to check out her blog for all things New England. xo, Natalie

one comment
  1. Dan Tully says:

    Just an FYI – Mad Martha’s will be closed for the month of February. Also, no mention of the Plum Island Grill which has some of the best bistro style foods and have a drink watching the sunset in the late afternoon.