Meet Our Newest Contributor, Elizabeth of Newburyport Daytripper
Happy spring! Can you believe it’s here? We’re so excited to welcome our newest contributor, Elizabeth Brown of the blog Newburyport Daytripper. Elizabeth lives in (you guessed it!) Newburyport, and will share spotlights on local businesses, things to do on the North Shore, and plenty more. Meet Elizabeth…
We love your blog, Newburyport Daytripper. Can you tell us a little about how you began?
A few months back I felt a bit stuck — it seemed I was either working or mothering, with little space in between. The blog started as a creative outlet, to celebrate all the lovely people and beautiful places in Newburyport and the North Shore. I feel very fortunate to live where I do, and wanted to share my experiences with others.
What do you love most about Newburyport and the North Shore?
The people, you know that phrase Salt of the Earth? That honest, hard working, humble, type of New Englander? They all seem to live on the North Shore. In Newburyport, people are so passionate about their little city. From supporting local business, to cleaning the beaches or thoughtfully restoring the picturesque downtown, people are invested and love where they live.
If someone was interested in visiting for the day, what would you tell them to do? Any must-sees, must-eats?
Start at Plum Island, visit Mad Martha’s for breakfast and walk the beach. Head into town and explore the shops at the Tannery, throw back some oysters for lunch at Brine Restaurant. Visit our breweries, the Newburyport Brewing Company or RiverWalk Brewery. Don’t miss the opportunity to wander up and down the side streets, looking at all the historic homes. When the window boxes are in bloom, it is truly magical!
On your blog, you showcase really interesting people and local businesses. Which ones should we keep our eyes on?
Kirstyn Pearl the owner of Seacoast Sweets! I interviewed her and felt inspired by her message of empowering women and girls to run their own business. Plus her chocolates are delicious! Nancy Batista-Caswell, a restaurateur who owns two fantastic restaurants in Newburyport, Ceia & Brine, is opening her first Boston restaurant Oak + Rowan in Fort Point.
How would you describe yourself in a few words?
A wife and mother, with a curious mind and an open heart.
What are your favorite kid-friendly activities? Has being a mom changed you?
I love taking my kids outdoors to explore, there a lot of great places in the Newburyport area. The Parker River Refuge on Plum Island, The Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich and the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary are some of our favorites.
Becoming a mother has made me slow down. When my daughter was little, we would walk around Newburyport at a snail’s pace, giving her time to explore every flower or duck along the Merrimack River. You really begin to appreciate the beauty in all the simple things around you when a child reminds you to pause and look.
What are you most excited for this spring?
So not exactly Spring, but I’m anxiously awaiting the opening of the Childe Hassam Isles of Shoals Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum! And my first plate of fried clams plus an Ipswich ale at Bob Lobster, pure heaven.
If you were spending the day in Boston, what would you do?
I would be the ultimate tourist, grab the double stroller and take the commuter rail into North Station. Start by walking along Charles Street and into the Boston Commons, ride the swan boats, catch the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, follow the freedom trail to Faneuil Hall, ride the carousel at the Rose Kennedy Greenway and grab something to eat the Boston Public Market. All the things I loved doing when I was a kid visiting “the big city.”
Image credit: Elizabeth Brown