Newburyport, you stole my heart …
If I were to ever live in New England again, I’ve always said I would live in a small town somewhere on the coast in between Boston and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It seems that Newburyport, Massachusetts would be the perfect location and I was lucky enough to be able to visit this lovely town.
Located in Essex County, 35 miles northeast of Boston, with a population of 17,416 (2010), and nestled on the shores where the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Newburyport is a vibrant town with a diverse area filled with rich history, unique charm, and breathtaking scenic beauty.
Take a walking tour of the downtown area and soak in the Victorian architecture, cobblestone sidewalks, classic lamp posts with hanging flower baskets, and even the wooden flower boxes that adorn the windows of shops.
Head off of Main Street and tour the back alleys where you’ll find even more shops, restaurants, and other hidden treasures.
This charming port town offers a variety of activities for its residents and visitors. There’s a year-round ice skating rink and a breathtaking view of the harbor and boardwalk area, where Newburyporters are known for their love of all kinds of water-based activities.
Once a well-known fishing village, Newburyport has now been cultivated as a popular tourist destination. There are many local businesses and restaurants that surround Market Square and along State Street. During festivals throughout the year, visitors are invited to enjoy concerts, food, and entertainment. An old mill building on Liberty Street is home to other small businesses and a local farmers market during the summer season. For you book lovers out there, the town also hosts an annual Literary Festival, where many authors are invited to sign and chat about their books. Yes, it’s hard to miss that charming feel and upbeat atmosphere this historic area provides.
Maudslay State Park
Along the right bank of the Merrimac River lies the landscaped and decorative Maudslay State Park, which features rolling meadows and small arched bridges made from local stone.
The most striking feature of the park is the white pines nestled along the slopes of the river. There is also laurel that forms a thicket around the forest ground around the pines and can become so tall, they create a canopy where nesting sites for bald eagles have previously been noted.
This town is everything you can imagine, plus more. It’s rich with history, charm, friendly people, and activities to make everyone from all age groups smile. When you imagine a quaint New England seaside village, it’s Newburyport you are looking for.
I never wanted to leave, but I know I’ll find my way back. Somehow. Some way. Until then, stay irresistible.