Day trips are really having a shining moment right now...and I am loving exploring within my own state. Fall in New England deserves its own season and Newburyport, MA had everything necessary for the perfect Autumn trip. The foliage was amazing, the downtown area was bustling with fall decor and fallen leaves and local restaurants had fun fall specials.
Newburyport, MA is just under an hour north of Boston and the perfect day trip for us in the Commonwealth. Here’s a quick distance from other New England hubs:
From Worcester: 1 hour and 15 minutes
From Springfield: 2 hours
From Fall River: 1 hour and 30 minutes
From Providence, RI: 1 hour and 30 minutes
From Manchester, NH: 1 hour
From Portland, ME: 1 hour and 15 minutes
My two girlfriends and I headed up on a Saturday at the end of October, perfect to enjoy some beautiful fall foliage on the drive up by the way! We planned for a day of shopping, eating and exploring...and maybe a stop at a local farm stand for some cider and donuts.
Where to eat:
Tuscan Sea Grill - new and AMAZING. This is where we decided on for lunch. The food, the atmosphere...everything was top-notch while being fairly priced. We chose to sit indoors and were seated right away (they do not take reservations at this time), as opposed to waiting for an outdoor table. They’re the same owners as Tuscan Kitchen (Boston locals most likely know it!). When I say the inside is gorgeous, I mean it. Not only is it directly on the Merrimack River with the views to prove it, but the indoor feels like a luxury coastal home. We enjoyed an Aperol Spritz, a Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini and a Sangria Blanco for drinks and the Lobster Pizza and an array of Cesar Salads for lunch. Oh and they sever Parker House Rolls as a starter...YUM!
To grab a coffee and a snack: Head to Souffles! There is also a Starbucks right in the main drag.
What to do:
We spent the entire day just shopping and walking up and down the seaside colonial streets. The shops are 95% locally owned, with souvenirs, antiques, clothing and much more. We had so much fun looking for some fall staples at these local boutiques. If you have time, just walk down any street! The homes are all beautiful, especially in the fall. Here are a few shops I recommend:
Fall Fun: On the way home towards Boston, we stopped at Colby Farms, a farm-stand/store right outside of downtown Newburyport. What did we pick up? Apple cider, apples, donuts and their own ground beef...a perfect stop I’d say!
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