Things to Do in Newburyport

The Cottage shop in Newburyport, MA

Finally a gorgeous day in Massachusetts! Why not take a day trip to Newburyport, MA? Here’s my list of fun things to do in this beautiful, coastal New England town.


First stop – Michael’s Harborside. I read about this place being a tourist trap, but I love tourist traps – don’t you? – really you can’t go wrong, right? Yelp said try the lobster roll so I ordered it along with a Newburyport IPA. Grabbed a seat at the “Upper Deck” and spent the next hour eating and watching the boats sail by.  Not a bad way to start the day.



I’m looking for that summer dress that I can wear for work, after work, weekend outings, etc. and I found the store Haul Over, an outdoor clothing and gear store, which has two locations: Newburyport and Nantucket so I thought, great, I’m definitely going to find that perfect summer dress!


Not only did I find the dress, but I also noticed they had a great selection of Patagonia gear as well as Fjallraven bags. Sweet!

The Cottage is the place to go for vintage signs, kitchenwares as well as anything beach-y. They currently have a variety of painted driftwood signs for display in your home, vacation retreat or to gift. Stop by as you peruse the shops on Market Square and you won’t be disappointed.



More Shopping…

So I found Sea Bags of Maine! Such a colorful store and cool concept. The shop owner is very informative and easy to talk to about the history of the shop and the product. Bags range from $125 – $200 depending on the sail. If you’ve never been in the store or haven’t heard of the concept before, please visit. You won’t regret it!


More Eating…

So all the baked good stores were not calling my name on a 90 degree day, but iced coffee was! Since Atomic had a very long line, I was glad to accidentally encounter a cool place called the Commune Cafe . The decor was inviting and pretty open in terms of layout, with one gender neutral restroom and limited seating – couches and a few tables – but all-in-all, friendly and relaxing. Oh, and they are quick to remind you – in a fun way – that they are not Starbucks, especially when you order a tall iced latte like I did. Preach!


Walking It Off..

The boardwalk was a perfect way to end the trip and allowed me to capture more boat photos – yay! One thing I noticed about this cute seaside town is that it is very laid back, friendly and cosmopolitan. You can totally do Newburyport in one day and not be disappointed. Just remember to pack a decent camera, walking shoes and an empty stomach so you can partake in all that this gorgeous seaside escape has to offer.


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  1. I am visiting Newburyport in April with a few of my girlfriends. Can’t wait! We got an Airbnb on Plum Island but we will spend lots of time in town.

  2. We visited Newburyport last summer we went to the very shop with the signs that you show. My wife found a sign that she loved that had a saying on it her mother used to say. We did not pick it up because we did not want to carry it around with us all day.When we returned the store was closed. Could you send me the stores name so I can contact them to see if they can ship me the sign. Thanks Rick

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