Monday, September 8, 2014

Explore Newburyport History: Museums

 
Newburyport's rich history and prosperous shipbuilding era are showcased inside this elegant federalist period mansion that has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Graceful rooms are appointed with fine collections of silver, furniture, portraits, clocks, needlework and more from New England, the Orient, and far away ports. The garden, including an herb garden, fruit trees, a summer house, cobbled yard and carriage house, has been restored based on  historic documents and a sketch done by Margaret Cushing showing the garden as she remembered it from her childhood in the 1860s and 1870s.
   Tours are given Wednesday-Sunday, May through November.

 
Located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, the Custom House was built in 1835 to facilitate growing overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the waterfront. The Museum's vaulted ceilings and cantilevered staircases are hallmarks of architect Robert Mills's work. Today, the Custom House serves as a maritime museum, preserving the regions maritime heritage and its role in American History, including Newburyport's role as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. With permanent and rotating exhibits, the museum features an outstanding collection of model clipper ships as well as shipwreck and salvage items.     
Open through December, Tuesday - Sunday. 
 
 
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a beautiful 230-acre property that includes a manor house built in 1690 that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants for most of the twentieth century.  A National Historic Landmark, this family-friendly site will transport you back in time with  activities and insights into life on a farm over the centuries. 
Open Thursday - Sunday, June 1 to October 15.

For Reservations: 
978-465-3148  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Calling All Foodies!

There are many fabulous ways to experience Newburyport! One of the best is to taste your way through town, trying out small bites of the many varied food specialties available. Whether you spend the day exploring on your own, or join in a Taste Newburyport Foodie Tour, your day (or weekend or week!) is sure to give you a true sense of this charming city and culture. To get you salivating, this month's newsletter is dedicated to the many delicious eats and drinks of Newburyport ~ most of which are within walking distance of the Essex Street Inn.

   

Savory Specialities

The Grand Trunk Old World Market on Pleasant Street is a foodies dream, specializing in imported items such as olives, salamis, cheeses, wine, and beer that the owners have discovered on their travels abroad. 
 
At The Tannery Marketplace, check out Newburyport Olive Oil Company which offers tastings of oils and balsamics from all over the world. Rows of shining Italian stainless steel "fustis,'' which block air and light to prevent the oil from turning, are positioned on a wooden shelf above a copper-covered counter and are labeled with the details about each produces contents, year crushed, country, chemicals, and tips for use. 
   
And, the purveyors of Joppa Fine Foods offer all sorts of speciality items, but they are absolutely crazy about cheese! Drop in to Joppa and taste a creamy goat cheese from France, a hardy stilton from Great Britain, and an aromatic, finely aged pecorino from Italy and find what makes you swoon. New cheeses arrive daily and more than one hundred cheeses from around the world on display at any given time.
 

Sweet Treats

Featured on  "Cupcake Wars" in 2011, Eat Cake on Inn Street features five flavors of cupcakes, revealed each morning on Facebook, each day. They also make to-die-for special occasion cakes that will be the talk of your party. Everything is baked fresh in-house.
 
Buttermilk Baking Company offers farm to table fresh back goods from your morning muffins and scones to hand made tarts and fresh fruit pies.
 
Want something to transport you back to your youth? Check it Chococoa Baking Company for its artisanal Whoopie Pies made from premium chocolate and all natural, local ingredients. Chocolate with salted caramel cream anyone?   

Drinks to Die For

Cafe di Siena on Pleasant Street is an Italian style coffee house with authentically delicious pastries, famous hot chocolate, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Lilyput Tea House can be found at Absolute Serenity on Prince Place. Curl up in a cozy corner and choose from more than 20 organic teas, served hot or cold, including specialties such as "Berries on Ice," a naturally fruity and sweet tea -- no need to add anything to it.   
  
Newburyport Brewing Company is Massachusetts' only "keg and can" brewery. Offering tasting/pouring hours on Thursday & Friday from 3-8 and Saturday from 12-8 you'll want to include them in your tour so that you can try out their three ales - Newburyport Pale Ale™, Plum Island Belgian White™, and Green Head IPA™ - the beer that bites you back.  


Are you salivating yet? If so, contact the Essex Street Inn today and make plans for your food adventure in Newburyport! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yankee Homecoming

July 27 ~ August 3, 2014

Newburyport's  charm and character are on display year-round, but if you want to be here when the city really comes alive, you'll want to visit during "Yankee Homecoming" week. The second oldest homecoming festival in the United States, this 8-day event,  July 27-August 3, hosts endless activities to take part in throughout the city.  Free Waterfront Concerts take place nightly in Waterfront Park behind the Firehouse Center for the Arts. A craft fair and highly anticipated sidewalk sales offer lots of great bargains from Newburyport's many unique shops. And, a plethora of other activities fill the days including a road race, bed race, Art on Bartlett Mall, Family Day at Maudslay State Park, Kid's Talent Show, Greek Food Festival and more!


This year brings back the popular Lighted Boat Parade down the Merrimack River on Friday, August 1, and, as always, the celebration culminates with a grand parade down High Street on Sunday, August 3 beginning at 12:30pm. Be sure to bring the kids and grab a spot along the parade route and take in this spirited event complete with floats, fire engines and lots of fun!

 

Something fun for everyone! Here's a sampling:

Saturday, July 26: Brewfest
Sunday, July 27: Olde Fashioned Sunday
Tuesday, July 29: Craft Show in Market Square
Thursday, July 31: Sidewalk Sales
Friday, August 1: Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, August 2: Family Day at Maudslay State Park
Sunday, August 3: Yankee Homecoming Parade

For more information and a detailed calendar of events, visit the Yankee Homecoming website at www.yankeehomecoming.com


Contact the Essex Street Inn today for reservations: 
 

978-465-3148  

A Little Bit of Yankee Homecoming History

The brainchild of New England artist, Jack Frost, the Yankee Homecoming celebration of New England heritage got off the ground in earnest in 1958 when more than 30 communities planned homecoming celebrations.

Newburyport residents and members of the city's Economic Development Commission, George Cashman and Nappy Vigeant, petitioned Mayor "Bossy" Gillis for money to fund a homecoming celebration who, in turn, famously responded that they would receive "not one damn cent."


Not to be deterred, Cashman, who became Yankee Homecoming’s first chairman, pressed on. He garnered editorial support at the Newburyport Daily News from Editor Bill Plante and he raised $1,000 from the Newburyport Businessman’s Association, the precursor to the Chamber of Commerce.
 

Cashman found his "hook" when he discovered that Newburyport had a claim as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. In 1791 the United States Revenue Cutter Massachusetts was built and launched the banks of the Merrimac River.

Cashman planned a dedication ceremony where a monument would be erected proclaiming Newburyport as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. Towle Silver donated the monument, Bill Plante wrote the inscription, and on August 4, 1958 Assistant Secretary A. Gilmore Flues dedicated the monument. Newburyport continued to celebrate Coast Guard Day during its Yankee Homecoming celebration for many years.

Newburyport is the only community out of the original 30 to continue the Yankee Homecoming celebration and make an annual tradition. Doing so laid some of the groundwork for the city’s revitalization in the 1970s.

More than fifty years after its inception, Yankee Homecoming is part of the fabric of the city. It has fulfilled Jack Frost’s promise of showcasing all that is good in New England.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival 

February 8, 2014 


Now in it ninth year, the annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival celebrates the pristine and restored habitat for the Bald Eagle. In 2005 the first pair of Bald Eagles returned to the lower Merrimack River Valley and built their nest known in the lower Merrimack River Valley; now there are four known nesting pairs in the region. The past few weeks has offered prime viewing of the eagles. Bill Gette, sanctuary director at the Joppa Flats Education Center, reported to The Newburyport Daily News that both adult and immature birds have been spotted all along the lower Merrimack River in the past two weeks. The mature males and females are unmistakable with their white heads and tails, while the young ones are primarily brown.

Gette reports that, “The Merrimack River in winter really sucks in eagles. I would predict that this is a big year for them on the Merrimack, and the reason for that is the polar vortex. You get all that really cold weather, and it freezes everything up north.”

The Festival is presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and includes a full day of great activities, including:

Visit Eagle Hotspots    9:00 am–4:00 pm

Go on an Eagle Tour    9:00 am–2:00 pm

See a Raptor Show    10:00 am–11:00 am or 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Pose for a Photo with a Raptor  11:15 am–11:45 am or 12:30 pm–1:00 pm

 

On February 8th, Eagle Festival information will be available at all festival headquarter sites from 8:30–4pm.
  • Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-462-9998
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-465-5753
  • The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce: 38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport 978-462-6680
  • Newburyport City Hall: 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
  • Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury 978-834-0050

Additional details about the Eagle Festival can be found on the Mass Audubon website.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Yankee Homecoming: Monday Happenings

Start off the week with enjoying some of what Yankee Homecoming has to offer today:

Golf Tournament
Old Newbury Country Club
8am shotgun start

49th Annual Antique Show
Bellville Congregational Church
High Street
9am-3pm

Kid's Day Talent Showcase
Market Landing Park
12pm-3pm

Downtown Entertainment
Waterfront Stage & Market Square Stage
10am-5pm

Ice Cream Social
Congregation Ahavas Achim
Washington Street

Pasta Dinner
Elks Club
Water Street
4:30pm-7pm

Waterfront Concert: Country Mile Band
7:30pm-9pm

Choral Society Community Summer Sing
Central Congregational Church
Titocmb Street
7pm





Sunday, July 28, 2013

Old-Fashioned Sunday

For those that don't mind a little rain, get out and enjoy "Old-Fashioned Sunday!" 

Old-Fashioned Sunday Activities: Bartlet Mall 10am-5pm
-Family Midway: 10am-3pm
-Food Booths: 10am-4pm
-Pet Show: 10am-11:30am
-Atlantic Pro Wrestling: 10am-11:30am & 1pm-2:30pm
-Roaming Railroad Around the Pond: 10am-3pm
-J & J Ponies: 10am-3pm
-Antique Car Show: 10:30am-1pm
-Opening Ceremonies: 11:30am-12:30pm
-Merrmack Valley Concert Band: 3pm-4pm
-Parade of Handtubs: 3:30pm-5pm


Here are some other great happenings to enjoy today:

Newburyport Farmer's Market
the Tannery
9am-1pm

Greek Food Festival
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Harris Street
11am-4pm

Horseshoe Tournament
Elks Lodge on Low Street
12pm-3pm

NBBA Basketball Tournament
Elks Lodge on Low Street
12pm-3pm

Featured Artists Exhibits
Newburyport Art Association on 65 Water Street
1pm-5pm

Waterfront Concert: The B Street Bombers
7:30pm-9pm

Art on the Bartlet Mall
10am-5pm

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Happenings Around Town

Saturday 7/27/2013: Happenings Around Town

The rain has cleared and the sun is brightly shining, making it the perfect day to take advantage of the numerous events happening around town today...

Stop by the Greek Food Fesitval on Harris Street at the
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
11am-9pm

Visit the Art on the Bartlet Mall display,
showcasing 60 New England Artists 
10am-5pm

Attend the 13th Annual Kitchen Tour 11am-4pm
 benefiting the NBPT Elementary PTO
tickets day of are $25.00

Have a drink at the Brewfest 5pm-9pm
Tickets are available at New England Wine & Spirits
155 State Street (978) 462-2131

See Grace Kelly Jazz perform live at Maudsley Arts Center
7pm-9pm

Learn about Newburyport's role in the Civil War by attending the
Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport
5pm (tour lasts approximately 90 minutes)
www.footstepsofheroes.com

Additionally, due to Yankee Homecoming, enjoy extended hours at many of your favorite downtown shops, some of which are: Ganesh Imports, Eureka!, Alpine Shop, Pretty Poppy, & Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates