Day Trips

Day Trips


Newburyport – Massachusetts
10 Minutes from our Inn

Nestled on the shores where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic, the Greater Newburyport area is comprised of diverse communities filled with thriving business, rich history, unique charm and breathtaking scenic beauty. Downtown Newburyport is filled with delicious restaurants, a boardwalk which runs along the Merrimack River where you can feed the ducks, watch the boats or take a whale watch.

Innkeeper Suggestion: A number of fantastic restaurants to try… Michael’s (on the waterfront), The Black Cow (on the waterfront) and Agave for delicious Mexican cuisine (on State Street).

From our Inn: Take Route 1A North for 7 miles to Green Street which takes you downtown. Take a right onto Green and follow to the end. On your right (Corner of Green and Water) there is a large parking lot OR directly across the street from Green is another larger parking lot. There is no charge for either but possibly a 2 hour limit.


Rockport- Massachusetts
40 – 45 minutes from our Inn

capeannvirtualtourrockportFor over 160 years, people have traveled to Rockport for miles of lovely beaches, boulder-strewn paths through woods and glades, and that wondrous light that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer. Rockport is terrific place to spend a day with unique shops, exquisite dining and beautiful landscape and coastline. With such fantastic inspiration, Rockport is obviously home to many artists and galleries which alone make the town worth the trip. The town is dry (no alcohol served) but you may bring your own to many restaurants in the area.

Innkeeper Suggestion: Try My Place By the Sea which is at the end of Bear Skin Neck.

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Rockport MA day trip Bearkskin Neck shops





From our Inn: Follow Route 1A through Ipswich. Take left onto 133 E. Follow through Essex to 128 Overpass – go under and take next right, Route 128 North towards Gloucester. At first rotary, go ½ way around and bear right towards Gloucester. At 2nd rotary go ½ way around and bear right at the set of lights. Take a left (this will take you to Rockport).

Kittery – Maine
40 – 45 minutes from our Inn

The oldest incorporated town in Maine, rests at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. As you take a scenic drive along Route 103 towards Kittery you will pass the gates of the 200 year old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; the historic Lady Pepperrell House; Fort McClary, built in 1690, now a state park; and Fort Foster located at the end of Pocahontas Road, was once a fortress manned during World War II, is now a public recreation and beach facility. Along with some beautiful homes and gardens, there are remnants of the fishing, shipbuilding, and other marine-related industries that were once the center of Kittery’s economy. Today downtown Kittery has become a gathering place for artists, specialty shops, and fine dining. The Kittery Outlets, located along Route 1 corridor, provide a variety of fantastic shopping experiences as well.

Innkeeper suggestion: If you are headed to Kittery already… take the time to go a few minutes further to York and visit the home of the Stone Wall Kitchen. Sample many of their jams, dips and mustards. They also have a delightful café where you can eat inside or out under the grape arbor! Take the exit to York and take a right. Head straight through the next lights and into their large parking lot. You may not recognize it as a store because it is designed to look like a series of grey barns.

From our Inn: Take Route 1A South and look for Route 133 immediately on your right. Follow Route 133, crossing Route 1 (through the set of lights). Then in about 2 miles you will take Interstate 95 North. Stay on 95 through N.H (there will be a toll booth $2.00). Stay on 95 towards all Maine Points. The Kittery Exit will be the 3rd Exit.









Salem – Massachusetts
20 – 25 minutes from our Inn

Obviously known for its rich history, Salem is a must see on the North Shore. Take tours of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House or the fascinating Witch House and Witch Museum all within walking distance to delightfully spooky shops and tasty cuisine. If that isn’t enough, driving on scenic route 1A to and from this quaint town you will pass through the towns of Ipswich, Wenham and Beverly, each drenched with great history, beautiful beaches, privately run farms and serene landscape.

Innkeeper Suggestion: On your way through Ipswich stop by Appleton Farms. Get a tour of the farm or just enjoy a scenic walk through the 6 miles of footpaths.

From our Inn: Take Route 1A South through the towns of Ipswich, Wenham, Hamilton and Beverly. Cross over the Veterans Memorial Bridge and you will enter Salem. You can continue following Route 1A toward the Harbor. There is a parking garage on the corner of Derby Street (directly across from the shopping area).

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