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nearby towns for rooms

Looking to go to Newburyport for 2days in summer,but need an inexpensive place to stay - any towns nearby that offer cheaper motels? - What is there to do in Neweburyport? -0 any place to kayak?

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1. Re: nearby towns for rooms

basslady,

There are several B&B's in Newburyport and a few chain hotels in surrounding towns but none very close to Newburyport (at least 20 minutes away). I just Googled "newburyport places to stay" and got at least 10 hits of places in Newburyport- all price ranges.

Prices will be high no matter where you want to stay cuz it's summer in New England and it's the major tourist season.

In terms of what there is to do- lotsa stuff! NBPT is a small walkable port city. There are wonderful small shops- from books to local art to pretty much anyhthing you want; tons of restaurants- mexican, irish, italian; ice cream places, bars, etc. Very lively!

There's a strong local art and crafts scene with many sidewalk sales in town all summer as well as local theatre.

There's also a Maritime Museum and a gorgeous boardwalk right along the river.

Take a daytrip out to PLum Island and there are nature reserves including a Marsh Loop boardwalk, a sightseeing tower etc on the Reservation. Great for birdwatching.

Also on PLum Island is a kayak outfitter that does tours day and night. I can't remember the outfitters name (Google "plum island kayak").

There are also whale watch and fishing tours leaving NBPT port all summer.

I grew up in Salisbury, just over the bridge, and have spent a lot of time in NBPT. It really is a wonderful little city.

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There is a Fairfield Inn at the junction of 495 and 95 in Amesbury:

marriott.com/hotels/…

That's an easy 10-minute drive to the center of Newburyport.

With Google maps, use the "search for businesses" feature to find hotels near Newburyport.

Another good choice, if you can get it, would be Striper's Grill just across the bridge in Salisbury:

http://www.stripersgrille.com/

Further up Route 1 there are places in Seabrook, which really isn't that far away, which must be cheaper. I have a house in Newburyport and do errands in Seabrook all the time (Walmart, Home Depot, New Hampshire State Liquor store).

Of course there are a lot of advantages to being in town, especially if you drink (if not, then staying outside of town would not be that much of a sacrifice).

Plum Island Kayaking is not literally located on Plum Island - they are in downtown Newburyport near the Black Cow Restaurant:

http://www.plumislandkayak.com/plum/index.php

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Thanks for your help - I'm interested in the birding and kayacking, and just a place to crash - anyone else with knowledge of cheaper places let me know - thaks in advance

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The birding on Plum Island is really fabulous. My brother is retired and spends all his time birding all over the world - whenever he comes back to Massachusetts we make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn to go birding at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge and in particular the Hellcat Swamp trail:

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver/

Mass Audubon has a visitor's center (with gift shop) on the road out to Plum Island:

massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/…index.php

You might want to just check on www.aaa.com for motels in Salisbury or Seabrook. Some Salisbury accommodations might be on Salisbury Beach which is kind of a motorcycle bar/beach arcade type place (not everyone's cup of tea).

There's also a Best Western and a Comfort Inn in Haverhill which would be about 25 minutes from Newburyport.

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thomas144 has some great detailed info! Thanks for filling in the blanks!

In terms of drive time if staying in the surrounding towns, I was factoring in summer traffic. It can get a little trafficy during certain parts of the day in and out of NBPT.

I would NOT reccomend staying near Salisbury Beach during the summer months if you want to visit NBPT- even if you get a good deal. Beach traffic is terrible in the summer. I've been stuck getting on/off Salisbury Beach for hours.

Yes, if you are in to bird watching, Plum Island is perfect.

I visited the new, I think it was Audobon Society, building on the road heading from NBPT to PLum Island and watched two bald eagles hanging out on Joppa Flats through a telescope. Very fun!

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try this B & B out. http://www.167water.com/Home_Page.html

walking distance to downtown, joppa flats right behind it, and plum island a couple miles away on same road.

http://www.newburyportchamber.org/

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Hi basslady,

I live in Vermont and finally worked out a great way to get down to the Newburyport/Plum Island areas when we need a beach break.

We finally found the Hampton Falls Inn located in Hampton Falls, NH. It is a nice hotel about a 20 minute drive to Newburyport and MUCH cheaper than most other places. It worked really well for us as a home base while we spent almost the entire day on Plum Island birch watching and reading on the beach. Newburyport is on the mouth of the Merrimac River and there are lots estuaries and places to kayack.

Enjoy your stay.

check out Hampton Falls Inn reviews on tripadvisor.

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I'm not sure of their rates, but there is a nice little inn in Rowley, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Newburyport. http://www.countrygardenmotel.com/

Recently Michael Douglas and Matthew McConaughey stayed there!

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