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What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

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What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

I'm going for NYE for a show. What are good places to hang out? Is there any place for a non meat eater or is that out of the question? Best breakfast?

Anybody know anything about Micheal's Oceanfront?

Edited: 27 December 2009, 22:25
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1. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

Michael's Harborside is in Newburyport. There's new owners or I should say it's been renovated in the last couple of years. It's not what it used to be, in fact, it's better than it was, so go there for lunch if you get the chance. Another place you might like in Newburyport right over the bridge from Michael's is Striper's Grille. It's got the best lobster rolls, so remember that. They have a great lounge overlooking the Merrimac River with all kinds of TV's for games.

Right in Salisbury the latest rage is the Seaglass Oceanside Restaurant. It's right within the Pavillion located at 4 Ocean Front North. If you can get a good seat here you will feel like you are on top of the ocean! It's absolutely beautiful. If you are going to the Tupelo Music Hall, which I have a feeling you are where it's a new live entertainment venue, you will see the Seaglass Oceanside right in that same exact building. GO in to this restaurant at least for a drink to see it, better yet plan on having lunch or brunch the next day if you get the chance! It's absolutely awesome, wait till you see this gorgeous place. They have wonderful seafood here too! From what I'm hearing it's got a great Sunday Brunch too so try to put that on your agenda, if not it's also great for lunch and dinner every day. Here's their site to check it out:

www.seaglassoceanside.com

The TV Diner gave it the "Platinum Plate" award. It's written about here:

tasteoftheseacoast.com/News/Seaglass-Restaur…

Directly across the street from the Tupelo Music Hall and the Seaglass Oceanside restaurant is an awesome Italian restaurant called Capri Seaside. it's located at 3 Central Avenue, another gem of a place to hit.

You're going to be at the beach off season. So if you are an early riser, head to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, it's located on Beach Road heading out of Salisbury you will see the sign for it on Rte 1-A. Early on Sunday mornings where it's got 3.8 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean, you will catch the horseback riders. It's a place where you can walk or sit under the pavillion as there's an over the dunes boardwalk located here where you can watch the riders. They aren't there every day, but on Sundays we see them a lot early in the morning!

You could head down Rte 1-A to Ipswich and Rowley to browse the antique shops all along Cape Anne down to Gloucester and Rockport and follow Rte 133 all the way back. You could also head to Crane's Beach to take pictures if it's a nice sunny day. This all depends on the weather in New England that's the only thing.

You could head up the coast from Salisbury to Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook just beyond where you'll be going. Try to remember to bring a tablecloth and get a couple of bottles of wine/beer in NH (tax free) and order a plate of steamers and lobsters for one of their picnic tables that you set up. They're open on weekends in the winter. it's located along Rte 286 right next to Salisbury Beach heading out of town, the building is gold and brown trim, you can't miss it actually!

You could head north from Brown's up the coast thru Hampton Beach all the way up to Maine if you want. You could head to the Kittery Outlet's in Kittery, Maine and then head up to York to see the Nubble Lighthouse. You could cover a lot of territory if you leave early enough in the morning!

Have a wonderful time at the show, you'll like that venue a lot!

Edited: 28 December 2009, 00:24
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2. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

I forgot to add that the Friendly Toast located at 121 Congress Street in Portsmouth, NH is without a doubt wonderful for breakfast. There's one in Cambridge, MA too. It's well worth it if you can get up to this one in Portsmouth for breakfast, you would like it a lot. It's like going to Cheers but NH breakfast style! It's pretty reasonable too:

www.thefriendlytoast.net

Nothing really jumps out at me south of Portsmouth, other than Linda's Breakfast Place located along Rte 1 in Seabrook. It's one of our favorite places for breakfast. Off season you can usually get in the door there! The summer time is a mad house early in the morning, so you're in luck IF you choose to go here for breakfast. It's not near the beach at all. It's at 920 Lafayette Road along Rte 1 in Seabrook up past the 2nd MarketBasket supermarket. Here's info in case you end up going here:

http://local.yahoo.com/info-10394558-linda-s-breakfast-place-seabrook;_ylt=An7XdhJX59lrAznPBTMMBKuHNcIF;_ylv=3?csz=Seabrook%2C+NH

Happy New Year, have a wonderful time!

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3. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

Thank you very much for the info! It's greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful New Year!

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4. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

No problem, you enjoy yourself!

Have a Happy & Safe 2010...

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5. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

NoMo

Seems that for the most part, the best thing to do in Salisbury in the winter is go someplace else. I would agree. :)

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6. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

Neslaw1,

Unfortunately that's the case along the whole seacoast in the off season. It's way too cold to walk around there now any way.

There's this huge "master plan" going on with Salisbury Beach to change it's reputation and all that. I hope they succeed with this game plan of theres at that beach. It really needed to be cleaned up for years there and finally a group of organizers are taking it upon themselves to do something about it. I know that there's a lot of residents that live all around the seacoast that are pretty pleased about these new restaurants opening up. Hopefully they both do well! Even where it's off season right now, there's an awful lot of cars in those parking lots of theres all the time, so something must be right!

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7. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

I think that it is really not a winter place. However the music hall is AWESOME. The sound is excellent. I loved it.

Micheal's Oceanfront Motel however is a really disgusting dump. I would not suggest anybody stay there. Even for free. We seriously contemplated sleeping in the car it was that nasty. The owner is odd as well.

We really enjoyed Portsmouth. That is a great town. I wish the venue and show had been there.

Hope everyone had a great New Year. AOD was great. :)

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8. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

With all that said: Salisbury will never be a Hampton Beach, not that Hampton Beach is anything extraordinary.

Having Tupelo Music Hall there is definitely a BIG plus, as are some of the new additions, but there is still a small town mentality. The people don't want it to be a Hampton Beach, or Old Orchard Beach, or whatever, if they did, some action would have happened years ago. They tore down the amusement park and built an eyesore of condo's. The casino got voted down handedly, yet the town has been filled with dive bars, roach motels filled with homeless people, and two strip joints....kind of hypocritical. With everything that has been done so far, it is still a seasonal destination...no matter what, it is still going to be cold outside between November and April.

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9. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

Now see that, I never even heard of that Michael's Oceanfront in Salisbury I assumed you were talking about Michael's Harborside in Newburyport and that's a restaurant! I figured that's what you were looking for!

Sorry about your stay, that's really terrible, I bet you'll never forget that experience!

If I knew you were trying to find a motel I would have suggested the Country Garden Inn, it's straight down Rte 1-A and MUCH nicer than anything in Salisbury. This one even gets better reviews than the Inns/B&B's in Newburyport believe it or not, so remember that! There's pretty decent deals in the winter at this one too a lot of times. What a shame, you know actually there's not one place good in Salisbury ANY time of year to stay and there never was, ever!

http://www.countrygardeninnandspa.com/

I've been hearing about the accoustics at that new Music Hall & how GREAT it is there! One thing about your experience, at least you lucked out that way having a great venue for a show. Hopefully it was worth it in the end for just that alone!

Put the Country Garden Inn in Rowley on your agenda IF you get back this way? I think I would have stayed in the car myself! I never even knew there were any motels LEFT along that beach these days!

Hopefully the Tupelo Music Hall & the two restaurants mentioned do well. They're trying like anything to change it thru there. I still hope they pull it off!

Glad you still got to Portsmouth! They have the Music Hall there & a lot of times there's plays, movies & some times good shows, here's info on it:

http://www.themusichall.org/aboutus/index.asp

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10. Re: What is there to do in Salisbury Ma in Winter?

The only thing I can think of is, Strypers Griil & Inn in Salisbury, but from what I've heard, the rooms are nice.

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