Clapboard homes, elm-covered streets, and a decidedly slower pace of life are all hallmarks of Newbury, Massachusetts. The small town in Essex County includes the villages of Plum Island, Old Town, and Byfield, and boasts a plethora of historic sites as well as quaint shops and restaurants. First settled by Europeans in 1635, many of the town's residents are descendants of these very colonists and take pride in that fact. Visitors will find mom-and-pop shops abutting cozy eateries and natural splendor. Our Newbury vacation rentals are a great way to enjoy this lovely little town on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
With a mix of urban and rural, Newbury has a lot to offer everyone in your party. Start your tour of town at the Abraham Adams House, aka the Highfield Estate. Home to a revolutionary war hero and his three sons, the home, built in 1705, is one of the few remaining colonial garrison houses still in existence. Tours are infrequent but can be arranged from time to time. Other historic homes such as the James Noyes House (circa 1646), Swett-Ilsley House (circa 1670), Coffin House (circa 1678), and Dole-Little House (circa 1715) are all viewable, at least from the street.
Built in 1690, the Spencer-Peirce Little Farm boasts 230 acres of history, from a stone and brick 17th-century manor to a farmhouse and farm animal fostering facility. Guests can pump water from the well or explore trails on the property. The Lower Green Schoolhouse is open to guests on summer weekends, offering a glimpse into a 19th century schoolhouse, complete with vintage desks and other paraphernalia. The Byfield Community Arts Center showcases art, music, and plays throughout the year and has a rich sense of community.
Newbury is perfectly situated for day trips around Massachusetts and the region beyond. Explore the bigger town of Newburyport, boasting sites galore or head to beautiful Plum Island and its plethora of natural wonders. Witchy Salem and bustling Boston are only 40 minutes and an hour away, respectively, and Cape Cod is close as well. If you are feeling truly adventurous, head to Hyannis and take a ferry to the tony islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. You might even spy a celebrity or two.
For a relaxing getaway near Plum Island along the North Shore, head straight to charming Newbury!
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