Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekend Runaway: Plum Island

Fine dining and ocean breezes await



The best medicine for your computer-strained eyes? A beautiful sunset.

For your tired, pasty-white feet? Sandals and a ton of sand.

Time to hit Plum Island, a North Shore barrier beach and haven for relaxation fewer than 50 miles from Boston, accessible via car or Commuter Rail (Rockport line to Newburyport).

SLEEP
Because you deserve a luxurious private cottage, villa or penthouse, Blue will let you rent one and walk its glass stone-lined garden paradise.
From $365. 20 Fordham Way, Newburyport (978-465-7171)

The boutique hotel Garrison Inn, located in Newburyport’s high-end city center, offers elegant boudoirs and ample pampering in the form of afternoon champagne, a raw bar and made-to-order breakfast.
From $190. 11 Brown Sq., Newburyport (978-499-8500)

EAT
Don't just relax by the waterfront — dine there. The Black Cow serves internationally inspired delicacies from veal to fresh seafood and an extensive wine menu.
54R Merrimac St., Newburyport (978-499-8811)

If you're looking for more of a scene, slide into the bar at Ten Center Street and let their mixologists fix you a cocktail. Pair it with their award-winning American cuisine, and make sure it's on a Wednesday night, when live jazz will remind you what life sounded like pre-Gotye.
10 Center St., Newburyport (978-462-6652)

FUN
Plan a private deep-sea fishing excursion through Kelly Ann Charters. With a four-hour inshore fishing charter ($450) that turns up flounder and bass, there’s no need to fear the sharks you’ll find on an offshore adventure ($1,000).
65 Water St., Newburyport (978-618-5893)

Plum Island Kayak offers rentals and guided waterway or sunset tours to help reintroduce you to all things wild. Join the seal paddle to get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most entertaining characters. Just make sure to bring that waterproof iPhone case.
From $55. 92 Merrimac St., Newburyport (978-462-5510)

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