I had the opportunity to join some wonderful bloggers last weekend in Newburyport for the day. We were taken on a tour of the many beautiful shops and restaurants in town with Shop Newburyport. Newburyport has been one of my favorite day trip destinations for a long time. I fondly remember long days on the beach at Plum Island (a barrier island off of Newburyport) and ice cream downtown as a kid, so it was great to be back!

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photo by The Lilac Press

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We started our day at Plum Island Coffee Roasters where we all enjoyed a latté and warmed up (we were not prepared for a cold and windy morning…) They have so many New England flavors. I had the “Lobsta” with white chocolate and raspberry. So decadent! There is an outdoor patio, so you can enjoy your coffee on the water since it’s next to a marina.

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After walking for a bit, we enjoyed lunch at Oregano, an Italian restaurant with great ambiance. We started with their Tripoli Dip, which is a combination of hummus, baba ghanouj and labneh on top of warm flatbread. A must have! All of the pizzas looked amazing, but I highly suggest the Shrimp Scampi if you’re a seafood lover.

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Our tour continued with an afternoon of shop-hopping. We began at Best of British, which brought me straight back to the streets of London. It has everything from Hunter rainboots to Digestives (don’t let the name fool you, they’re the most delicious cookies!) and even Crabtree and Evelyn products. I especially love that the shop’s owner opened the store for his wife (who’s from England) and continues to bring a bit of England from across the pond. There are even socks with the Queen’s face in celebration of her 90th birthday!

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Another stop along the way was Valentine’s, a quaint gift shop with big personality.  I especially loved their display of colorful cashmeres– one of each, please! Here you can find everything from birthday to graduation to baby gifts and even pick up something for yourself while you’re there!

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There was lots of excitement as we entered the newly opened Sea Bags store. Even better was when I spotted this amazing bag!

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It basically jumped off the shelf and onto my shoulder. Sea Bags are made from previously used sails gathered locally in Maine. Therefore, each one is just a bit different! They hand-cut, screen print and sew their bags in Portland, Maine. Check out Fenway sporting the new bag on Sea Bag’s social page!

Some of my favorites from the store include the hot pink whale’s tail, the gold anchor on stripes and the buoy print, but really I’d gladly take one of each!

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Other stops along the way included the Life Is Good store, M.K. Benatti and Soak & Shoreline. Each one offered something unique about Newburyport. Did you know that this shop is the only remaining Life Is Good brick and mortar store? They’re also super dog friendly!

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All of M.K. Benatti’s jewelry is swoon-worthy. We learned about their design process, which includes a digital image and 3D wax printing before the final product is made! What an amazing way to have a unique piece of jewelry crafted exactly as you imagined! A girl can dream, right?

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Finally, SOAK & Shoreline is a fragrant and vibrant shop. You can’t help but smile as you walk in and take in the colorful bath & body, home and clothing products. Another bonus is that everything is connected to the sea! Soak & Shoreline was kind enough to send me home with their  ‘marine’ scented lotion, which brings me to the beach each time I use it!

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We ended our day with drinks and bites from Michael’s Harborside and great conversation! I’d highly recommend their Moscow Mule and homemade pretzels and fried pickles. Fresh Oysters, scallops and lobster rolls also are highlights on the menu. Their newly enclosed patio was the perfect way to enjoy the cool weather, but still be on the water.

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More on this nautical-inspired weekend outfit to come on the blog…

One of the things I really love about the shops we visited is how important the town of Newburyport is to each owner. They all had a different story about how they came to the quaint New England village and it’s clear that they believe in seeing it flourish. Definitely check out Newburyport! Whether you’re looking for a day of shopping, eating, beaching or just enjoying the scenery, Newburyport has something for everyone!

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Sea Bags Lobster Envelope Clutch |c/o|

Thank you to Shop Newburyport and the best tour guides– Cassandra and Bekah– for showing us around.

Also thanks to the ladies of Shell Chic’d, The Lilac Press and Seacoast Lately for being the best shopping and sipping pals!