, Newburyport, MA


March 4, 2013

Thank you, Newburyport, for a nice get-away

To the editor:

New England can be a harsh mistress. The recent blizzards are my fault. I bought my wife the best snow shovel money can buy for Christmas and romantically she returned the favor by wrapping up a superior push broom under our tree barely two months ago. We have been putting both to good use lately. We have been snowed in, lost power for a week, been in fear of a new flu and worried about our taxes and our political climate.

Why not take an overnight away from the south coast to the north coast? My wife wanted to observe birds, my hobby is geocaching and Newburyport was a prospective solution. I would like to praise the local merchants who were so kind to us but also thank the Chamber of Commerce’s website that was so helpful in identifying reputable resources enhancing our visit.

The Compass Rose Inn was listed as a great stay by all reviewers. Their website was easy to navigate and the price was right. Our suite was well-attired, warm and comfortable. We felt like we took a step back in time to an opulent era but also had all the amenities of today’s technology. After a day of independent bird watching and geocaching, we chose a local restaurant named Loretta. We were impressed from the moment we walked in greeted by Hallie and Mike until our departure, waving a satisfied goodbye, to the owner Ted Epstein. Ted loves to give directions on places to go and things to do, almost like a micro Chamber of Commerce in his own right. Thanks to an umbrella borrowed from the Compass Rose, our walk back in the rain was romantic and the warm fire in the fireplace made for a great peaceful sleep.

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