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Plum Island, Massachusetts
The best of PI.
Eat, sleep, have a great time...and go home with a souvenir.
Never heard of it? You're not the only one.
Plum Island has to be one of Massachusetts' best kept secrets. Less than an hour north of Boston you will find miles of pristine beaches where you can avoid the crowds and just relax. Great for a day of boating, fishing, bird watching or walking along the shore.
Take a look
Photos from around Plum Island
Taken by me.
Places to Eat
- Mad Martha's Island Cafe
Just steps from the beach, it's the same old Mad Martha's you've always loved with some fresh new twists.
- Plum Island Grille
A fabulous year round dining destination known for it's sensational food, spirited service, and spectacular views.
- Plum Island Beachcoma
Check out their website for their full menu.
- Bob Lobster
Fish market, lobster pound, and seafood eatery on the way to and from Plum Island. I love their fried scallops and clam chowder. Great lobster rolls too...and there's always room for ice cream.
Places to Stay
- blue, The Inn on the Beach
Suites and cottages on the dunes of one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast.
- Plum Island Hideaway
An exclusive rental property on Plum Island with two bedrooms, one full bath, kitchen, living room & deck.
- Plum Island Beach Rentals
If you are looking for a house to rent this is the place to go. They have places all over the island.
- Joppa House
A beautiful one bedroom house for rent with breathtaking views of the Merrimack River and private use of two sea kayaks. Just a short drive away from both Plum Island and downtown Newburyport.
- Barre International Realty
Thinking of buying your own vacation home? Or want to live on Plum Island year round? This is the website of Newburyport area real estate specialist Jean-Francois Barre.
Image used under Creative Commons from USFWS Headquarters on Flickr
Things to Do
- Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge occupies the southern three-fourths of Plum Island and offers excellent wildlife-oriented recreational and educational opportunities with visitor facilities and programs provided to enhance your experience.
- Sandy Point State Reservation
Sandy Point is at the very southern tip of Plum Island in Ipswich. The 77-acre park is among the state's most beautiful and popular coastal beaches. This is my favorite spot on PI. As you drive through the gate at the beginning of the refuge let them
- Plum Island Lighthouse
The Newburyport Harbor Light is at the northern tip of Plum Island. You can walk around the grounds all year and they have occasional open houses from May through October. Make sure you wear sneakers if you want to climb to the top. You get a great v
- Captain's Fishing Parties
Deep Sea Fishing * Charters * Sightseeing Cruises * Whale Watching * Dinner Cruises
- Plum Island Kayak
Located in Newburyport. Kayak rentals and guided tours along the Merrimack.
North shore Tide Charts including Merrimack River Entrance, Newburyport and Plum Island Sound.
- Plum Island Pages
Plum Island's unofficial website. Or is it official? Either way, there's lots of info and a blog too.
Things to Buy - Plum Island Gifts & Souvenirs
- Plum Island Soap Company
100% All natural bath, body and skin care products.
- JCA designs
JCA designs offers unique, original graphic designs & images on apparel, housewares, gifts and more! Original * Plum Island * Newburyport * Bermuda * Custom
- Plum Island Cookie Company
The Plum Island Cookie Company specializes in Gourmet French Butter Cookies, hand-made into delicious, delicate sand dollars.
Top 10 Reasons to live on Plum Island
Note: #2 is just a joke. Please don't hurt the cute little, endangered, Piping Plovers.
Top 10 Reasons T-Shirt
Other Places of Interest
Plum Crazy: 134 Northern Blvd, Newbury
Restaurant and convenience store.
Mr. Moes Package Store: 14 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Beer, wine, video rentals, lottery tickets and more. Buy a PI magnet while you're there ;).
Dick's Variety: 29 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Groceries and The New York Sunday Times.
Surfland Bait and Tackle: 28 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Rods and reels, lures and bait.
PITA Hall: Plum Island Boulevard, Newbury
The Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall is available to rent for special events.
Phone: (978) 463-0670
Plum Island Airport: 24 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury
Not exactly on Plum Island, but they offer scenic air tours over the area.
What a cute little island it is
Side A: Plum Island Sound and Ipswich Bay Side B: Merrimack River to Haverhill
I scanned my copy of this book and added it to Amazon as a customer image. If you click on the link you will be able to see the cover of this book.
Goodies from Plum Island Soap Company
Which do you enjoy most about PI?
Which do you enjoy most about PI?
Taste of PI 2014
Sample food from local restaurants.
The annual Taste of Plum Island was held on Friday, May 16th 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Blvd., Newbury MA. Area restaurants served their most popular dishes from chowder and sushi to pasta and pastry.
Proceeds benefit PITA's efforts to make the Island a better place to live and visit.
Restaurants at previous years' Taste of PI
From Newburyport: Alden Merrell, Black Cow, Bluwater Cafe, Buttercream Bakery, Bottega Tuscana, Domino's, Giuseppe's, Gram's Ice Cream, The Grog, Jewel in the Crown, Leary's Fine Wines, Not Your Average Joe's, Park Lunch, Purple Onion, Starboard Galley, Starbucks, Simply Sweet, and Szechuan Taste
From Plum Island: Bob Lobster, Mad Martha's Cafe, and Plum Island Grille
From Newbury: Newbury Butchery
From Salisbury: Angelina's, and Mapow Sushi
For all you Squid fans
Did you know that the 3rd giant squid ever seen on U.S. soil was found on Plum Island in 1980?
It was 9 ft long and weighed 440 lbs. It's still on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Carla Skinder, Feb. 1980)
A last look before you go
Taken by my husband.