The Only Inn of Its Kind in New England, blue’s luxury, privacy and sophistication inspire romance
PLUM ISLAND, MA, April 18, 2007 – Step inside your luxurious oceanfront suite at blue, The Inn on the Beach, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to your own private beachfront retreat at one of the chic boutique hotels on Miami’s South Beach.
An icon of sophisticated style and impeccable service, blue is indeed reminiscent of an elegant hotel on South Beach. But look again – blue (www.blueinn.com) is actually nestled in the dunes of beautiful Plum Island, a barrier island off the coast of Newburyport, Massachusetts, less than an hour’s drive from Boston.
An oasis of tranquility, blue is the only inn of its kind in New England, combining the look and feel of South Beach with famous New England hospitality. Its secluded setting on Plum Island’s beautiful sandy beach and its exclusive size – just 14 oceanfront suites and cottages – make blue the perfect place for a romantic getaway or to indulge in complete privacy.
From the moment of arrival, guests are indulged in the pampering that is a blue hallmark. Luxurious oceanfront suites and cottages, each appointed in blue’s signature white décor, are stocked with a selection of favorite magazines, preferred beverages and a chilled bottle of fine wine. The ultimate in heavenly bedding, luxurious spa robes and custom toiletries extend the feeling of complete indulgence. Outdoor hot tubs beckon you to enjoy a relaxing beachside soak. A gas fireplace or wood-burning stove in your suite sets the perfect stage for snuggling on a cool night or during a winter storm. Each morning, an elegant continental breakfast is served en-suite or in blue’s breathtaking penthouse, with its unsurpassed views of the beach and salt marshes.
blue’s welcoming and attentive staff is dedicated to exceeding expectations and making dreams come true, whether your wish is a day of whale watching or a private, romantic dinner for two atop a historic lighthouse. Fine dining, shopping and cultural activities are only minutes away in historic Newburyport, with its picturesque brick architecture, cobblestone streets and beautiful waterfront. Or, of course, you can indulge in the complete relaxation of doing nothing but soaking in the luxury, expansive views and ocean breezes that are the magic of blue.
Escape to blue
blue offers a variety of packages to create the perfect vacation, whether you are looking for a romantic escape, the luxury of personal pampering, or a private guided tour that explores blue’s natural setting. blue can also customize a getaway designed especially for you.
One of blue’s most popular packages is its b Romantic getaway. Starting at $815,
b Romantic includes two-night accommodations in an oceanfront suite; dinner for two at one of Newburyport’s most elegant restaurants; fresh flowers, Godiva truffles and a chilled bottle of fine wine or champagne waiting in your room; and continental breakfast served en-suite.
Guests who want to enjoy the ultimate escape at blue can choose to b Extravagant. This exclusive getaway features two-night accommodations in the Grand Salon; private dinner for two, catered by a personal chef, on blue’s beach or in the Penthouse; a sunset dinner cruise just for the two of you on the Ninth Wave Catamaran; daily couples massage; gourmet box lunches each day; a chilled bottle of Cristal®, two dozen long stem roses, Godiva truffles, continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning, and nightly turn down service. The b Extravagant escape starts at $4,300.
blue is situated on Plum Island, a barrier island known around the world for its natural beauty. In addition to miles of quiet sandy beaches, Plum Island is home to the 4,600-acre Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, with more than 800 species of birds, plants and animals. While much of Plum Island remains untouched, its northern end has residences as well as small shops, restaurants and facilities for boating and fishing.
Located on Plum Island, off the coast of Newburyport Massachusetts, blue is nestled in the dunes of one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, overlooking the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Open year-round, blue offers each guest personal luxury with a full complement of amenities such as gas-fired fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, flat-screen plasma televisions, luxurious spa robes, DVD/CD players, full kitchens and gas grills. Focused on impeccable personal service, blue is committed to making dreams come true, from booking fishing and boating charters to arranging limo services and tours, arranging spa services or making dinner reservations. blue prides itself on being the only inn of its caliber, and the only inn directly on the beach, in the area. Nightly rates range from $230 for a suite in the off-season to $995 for the two-story Grand Salon during the summer season. For reservations and information call 978-465-7171, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.blueinn.com.
Plum Island for all Seasons - Information from the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier Island off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury. Once largely a summer getaway, Plum Island is increasingly a year-round community. The island has many residences, a national wildlife refuge, restaurants, an inn on the beach, and of course miles of beautiful sandy beaches.
Plum Island offers miles of public sandy beaches and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, home to over 800 species of birds, plants and animals on 4,662 acres. Sandy Point on the southern tip of Plum Island is a State Park and a wonderful place to swim, sun yourself or go tidepooling. Parking is available at the Refuge, the Point or in private parking lots. Fee Charged. Refuge information (978) 465-5753. Visit the Friends of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge or the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
There are plenty of fish to be caught in the Merrimack River and off shore. If you enjoy fishing, you can cast your lines off the shore of Plum Island, or sign up for an off-shore excursion on a charter boat. The north end of Plum Island offers spectacular views of the inlet to the Merrimack River, surf fishing, an historical lighthouse, and deep-sea fishing/party boats. Parking is available at the Refuge, the Point or in private parking lots. Fee Charged.
Birding and Wildlife
The focal point for many birding trips is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,662-acre sanctuary located on Plum Island. The entrance to the refuge is situated less than four miles from Market Square, the historic center of downtown Newburyport. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including beaches, sand dunes, saltmarshes, salt pannes, freshwater impoundments, and maritime forests. The large salt pannes located on the west side of the refuge road are excellent places to see a large variety of shorebirds during fall migration (July through September) and egrets and herons from mid-April through October. The Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area has large freshwater impoundments, an extensive swamp, and deciduous forest. The impoundments and swamp usually support large numbers of waterfowl, herons, and shorebirds. The woodlands are excellent places during the spring and fall to observe large numbers of migrating songbirds, including the magnificent wood-warblers. Near the southern end of the island, Stage Island Pool is also excellent for waterfowl and waders. Sandy Point State Reservation at the sound end of Plum Island is a breeding area for the endangered Piping Plover during the summer and a very productive site in fall for shorebirds. During the winter, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see waterfowl plus many northern species that winter in our area. Highlight species include the Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike, and Snowy Owl.
Fish off the sandy shore of Plum Island Point – where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to stop in along the way to Surfland Bait and Tackle to pick up all your fishing needs. Owner and long-timer Kay Moulton has been providing all your bait and tackle needs for local fisher men, fisher women and tourists alike for more than 50 years!
Massachusetts Audubon Society's Joppa Flats Education Center, an environmental conservation and educational organization is conveniently located on Plum Island Turnpike on your way to the island. They offer organized bird watching tours and other educational programs for adults or the whole family.
You can see Plum Island's wildlife from the water aboard Joppa Flats on a Plum Island EcotoursPlum Island Ecotours Enjoy a 2 1/2 hour, three river cruise aboard the 28 passenger vessel "JOPPA FLATS". The voyage meanders through miles of the Great Marsh within the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Vistas of outstanding beauty are yours to behold for this property is a world famous nature study destination. The refuge seasonally provides home to over 300 species of birds as well as numerous other wildlife. Keep in mind, as we ply through the estuaries that this piece of real estate is biologically one of the most productive on Planet Earth.
Plum Island KayakJoin a kayaking excursion with Plum Island Kayak. They will lead you on a guided kayak tour of the Merrimack River exploring a variety of unique habitats including salt and freshwater marshes, estuaries and other adjoining waterways along the Merrimack: the Indian River, the Powwow River, Town Creek, Joppa Flats, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and Plum Island Sound. They also do midnight paddles, kayak fishing and paddles with seals!
Or, you can board the boat from Plum Island Point and sail on the Captain’s Lady – one of three inFishing with Captain's Fishing Parties Captain George Charos’ fleet. Spend the day deep sea fishing and try your luck hooking cod or haddock. Stripers run freely in the month of the Merrimack. Captain’s Fishing Parties also offer sunset dinner cruises. Enjoy dinner and dancing to the sounds of reggae, blues and other sounds. Dance away under a beautiful sunset. And don’t forget to catch the fireworks close up during Yankee Homecoming on a Fireworks Cruise. Many other outfits in the area offer charters and fishing parties as well. Click here for a complete list of fishing and boating options.
Plum Island Airport is the oldest private airfield in the USA, with its first flight in 1909. It was under threat of closure in 2001. A group of concerned citizens and aviation enthusiasts rallied to save the airport. It is a privately owned by the Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities).
Plum Island Lighthouse is on the Merrimack River. Newburyport was an important port by the late 1700s, but the entrance to the harbor was dangerous with shifting channels at the mouth of the Merrimack River, near the northern end of Plum Island. To aid shipping entering the river, local mariners at first built fires on the beach and erected poles holding torches.
This proved inadequate, and the General Court of Massachusetts authorized the building of "two small wooden lighthouses on the north end of Plumb Island" in 1787. They were finished the following year. For more information visit http://www.lighthouse.cc/plumisland/
Dining, Accommodations and more!
blue, The Inn on the BeachPlum Island is home to one inn, blue, The Inn on the Beach, a beautiful beach-front vacation resort.
Plum Island GrillePlum Island is home to two funky restaurants serving delicious meals year-round. Plum Island Grille is located on Sunset Boulevard and has magnificent views of the sunset on the marshes. Their menu consists of a mix of international flavors that have come to define new American world cuisine.
Mad Martha's Beach Cafe, located on Northern Boulevard. The walls are covered with hand-painted scenes, the counter with customer-painted tiles and some of the tables with photos of the clients. Breakfast & lunch include authentic Portuguese sweet bread as well as homemade and unusual special omelets, French Toast, wraps, soups, sandwiches and more. Dinners are BYOB and prices include salad, entrée and dessert. Vegetarian options and a choice of appetizers are available. Entrees are fresh, changing weekly.
Bob Lobster is located on the Plum Island Turnpike, on the way to and from Plum Island. Bob Lobster not only markets Bob's fresh catch but he's also serving up golden-fried seafood, homemade crab cakes and chowders, ice cream, and more. There's even a modest but reasonably priced selection of fresh fish along with our own take-and-bake seafood and lobster pies (some available gluten-free).
Plum Island is also home to the Plum Island Soap Company at 205 Northern Boulevard. They make all of their own products and you will likely find them mixing up a batch of soap, butters, or any one of our heavenly body products. They keep testers of all our products out for you to try and sniff. Wild Lavender, Pink Grapefruit, Cinnamon Spice and more!