february 2011
{ what to do ·  where to eat ·  where to stay ·  where to shop }

what to do  events & shows

6th Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival
Saturday, February 12

Come to the Eagle Festival for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities, and learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us. Festival features include: Eagle-spotting locations along the lower Merrimack with on-site interpreters, Bus tours guided by expert birders starting in downtown Newburyport, Live raptor demonstrations at Newburyport’s City Hall, and Children’s nature activities & live bird demonstrations at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters.

Click here for the schedule of events!

Every ticket has the chance to win BIG!
First Prize - $10,000 
Second Prize - $2,500
(4) Third Prizes - $1,000 each
(7) Fourth Prizes - $500 each
(5) Fifth Prizes - $200 each

Odds are 28 to 1 that you will be a winner!! Chances this good don't come along every day. Go in on a $100 ticket with your friends, family or coworkers. 

Click here to learn more about all cash prizes, where to purchase tickets, and the BIG WIN, BIG PARTY on March 24 when the winning tickets will be drawn!

Greater Newburyport Restaurant Week
Sunday - Thursday, March 20 - 24. 

For five nights only,  participating restaurants in Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury will be offering special three-course prix fixe dinner menus, priced at either $20 or $30. A full listing of participating restaurants and their menu offerings will be in the March LOOP, so stay tuned!!

The Firehouse Center for the Arts

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS! As we begin a new season of music, dance, theater, film, and art, we invite you to be part of the magic at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Upcoming Shows:
Feb 12-13 • Love Letters
Feb 18 • Catie Curtis
Feb 26 • The Pleasant Valley Social Club
Mar 3 • Riding Bikes with the Dutch
Mar 5 • Mardi Gras
Mar 8 • An Evening of Spirit
Mar 12 • Red Tail Hawk
Mar 13 • New England Light Opera

The Firehouse Center for the Arts Market Square, Newburyport
978-462-7336   www.firehouse.org

You can find even more events at 
our online calendar events, Click Here!


what to do  activities

Newburyport Whale Watch

It’s not too early to start thinking about next summer. Prime summer dates book up fast! Contact us today to plan your company outing or special event. For more information and reservations, please call or visit our website below.

Newburyport Whale Watch  
54 Merrimac Street, Newburyport
978-499-0832   www.newburyportwhalewatch.com


Bob Lobster

On the way to and from Plum Island. Open Thursday thru Sunday, 9:30 am to 7:30 pm thru April; then open 7 days. A traditional New England dine-in-the-rough serving delicious fried seafood, homemade chowders, lobster dinners, crab cakes, ice cream and more. Voted best lobster roll and best fish market! Situated along the Merrimack River, five minutes east of downtown Newburyport; credit cards accepted; children’s menu available; BYOB.

Bob Lobster 49 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury (Plum Island)
978-465-7100   www.boblobster.com

David's Tavern on Brown Square

Located in the historic Garrison Inn boutique hotel, David’s Tavern serves creative cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Our dinner menu features fresh seafood, pastas, steaks, salads and pizzas. David’s also serves a beautiful and tasty Sunday brunch featuring, but not limited to, fruit and baked goods, breakfast meats, Caesar salad, eggs any style, seafood and warm veggies. We have expanded our brunch hours and freshened the price, now just $11.95. Our ever popular Kid’s Room is open Tuesday – Saturday for kids 18 mo. and older. Serving dinner nightly at 5pm and Sunday brunch from 9am-2pm.

David's Tavern  11 Brown Square, Newburyport 

The Grog Restaurant

For 40 years, The Grog has been Newburyport’s place to meet and enjoy. As we continue to mark this anniversary, we maintain our tradition of presenting the best food, refreshment & entertainment.

Entrain returns to The Grog on February 5th; our 3rd Comedy Showcase ‘Robin’s Nest of Comedy’ is scheduled Upstairs on February 24th ; and Parker Wheeler celebrates Black History Month at Sunday night’s Blues Party.

Valentine’s Day will feature a special menu with Upstairs reservations and our local craft brewery of the month will be Cody Brewing from Amesbury. We hope to see you soon!

The Grog Restaurant 13 Middle Street, Newburyport
978-465-8008   www.thegrog.com

Michael's Harborside 

Take shelter from the February freeze and to enjoy our Bottomless Fish and Chips for only $12 all day, every day! Served with fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce, this all-you-can-eat seafood favorite is just the way to warm up your winter. For just $6, pair with our new Beer Flight of Ipswich Ale, Blue Moon, Sam Adams Seasonal, and Harpoon Raspberry served in four flight glasses. The perfect pairing at an unbeatable price makes February at Michael’s a month you don’t want to miss! 

Come to Michael’s for a romantic Valentine’s Day with the special person in your life! Friday through Monday, February 11-14, we will offer a specially prepared 3-course Dinner and Bottle of Wine to enjoy while you look out on the beautiful winter waterfront. 
Looking to host a dinner, buffet, or a cocktail celebration, while enjoying the breathtaking water view? Michael’s is the perfect place for your winter gathering! Call us for more information, or visit us online! 

Michael's Harborside  One Tournament Wharf, Newburyport

Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante 

On February 8th, Oregano will hold a 4-course dinner with wine to benefit Pennies for Poverty from 6-9pm. The cost is $60 per person.

Come one come all and support the Newburyport PTO events at Oregano Pizzeria. On February 7th the event will be for the NOCK PTO which is an all- day event but the fun part will be from 4-9pm in the evening when the teachers will wait on the customers! On March 2, 9, and 16th the events will be for the Bresnahan, George W. Brown and Molin PTO's - again an all- day event with teachers waiting on tables from 4-9 pm. 20% from proceeds will be donated to the PTO!!

Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante  16 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
978-462-5013   www.oreganopizzeria.com

Plum Island Grille 

Romantic Island Getaway on Valentines Weekend, February 11 - 14! Cozy up by the fire with your sweetheart and treat yourselves to: Chocolate Strawberry Champagne-tini, Warm Brie & Red Cherry Compote, Pan Roasted Filet & Lobster Tail.  Select from our full À La Carte menu or Valentines Weekend specials.

Live Music on Thursday, February 10 from 6:30-9:30PM featuring Liz Frame with kicker Lynne Taylor. A perfect blend of rootsy, rockin’ righteous music!

Plum Island Grille  Sunset Blvd., Newbury

The  Port Tavern

The Port Tavern function room is now available upstairs. It’s ideal for private dinners, meetings, showers, rehearsal dinners, birthdays or other special occasions. It is handicap accessible too.

For sit down dinner the room holds 30-35 or standing room for 50. The room also has audio/video for small company presentations. There is a private bar and the décor is warm and inviting.

The Port Tavern 84 State Street, Newburyport

Ristorante  Molise

It's February - let's celebrate Love! Enjoy our Special Valentines Week menu, especially for lovers and friends. Join us at Molise from Feb. 8 though Valentines Day, Monday Feb. 14. 

Drop by for our new Family Style Meal Specials, for parties of 2 or more, Tuesdays -Fridays, for 18-20 pp. 
3 courses, plus a Free glass of house wine. Molise’s authentic regional Italian cuisine is even more enticing this year! Savor grass-fed beef, organic chicken, fresh homemade pastas, imported natural Italian Sodas, and a new international Wine selection. All lovingly prepared with heart and passion for our rich culture. 

Ristorante Molise  
1 Market Square, Amesbury 978-388-4844 and 464 Main Street, Wakefield 781-245-9169

Ten Center Street Restaurant & Pub 

Introducing Newburyport’s only Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11am-3pm every Sunday! Our colorful “Create Your Own” Omelet Bar allows you to choose from a fine and fancy or simple and savory selection of fillings. Create your Ultimate Bloody Mary, enjoy $5 Mimosas, or try one of Harley’s Winter Dishes like Kobe Meatloaf, Crispy Fried Chicken, or Stout Braised Lamb Shank. Available Sunday through Thursday, pair them with one of our featured wines by Frei Brothers of Sonoma Valley. The brunch becomes a perfect ten when the smooth solo Jazz sounds arranged by Phil McGowan begin at noon! Also enjoy the Phil McGowan Jazz Quartet every Wednesday night from 7-10pm.

If you need a spot for that special celebration or gathering, book the cozy and intimate Garden Room. For more information, or to book an event, contact Stacy Kelley at skelley@tencenterstreet.com or call 978-462-6652 ext. 16.

Ten Center Street Restaurant & Pub  10 Center Street, Newburyport


Country Garden Inn & Spa

Valentine’s Special – book any room/suite for your sweetheart and receive a long stem red rose during the Valentine’s Day Weekend 2/11 thru 2/14.  Book online or give us a call!

Country Garden Inn & Spa  
101 Main Street (Route 1A), Rowley

Garrison Inn

Saint Valentine’s Special: Penthouse Suite Special rate of $210 all February! Two stories, one-bedroom suite, located on the 4th floor of the hotel, offers guests an exceptional residential experience. Features separate living room, with cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, generous sized sitting area with love seat, flat screen HDTV, Wi-Fi, exquisite micro-fiber bathrobes, telephone, umbrella, private full bathroom with rain fall shower head & BVLGARI bathroom amenities. A grand staircase leads to a second floor featuring a king bedroom with plush natural down & feather bedding with fine cotton linens & additional seating area. Gourmet hot breakfast and access to Pool & Fitness Center. Approximately 606 square feet.

Garrison Inn   11 Brown Square, Newburyport

Market Street Inn

Brrrrr! Worries about the winter? Let US pay your heating bills! And your electric, cable and Wi-Fi bills as well!

Market Street Inn furnished apartments - all utilities included, all the time. Downtown Newburyport!

$49 a day* for corporate and vacation rentals.
*Minimum stay 10 days.

Market Street Inn   22 Market Street, Newburyport


where to shop retail & services


Brass Lyon

Exciting news from the Brass Lyon - we are expanding into a new location! We have signed on with the BLACKLION in Charlotte, NC. Preparations are under way - we have painted and prepped the spaces and deliveries of new product start arriving beginning 2/1. Our Grand Opening will be March 1st. We are very excited for this new venture. Please tell your friends and family that live in the Charlotte, NC area, to stop in!

February special at the Brass Lyon - Newburyport: February is our annual President's Month Chelsea Clock Promotion. We are offering 20% off all in-stock Chelsea Clocks/Tide Clocks and Barometers. Featured item is the new Carbon Fiber Tide Clock. All Chelsea items can be viewed on the Chelsea website: www.chelseaclock.com


Brass Lyon 36 Market Square, Newburyport

John Farley Clothiers

Final Markdowns Taken -  up to 50% OFF! Sweaters, sport shirts, trousers, sport coats, suits, ties and virtually all Winter good must go to make room for Spring arrivals. Don't miss this opportunity to get great deals on top names like Jack Victor, Joseph Abboud, Kroon, Scott Barber, Alex Cannon, Swiss Army and many more! 

John Farley Clothiers  
31 Water Street, The Atkinson Building, Newburyport. 
978-462-5401   www.johnfarleyclothiers.com

Life is good

Spread good vibes with the ones you love this Valentine’s Day! Our Valentine’s collection features classic crusher tees, cozy pajamas and accessories adorned with festive prints and graphics reminding us all that love truly does make the world go round.

Life is good is open Monday through Thursday from 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturdays from 10am-6pm and on Sundays from 12pm-6pm

Life is good 8 State Street, Newburyport

Pawsitively Best Friends

You take great care of your pets, right? You feed them, exercise them, give them love and attention, take them to the vet - but do you brush their teeth? Most people don't, but everyone should. In Dogfancy Magazine, Milinda Lommer, DVM, says, “Periodontal disease is the most common health problem in dogs. Pet owners may think of it as just ‘dog breath’ when really, their dog has a disease.” Research shows that bacteria associated with poor dental hygiene can reduce your pet’s lifespan for up to 3 years.

February is "National Pet Dental Health Month" and in recognition of this, we have a full supply of pet dental health products in stock. We are open 7 days, so visit us at 16 State Street or online! Your pets are always welcome in the store with you.

Pawsitively Best Friends   16 State Street, Newburyport

Spa Paradiso and Salon

Couples Romance Weekend! Just a short distance away and yet the most wonderful 48-hours you will spend together all year. The two of you will be welcomed in one of the Garrison Inn’s finest rooms with complimentary breakfast. Saturday come directly across to the beautiful Spa Paradiso and Salon for your 60-minute couples massage including refreshments, spa /sports manicures plus choose either one hair-wash and style or make-up session. Enjoy dinner at any number of local restaurants within walking distance. Sunday enjoy another complimentary breakfast and wander around historic Newburyport, MA. Call today to book, this offer is limited. 978-462-5530. Click here for pricing and details. 

Spa Paradiso and Salon 18 Titcomb Street, Newburyport

The Tannery Marketplace

Remember your valentine! The Tannery Marketplace has got you covered. Stop by to pick something up for your sweetie from any one of our fabulous shops and businesses. 

Can't decide? How about some 
Tannery Bucks

The Tannery Marketplace   
50 Water Street, Newburyport

Valerie's Gallery

With Valentine’s Day approaching, remember that Goldsmith Jim Conley is working with us here on Saturdays between 10:00am -1:00pm (and available for appointments during the week). For many years Jim has been a trusted name for quality jewelry throughout the Newburyport area and we are pleased to have an ever-growing selection of his work in our store. 

Valerie's Gallery 26 State Street, Newburyport
978-499-8444   www.valeriesgalleries.com

Walsingham Gallery

A fresh new year is inspiring fresh new works from our Walsingham artists! On view: New Works by:  Gribin, Noonis, Neubauer, Poirier, Bolster, Tinney and more.

A balanced blend of the past, present and future, our Gallery offers an evolving collection created by living artists whose work reflect contemporary thoughts and imagery. We would be pleased to arrange private showings or previews and the Gallery can be reserved for parties, social events or business functions. Please inquire about our on-site art and design services. 

Hours: Mon. 10-5pm, Tues. & Weds. by appointment, Thurs.-Sat. 10-6pm, Sun. 12-5pm

The Walsingham Gallery  47 Merrimac Street, Newburyport
978-499-4411   www.TheWalsinghamGallery.com