Monday, April 2, 2012
Newburyport can be described by some general terms that fit at least a dozen other regional spots. The architecture is beautiful; there is a maritime history and the town is in great shape. But the downtown area is shaped by and for tourists. Buildings are obscured by the throngs of humanity. Parking is a blood sport. Advice to anyone who wanted to go would be to arrive far off season or to stroll the streets between 5 am and 7. It is more more resort than village. In short, Newburyport is a "Black Dog" town.
Still, it has been revitalized and is a good place to walk.
The Custom House Maritime Museum is definitely worth visiting, very striking and interesting, but does not allow photos to be taken that will be published.
The best part of Newburyport is the architecture, both on some of the side streets, and especially on Rt. 1A (High Road) going toward Newbury, where there is a seemingly endless line of truly beautiful, historic houses.