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Unwind to the sounds of seagulls soaring and waves crashing, exhale in the hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine over sweeping coastal views on the deck…  Blue, New England’s boutique beach escape is now back on Plum Island.  With thirteen luxurious rooms, suites and cottages every inch of the inn and its grounds have been thoughtfully (re)crafted to celebrate the Atlantic waters.  Directly on the beach, the property sports expansive porches and lounging decks with ocean views from many of its rooms.  A private hot tub is also plunked just steps from the island’s golden sands.  Contemplating a family retreat?  The inn’s Blue Suite, formerly known as the Grand Salon, extends to guests an airy 2200 square feet and provides direct access to a private beach.  Blue’s Design recently enjoyed a refresh under the creative eye of the team at Boston-based Rachel Reider Interiors.  Soothing tones blended with natural textures and anchored by “shades of the hotel’s namesake color” collide gently to forge a “true island resort vibe” and celebrate Plum Island’s splendor.

Plum Island, and island for all seasons, is beloved by many for its miles of public sand beaches, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and also for its proximity to downtown Newburyport with its bustling restaurant scene, boutiques and vibrant arts community.  “Close to town yet a world away” boasts Blue’s website.  Pair an autumn stay at Blue in and around Savor Newburyport, the annual ten day celebration of Newburyport’s bounty of restaurants, happening September 22nd through October 1st.

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Blue is located in Newbury, MA, just a short drive from Boston, and is now owned and operated by Lark Hotels.  Lark Hotels is a collection of boutique hotels located in sought-after vacation spots. Their properties also include Whitehall, Camden, ME; Captain Fairfield Inn, Kennebunkport, ME; Pomegranate Inn, Portland, ME; Ale House Inn, Portsmouth, NH; The Hotel Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH; 76 Main, Nantucket, MA; 21 Broad, Nantucket, MA; The Merchant, Salem MA; The Attwater, Newport, RI; Gilded, Newport, RI; The Break, Narragansett, RI; Field Guide, Stowe, VT; and Blue Door Group, Mendocino, CA.  Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in, but in playful, unexpected ways. Think “sense of place” with imagination and a touch of mischief. Each Lark Hotel invites guests to experience modern luxury in the heart of an iconic destination, to feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today’s amenities and to find attentive service when they want it and privacy when they don’t.

Blue is currently offering special pricing in celebration of their grand re-opening this summer.  Visit the property’s website for current promotions.

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.