Are you blue? You'll want to be

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

This month I must break that rule to tell you about a wonderful place in New England called "blue." Mind you, the initial "b" is not your ordinary letter. It has a tall stem, and is the trademark of the blue and white resort on Plum Island near Newburyport, Mass. I found the name with the tall-stemmed "b" was not the only unusual aspect of this place.

It is located on a sand dune; the dunes that are unique to the Atlantic coast of New England. They are speckled with sea grass and wild oats, and give way to a wide, sandy beach. The surf is gentle and safe for children. Kids particularly like to dig in the sand to hunt for sand crabs, and run along the beach to find the best seashells. For a reason unknown to me, most of the shells are blue. I don't think that was a factor in the choice of the resort's name.

The place is as elegant as it is cozy. The architecture is that of a large beach house. You know you've arrived at something very special as soon as you park your car at blue. The building is the whitest white you've ever seen, and the spectacular blue trim is repeated even in the stones surrounding the big building and the cottages. The blue marble-like stones are everywhere. Kids can't resist taking a handful home, but that's okay with the blue staff.

High in the top of the inn is the grand salon. It is two stories, with a beautiful dining room, a huge family room, and four bedrooms. Each is decorated in a seaside motif, but they are all different. There is a gas-fired stove and a great kitchen with all kinds of state-of-the-art appliances.

It occurred to me as I toured the salon that it would be a great place to hold a family reunion. It would be a special treat as well as a chance to spend some quality time with the relatives.

Ann Seamonds of Seamonds & Company Public Relations, the inn's marketing representative, says, "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 has just 14 oceanfront suites and cottages."

The all-white, blue-trimmed suites have a full kitchen and the most comfortable beds one can imagine. Your breakfast is served just outside your door at exactly the time you specify. The inn treasures your privacy. My breakfast arrived each morning in a white-on-white picnic basket. Inside were fruit, cereal, yogurt, a sweet roll, juice, and a carafe of coffee. I always tried to hear the basket being put down outside my door, but not a chance. It was there at the exact time I told the staff I wanted it, but I never heard so much as a footstep.

The blue staff can arrange packages just for you. It's a fantastic place for a parents-only weekend. Leave the kids with the grandparents and pamper yourself. You can have a massage, or make reservations for a special dinner at an exclusive restaurant in nearby Newburyport. See it all at It's unlike anything I've seen before. You'll agree.

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