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Old 11-06-2017, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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No, people in Marblehead would definitely argue otherwise.

My vote would probably be Chatham. But there are ten or so that could make a strong argument.
I was wondering when someone was going to bring up the Cape. Chatham would be a good example.
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:43 PM
 
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Marblehead is a very real seaside town in the sense that it is onli 5% seasonal and has very few lodging options. The people who live here are the ones on the beaches and in harbor, not vacationers or second home owners creating a characature of what they thing a seaside town should be like. Ipswich and Essex retain that feel in many ways as well.

I was worried when I moved here but you hardly notice an uptick in traffic during the summer. October is much more isolating with all the Salem events
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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No, people in Marblehead would definitely argue otherwise.

My vote would probably be Chatham. But there are ten or so that could make a strong argument.
It depends on your metrics. I live in a coastal village so I don't have the tourist view. If you live in the town, tourist shopping isn't a particularly important metric. I pretty much never go in the galleries other than to get gouged framing something once in a while. I buy my Nantucket reds and Top Sider classic browns online, not in some expensive boutique in the village. Boston access probably isn't an important metric for a lot of people. It's not like I'd want to pick sitting on commuter rail 2 hours 12 minutes per day 5 days per week between Newburyport and North Station plus the other hour+ per day door-to-door between my house and the office for a high quality of life. I telecommute. I just need a good broadband connection from the evil Comcast and that's every Massachusetts coastal town.

I sail. Newburyport is lousy. There is nowhere to go. Isle of Shoals is pretty much it. The harbor is kind of ugly compared to 30 other places in Massachusetts where sitting on the mooring is a very pleasant experience. I swim. Unless you're in a wet suit, that's not Newburyport other than a few weeks in the summer when it's blazing hot and a storm hasn't churned the warm surface layer up. I bicycle. I've ridden around Newburyport a few times. It's OK but there's a lot better.

I will say that Newburyport has good Logan Airport access compared to anything south of Boston. A business trip starting from Chatham is kind of ugly.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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If a commute to Boston wasn't on the table, Provincetown would be my number one pick for a seaside town. It's definitely busier than Chatham, Rockport, or Newburyport in the peak tourist season. But if I lived there and didn't have to drive on Commercial street at peak times, it wouldn't matter. There are great restaurants, good shopping, and an incredibly active downtown area. There's a beach right in the center of town, and a world-class beach just outside of the center of town (Race Point/National Seashore). It's gorgeous, and not too sleepy (even in the winter). Rockport is the only other town in MA that I think rivals P-Town in terms of setting and natural beauty. But I think Rockport is a little too sleepy/touristy (which I get that some people like). Provincetown is more fun and active.

But as far as "quintessential" New England seaside towns go, I think a number of places beat Newburyport. Rockport, Chatham, P-Town, Woods Hole, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, Plymouth (better situated on the ocean, better waterfront), Scituate, Cohasset, and Manchester-by-the-Sea all jump out to me as more "quintessential. NBPT has a more robust and active downtown than most of these, but I still don't necessarily think that makes it more quintessential. If anything, Newburyport has more in common with Portsmouth, NH and many coastal ME towns (Portland, Bath, Rockland, Camden, Belfast, etc.) given all of the brick Federalist architecture and the "coastal" location that's actually tucked on a river mouth or buried deep in a bay. That's certainly not a knock on Newburyport (those ME and NH towns are great company), but it's not Quintessential Massachusetts.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Good observation about the architecture, Irfox.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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But as far as "quintessential" New England seaside towns go, I think a number of places beat Newburyport. Rockport, Chatham, P-Town, Woods Hole, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, Plymouth (better situated on the ocean, better waterfront), Scituate, Cohasset, and Manchester-by-the-Sea all jump out to me as more "quintessential. NBPT has a more robust and active downtown than most of these, but I still don't necessarily think that makes it more quintessential. If anything, Newburyport has more in common with Portsmouth, NH and many coastal ME towns (Portland, Bath, Rockland, Camden, Belfast, etc.) given all of the brick Federalist architecture and the "coastal" location that's actually tucked on a river mouth or buried deep in a bay. That's certainly not a knock on Newburyport (those ME and NH towns are great company), but it's not Quintessential Massachusetts.
I was going to say Plymouth but parts of it are just well, dirty; so that sort of detracts from the "quintessential" part of things.

I second Edgartown, Chatham, and also Vineyard Haven and Woods Hole. And for a real sleepy gem of a town, Marion is often overlooked.
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:41 PM
 
Location: WA
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Don't forget Concord.
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:56 PM
 
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Don't forget Concord.
Yeah, Concord harbor is beautiful, the beach too.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Yeah, Concord harbor is beautiful, the beach too.
I hear the Wayland Yacht Club is nice.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:45 PM
 
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I hear the Wayland Yacht Club is nice.
I'm more inclined to the Dudley Chateau, it is on the water though.
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