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Old 11-08-2017, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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I hear the Wayland Yacht Club is nice.
Sherborn has a Yacht Club - seriously.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:00 AM
 
Location: WA
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Yeah, Concord harbor is beautiful, the beach too.
Oops, my bad...skipped over the coastal part. But Concord is a quintessential New England town in every other way, IMO.
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Thanks to everyone for your replies. Some very interesting thoughts and opinions from a well informed bunch!
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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I live there, so obviously my choice on the North Shore. Almost all the North Shore towns are nice. I like Newburyport because it's a little further out from Boston, and the water gets cleaner, the housing less dense, and the vibe more laid back. There is ample public access to the harbor and the beach, two beautiful parks, and a lot going on for a small city.

I like to visit coastal Maine a lot - to my eye the prettiest state in the union. But when I come home, I often think Newburyport isn't so different. In fact, my physical therapist asked me last week why I am looking into a vacation home in Camden/Rockport, ME. He said "You're already in Newburyport, isn't it pretty much the same thing?" :-).

The drive is certainly a downside, but better than the latitude might indicate, due to the handy access to I-95, and in general, the infrastructure is pretty good there for such a small city, with a decent hospital, plenty of healthcare providers, a train station, I-95 exit in town, and a major bus terminal. So although you're well outside Boston, you have most everything you really need, and I don't feel like I am out in the weeds.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Scituate deserves some consideration, not touristy, last stop on the commuter rail.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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I would be hard pressed to pick the most quintessential coastal town in Massachusetts. There are so many that are so beautiful. Newburyport is very beautiful, with a bustling downtown full of historic buildings. It is a bit touristy, but I love going up there.

Some others that have been mentioned in this thread, but definitely worthy of the label:
Manchester (MA), is a true coastal village, much smaller than Newburyport, but so picturesque.
Marblehead is one of my favorites. The streets of Old Town are so windy and narrow, dotted with antique homes and little nooks where small beaches lie hidden.
Essex is a stunning fishing village. 133 has beautiful marsh views of the Essex River and the town is pretty sleepy apart from Woodmans, and a few other restaurants.
Gloucester is very beautiful as well. Certainly not as quaint, but you would be hard pressed to find beaches comparable to Wingaersheek or Good Harbor. Not to mention the amazing views on the Back Shore, Eastern Point, Rocky Neck, Annisquam (I could list several other places here, I think you get the point).
Rockport is the home of one of the most photographed and painted views "Motif #1." I guess it goes without saying that it is a quintessential coastal town.
And these are just some examples on the North Shore. The Cape and the S. Shore has more incredibly quaint and beautiful towns. I couldn't do them justice by describing them.
OP, why were you asking? Are you thinking of moving to Newburyport, or just curious to get the local opinion?
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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And for a real sleepy gem of a town, Marion is often overlooked.
Westport Point, Padanaram, and Mattapoisett, too. When they're not commutable to the metro-Boston jobs, they're pretty much invisible here. There are no hotels or quaint coastal inns and you have to live there to get beach/harbor access so they're off the radar screen as tourist destinations.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:01 AM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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Westport Point, Padanaram, and Mattapoisett, too. When they're not commutable to the metro-Boston jobs, they're pretty much invisible here. There are no hotels or quaint coastal inns and you have to live there to get beach/harbor access so they're off the radar screen as tourist destinations.
Agreed on all counts about the towns being off the radar, but Mattapoisett does have a couple of little inns right in the village (Inn on Shipyard Park, and the Mattapoisett Inn). You can also access many of Mattapoisett's beaches for free as a non-resident. My ex grew up there and we bought shellfishing permits (non-resident) every year and went to a few different beaches which were open to anyone/everyone for free.

Westport Point also has the Paquachuck and Horseneck Beach is very much open to the public. If you stay there with a kayak, you've got the whole river (including Boater's Beach which is right there). If you wanted to walk/bike you could easily access Cherry and Webb too.
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