I’ll admit it — I have a crush on Lark Hotels. Every time I visit one of their destinations (17 in New England alone!), I am impressed with the uniquely beautiful design of each property, as well as the attentive, friendly team members. This locally-owned hotel group has a genuine way of welcoming its guests as if they were old friends they haven’t seen in years; if you’ve ever visited a Lark Hotel, you know exactly what I mean!
I recently had the pleasure of staying at Blue Inn on the Beach, Lark’s newest property that sits atop the sand in beautiful Plum Island, Massachusetts. Less than a 40-minute drive from downtown Portsmouth, Blue feels as if it’s worlds away. Sand dunes and breathtaking ocean views surround this homey, upscale boutique hotel, creating a tranquil space to fully unplug and recharge.
Upon my arrival on a windy winter evening, I was greeted by a smiling innkeeper who enthusiastically showed me to my suite. My feet met the painted white floor, while the freshly-made bed invited me in for a snuggle, and the bright white, marble-accented bathroom practically begged me to enjoy a leisurely warm shower. Alas, dinner called and I glided down a flight of stairs to the Blue Oceanfront Suite for a pop-up style dinner. Lark Hotel’s Executive Chef, Justin Perdue, whipped up some of his favorite dishes from Lark’s on-property restaurants, like Picnic Social in Stowe, Vermont, Pig + Poet in Camden, Maine, and Chair 5 in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Thanks to the very talented Chef Perdue, I have since added a few more restaurant favorites to my list!! And a third, Counter, will be added soon to Salem, Massachusetts!
I drifted off to sleep with the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the sand… If that constant beautiful noise wasn’t enough, I arose to a stunning sunrise that nearly took my breath away.
It felt like a dream, but thankfully it wasn’t!
The picture-perfect sunrise was followed by a bountiful, hand-delivered breakfast basket — overnight oats, nutella-banana muffins, fresh fruit cups, hot-out-of-the-oven raspberry scones… I could definitely get used to this!
After snuggling up with a book, enjoying a leisurely walk along the beach, and soaking up the sweeping ocean views, I fancied a trip to Portsmouth’s little sister city, Newburyport, which is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel! If you’re planning a visit, be sure to read our Newburyport blog post, and make time to stop by The Paddle Inn for some surf-style ambiance, creative cocktails, and delicious cuisine!
On Saturday, I joined a group of fellow New England bloggers and social media influencers, as well as a team from Yankee Magazine (based in New Hampshire!), for a delicious "lunch and learn". Inspired by Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice Food Awards,” we enjoyed a sampling of Vermont-made cheeses, Rhode Island toffee, and whoopee pies from just down the street in Newburyport. Yankee Magazine sure knows the “creme de la creme” when it comes to highlighting New England-made artisanal goods and party essentials!
What made the meal complete was the stunning display of products that were assembled by the oh-so-talented Krissy Shea of @cottagefarm Instagram fame. She has a thoughtful way of arranging food, serving ware, napkins, and dips together to create an inspiring tablescape.
That afternoon, two members of the Lark team talked to us about the establishment of the Lark Hotel group, what makes each of their hotels unique, and how their properties transform from the idea stage to the finished product.
Talented Interior Designer Rachel Reider has designed many of Lark’s properties, each with a unique flare yet, and each representative of its location and storied history.
Lark’s Chief Inspiration Officer Dawn Hagin shared how the company selects its future destinations (Stay tuned on social media @larkhotels!), how each property is named, and how they keep a property's historic charm while always adding a “hint of mischief”. Both Rachel and Dawn are natural creatives and out-of-the-box thinkers, which makes it fascinating to listen to them talk about their ideas - while sitting in one of their finished creations!
Spending time at Blue reminded me that even in winter, and in any season really, every day surely IS a beach day!
If you’re looking to enjoy a one-night getaway this winter, or a full weekend out of town in the height of the summer, Blue provides a hassle-free, and truly enjoyable experience!