January 29, 2024

Best Valentine's Day Activities on the North Shore

Are you looking for a romantic getaway, solo staycation or relaxing retreat this Valentines Day? Briar Barn Inn is just 30 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, and centrally located to all the greatest local spots to make the most of your day.


The North Shore is full of craft breweries and local libations. Make the most of your Valentine’s Day by bar hopping one of these two routes.

Rowley/Ipswich: Privateer Rum, and True North Ale Company.

Newburyport/Amesbury: RiverWalk Brewing Co.Newburyport Brewing Company BareWolf Brewing, and Silvaticus Brewery.

True North entrance

Briar Barn's Breakfast Recommendations

There are a variety of nearby locations to help start your day off the right way. Visit the Village Pancake house, Agawam Diner, or Three Sweat Peas Bakery to make the most of your special getaway. If you’re heading south for the day, Honey Comb in Hamilton is a café that offers breakfast sandwiches with fresh baked breads and other goods.        

Guest holding coffee and donut


Castle Hill on the Crane Estate features formal gardens and the iconic mansion that slopes down to the seashore. Tours and events are available throughout the week! Book a tour.

Crane Estate entrance Winter


Our boutique spa offers restorative treatments to help you unwind! We specialize in Facials, Massage, Foot Soaks, Makeup, and Lash treatments. Visit our website to checkout our Valentine’s Day specials with seasonal scents. Book an appointment online to reserve your spot!

Spa soaking salts being held up


Visit Winfrey’s to stock up on old-fashion fudge, fine chocolates, and a vast selection of seasonal gift candies! Enjoy 23 varieties of their cream and butter fudge and more than 100 varieties of fine chocolates.

Winfrey's box of chocolates


Just 5 minutes down the road from us is Little Wolf Coffee Roasters. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in their light-filled space with cozy seating.

Little Wolf coffee roasters

A day at the Farm

Want to stay active this Valentine’s day? The Trustees property, Appleton Farms, is a hotspot for winter activities, and is only 6.3 miles from Briar Barn Inn. From snow shoeing to getting cozy at one of their fire pits, you are sure to have a blast. 

Appleton Farms snowy walking path


Briar Barn Inn wants to make sure your stay is as cozy as possible. That’s why each room offers a gas fireplace, soaking tub, high-quality bathrobes, comfy slippers, and a Sferra Linens throw blanket. Learn more about our amenities.

Cookies and champagne


Grove is our on-site post-and-beam barn restaurant featuring a rotating farm-to-table menu. Enjoy dishes with house-made pasta, local seafood, seasonal produce, and fresh meats. Reservation required – book now!

Aerial view of dinner at Grove