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Portsmouth in New Hampshire is a scenic city ideal with a weekend getaway or vacation spot. Once a thriving hub for fur trading and shipbuilding, it is now popular with tourists who have a love of history and are curious to see the site of New Hampshire’s oldest settlement. The city showcases Portsmouth’s history and culture and welcomes travelers with warm hospitality and plenty of charm.
Go back in time at Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum with a village of buildings from the 17th and 19th centuries in architectural styles including Colonial, Georgian and Federal. The colorful buildings are immaculate, as are the interiors and gardens and staff in old-fashioned costumes make the experience realistic. In winter, an ice skating rink is the perfect seasonal activity and there are lots of other activities all year round.
For some fun in the sun, the Water Country Water Park has swimming pools, a lazy river and water slides to keep everyone entertained all day long. Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is worth a visit and you can take a tour on Sundays from May to October.
This New England coastal city is quaint and fascinating with lots to see and do every season. No wonder it’s one of the most popular port destinations in the area. For more info on your Portsmouth, New Hampshire vacay, drop us a line.
When you get hungry from all the sightseeing, you have plenty of delectable options. La Maison Navarre is the perfect place for any meal.
The French pastry shop, bistro and wine bar has fantastic crepes, coffee and macaroons and other delicious treats that you deserve while on vacation.
For your shopping fix, hit the vibrant downtown area filled with boutiques, arty shops, cafes and other interesting places to pick up clothing, jewelry, shoes, homeware and souvenirs. The great news is New Hampshire doesn’t have sales tax, so you are getting some bargains for sure. The locals are creative when it comes to business and you can find unique places like Portsmouth Book and Bar to cozy up and have a drink and read when you need to chill out. Also, many of the businesses have old-fashioned costumes as uniforms in a nod to Portsmouth’s rich history. Don’t be shy to ask for a selfie with one of the costumed staff, as you can be sure it happens every day.
You can walk to Prescott Park and Piscataqua River from the downtown area and enjoy a stroll or picnic in the beautiful gardens. There is a big arts festival in the park with live music, performances, and art displays in the summer.
There are many accommodation options in the city ranging from hotels, bed and breakfasts and inns. We adore The Sailmaker’s House with rooms that are decorated stylishly yet retain the original charm with pinewood floors, old fireplaces, original windows and narrow stairways. Portsmouth in New Hampshire is an exceptional place and evokes old-world vibes of times gone by. For more info on your Portsmouth vacation and other lovely New England destinations, drop us a line.
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