I feel lucky to call Portsmouth my hometown.
These days, I live in Brooklyn, and often find myself reminiscing about days spent walking the beach, eating lobster rolls and strolling through colonial neighborhoods. It’s funny how “home” doesn’t seem all that special until you move away.
When most people think of New Hampshire, visions of mountains, lakes and lush foliage typically come to mind. Yes, we have all that, but many forget we’ve also got a bit of coastline as well– the hub of which is idyllic Portsmouth. Sure, it might only be 13 miles of shoreline, but we make the most of it. And what’s more, it’s surprisingly under the radar as far as travel destinations go– always appealing to me. Here’s a few of my Portsmouth must-dos.
From stunning brick buildings to tucked away little alleys, this town is just enchanting. So put down your smartphone and take a stroll, stopping in at whatever restaurants, bars and shops draw you in. I especially love Portsmouth Brewery for a bite and some beer.
I love the performing arts, and while growing up, I spent lots of time at this theater. If you have the time, squeeze in a show. They do a phenomenal job, and there’s nothing quite like live theater.
One of the most notable characteristics of Portsmouth is its array of colonial homes. In fact, there’s a whole section of town dedicated to preserving this piece of American history. Strawbery Banke is a living museum, the oldest neighborhood settled by the europeans. Everything is absolutely authentic. You can walk through the ‘hood and really get a feel for what life in Portsmouth was like nearly 400 years ago… with the added convenience of indoor plumbing and electricity.
New Castle Island
When my family first moved from southern New Hampshire to the seacoast, we settled here. It’s really the perfect place for hanging out on a tucked-away beach, gazing out at the harbor and lighthouse. I mean, sometimes I just have to pinch myself. Places like this do really exist!
Where is your hometown? Do you miss it? Do you still live there? Would you recommend it as a travel destination? Share in the comments!