If you have not had the opportunity to visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire, it’s something you should make time to do. It’s a beautiful New England town, just an hour and fifteen minutes from Boston. Over the years I’ve been visiting my family in the area and I’ve fallen in love with the town. It’s easy to navigate, there is a lot to see and do, and good food is not hard to find.
The Marriott just recently renovated Wentworth by the Sea, a resort built in 1974 that had been closed for over a decade. They’ve restored it to it’s old glory and also added a beautiful spa. During the summer there is a beautiful pool to enjoy, but it’s pretty magnificent during the wintertime as well. If you’d like to stay closer to town there is a great Sheraton downtown.
For breakfast my family loves to go to the Golden Egg. No surprise, eggs are their specialty, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you’re in the mood for a lighter start, stop by Me & Ollie’s in Market Square for a cup of coffee and a slice of bread.
For lunch or dinner, I suggest having pizza at Flatbread on Congress Street in Portsmouth. They use all fresh, local, organic ingredients. It might be the best pizza I’ve ever had! And for dinner, if you’re not opposed to a short drive, I would suggest The York Harbor Inn. The dining room is beautiful and the food is absolutely delicious. Last but not least, if you’re in the mood for a classic New England lobster meal, take a short drive down the coast to Petey’s in Rye Beach. They have a dock right at the restaurant where lobster boats bring their fresh catch everyday. (Please note they’re closed from the end of January until March.)
See and Do
During the wintertime it’s fun to roam around town, check out the local shops and harbor. I also love taking a drive over to Kittery, Maine which has biggest outlet shopping center I’ve ever seen. During the summertime I suggest a visit to Strawberry Banke, a restored community that allows you to see what life was like from the late l7th to the mid-20th century.