Portsmouth, NH

Category: Travel

on: Oct 4, 2015

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Portsmouth, NH … and the island of New Castle, NH

The trip:180 miles from Chester, CT (3 hours)… Rte 9 , north to Boston area on 395 …

What to Bring: camera, swim suit (for swimming or hot tub!) and walking shoes …relax, explore and have fun in this coastal town just a bridge away from Maine! ..or, if you’re inclined, you can drive to the White Mountains National Park in New Hampshire from here!

Beauty of the Outdoors:
Portsmouth Kayak Adventures; New Castle Tours (option of sunset tours and moonlight tours) and you
can rent Kayaks and paddle board in nearby Rye, NH: afternoon Whale Watching (4-5 hours) from late May to Oct 11 @1:30pm  For a morning person, go Deep Sea Fishing (half day or whole) aboard Atlantic Queen; kids get
aboard for FREE Piscataqua River Tours with Captain Neil Adams (IS Coast Guard 100 ton master; stories to tell)
On the New Hampshire side leave from Wentworth Marina. On the Maine side leave from Peperrell Cove (where Main starts@)
• Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

History:
10-acre Strawberry Banke (that’s bank with an E at the end); a place to learn and experience old New
England from 1695-1954; historic homes, elegant mansions, taverns that welcomed George
Washington and Paul Revere … a copper’s shop, corner store, historic gardens, demonstrations
May 1-Oct 31 (10-5:30p) + Nov-Dec 30 (10-4p) for guided tours and events like candlelight strolls
Navy Submarine U.S.S Albacore, the Portsmouth Naval Yard (9:30-5:30p) Memorial Day to Columbus
Day … winter hours 9:30-4:30 closed Tues and Wed (call for hours)
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion… Governor John Langdon House (June – Oct 15)

Brews & Restaurants:
no shortage of local brews!
• Wentworth By The Sea serves local pale ale from the Red Hook Brewery, and their restaurant “Salt”
serves until 11pm on weeknights
• Enjoy the Annual Craft Beer & Food Tour here in Portsmouth mid-September is not to be missed; buy a
“passport” to sample over 20 craft beers paired with delicious foods
• Chris, owner of “The Ale House Inn” in Portsmouth says “It’s all about the meal, the cocktail and the sea
breeze”; he recommends the “Black Trumpet” and the “Surf Restaurant”
• Portsmouth Cove has sidwalk cafes like BRGR & Green Elephant (vegetarian) and waterfront dining
• If you enjoy waterfront dining and arrive in New Castle late at night and need a meal, the restaurant
“Latitude” on the New Castle Marina, across from the Wentworth, has fine ambiance and a view!
• Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle, NH; once called “HOTEL WENTWORTH” and “THE WENTWORTH” it grew from an 82-room resort in the 1870’s into a 300-room resort with a 3rd floor ballroom and steam powered elevators and renamed “WENTWORTH BY THE SEA” in 1919 … in 1946 Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington were regular performers, films were played there and it a top luxury destination on the Atlantic … in 1980 its owners retired and portions were sold off, however the “Friends of Wentworth” preserved the hotel as a fully functioning landmark, and, now owned by Ocean Propertes, it has 161 guest rooms, a marina, 3 pools, tennis courts, 2 restaurants, spa and gardens
• variety of B&B’s in Portsmouth including the Ale House Inn …
• downtown Portsmouth has A Hampton Inn, Marriott and others