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Just Beyond Maine: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

We spent our last two nights in Maine in the Beaches Region, just across the Piscataqua river from New Hampshire. Kittery is Maine's oldest settlement, famous for its 120+ outlet stores along Route 1. But we have plenty of outlet stores close to where we live so we spent most of our time driving around and visiting lovely Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded only a few years after Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Mayflower landed in 1620. Full of historic homes, beautiful architecture, galleries and upscale shops and eateries, Portsmouth is a wonderful town for walking and exploring.

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We spent the day wandering in and out of interesting shops and checking out the various parks and outdoor spaces that Portsmouth has to offer. Visitors after a bit more stimulation could visit one of the many museums or take a steamboat cruise.

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Portsmouth is home to three breweries. We stopped in at the Portsmouth Brewery, which was packed with people enjoying lunch and pints of craft beer.

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A typical New England town, Portsmouth didn't feel much different to us than the lovely towns we'd been visiting in Maine. It was great to step over into another state, however, so we could say we saw another part of New England. On our last night we made sure to enjoy one last lobster dinner before retreating to our B&B in Kittery. We had our time in Boston the next day and needed to rest up...

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Are you as sad to leave Maine as we were?

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There’s definitely quite a bit to check out there…don’t forget the breweries 🙂

I never hear much about Portsmouth but it looks interesting – some history, quaint houses and lobster. It would be hard to leave.

More lobster and a cool sounding steam boat cruise? I’m in!

Makes for a great day out, doesn’t it?

The Portsmouth Brewery and the Union Lobster House looks like some good places to go 🙂

It was very cool to cross the bridge from Kittery straight into downtown Portsmouth and then the brewery just beckoned us to go in…and then lobster on the way back!

This brings back some fond memories! We spent some time in Portsmouth a few summers ago and come home with a set of those beer glasses 🙂

Oh how cool! John always wants to add to our beer glass collection but we’ve slowed down on our acquisitions lately…

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