If you’re not from New England, you’ve probably never heard of the quaint little town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth is a beautiful seaport area in Southern new Hampshire. It’s right on the border of Maine – in fact, if you’re looking to shop, Kittery Outlets are less than a ten minute drive. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is every foodie’s paradise – the streets are lined in restaurants and any choice you make won’t be the wrong one. Next time I pay this little place a visit, I hope I’m in shorts and a bikini, instead of bundled up from a snowstorm!
We stayed at the Ale House Inn, which was an adorable boutique hotel right in the center of town. The location was great since we were right in the middle of everything. The people at the hotel were so helpful in letting us know what areas to check out. When we checked in, we were also given Smuttynose Beer (Well, Woodchuck Cider for me!), which my boyfriend loved.
This sign described my exact appetite upon arriving in Portsmouth. I needed food and I needed it stat. We went to The River House for lunch and the view from the restaurant was absolutely beautiful. And the chowder I had there was also very good!
My boyfriend is also a huge beer fan and since we were taking this trip to celebrate him passing the CFA (!!!), I knew we would have to do a brewery tour. Portsmouth Brewery, while small, was really cool to learn about. The tour was really small, so it had a great, personal feel to it. I also actually really liked the beer we ended up getting as part of the tour.
For dinner, we went to Louie’s. This place had the most amazing pasta dish, that I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of, but will rave about for the next year. I’m a huge huge pasta lover, so when I saw that Louie’s hand makes their pasta, I knew we had to stop in for a meal. Must. Go. Back. No regrets.
The nightlife in Portsmouth was absolutely hopping. One bar we went to called “Book + Bar” even had it’s own book store inside of it’s premises. Very cool! At one point, I lost track of how many bars we stopped into, but I can tell you it was definitely a night I’ll remember!
We also took a little day visit to Fort Constitution, where Portsmouth Harbor Light is located. The peacefulness of the ocean was so cool to look out at and because it’s the off-season, my boyfriend and I really got to explore the area on our own.
I really loved exploring Portsmouth with my boyfriend. It’s always fun to adventure around a new area, especially with your special someone. Where do you suggest we check out next?
I can’t wait to head back to Portsmouth this summer, for R&R in the sun. What places do you recommend I check out?
Until next time – stay curious!