Weekend Getaways: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home of the rare blue lobster!

As the weather gets warmer, we find ourselves craving adventure and memorable experiences. Located an hour northeast of Boston, Portsmouth (pronounced Port-smith), New Hampshire holds the title as the third oldest city in the nation. Plan a day trip, or a weekend getaway to this historical New England town.

With picturesque views of the water surrounding the city, you can enjoy the cool breeze from the nearby Piscataqua River. To help you get to know Portsmouth, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite places to help you plan a summer vacation.

Strawberry Banke Museum – Partake in traditional crafts and learn through demonstrations of trade as role-players illustrate the lives of historic New Englanders. Enjoy the luscious gardens and explore classic structures dating back to 1695.

Brewery Tours – Craft beer aficionados, welcome to your haven. Home of The Portsmouth Brewery, Earth Eagle Brewings, Blue Lobster Brewery Company, and Redhook Ale Brewery, you can treat yourself to a tour of these facilities while sampling the best brews in New Hampshire.

Albacore Museum – The USS Albacore served as a prototype for modern submarines, contributing to the design, engineering, and tactics of today’s naval submarines. It was converted into a museum, where visitors can explore this historical landmark and learn more about its experimental structure.

Prescott Park Arts Festival – Take a stroll in this colorful garden when the flowers are in bloom. Next to Piscataqua River, you can relax while listening to sounds of the summer from popular musicians, enjoy a hit movie on a cool summer night, or admire actors as they perform theater in the park.

Isles of Shoals – Embark on a cruise to the cluster of islands serving as one of the first footholds for settlement in the new world. Six miles off the coast, you can learn about Captain John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) charting the Isles in 1614.

After you’ve explored top destinations, we recommend taking time to venture out into Portsmouth’s lively and historic shopping district. Brick buildings line the city pavement as artisan boutiques sell the latest styles. Sidewalk cafes occupy storefronts, inviting visitors to sample a fresh array of delectable scallops, flounder, and lobster.

To maximize your relaxation during your getaway, make sure you reserve a parking spot ahead of time with SpotHero so you can guarantee your parking spot. With a recent SpotHero location opened in the center of Portsmouth – you can snag parking for $7 for an 11 period, rather than pay the city’s $1.50 per hour meter rate. With over 50% savings, you should treat yourself to another serving of lobster tail.