Portsmouth, NH
June 13th  2014
36 Hours in Portsmouth

I spent a weekend in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was my first time in Portsmouth since age ten where it was a stopover point on the long drive to Summer Camp in northern Maine.

We stayed at The Hotel Portsmouth an old mansion a five minute’s walk from the center of town.

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The first floor of the hotel had a number of sitting rooms decorated with antique furniture and period fixtures.

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We spent the first evening exploring the town and scouting out drinking establishments. We had dinner at Lexi’s Joint a burger place bit out of town that the hotel’s concierge recommended as inexpensive and delicious.

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After dinner we went into town for drinks on the river and retired for the evening.

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The next morning we woke up early for a walk around the shoreline. We had planned to go to the Strawberry Banke Museum a restored colonial à la Mystic Seaport, but decided our $40 would be better spent on drinks at the Book and Bar - a used bookstore gone bar in the middle of downtown.

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We had dinner on our final evening at an upscale New England restaurant on the water called Surf - if you ever go try the Oyster shooters! We ended the night at The Press Room, a dive bar meets live music venue.