Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a vibrant, walkable regional capital providing residents and visitors with a unique urban experience: a historic working seaport; unique locally owned shops and restaurants; and an internationally recognized arts and cultural scene. The geographic location, history and cultural strength of Portsmouth regularly land it on various “best places to live” lists. Portsmouth is that rare city where history and present day come together beautifully and effortlessly in red-bricked buildings and sidewalks, historic attractions, farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants and locally owned boutiques. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway, a day trip with the family, a fireside dinner or a riverside lunch; you will find this charming New England coastal city a delight.
Portsmouth takes pride in everything local. From tax-free shopping in dozens of independently owned boutiques and art galleries, to the chef-owned restaurants to our own breweries – it is a small city with a town atmosphere, true to its historic charm with modern day amenities. Visitors and residents alike linger in Portsmouth’s colorful downtown shops that stay open late on Friday Nights, May through October. 99% are locally owned and many feature the work of local artisans – truly promoting “Shop Local”. Favorite store brands are found at the Mall at Fox Run, and the outlets on Route 1 in Kittery, Maine are good for a day – or two – of shopping adventures.
The restaurant scene is vibrant, celebrating local farm-to-table and sea-to-table menu options. Every kind of cuisine imaginable is found here, from seafood fresh off the local boats to gluten-free and ethnic options. Our local bars, many overlooking the rushing Piscataqua River, serve the freshest margaritas, mojitos and rum punch – perfect for the Seacoast destination. Be sure to visit the nationally acclaimed local breweries: Portsmouth Brewery, Redhook Ale Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery. Lodging is plentiful and varied, from historic inns to modern boutique hotels to full service hotels and stunning grand resorts. Kid friendly, dog friendly, family friendly and business traveler friendly - it’s all here in Portsmouth!