A Day Trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

We’ve explored 4 day trip destinations from Boston including Newport, Burlington, Nantucket, and North Adams, Massachusetts. Today, pack your tote with day trip essentials, as we are off north again to Portsmouth, NH!

Portsmouth is just over the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border on the water and is about a 60-90 minute drive.


When to go:

Portsmouth can be visited year-round but high season is the spring to fall. Plan a visit this July and August during the Prescott Park Art Festival! 

What to do:

– Redbrook Brewery tour: check the website, as hours are limited, open Wednesday-Sunday.

– Get more beautiful views of the water walking around Peirce Island.

– Window shop along Congress and Market Streets then take a load off at Prescott Park, an urban park along the water.

Where to eat:

The Portsmouth Brewery: for pub food & their own-made brews.

Cava: for tapas plates to share.

The River House: for water-side views. 

Where to shop:

Gus & Ruby Letterpress: known for their wedding invitations/suites, their storefront is a must visit for paper products & gifts.

Serendipity: for women’s clothing and accessories.

Stock + Spice: perfect for foodies & cooks.

And if you’d like, where to stay overnight:

The Hotel Portsmouth: a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown.

Ale House Inn: a boutique hotel closer to the water.

Inn at Strawbery Banke: for the B&B experience in a downtown location!

Jaime shares fun day trip ideas – be sure to keep an eye out for her other posts (read them all here!) as you adventure around New England. Catch up with Jaime on her blog, La Vie Jaime, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credits: Jaime Ganson

one comment
  1. Sarah Lou says:

    We had dinner at the Portsmouth Brewery for my friend’s bachelorette party! Great spot!