This time of year Nick and I usually head out to Montauk for a long relaxing weekend. We spend a lot of time out there in the summer as well, so at the last minuet we decided to be adventurous and explore someplace new. I am glad we made the decision to switch things up because from the moment we arrived in Portsmouth NH it was love at first sight. It is one of the cutest little cities I’ve ever been to. We happened to go during some of the coldest weather the east coast has had in decades, but we made the most of it and wound up having the best time. We took full advantage of staying warm in every cozy restaurant and brewery this quaint port city had to offer. Here’s a tiny glimpse into our long weekend in New Hampshire…
When in Portsmouth NH
- Walk around. Portsmouth is a small city filled with great restaurants and unique shops, so it’s best to explore everything on foot.
- Stop in the Portsmouth Brewery and try a sampler of the delicious brew they have on tap.
- The Earth Eagle Brewery was by far my favorite spot to grab a beer. It’s located in a tiny garage that may be hard to find but the beer has a huge taste. The vibes are very original, laid back and unique. The employees were so attentive, helpful and friendly.
- I’m a sucker for Irish pubs so we grabbed a quick Guinness at Ri Ra Irish Pub as we waited for a table at the Portsmouth Brewery. It’s located in a beautiful historic bank and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable.
- Eat Breakfast at the Friendly Toast. Everywhere we went we asked locals what the best places were to eat and drink. We wound up with mixed reviews about the Friendly Toast, some saying it was too touristy and others saying its a must do when in Portsmouth. We tried to go on a Sunday morning but the wait was over an hour. We tried again on Monday morning before we headed back to NY and we are so glad we went. We absolutely loved it! It has the funkiest retro vibe and the food was amazing!
- Have brunch at The District. It’s directly next to the Friendly Toast. When we decided not to wait an hour and a half for a table at the Friendly Toast, we walked outside, saw the district and decided to give it a go. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very chill.
- Grab a latte at Breaking New Grounds Coffee.
- Visit the French pastry shop La Maison Navarre for a coffee and some fresh macaroons.
- For some good night life and live music, head over to The Press Room.
- Drive about 15 minutes into Maine for the best New England Clam Chowder and a delicious lobster roll at Mike’s Clam Shack.
- Take a drive along the beautiful coast of Maine and stop by the Nubble Lighthouse in York.
We will be back Portsmouth… just hopefully when the weather is above freezing!