Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 40
An aerial view of
the 10-acre living
DON'T JUST LEARN
A B O U T H I S TO RY
HAVE A BLAST
THE BIGGEST LITTLE
TOWN YOU'LL EVER SEE
Plan your trip to Virginia now at
Some people don't know it, but New Hampshire has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. It's
the shortest of any state-only 18 miles long. (Other authorities even say it's as narrow as 13
miles. The distance seems to depend on how one counts islands and inlets.)
Portsmouth, founded in 1623, gets the bragging rights for the biggest city on the coast.
And at 21,000 people, that's big for this small state. It's good news for groups, because the
historic downtown of this city, the nation's third-oldest, is compact, walkable, scenic, and
overflows with locally owned stores and farm-to-table restaurants. "There's a lot to love
about the hip, charming coastal city of Portsmouth," says Yankee magazine. Here are a few
best bets for your group:
* Book with Portsmouth Harbor Cruises for a 75-minute harbor tour that takes
groups past three forts dating back to the Revolution.
* Learn about Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones. He hailed from here,
and numerous shops around the centrally located Market Square celebrate him
while also selling wares dedicated to his memory. Learn even more at the downtown
Portsmouth Historical Society. It's also the place to book a walking tour for your
group. Visit www.portsmouthhistory.org to get your Yankee Doodle on.
* Tour Strawbery Banke Museum. This 10-acre living history museum in the Puddle
Dock neighborhood is chock-a-block with shops, gardens, homes, and an inn, all
populated by costumed roleplayers, including more modern Portsmouth residents
such as a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant circa 1919 and the wife of the state's governor
in 1870. For all things Portsmouth past and present, contact tourism director Valerie
Rochon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM.
Portsmouth is packed with tourism punch