8.31.2015

Portsmouth, New Hampshire | An Architectural Stroll

The beautiful, coastal city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was settled in 1623, and its preserved architecture stretches back to the post-medieval, first period houses of the first European settlers. Its history, combined with stunning harbor views, offers an irresistible pull for me. I always leave, wanting to come back. It's a good thing I don't live far.

Portsmouth offers a plethora of shopping, dining, and activity. There is always something to do, but on my last visit, I wanted more of a relaxing agenda. So, I choose to stroll through some of the city's older neighborhoods, and of course, take advantage of Portsmouth downtown dining. Portsmouth Brewery is an all-time favorite, and is the perfect place to fill up before hitting the south end.



To visit some of Portsmouth's oldest neighborhoods, I walk along the south end of the historic distristric. This includes Strawbery Banke, the settlement's oldest neighborhood (read more about Strawbery Banke in one of my past posts: here). So, please, join me on my old architectural stroll.






The old clapboard houses of Portsmouth are a wonderful display of the iconic New England federals and colonials. Pure New England beauty.


17th century Sherburne House



A little colonial photo op


Apples coming down at Strawbery Banke




Back of the Goodwin Mansion




The perfect New England porch












It was a lovely summer afternoon and evening for a low-key stroll. Next time I am in Portsmouth, however, I will take you along for some shopping and more activity. Had I arrived earlier, I would have stopped at Pickwick's Mercantile, but missing it this time gives me yet another excuse to come back!

3 comments:

  1. I have been to Portsmouth once and absolutely loved it. This really makes me want to return!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  2. Have you done the Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry Banke? I'm sure you have, but two thumbs WAY UP, it's fabulous!

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