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!


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

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