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Portsmouth, NH

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Lobster Boat in Portsmouth

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House in Portsmouth

House in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth Waterfront

Portsmouth Waterfront

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Settled in 1623 as Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth became a prosperous port before the Revolutionary War, and, like similarly wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, it harbored many Tory sympathizers throughout the campaign. Filled with grand residential architecture spanning the 18th through early 20th centuries, this city of 23,000 has many historic homes, including the collection of 40-plus buildings that make up the Strawbery Banke Museum. With hip eateries, quirky shops, swank cocktail bars, respected theaters, and jumping live-music venues, this sheltered harbor city is a hot destination. Downtown, especially around elegant Market Square, buzzes with conviviality.

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Go Fishing — or Whale Watching
Go Fishing — or Whale Watching

Founded in 1623, Portsmouth has a rich fishing history and is still a bustling port. Cast off for half-day, full-day or night excursions.

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Strawbery Banke: Open-Air Living-History Museum
Strawbery Banke: Open-Air Living-History Museum

Imagine life in the 17th- or 18th-century homes, taverns, shops and gardens while guides in period dress demonstrate traditional crafts and tools.

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The Music Hall
Samantha's Pick The Music Hall

A landmark Victorian theater built in 1878 is now a showcase for entertainment from around the world. Check the calendar before you go.

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The Most Important Meal of the Day
Samantha's Pick The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is serious business in this city, and everyone has a favorite spot. For 20 years I grabbed mine made to order at the Golden Egg.

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Wentworth By the Sea
Samantha's Pick Wentworth By the Sea

I grew up on the seacoast and watched this 1874 resort go from boarded up and condemned to its current grande dame glory.

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