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Portsmouth, New Hampshire is Worth a Visit: 3 Reasons Why

PortsmouthNH_Snikeltrut:iStock:ThinkstockWhile there are many things to do here in York, Maine, if you’re staying at Dockside Guest Quarters for a while, then you might consider a day trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Portsmouth is just a fifteen minute car trip from York and has several attractions that are definitely worth visiting. The area is full of rich history and much of it has been preserved,  So if you enjoy taking a look back into the past and learning more about what it was like to be an American in days gone by, then you owe it to yourself to explore Portsmouth for a while. Here are few things to see when you visit Portsmouth, NH. 

Market Square

One of the first places you should visit when you visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire is Market Square.  This historic downtown area is full of great shops, restaurants and bars, and more.  Historic buildings are mixed with newer ones, making for a unique and charming atmosphere as you explore.  Amble around downtown on the red brick sidewalks simply taking in the sights and then stop for a coffee at one of the local shops for a low key afternoon.

Strawberry Banke Museum

Strawberry Banke Museum is an amazing outdoor history museum showcasing a collection of houses that make up the oldest neighborhood in the state that was settled by Europeans. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the museum grounds include 10 acres of buildings and beautiful grounds. Guests can learn about how the people of Portsmouth, New Hampshire lived through studying the architecture, crafts, tools, clothing, and plants that the residents used in their daily life. The beauty of Strawberry Banke is enhanced by its waterfront location. Costumed role players provide guests with stories and traditional craft demonstrations.  The museum also has beautiful gardens to explore and changing exhibits.

Prescott Park

Prescott Park is another place you should put on your list when visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The seaside park has beautifully maintained gardens full of bright blooms in the warm months.  Prescott Park is also great because performances there are common.  Many people recommend spending some time in the park and enjoying a play or musical performance. The setting could not be more ideal for such an activity, and even if there are no performances schedule, the beauty of the park is more than enough to satisfy visitors.

When you’re making plans for your day in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, be sure to book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant.  We’re just a short trip away from Portsmouth and located in the heart of York, so you’ll be close to all of the attractions that you’ll want to experience during your time visiting coastal Maine.  Our accommodations have classic New England style and will keep you in the utmost comfort in between all of your outings.  Our on-site Restaurant is the ideal place to partake in waterfront dining and enjoy delicious dishes made with the freshest local seafood and other ingredients.  We know you’ll have a memorable getaway when you choose Dockside Guest Quarters.  We can’t wait to see you soon!