As the third-oldest city in America, Portsmouth, New Hampshire exudes history. From centuries-old mansions and estates to museums and lighthouses, a visit here is a tour through New England's rich coastal history. Boasting boutique urban inns, a hotel housed in a Victorian mansion, and family friendly resorts in the heart of downtown, hotels in Portsmouth NH offer something unique for every kind of traveler.
Out and About in Portsmouth
After landing in Boston (check out cheap flights to Boston, MA), you are a quick 50 miles from Portsmouth NH hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Your trip to New Hampshire's Seacoast region should begin, of course, at the water. Situated by the mouth of the Piscataqua River, for centuries Portsmouth was frequented by sailing barges called "gundalows." Though these historic trading vessels are no longer in operation, you can sail into the past aboard a full-scale replica. Only 6 miles off the coast, the nine stony Isles of Shoals can be toured by Victorian-style steamship. Or set sail on a whale-watching or fishing excursion. Book your stay at one of the Portsmouth hotels in and around Market Square, and you'll be able to walk to the over 150-year-old North Church, or bike a few blocks away to enjoy the flower gardens at the 10-acre Prescott Park.
Eating and Drinking
Your Portsmouth vacation wouldn't be complete without a taste of the town's amazing local seafood. Crack open fresh oysters while dining along the riverfront, slice into a steak at one of the many restaurants housed in meticulously preserved historical buildings throughout the downtown area, and don't forget dessert! Relax after a day of maritime history at a down-to-earth wine bar along tree-lined Bridge Street, or grab a beer at a nearby pub or brewery. Get mobile exclusive deals on the Travelocity app and sail off into history in Portsmouth!