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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The City of Portsmouth is the second oldest in New Hampshire. Originally settled in 1623 as Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth was incorporated as a town in 1631. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Portsmouth gained notoriety as a major shipbuilding center, centered around the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which was established in 1800. In 1905, the city gained international recognition with the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War. Portsmouth cruise businesses offer tours of the bay, inland waterways and the Isles of Shoals, dining excursions, whale watches, sunset cruises and fall foliage tours, as well as the opportunity to take part in maritime celebrations that include visits from Class A Tall Ships, and U.S. and foreign military naval vessels.
During the 1970s, Portsmouth underwent a culinary revolution that has earned it the sobriquet of the "Restaurant Capital of New England." The Portsmouth area offers a limitless variety of dining experiences with nearly 100 restaurants serving everything from American cuisine to most every ethnic specialty you can think of.
New Castle, NH
New Castle, which encompasses a one-square-mile island on the northeastern tip of the New Hampshire Seacoast, is the state's smallest town. It is home to a close-knit residential community whose architectural antiquity and charm embodies a modern slice of colonial history. The Great Island Common is the town's recreational centerpiece. Residents and visitors regularly enjoy the park's 31 spacious, ocean-side acres with beach and picnic facilities. The island is also home to several of the area's yacht clubs which cater to residents and visitors alike with summer sailing and other activities.
Known as the Gateway to Maine, Kittery sits across from Portsmouth on the opposite bank of the Piscataqua River. Settled in the early 1600s, it is Maine's oldest community. Situated on the shore of the Atlantic, Kittery's islands and inlets, beaches and bays contribute to its overall charm. Fishing, shipbuilding, and other marine-related industries have been the center of its economy and history.
Today, visitors and residents can appreciate the historic side of Kittery by exploring scenic Route 103. Spending the day shopping at the more than 100 premiere outlet stores located on US Route 1 is another popular Kittery pastime.
Rye, New Hampshire has drawn settlers to its dramatic coastline since the early 1600s. This stretch of rugged and winding Atlantic shore first captivated Captain John Smith in 1614; he considered the area an earthly paradise. This historic fishing village encompasses eight of New Hampshire's 18 miles of coastline, as well as three of the Isles of Shoals--Star Island, White Island Lighthouse and Lunging Island--located six miles offshore. Rye is the home of the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point, an early settlement of New Hampshire, now a state park complete with nature trails, picnic areas and an educational facility.
Hampton Falls, the Hamptons & Seabrook, NH
The enchantment on the Seacoast region stretches to the southernmost New Hampshire towns of Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hampton Beach and Seabrook. From the inviting orchards and farmlands, antique shops and dozens of hiking and bicycle trails, to the hustle and bustle of the Hampton Beach board walk, these towns compliment the Greater Portsmouth area and make up one of the most exciting 18 miles of shoreline on the East Coast.
Those who visit the charming villages of the Exeter area will find a wealth of history that represents the very beginnings of America. Visit sites that chronicle the birth of a nation, relive the Revolutionary War every July, and find a New Hampshire keepsake in one of the many specialty shops. Home of the American Republican Party founded by Amos Tuck, and nationally known Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter offers a look at New England living at its best.
Newington, New Hampshire, known for its commercial and industrial successes over the past decades, also takes great care to preserve its historic landmarks and architecture. Visitors can enjoy the ease of shopping and dining on Woodbury Avenue, visit one of the Seacoast's largest shopping centers, or find pleasure at one of three outdoor recreation parks along the Piscataqua River.
The bays and their immediate environs provide habitat to a wide range of wildlife and form one of the richest estuaries in North America.
Visions of a quiet, picturesque New England town come to life in Greenland, New Hampshire. Bordering the waters of the serene Great Bay, this residential community is located just beyond the Portsmouth city limits. Greenland's 13.4 square miles are dotted with many 18th century homes and colonial farm houses including an inn and tavern, visited frequently by George Washington in his travels up and down the coast. The inn, which has changed little over the centuries, still boards visitors in the town center.
York, Maine is a gracious, lively community of 12,000 and comprised of four distinct areas--York Harbor, York Beach, York Village and Cape Neddick. The four areas cover 56 square miles of rugged Maine coast. The essence of New England spirit is captured at its best in York with scenes of lobstermen and fishermen coming in with the catch of the day, or by the townspeople participating in local business and community activities.
"The Yorks," as the community is known locally, is a popular summer destination. Cape Neddick Light, popularly known as Nubble Light, is a renowned landmark and is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.
Eliot, Maine is ideally situated along the banks of the Piscataqua River and just minutes away from Portsmouth's downtown. The approximately 6,000 residents enjoy Eliot's natural charm throughout the year at the town's 10 recreational parks. Boating and cross-country skiing are among the favorite leisure activities here.