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Top Choice Museum in Portsmouth

Strawbery Banke Museum

Spread across a 10-acre site, the Strawbery Banke Museum is an eclectic blend of period homes that date back to the 1690s. Costumed guides recount tales that took place among the 40 buildings (10 furnished). Strawbe…
Top Choice International in Portsmouth

Black Trumpet Bistro

With brick walls and a sophisticated ambience, this bistro serves unique combinations – anything from housemade sausages infused with cocoa beans to seared haddock with yuzu (an Asian citrus fruit) and miso. The ful…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Portsmouth

Music Hall

For a small-town theater, this venue hosts a surprising array of performances, including dance, theater, opera and other music. Musicians, comedians and theater companies from around the country make appearances her…
Performing Arts in Portsmouth

Prescott Park Arts Festival

This summer arts festival, down by the waterfront in Portsmouth's Prescott Park, features a huge variety of family-friendly music, theater, film and dance events with no fixed admission price.
Historic Site in Portsmouth

Wentworth Gardner House

This 1760 structure is one of the finest Georgian houses in the US. Elizabeth and Mark Hunking Wentworth were among Portsmouth's wealthiest and most prominent citizens, so no expense was spared in building this home…
Park in Portsmouth

Prescott Park

Overlooking the Piscataqua River, this small, grassy park makes a pleasant setting for a picnic. More importantly, it's the leafy backdrop to the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which means free music, dance, theater a…
Historic Site in Portsmouth

John Paul Jones House

This former boardinghouse is where America's first great naval commander resided in Portsmouth. Jones, who uttered, 'I have not yet begun to fight!' during a particularly bloody engagement with the British, is belie…
Modern American in Portsmouth


Showered with accolades since opening in 2014, chef Julie Cutting's refined but cozy brick-walled restaurant makes a romantic dinner spot. The menu revolves around New England cuisine 'revisited': crispy-skinned duc…
International in Portsmouth


Seeking an alternative to Portsmouth's tourist-focused downtown? Head 1 mile west to this trendy international street-food haven. Locals throng industrial-chic tables and barstools in the cavernous, brightly painted…
Tapas in Portsmouth


Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Spain anymore! Yes, this cool little corner eatery specializes in tapas (small plates), but with a decidedly American twist. Expect anything from mini-burgers, baked beans and chi…