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PLACE OF INTEREST
Portsmouth is a New Hampshire port city on the Piscataqua River. Nearby, the 1855 North Church presides over downtown’s Market Square. Prescott Park has riverside gardens and boat docks. Northwest, former research submarine USS Albacore is in a park, alongside a visitor center. Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you’ll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence If you know architecture, Portsmouth’s array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth’s fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbor or whale-watching cruise.
Strawbery Banke: This museum located in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, where costumed staff demonstrate traditional crafts. It is an open-air museum consisting of numerous old, historical houses – most of which were always there, a couple were moved there. In the space of an afternoon one can experience over 300 years of life in Portsmouth, with houses from each era faithfully restored and filled with period pieces. One will also find guides often dressed in period clothing and they are all very knowledgeable. The convenience store is the cutest of all with all the candies, can foods, and convenience items that one would find from the old days. You will totally enjoy your visit! The grounds are particularly nice to stroll as well.
USS Albacore Museum: Kids love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. The Albacore is why subs look the way they do today. It’s a cozy little museum and park tucked away on the fringe of Portsmouth NH that offers a glimpse at how submarines developed. Perfect way to fill a few hours for those interested in historic Naval architecture. Great self-guided tour with recordings at stations throughout the submarine. This was the cutting edge of technology when it was in service. This museum is outstanding for anyone who wants to get a feel of what life on a submarine feels like, or for anyone interested in modern Naval history or the history of the Seacoast area.
Portsmouth Harbor Trail: Among other must-see sites are Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House, USS Albacore, 1817 U.S. Custom House, Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke, Governor John Langdon House, City Hall, Wentworth-Gardner House, John Paul Jones House, Rundlet-May House, Warner House, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Point of Graves. Check out the Portsmouth Harbor. It is lovely! A band may be playing right by the harbor and people bring their lounge chairs and sit nearby the calm water! Nearby there are local restaurants, bars, boutique shops, spas, ice cream shops and a bakery shop! Amigos is a great place for dinner and had a chicken quesadilla with rice and beans! They also have a kid’s menu — tortilla chips are awesome!! The views of the bridge and the Kittery coastline are wonderful.
Prescott Park: This park is great, there are picnic tables and benches to rest, and there are some nice little beach and wood trails. It’s a special place with beautiful gardens off the Portsmouth harbor. In the summer months there are various types of entertainment including plays, outdoor music, and summer theater camps for young people. Wonderful!!
Warner House: The Warner House, also known as the MacPheadris-Warner House, is a historic house museum located in Portsmouth. Built in 1716-1718, it is the oldest urban brick house in northern New England and one of the finest examples of early Georgian brick houses in New England. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house, which was built for Captain Archibald MacPheadris, a Scottish/Irish sea captain who settled in Portsmouth, is a 2 1/2-story brick structure with walls 15 inches thick laid in Flemish bond. The interior follows a typical Georgian four-room plan with an added kitchen wing in the rear. The walls of the central hall and stairway are decorated with four murals that are the oldest extant Anglo-American wall murals in the country. This historic home has Delft and English tiles, the family’s original furnishings and serving pieces, and portraits documenting 300 years of history from 1700s Whig to American Revolution Era. Tour guides are very knowledgeable, and the one-hour tour is enjoyable.
You are going to fly from Tampa into Manchester, rent a car and drive to Portsmouth. Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make this a special vacation for you and yours.
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord was named and founded in the spirit of conflict resolution, and refers to the desire for harmony between the feuding towns of Bow and Rumford. In the 18th century, when the two towns were founded, New Hampshire and Massachusetts were a little bit hazy on their official state boundaries, so when Bow and Rumford were founded on the border between the two states, conflicting land grants from the two states created some confusion about what land belonged to which town. Eventually, New Hampshire carved a bit of land out of the town of Bow, creating a new parish town called Concord to promote peace and harmony.
New Hampshire State House: Other state capitols are much grander but this one is old and beautifully proportioned. It is the opposite of grandiose and ostentatious. Be sure to stroll over to the John P. Hale statue on the grounds. Beautifully kept state house. Friendly staff make a nice tour of the place. Just a wonderful place to bring young folks to learn how our Govt works, and sometimes doesn’t. Staff are always great even with the challenges of today’s world they are super, and the building is steeped with thought provoking icons of our country’s beginning. Nice job NH would expect nothing less from the Live Free State! Tours are offered and it features the Hall of Flags – very old flags on display. The statehouse is in the heart of downtown Concord, nearby the NH Museum, NH State Library, and many other great historic buildings. Great dining and shopping can round out a day in downtown.
Red River Theatres: They show a wide variety of films. They have the best popcorn which you can enjoy with a glass of wine or a beer or other refreshing drinks. Red River Theatres is a non-profit theater located in downtown Concord, NH. There are 2 theaters showing first rate movies, most of them new productions. Very comfortable fairly steep seating, allowing a good view of the screen instead of heads in the next row. Tickets can be purchased on line which is nice for popular movies. Nice food concession. A nice change to the typical Movie chain experience.
Carter Hill Orchard: If you want to disconnect from Wi-Fi and spend some face time “old school” with your loved ones. Carter Hill is the place for you! Not only can you pick your own seasonal fruit you have a gazebo to sit in while the kids play in the GIGANTIC play area. The store is open and airy with excellent customer service. Great parking as well. Pick you own apples in a beautiful setting with views over the entire area. Also has a nice store with apples, produce, yummy pies. Also great hiking trails are located at the back of the property (the West End Trails). The store also sells hot cinnamon donuts, fudge and homemade pies. They also have a large playground for the little kids.
Susan N. McLane Audubon Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary: The center has several interesting and informative things to do. The main building has some exhibits, a classroom and a nice gift shop. The gift shop has a lot of nice things tied to nature including books, t-shirts, cards, souvenirs, etc. The website has a calendar of events that you can explore. In another building, you can see birds of prey including an eagle, owl, hawk and more. There are picnic areas and hiking trails-nice for a sunny day when the ground isn’t soaked and there is a trail guide on their website. They also have directions on how to get there on their website which is helpful. Staff are informative and it is a nice peaceful place to be.
Kimball-Jenkins Estate: Free and open to the public art galleries located in a historic mansion and carriage house. Frequent public events, art shows, lectures which are offered at no charge.
Pierce Manse: The Manse is the only home ever owned by Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States. Fortunately, the house was moved from downtown Concord to this more park-like setting. A small visitor center offers a video and exhibit about Pierce. An informative guided tour provides history about the house and the Pierce family–their triumphs and tragedies.
President Franklin Pierce Tomb: The graveyard is interesting for the early gravestones, some dating back to the 1700’s.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: An awesome time is to be had here. Admission is very reasonable, and the planetarium show ‘The Little Star That Could” is fun for children. The show teaches about difference in star colors and tells the story of a little ‘average’ star that is born and how he seeks to find a name and planets. Some of the characters were a little weird for adults but the kids learn something. The exhibits were cute and the kids had a good time. This might be even better for a little older age group that could read some of the signs, but there were still plenty of things for the kids to be excited about seeing since they have an interest in outer space. The display about The Challenger, and what happened is well done. It is a small museum and they currently have an experimental fighter jet that has as like the one Alan Shepard tested before being selected to be an astronaut. Very cool!
Manchester Municipal Airport (MHT) is the service airport to Concord. Fly from Orlando, rent a car and you will be on your way to Concord. Give TravelKatz a call and we will giv your vacation our special touch. 352-277-2700.
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