New Hampshire - you're going to love it here in Summer

The charming New Hampshire coastal town of Portsmouth is only a half day’s drive from Montreal. And you’ll discover some of the best restaurants, live theatre, live music, shopping, romance and historical sites in New England. It’s one of America’s prettiest towns according to Forbes Traveler. Outside Magazine ranks it amongst America’s top 20 towns. And Money Magazine calls it as one of the best places to live.

New Hampshire’s diverse sea coast offers cruises, whale watches, fresh lobster and chowder, breweries, gardens and beaches - all waiting for you. And with the strong Canadian dollar, and no sales tax in New Hampshire - where better for shopping? There are high-end boutiques in downtown Portsmouth and your favorite brand stores in nearby Fox Run Mall.

There is lots to do in Portsmouth that won’t break your budget! Portsmouth has free (donations encouraged) live outdoor performances at Prescott Park all summer long. There are also guided and self-guided tours of the Portsmouth Harbor Trail. Other free or low cost activities include weekly farmers markets, brewery tastings, gallery walks, and tours of the historic fort.

And just a sampling of the Portsmouth area annual summer events includes: Sail Portsmouth, featuring a tall ships festival as Pride of Baltimore II visits Portsmouth Harbour, a Chowder Festival, New Castle Garden Tour, Sand Sculpting competitions, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Telluride by the Sea Film Festival, Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert Series, and the Boston Portsmouth Air Show featuring the Blue Angels.

Go to for travel ideas to New Hampshire this summer. This small, diverse State offers both beaches and mountains. Play golf or pamper yourself at a spa. And there are Festivals galore! Your outdoor adventure can take you kayaking, biking or hiking - or on a tour of farms and gardens. also has ideas for itineraries around New Hampshire this summer. Travel the “50’s Retro Tour” on historic Route 3. Or discover New Hampshire’s wine, cheese and beer along your way. For instance in Portsmouth the New Hampshire Brewery trail visits the Smuttynose Brewing Company, The Portsmouth Brewery, and Redhook Ale Brewery.

New Hampshire Trip Showcase

  • Visit the picturesque town of Portsmouth on New Hampshire’s Sea Coast.

  • Stay at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel. This upscale, comfortable hotel offers a friendly welcome. From its vantage point on the Piscataqua River, the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel looks out over New Hampshire’s bustling international port, where ships arrive regularly from around the world. The hotel is situated in the heart of the downtown historic waterfront district. So it is right by the historic homes and sites, boutiques, galleries, fine dining and live entertainment of Portsmouth. And harbour cruises depart from the dock directly across from the hotel.

  • Enjoy a Portsmouth Harbor Cruise and discover the charm and character of “The Heritage”, a 1963 60' Deltaville Deadrise. The narrated cruises are casual, sometimes amusing and always informative. Learn about the birdlife of the inland waterways, local folklore, the ship building history of Portsmouth harbour and the ever changing tides of the Piscataqua River. Enjoy tours to explore Portsmouth Harbour, the offshore Isles of Shoals, the inland waterways – or take an evening Sunset and Lights Cruise.

  • Get out on the water on a guided kayak tour with Portsmouth Kayak Adventures who offer professionally guided tours by Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board. Rentals are also available. The area offers some of the most pristine, protected and safe back waterways in New England.

  • Take in a performance at The Music Hall - the region’s centre for the performing arts, literature and education. It features curated on stage and on screen entertainment from around the world in its Historic Theater (a landmark 1878 Victorian building) and the intimate Loft around the corner. The Music Hall is a “must see”! The acclaimed signature series brings top authors and artists for concerts, plays, movies and independent film, book readings and festivals. A radio show broadcast on NH Public Radio also originates here.