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The Ocean Road: Driving the Coast of New Hampshire

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A travel journal to New Hampshire by Kirstie

Strawbery Banke Photo, Portsmouth, New Hampshire More Photos
Quote: Though the New Hampshire seacoast is less than 20 miles long, the area is rich in maritime history and culture. From the sandy beaches of Hampton to the quaint cobblestone streets of downtown Portsmouth, visitors will find a variety of things to do no matter what the season.

The Ocean Road: Driving the Coast of New Hampshire

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Overview

Prescott Park Photo, New Hampshire, United States
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One of my favorite drives is the stretch of road going from the honky-tonk strip of Hampton Beach, with all its arcades, fried dough, and old-fashioned candy making, to Portsmouth, a trendy, cobblestoned mecca for artists and the culturally aware. Summertime brings the crowds to Hampton Beach, so if you like to people watch, you have come to the right place. The beach itself is the most popular in the area, with plenty of room to take a stroll or spend the day. Be sure to have your camera ready as you head north on Rte 1-A; there are spectacular photo opportunities awaiting your arrival. While the ocean itself is enough to please, don’t forget to look off to your left for a glimpse of the impressive m...Read More

Galley Hatch Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Galley Hatch"

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I have never had a bad experience at The Galley Hatch. The fried clams are tender and fresh, as is all their seafood; and their jalapeno tartar sauce is enough to keep me coming back. They serve upscale traditional fare, from steak to seafood to gourmet pizzas, and have a fabulous bakery in the front of the restaurant. There is a full service pub area, and the Pelican Club located upstairs has music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2000

Galley Hatch Restaurant
325 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NY
(603) 926-6152

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Fine dining overlooking Rye Harbor, what could be nicer on a warm summer evening? The service is friendly and attentive, the atmosphere comfortable and inviting. Though summer is the time to enjoy their deck, Saunders is open year-round. Traditional New England fare done to perfection.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2000

Saunders At Rye Harbor
175 Harbor Road
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 964-6466

Yoken's

Restaurant

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Editor's Note: This property has closed.


Yoken's is a seacoast tradition that the whole family will love. From the neon 'Thar She Blows!' sign out front, to the enormous gift shop inside, Yoken's is the perfect spot to order a heaping plate of fresh seafood and enjoy the campy atmosphere. They offer a kid's menu, and are reasonably priced. At the end of your meal, each family member is presented a key to the Yoken's Treasure Chest, located in the WAY BACK of the gift shop! A ploy, we all know, but it is great fun nonetheless to see if your key will open the pirate's chest. A Comfort Inn is conveniently located next door.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 1, 2000

The Stockpot

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Restaurant | "The Stockpot: Unfortunately, this is CLOSED now."

The Stockpot Photo, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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It is hard to put The Stockpot into one category. If you are looking for a 'Locals' type of place in downtown Portsmouth, this is the right place. Hang out upstairs in the bar, (if you are lucky, you may be able to snag the couch for a game of Scrabble), or head downstairs for the restaurant. In the warmer months, the outside deck is a great place to grab a bite and watch the boats go by on the Piscataqua River. The Stockpot makes the BEST Clam Chowder in the area, so be sure to order a cup or a bowl. They also make a mean hummus plate if you choose to forgo the meat group. Their daily specials are creative and tasty; there is definitely a 'worldly' twist on traditional New England cuisine. Be sure to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2000

The Stockpot
53 Bow Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

The Children's Museum of Portsmouth

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Attraction

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A great big playground for kids with active minds. Running a close second to the dinosaur dig was the 'Step Into a Story' exhibit, where children actually step into the pages of New Hampshire children's author John Stadler's 'The Cats of Mrs. Calamari.' The girls especially liked dressing the cats in costumes! Adults may want to keep a couple of advil handy; the museum can be quite noisy, especially if you are not accustomed to the sound of many excited children in one place. For a more detailed list of current exhibits and events, visit their site at www.childrens-museum.org

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2000

The Children's Museum of Portsmouth
280 Marcy Street
Portsmouth

Strawbery Banke

Attraction | "Strawberry Banke Museum"

Strawbery Banke Photo, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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The Strawberry Banke Museum brings to life over 300 years of history in one of America's oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods. Located on 10 acres, Strawberry Banke offers educational and fun programs for both children and adults. Of course, if you grew up in New England, and were subjected to Strawberry Banke-type field trips more than you care to imagine, you may choose to forgo the formal tours, and instead just wander around the old neighborhood and look at the houses on your own time. Originally settled in 1630, Strawberry Banke was a thriving waterfront community 300 years ago. Now, it is recreated and restored, and open to the public. After wandering around The Banke, head across the stre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 1, 2000

Strawbery Banke
Hanover Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03802
(603) 433-1100

Hampton Beach Casino Ball Room

Attraction | "Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom"

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An old ballroom turned music venue, the Casino, as the locals call it, is located smack in the middle of the Hampton Beach main strip. Each summer, a variety of performers play the Casino, ranging from The Platters to Carrot Top. A show at the Casino provides a good excuse to cruise the strip and act like a teenager, whatever your age might be. People watching can get a bit intense down here at night, but the area is generally harmless. Be prepared to see many colorful people. This season, featured performers included Eddie Money, Hootie & the Blowfish, Culture Club and the Beach Boys. The Casino also plays host to boxing events. Kids under 18 need an adult to get in. Visit their site at www.casinobal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2000

Hampton Beach Casino Ball Room
169 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton, New Hampshire 03842
(603) 929-4100

The Music Hall

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There is always something new and interesting happening at the Music Hall. One night you can catch a hard-to-find indie flick, the next see a Brazilian dance troupe overtake the stage. Coming up this season is a great variety of entertainment options, including the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival, featuring six international films. The Ukranian Dance company, Veriovka, will bring song, dance, and Ukranian culture to the Music Hall in November, and each December brings a wonderful production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The theater is an attraction itself, with restoration work ongoing to keep the feel of a grand old theater. Visit their website at www.themusichall.org for a complete list...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2000

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
603-436-2400