A Taste of Old World Europe – On the New England Seacoast

New Hampshire

If a coastal retirement is calling your name, Portsmouth New Hampshire should be on your shortlist. Said to be the 3rd oldest city in the country, this quaint colonial town is considered to be the darling of the New England seacoast steeped in maritime history and voted one of America’s top 100 walking cities. Named after the English town of Portsmouth, this storybook destination has an irresistible European aesthetic from its cobblestone streets, and 17th-century architecture, to the ethereal bells that echo from North Church. With picturesque waterfront views, a tax friendly climate, and an industrious history, this beloved vacation spot has turned many into full-time sea dwellers.

Known for its friendly atmosphere, Portsmouth is just under an hour from Boston, and a short drive from some of the most spectacular beaches on the east coast. What began as a shipbuilding, and fishing town has flourished into a city of over 21,000 where centuries of rich history shakes hands with modern day life. Bankrate.com put New Hampshire on the top of the list as one of the best retirement cities boasting no sales tax, (hello tax-free retail therapy), and it does not tax retirement income. With hidden treasures scattered throughout the city, walkability is a big part of what makes this town so appealing. A variety of walking tours including the Portsmouth Harbor Trail and plenty of brick-lined ambience turns a casual stroll into a historic journey down memory lane. From golf, and cross-country skiing to sailing the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth is an idyllic town for any style of outdoor enthusiast.

With more restaurants per capita than cities twice its size, Portsmouth has a reputation for being a foodie haven. With an array of world-class breweries and diverse eateries, from tapas bars to exquisite seafood, this culinary destination packs a world of flavor into just a few square miles. Not only is Portsmouth a delight for the palate, but its art scene is a feast for the eyes. From the many art galleries, and museums including the Strawbery Banke Museum where history is brought to life, and the 300-year-old Warner House mansion, Portsmouth is a living display of artistry, and cultural heritage. During the warmer months, Prescott Park is the scenic venue for live music and the performing arts, but when there’s a chill in the air, Portsmouth retreats indoors for productions at The Music Hall, or a cozy night in at the pub. Inviting, and hospitable, Portsmouth is big on charm, and progressive growth, but keeping its old-world nautical roots close to heart is what keeps people coming back.

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