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on the left will keep you specifically in Portsmouth and Rockingham County here in New Hampshire. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often.
Home to New Hampshire's beaches...the summer fun starts Memorial Day Weekend with the beginning of more than 80 outdoor concerts on the famous Sea Shell Stage-and the first of 15 spectacular fireworks displays Wednesdays and holidays.
Hampton Beach has accomodations to suite every taste and budget from hotels, motels and cottages to campgrounds. Walk or trolley to one of our many remarkable restaurants and enjoy tax-free shopping at the gift shops. Public tennis and golf abound nearby and a harbor full of deepsea fishing and whalewatching ships await your arrival. The list of options and combinations of activities is endless. It's no wonder that more and more people are discovering the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine as a vacation destination as well as a permanent address.
Portsmouth, a city of roughly 21,000 people, sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The city also is at the hub of a metropolitan region that includes the cities of Rochester and Dover, N.H., and many towns – Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, Newington, and Rye, N.H.; Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick and York, Maine; and others.
Settled in 1623, Portsmouth claims to be the nation's third-oldest city. It served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s when rail travel did in the shipping industry. John Paul Jones' ship The Ranger was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in Maine) was established in 1800 as the country's first Naval shipyard. The geographic location, historic past and cultural strength of Portsmouth regularly lands it on various "best places to live" lists.
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Hiking, climbing, cycling and skiing are enjoyed both by energetic locals and by the many visitors who drive up from Boston
and New York
. The major destinations are Lake Winnipesaukee in Belknap County
, and Conway
in the mountains further north. Mount Washington is in Coos County
. The lakes, islands and snowcapped peaks themselves are spectacular. And some say that the area around Cheshire County
and Keene, NH
is the "Currier and Ives" America has come to love.