I love Portsmouth.  The food, the charm, the ocean… I could walk around this town for hours.  And I always do when I visit.  This was my first trip of the summer, and the first with my new man friend.  As always, this amazing city didn’t disappoint.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Robert’s Maine Grill

Okay, so this one isn’t in Portsmouth, but it’s just a few minutes away in Kittery, ME, and absolutely worth the trip. Robert’s has an AMAZING beer sampler. We convinced our server to throw in Bissell Brothers’ Substance and Maine Beer Co’s Lunch – WIN! Excellent menu, and raw bar selection as well. This place is a must if you’re in the area.

Beer sampler from Robert's Maine Grill

Sheraton Harborside

After our lunch at Robert’s we checked in at the Sheraton Harborside.  We stayed in a beautiful deluxe room with a four-poster bed, and all the amenities you’d expect while staying at a Sheraton.

The Two-Fifty Market restaurant, located on the main floor, serves fresh, local cuisine and boasts beautiful harbor views.

Portsmouth Brewery

12 beers, one flight. While their brews aren’t my favorite, I do enjoy trying new things, and just having 12 beers on one sampler made Portsmouth Brewery, a must see.  We stopped for a flight and a quick snack upstairs in the brewery and came back later in the evening to their Jimmy Lapanza lounge, where they have shuffle board, pool, and a few extra beers on tap.

The Oar House

Located right on the edge of Portsmouth’s old harbor, The Oar House was the prefect place to stop for a coffee and some amazing views. We relaxed on the deck and enjoyed on the the best cups of coffee I’ve had in a very long time.

Surf

Okay beer selection, but a fantastic raw bar featuring local oysters.  After snacking and drinking most of the day, we grabbed a light meal of a few oysters and fried calamari and headed out to the deck to enjoy the views. The perfect pairing of my Stoneface IPA and fresh oysters, and a picture perfect sunset from our deck seating, made it a meal to remember. Surf has become my favorite dinner spot when I’m in town.

Oysters at Surf in Portsmouth, NH

Deckside dining at Surf in Portsmouth, NH

Sunset at Surf in Portsmouth, NH

We were only in town for one night, but if you have a few days to explore here are a few places I recommend:

Take a harbor cruise to Isle of the Shoals
Visit the Seacoast Science Center
Explore the Strawberry Banke Museum
Enjoy a night out at Gas Light Co.
See a movie at Prescott Park

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