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What is Strawberry Banke Anyway?

New England’s colonial history is part of its charm and understated elegance. It’s why we love to walk along its picturesque seaport roads, stay in its re-imagined historic buildings, and enjoy it’s time-worn traditions when we visit.

Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth history comes to life at the Strawbery Banke Museum

When you visit our Portsmouth boutique hotel, there’s a particularly unique way to connect with local history: The Strawberry Banke Museum.

Imagined as a place where guests can reach into the past through vibrant living experiences, Strawberry Banke re-creates the day-to-day life of multiple eras of Portsmouth’s history. Visitors can experience for themselves just how people lived over nearly four centuries in this ever-changing community.

The 10-acre site features preserved historic homes and shops, period gardens, and is populated with costumed actors who recreate a time capsule of authentic hustle and bustle.

In the summer and fall months, the museum is host to a number of unique festivals—including the upcoming New Hampshire Fall Festival on October 11th. Named the best of New Hampshire’s fall festivals, this harvest celebration includes local crafts, live animal demonstrations, workshops on fiber arts, food preservation and demonstrations on historic trades and industries.

And coming up in late October, you can visit the Banke for a spooky peek into days gone by with the museum’s famous halloween celebration. You’ll be able to trick or treat throughout the historic community while rubbing elbows with long-dead sea captains and infamous pirates. And if you’re inspired to get your costume on, you can even opt to march in the New Orleans style costume parade through the village’s ghostly lanes.

While there’s so much contemporary creativity to enjoy in New England—and Portsmouth in particular—we love how places like Strawberry Banke invite visitors to connect to the history that gives our region it’s quintessential character. Taking a historic detour is a great way to add something utterly unique and eye-opening to your next trip!

Riding the Beer Wave in Portsmouth NH

Did you know that beer the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage? It’s also benefitting from a deliciously creative renaissance amidst the local-micro-foodie revolution we’re all so busy enjoying.

Portsmouth NH beer hotel

Beer is on the rise and we love that at the Ale House Inn!

Right here in Portsmouth, NH, we’re happily riding our own little wave of yeasty goodness.

(And considering we’re writing this from the Ale House Inn, let’s just say we’re pretty excited about that.)

So here’s what’s up on the beer front in Portsmouth:

First: Earth Eagle Brewings. Their website makes us thirsty. But what’s so cool about Earth Eagle is their flair for the uncommon—and the historic. Have you ever heard of Gruit? (Say “groot.”) Gruit is actually an old-fashioned way of making beer that was used before all those aromatic hops came on the scene. Getting flavors from local seasonal herbs, gruit couldn’t be a more direct reflection of the place and season in which it’s brewed. Earth Eagle’s brews are unusual, tasty, creative, and oh-so-deliciously unexpected. In other words: a must try.

Next: Smuttynose. Distributed pretty much all over the world, chances are you’ve heard of it—but have you been to the brewery for a tour? With a wide range of seasonal brews, new batches and short releases, there’s always something new to discover. Tours run every day after about 11 am, with free tours on Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 11 am.

And then: Red Hook. Another well-known classic, it’s another must-stop on your next NH brewery tour. Best part, take a tour for only $1 and get to try 3-4 samples of beer and receive a complimentary tasting glass.

You can read all about these great breweries as well as other fun activities on our “Things to Do” page. One of the best times for a weekend getaway in New England is our colorful, crisp autumn season, complete with all of the yummy seasonal brews on offer—so don’t wait!

Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour – Nov 22-24, 2014

Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? The Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour this weekend (Nov 22-24) won’t disappoint.

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Pottery artisan in Portsmouth NH

Thirteen of the seacoast’s most talented artists open their studio doors to the public to reveal crafts and goodies for everyone on your list. Leave our Portsmouth boutique inn and follow this map to all locations!

From Asian brush paintings, to books created from nautilus shells, to textile collages and brilliantly colored felted scarves, you can’t go wrong on the “original” front with these great gift options.  

Don’t miss these three days of socializing and early holiday shopping, Then plan a meal out one of Portsmouth’s great restaurant options. Just let us know if you need any personal insights to match your culinary style.

 

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