Sometimes the only way to get through the winter – thanks, Mother Nature, for that extra foot of snow! – is to start dreaming of the warmer temperatures and greener ground that come with spring. Portsmouth is unique in that not only is it the Granite State’s only seaside city, but spring in this historic and hip destination beckons travelers to stroll the quaint streets and explore beyond city limits. Check out our top 5 reasons for planning a visit to Portsmouth this spring, and book your stay here at the centrally-located Ale House Inn today.
Maple Sugar Shacks
Visit one of the area’s many maple sugar shacks for a back-of-the-house look at this New England staple
Just one week after the spring solstice officially starts the season, maple sugar producers statewide will welcome visitors to their sugar shacks as part of Maple Weekend. Held the weekend of March 28-29, you can learn more about this centuries-old craft while sampling and purchasing maple-themed delights like candies, syrup, coffee, and doughnuts. While you’ve undoubtedly tasted maple syrup before, there’s nothing like getting it pure from the source. Click here for a complete list of participating sugar shacks and events.
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or just admire the work of those who do, the elegant Fuller Gardens in nearby North Hampton are the perfect spot to catch the first blooms of the season. As one of the last remaining working formal estate gardens, this seaside gem plays host to over two thousand roses, eye-catching annuals, English perennial borders, a Japanese garden and koi pond, and a tropical conservatory all within the century-old sculpted hedges.
Biking on the East Coast Greenway
Want to kick things up a notch? Portsmouth offers myriad on- and off-road opportunities for cyclists of all levels. The city serves as the endpoint of New Hampshire’s section of the East Coast Greenway, an ambitious and long-term project to connect 25 major cities along the eastern seaboard between Calais, Maine and Key West, Florida. The New Hampshire route hugs the coast for the entire 16-mile trek, offering unparalleled views of the Atlantic year round. Use our complimentary Trek bicycles, rent from one of the local bike shops, or bring your own for a more active adventure on the seacoast.
Aerial Seacoast Tour
Take the high road with an aerial tour of the rugged Atlantic coastline
If you’re looking to take your spring stay to the next level, an aerial tour with Seacoast Helicopters may be just the thing for you. Witness spring bursting forth over the rugged coastline just like the birds do. Perched up high in their air conditioned touring helicopters, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the historic downtown, beaches, lighthouses, and the Isle of Shoals.
Portsmouth Restaurant Week
All that adventure works up an appetite. Portsmouth/Seacoast Restaurant Week, kicking off on April 9, is the perfect opportunity to visit a local favorite or try something new. With 50+ local restaurants offering up special meals and deals over a delicious 10 days, there’s something to suit every palette. Participating restaurants will offer three course prix fixe menus at $16.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner. Bon appetit!