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Elegance and charm float across the salt-scented air in maritime Portsmouth. This colonial gem town’s swathed with 18th century buildings among tree-lined boulevards, and if you really want to immerse yourself in the port town’s history, a host of museums await your arrival. But don’t worry, it’s not all olde-worlde, as numerous cafés and seafood restaurants will cater to your cosmopolitan side, while the town’s leafy parks are an outdoor playground, and not just for your little ones.

Things to see

A trip to Portsmouth’s not complete without visiting at least one of the town’s many museums. Take a tour of John Paul Jones House Museum – a former boardinghouse where this legendary naval commander resided – or head to Wentworth Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses – 2 colonial mansions brimming with vintage treasures. The Wentworth Gardner House is arguably one of the US’ noblest Georgian mansions. If that’s not sated your appetite for history, stroll along to the Strawbery Banke Museum where you’ll uncover a host of period homes over a 10 acre plot. Get in to the olden day spirit as costumed docents show you around the likes of legendary Pitt Tavern – an 18th century inn with revolutionary tales – and Goodwin Mansion – an elegant 19th century home. After all the period sightseeing, a stroll through pretty picnic-central Prescott Park may be just the blast of fresh air you’re after. Listen out for summertime jazz concerts overlooking the glistening Piscataqua River.

Hotels in Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s a place to relish elegant colonial relics and even modern hotels here play up to this, with grand period-style buildings housing stylish 3-star hotels. They might be 3-star but the service here is second-to-none, and Portsmouth reviews are consistently excellent. The plushest hotels in Portsmouth provide sweeping lounge rooms with soft chairs to sink in and roaring log fires to snuggle up by. Check in to a large suite with huge cloud-like bed, glistening bathroom and sleek decor to really spoil yourself. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch this far, 2-star hotels, stylish inns and cute guesthouses make an alternative that’s easier on the wallet.

Where to stay

Downtown Portsmouth’s a vibrant spot to base yourself. Brimming with historic sites, period streets, and an array of restaurants and bistros, it’s a fab place to explore. Some hotels offer river views where you’ll catch glimpses of the yachts and boats as they make their way in and out of the bustling port. Hotels here charge a premium since they’re right in the thick of things, so if you’re looking for discount rates you might need to head a bit further out. Plenty of cheap hotels are clustered near Highway 95. Handily, it’s just a 10-minute drive from downtown.

How to get to Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s a 1 hour 30-minute drive north along the I-95 from Boston. You can fly to Boston Logan International Airport from many US cities, as well as further afield. Rental agencies operate from the airport or the city center. Long distance bus operators run routes from Boston to Portsmouth and north to Portland. Portland’s around an hour drive north along the I-95 from Portsmouth. You can also rent a car in Portland or Portsmouth itself. To get around downtown Portsmouth you can hop on the trolley that runs between public parking lots, Market Square and many historic sites.