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Why Portsmouth Is, Quite Possibly, the Most Magical City In America

Why Portsmouth Is, Quite Possibly, the Most Magical City In America
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Embracing & discovering the enchantment of Portsmouth for the first time is to immerse yourself within one of the most undoubtedly unique experiences any city in America can offer.

This is a city where “Art” is seriously considered as not just a city favorite activity, but an actual profession.

This is a destination where Halloween is not merely a yearly pastime for children, but rather, an extravagant city-wide celebration of one of the world’s greatest holiday traditions.

Portsmouth is the first city north of Boston where First Night celebrates the coming of the New Year.

Portsmouth is a unique place that simultaneously prides itself on the most fabulous of seafood cuisines and outstanding microbreweries.

Portsmouth is my favorite city in America.


What makes Portsmouth so Great?

Portsmouth New Hampshire photo
Photo by Dougtone

It’s true that I love the bustle of New York, the fast-growing space of Austin, the old English-style brownstones of Boston and the free-for-all lifestyle of west coast locales.

There is something just so singularly special & magical about Portsmouth, and this is precisely what makes this city so beloved…

As its name suggests, Portsmouth is founded on one of the finest natural harbors in all of the east coast. Portsmouth is nestled at the eastern tip of the state of New Hampshire, where the Piscataqua River enters the Atlantic Ocean. The River serves as the natural boundary with the state of Maine and forms the famous Portsmouth Harbor.

Portsmouth was incorporated as a town in 1653 and has been the home of fishermen, boatbuilders, and woodcutters ever since. Many of the ships moored in Portsmouth harbor became part of the Colonial Navy during the American Revolution. Paul Revere even rode to Portsmouth to warn people to prepare for a potential British take over of this important colonial port.

Today Portsmouth is a must see destination. With its rich colonial history and its important role of being a Navy port for many years, Portsmouth offers many exciting and fun opportunities for you to explore.

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    1. It was however, as the article states, “incorporated as a town” in 1653. The author was not indicating when it was “founded”. In that case 1623 is indeed correct. Cheers ☼

  1. I agree. Came here to visit in 1982 and never left. The Halloween Parade mentioned is the best parade in America. And stop by next Saturday (6/10) for Market Squate Day, a fun day in the City.

  2. I guess it’s ok if you like fauxteenth century luxury condos, and enjoy outdoor malls for yuppies-it’s a high class tourist trap. The Halloween Parade is about all it has going for it-with a few occasional exceptions. It’s best days are behind it, what remains is a dolled up corpse and a bloodless stone.

    1. Could not have said it better than that. I grew up here, it used to be an interesting little city. Now its a playground for the wealthy and rude. RIP Portsmouth.

  3. Last I knew, there were at least 4 venues for live theater in Portsmouth. Artists had ample opportunities to mingle with folks at festivals and exhibitions, and Portsmould was/is the regional shopping center for an area comprising over 300,000 people. A “dolled up corpse” and a “bloodless stone”? That sentiment is unlikely to be that of an objective observer.

  4. WE AGREE AND HAVE BEEN THERE TWICE. THE RIVERS OCEAN AND YOU TWO MAKE IT A WONDERLAND FOR US. HOW IS EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME AND IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED A HOTEL. LOVE MOM AND CARLTON

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