Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire

Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire Travel Guide

Set atop an elongated ridge overlooking the Connecticut River, this 450-acre property is as prized for its gorgeous grounds as it is for its apples. The views, wooded surroundings, and sweeping manicured lawns have made it a popular spot for weddings.

Swing by Steve Boucher's Island Bike Rental in Northeast Harbor to rent a bike and learn the ins and outs of the island's paths.

Canterbury was a prominent Shaker village for 200 years and stands as a remarkable—and picturesque—example of how Shaker life evolved over time.

This farm, founded in 1655, is the perfect autumn stop for apple-picking.

The outdoor chapel sits on a bluff and overlooks Mount Monadnock. There's a beautiful altar made of stones donated from every state in the nation.

The living-museum aims to make history real: costumed docents explain what life was like in Portsmouth from the late 17th to the mid-20th centuries, and on certain summer days, kids can participate in "Archaeology Camp," daylong archaeological digs on the grounds.

Bike the 12-mile Around the Mountain Trail, which runs from Brown Mountain past Eagle Lake.

Cast for bass on this pond, north of Keene (hike there from the trailhead on E. Surrey Rd.).

Annabelle’s owner, retired doctor Lewis Palosky, thinks of himself as “an artist, not a businessman,” and his credo is evident in the thick—difficult to pierce with a spoon—and intensely flavorful ice cream. Black raspberry, a New England staple, pops on the palate.

Unlike other outfitters in the area, Maine State Sea Kayak brings you to the remote western side of the island on four-hour tours to see osprey, seals, and loons. The three-hour kayaking trip from Pretty Marsh to Clark Cove is perfect for beginners.

The once-haunted inn is now closed, taken over by the nearby Enfield Shaker Museum. Beginning in April, visitors can tour the Great Stone Dwelling in search of ghosts.