Portsmouth Travel Guide

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.

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.