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Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


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Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast – Spring 2014

Restaurants in New Hampshire’s shore towns are collaborating on a Spring Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast which will be held from April 3rd through the 12th.  Some of the best eating places in the greater Portsmouth area will be offering 3-course prix fixe lunch menus for $ 16.95 and dinners for $ 29.95 (per person; not including drinks and taxes).  Over forty eateries are joining in this event; they include a wide variety establishments, from casual dining to elegant upscale restaurants.

Popular Portsmouth eateries such as the Black Trumpet Bistro, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., and the reborn Rosa are being joined by select restaurants in surrounding towns to make this a special happening. Restaurants from Exeter to New Castle and from Hampton to York, ME are participating.  The list includes the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, Anneke Jans in Kittery, Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter, Salt in New Castle, and the Stage Neck Inn in York.  Market Street

During this event, The Port Inn in Portsmouth is offering special discount rates, and the Music Hall has a full schedule of performances to make your night on the town special.

For more information on Restaurant Week Portsmouth and a list of all the participating eateries, check out the Restaurant Week Portsmouth page on the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website.  The Music Hall schedule can be found here.

The 2014 Made in New Hampshire Expo

The 19th annual Made in NH Expo will be April 4th through 6th this year.  This fair highlights local New Hampshire businesses; over 110 will be there to introduce you to their offerings.  As the motto of the Expo is “Try It and Buy It,” many exhibitors will be giving away free samples.  Vendors run the gamut from Barkin’ Biscuits (all natural dog treats), Candia Vineyards, and the Granite State Candy Shop to Sunapee Granite Works (jewelry), Knot Again (cutting boards),  and Weeping Willow Fine Arts (jewelry and housewares).  Many new companies are joining veteran exhibitors at this fun fair. Other companies present will be showcasing a wide variety of products: foods, glassware, tableware, pet foods, skin care items, clothing, furniture, and various services.

The hours for the Made in New Hampshire Expo will be Friday  1 –  8PM; Saturday  10AM – 8PM; and Sunday 10AM – 4PM.   As usual, the Expo is at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester.  There is an admission charge; seniors and children’s tickets are discounted.  For more information see their website.   You can find a list of the Made in New Hampshire Expo exhibitors by clicking here. Mt. Monadnock

The 19th Annual New Hampshire Maple Weekend

To lift your spirits this cold and snowy winter, you can head south to Florida to bask in the sun – or stay here and be enrobed in the sweet scent of maple syrup being made! 

March 15 to April 6 has been designated Maple Sugaring Month this year, during which time sugar houses state wide open their doors to the public to show how maple sugar is made.  Visit demonstrations showing how gallons of freshly-tapped maple tree sap are transformed into maple syrup, maple sugar, and other great products.  Sam's Sugar Hse, Milford (1)

On NH Maple Weekend, March 22nd and 23rd, over 100 participating maple sugar houses throughout the state will be showing how syrup is made, handing out free samples, and selling one of NH’s most popular naturally made products.  Many sugar houses will be offering samples of maple candies, coffee, and doughnuts sweetened with maple syrup.  There will be a variety of other activities, including horse-drawn rides, petting farms, and of course, pancake breakfasts.   

For more information on NH Maple Weekend and NH Maple Sugaring Month, check out the website of the NH Maple Producer’s Association.  For a list of sugar house participating in Maple Weekend with a list of each one’s special Weekend activities, click here.