Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

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.

Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast – Fall 2013

Restaurants in New Hampshire’s shore towns are collaborating on a Fall Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast which will be held from November 7th through the 16th.  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).  The types of eateries joining in this event include a wide variety establishments, from casual dining to elegant upscale restaurants.Market Square

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.

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 2013 Lilac Festival in Portsmouth

The 2013 Lilac Festival at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion will be on Saturday May 25th from 10AM to 3PM.  New Hampshire author Tracy Kane will enchant young children with tales of fairy houses at 11.  There will also be craft activities and other events for children. Activities for adults include lectures by lilac experts, a silent auction, tours of the Mansion, and sales of many lilac varieties, including some plants descended from the Mansion’s own 250 year old lilacs.  Admission to the Lilac Festival is free.

Benning Wentworth, who built what is now called the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, was the first governor of New Hampshire.  He was a wealthy merchant, and was the first to import lilacs to North America from Europe around 1750.

The Mansion, a state historic site, is located at 375 Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth.  It is a rambling 40-room house overlooking Portsmouth’s Little Harbor, and is considered an outstanding example of a colonial-era home.  This historic home will be open to the public a few days per week from May 21st through October 8th this year; for more information about the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and admission times, see the Mansion’s website and the NH State Park’s site.