Bed and breakfast lodging in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region captures the essence of New England’s oceanfront. In just 18 miles of coastline, there are long, sandy beaches, working ports, offshore islands, surf-stung rocks, and popular resort towns and villages that date back nearly four hundred years.
Many visitors begin their tours of New Hampshire along the coast, drawn by the sound and scent of the sea, and intrigued by all the region offers. Beaches at Hampton and Wallis Sands are state parks for all to enjoy. Portsmouth is one of the oldest settlements in New England and the Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Moffat-Ladd house on Market Street help you step back in time. How far back? Try the oldest surviving wood frame house in New England: Portsmouth’s Jackson House (c1664).
From Portsmouth Harbor you can cruise to the Isle of Shoals or linger in the harbor area and enjoy craft beer and fresh seafood at one of the numerous restaurants. Tour the decommissioned Albacore submarine.
Come just a little inland to visit Exeter, home to the Phillips Exeter Academy and their Frederick R Mayer Art Center as well as the American Independence Museum. There are charming restaurants and the Exeter Handkerchief Company, one of the area’s hidden gems. Don’t let the name fool you; they have 3 floors of home decorating inspiration.
UNH – University of New Hampshire is located in Durham. There you will also find Wagon Hill Farm; this 139-acre property is popular for hiking, dog walking, kayaking, and sledding & snowshoeing in the winter.
- Take a hike and take in the view at Garrison Hill Tower
- Odiorne Point State Park: take a picnic, sit on the rocks and watch the sun go down
- The Music Hall Portsmouth hosts international and regional performers
- Ready for a Bop on Saturday night? See the live bands since 1934 at Rockingham Ballroom
- Wineries: Flag Hill winery in Lee, Zorvino winery, and wineries and craft breweries tour
- Calef’s Country Store – selling New England made gifts and specialty foods since 1869
Of course the area also boasts plenty of lobsta’ and seafood restaurants, shacks, and huts (ask your innkeeper for their favorites).