Portsmouth New Hampshire | Walking Around Downtown Portsmouth

It’s always fun to walk around downtown Portsmouth New Hampshire, especially on the weekends.

Lots of people come to Portsmouth to visit, hang out, go to an event, or eat in one of our many restaurants. You can walk or bike EVERYWHERE here!

Portsmouth New Hampshire  is consistently rated as one of the most walking and bike friendly towns in the United States.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth New Hampshire Post Office | Realtor Jim Lee

We stopped by the Portsmouth New Hampshire Post Office first to drop off some mail. This tall red thing is an antique mailbox on display outside. It’s about 5 feet tall and the mail drop slot is just above the white rectangular box on the front. I have no idea how long ago it was since this type of mailbox was used but it’s certainly eye catching.

Mail chores done we walked down to the Portsmouth Market Square to see what was going on. The Market Square is a great place to people watch and there is usually something going on there; some buskers, horse drawn carriage rides, and the square is also a popular starting or ending point for 5 & 10K races.

This Saturday there was a guy playing some pretty cool jazz on a saxophone.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Downtown Market Square | Realtor Jim Lee  Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Downtown Market Square | Realtor Jim Lee

We listened to him play a few songs, watched the horse drawn carriage clip clop by and then walked on over to The River House on Portsmouth New Hampshire Harbor for some lunch.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Downtown River House Restaurant | Realtor Jim Lee   We noticed it was a pretty busy Saturday for all the restaurants in downtown Portsmouth New Hampshire but we knew that the downstairs dining room at the River House is ‘first come, first served’ and we found a table right away. I had their award winning Seafood Chowder which immediately won a taste award with me. Thick, creamy, and loaded with lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams, and haddock. A nice hot cup of chowder and a half a grilled Panini roast beef & cheddar cheese hit the spot. The Portsmouth New Hampshire Harbor views from the River House are awesome from all three of their levels; you’re looking right at the where the Moran tugboats dock as well as the dock where the big ships that deliver road salt tie up as well as the sightseeing dock for the M/V Thomas Laighton.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Harbor tugs | Realtor Jim Lee    Potsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Harbor & Memorial Bridge | Realtor Jim Lee

In the photo below is one of the big ships that deliver road salt to the regional distribution center in Portsmouth New Hampshire.

This one is empty or almost empty; you can tell by how high the ship is setting in the water. The dark red bottom of the hull is under the waterline when they first come into port at Portsmouth New Hampshire.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Harbor tugs | Realtor Jim Lee

After lunch we walked along the Riverwalk which is a cool little passage way along Portsmouth New Hampshire Harbor with several restaurant patios at harborside. There was a hardy soul rowing out on the harbor. We then went back up to the street level and came out on Bow Street.

Portsmouth NH | Stairs from Portsmouth NH Riverwalk to street level | Realtor Jim Lee Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH rowing on the Piscataqua River | Realtor Jim Lee

We noticed a sidewalk sign advertising The Wellington Room, a cool looking restaurant up a flight of stairs and as we were reading a very nice young lady who worked there was coming to work so she invited us up to take a look around. Our first visit to The Wellington Room, a very small & unique restaurant overlooking Portsmouth New Hampshire Harbor. Below is the view from of the windows showing both the Middle Bridge and the Interstate 95 bridge into Maine in the background. I can imagine how picturesque and romantic this restaurant would be at night. We’ll be back for dinner soon.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Restaurants The Wellington Room | Realtor Jim Lee  Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Restaurants The Wellington Room | Realtor Jim Lee

Walking back from Portsmouth Harbor towards market square we noticed a display of typewriters, yep, actual typewriters, for sale in a store window. That’s a sight you don’t see often. Even though it was later afternoon, downtown Portsmouth New Hampshire was still pretty lively with lots of people walking driving around.

Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH downtown storefront | Realtor Jim Lee  Portsmouth NH | Portsmouth NH Market Square crosswalk | Realtor Jim Lee

Still not wanting to go home we decided to ride down to the beach and have a look at the Atlantic Ocean. That’s another of the cool things about living in Portsmouth New Hampshire, you can be at the beach in 5 minutes or less.

Portsmouth NH Homes | Rye Beach NH | Jim Lee Realtor  Portsmouth NH Homes | Rye Beach NH | Jim Lee Realtor

It was a beautiful day as usual at the beach in Rye. Even though there was a cool breeze blowing there were some hardy folks walking and biking along the beach. We love living and working in the Portsmouth New Hampshire Seacoast; it’s a beautiful spot in most any direction you look.

If buying or selling a home or condo in the New Hampshire Seacoast towns of Portsmouth, New Castle, Rye, Hampton Beach, or Seabrook & southern Maine is in your future we invite you to visit www.NewHampshireMaineRealEstate.com to see all our real estate listings for sale.

My partner Ann Cummings and I are happy to answer any questions you may have about the area or our real estate. We have lots of years each in the business and have helped hundreds of nice people just like you buy or sell a home. We would love to help you find a home in Portsmouth New Hampshire too, just give us a call or email.

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