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PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(AND OTHER NEW ENGLAND
Item on my Bucket List: To spend 8-12 weeks on the New England Coast during the winter months. Part of that time will be spent in my hometown, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Apparently Trib Total Media staff writer Rex Rutkowski concurs. The headline on page F7 of the Sunday, January 18, 2015, Tribune-Review newspaper had no trouble getting my attention: Winter can be wonderful by the sea. The opening sentence kept my attention: Seacoast communities in the Northeast sometimes can be forgotten in winter. Portsmouth, N. H….
The article was a rerun, originally published in the Tribune-Review hardcopy of May 6, 2012. The online edition then included “glowing reviews” of Portsmouth:
- Money magazine calls the historic working seaport one of “Top 10 Best Places to Live”
- Outside magazine touts it as one of the “Top 20 Towns in America”
- ForbesTraveler.com named it one of “America’s prettiest towns”
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation (names it) as a “Distinctive Destination”
- Named to the National Geographic Traveler’s list of the globe’s “Historic Places” — 26th in the world and sixth in the United States
- Prevention Magazine lauded as “New Hampshire’s No. 1 Walking City,” can be taken in on foot
Rex Rutkowski’s two articles are adjusted for seasonal application. The January 18th reprint includes some items not in the original May 2012 article:
- The Portsmouth Fire + Ice Festival
- Winter Wine Festival
- Ice Skating on Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke
The May 2012 article includes the following not in the January 18th article:
- Prescott Park Arts Festival
- Harbor and island cruises
- Portsmouth Harbour Trail
- Hampton Beach
Several items Rex Rutkowski omitted, although I realize he has space limitations:
- The Memorial Bridge—a walk over the newly constructed bridge over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine
- The Rockingham Hotel
- Free Hugs & Gold Lions in Portsmouth, N. H.
- The cemeteries, especially the old one downtown
- The many historic homes, eg. The John Paul Jones, etc.
- The Isles of Shoals: Beauty, Mystery, Intrigue
I want to thank Rex Rutkowski for bringing Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the forefront.