History. Innovation. Activity. There is no conversation about the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine that won’t be comprised of one of these things.
Anywhere you turn, it is clear to see the rich nautical history of this area’s yesteryear. Historic homes, quaint brick, and architecture leave visitors and residents alike feeling like they are walking the streets of a time past.
Don’t let the historic facade fool you, however. The Seacoast is home to vibrant businesses, restaurants, and opportunities that keep its nearly 20,000 year-round residents busy.
Why the Seacoast?
Aside from the picturesque downtown of Portsmouth and the rocky coastline of Maine and New Hampshire, why would you want to live on the Seacoast?
The Seacoast boasts hundreds of restaurants, over 100 of them are located right in Portsmouth. Some of these notable locations have appeared on famous shows like Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The Seacoast truly is a foodie paradise.
Not only is the cuisine fantastic but the Seacoast, home to organic farming pioneer the University of New Hampshire, is the champion for Ecogastronomy.
What is Ecogastronomy? Ecogastronomy integrates sustainable agriculture, hospitality management and nutrition. Whether it is composting waste from restaurants and businesses in Portsmouth, buying your meat from the sustainable butcher in Kittery or sitting down to enjoy the freshest foods from sea and land a restaurant can offer - the Seacoast area is committed to farm-to-table initiatives.
As much as the Seacoast loves its food, it also loves its beer. If you are a true beer enthusiast, you will find nirvana in the Seacoast.
Within 10 miles short miles, beer lovers flock to seven fantastic micro and nano-breweries including Smuttynose, Throwback, Redhook, and Tributary Brewing, to name a few.
Love beer but want to enjoy all the local breweries have to offer from the comfort of one stool? Stop into The Black Birch in Kittery. Born from a passion for wine, beer, and cocktails, visitors to The Black Birch are never disappointed.
For anyone with a family, or considering starting a family, the choice of school is paramount when buying a home. When you choose to move to the Seacoast, you are surrounded by the best schools around - regardless of which side of the state line you choose.
Portsmouth, Rye, Durham, Hampton Falls and Stratham all have schools in the list of Top 10 schools in the state. Most of these communities also round out the Top 10 places to raise a family in New Hampshire as well.
Not to be outdone, York Schools appear in the list of Top 10 in the State of Maine and Marshwood consisting of Eliot and South Berwick are in the Top 20.
The Year Round Events
Living in what some jokingly refer to as “the arctic tundra” isn’t as dull or cold as you might think. While the vibrant summer events are hallmarks of the area, the Seacoast doesn’t hibernate all winter either.
Winter may be cold, but it does little to squelch the enthusiasm of residents. Whether celebrating the Fire and Ice Festival or skating at Strawberry Banke Museum, winter is a lively season in the Seacoast. In a bad storm, locals are known to strap on skis and snowshoes to go out because they know their efforts will be rewarded with beer deals at many bars in town.
Summer brings all the road races and outdoor events you can dream of. The Seacoast Road Race Series promotes fun and fitness with race proceeds to benefit local non-profits.
From movies in the park to music and outdoor theatre entertainment attracting some of the biggest names in music - there is a little something for the whole family during the Prescott Park Arts Festival season.
The Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne State Park is fun for the whole family with eco-adventures and the Sea Concert Series.
Whether you are looking to relax on one of the beautiful beaches in York and Hampton or attend nightly events along the water under the stars - look no further than the Seacoast.
If there wasn’t enough to do with food and seasonal events in the Seacoast, one of the advantages of the area is how close it puts you to anything you could want. Living here you are an hour from Boston and everything it has to offer - yet it still has that small town feel.
Two hours north you have incredible hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Rumney Rocks - named one of the best sport climbing spots on the East Coast is also within that two-hour radius.
Climbing or hiking not your thing? Stay a little closer to home, and enjoy a 15 min drive to surfing beaches, kayaking within Portsmouth city limits or ride your bike around the six-mile loop leading from downtown Portsmouth into Newcastle.
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