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Before the summer crowds descend, May is prime time for weekend trips, like the memorable two-day jaunt we recently made to Portsmouth, NH. The quintessential New England harbor town is centered around a downtown dotted with grand Victorian architecture and a host of former industrial spaces – a nod to the city’s shipbuilding and Revolutionary past. But in recent years, cozy new restaurants and indie shops have also popped up to lend the city a lively but communal feel. For the perfect mix between enjoyable and relaxed, here’s what to include on your itinerary:
Most cities offer plenty of reasons to visit. Whether it’s fine art or great food, window shopping or bar hopping, there’s something to entertain just about everybody. At times the number of options might actually seem overwhelming to tourists and residents. For years though, multi-day cultural festivals and restaurant weeks have successfully promoted urban exploration, encouraging people to take a fresh look at a familiar town. More recently, spurred on by the non-profit Brewer’s Association and motivated hop heads, beer weeks have started to pop up around the country, too. In essence, a celebration of American-made ales and lagers, these events tap in to the excitement surrounding the current craft beer boom. And it doesn’t matter if you can’t distinguish a Gueuze from a Gose. Above all, beer weeks are supposed to be fun. Read more
Visiting coastal New England during the late fall and early winter can mean fewer crowds and bigger savings. If you’re looking to experience the allure of the Northeast but don’t want to break the bank, consider staying at the stylish and contemporary Ale House Inn located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the banks of the Piscataqua River. This urban boutique inn, located in the historic Portsmouth Brewing Co. building, is offering an exclusive deal for ShermansTravel.com readers from November 1 through December 30 which will grant guests a third night free with any 2-night booking. Nightly rates start at just $179 and each room features an iPod docking station as well as a 32-inch flat screen television. Be sure to mention “Sherman’s Travel 3rd night free” when booking over the phone. For more information, visit www.alehouseinn.com or call 603-431-7760.
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