24-Hour Girls Getaway in Portsmouth, NH

February 17, 2016

Taking some advice from this post, I decided to prioritze myself and recharge. Here is a look at 24 hours in and around Porstmouh, New Hampshire.  The suggestions below would make for a great girls weekend, but it could also work as a romantic getaway!


9:15: Start at Barre and Soul, get your workout in so you don’t feel guilty later.  This studio is fantastic, with a birds-eye view of Portsmouth.

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The class was challenging, but our instructor offered modifications, so even a beginner would feel at ease.  With inspirational quotes at the beginning and end of each class, you can leave with a clear head and happy heart.  Check out the full schedule here,


11:00: Drive to Wentworth by The Sea Hotel, a short ten minute ride. Have brunch at Salt, then head to the spa and check in. Arrive EARLY. Spa visits include all of the hotel amenities (i.e., pool, sauna, and outdoor hot tub).  Get a mimosa by the pool and relax.

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4:00: Hop the border into Kittery Foreside.  Recharge with a coffee at Lil’s.  Stop in and explore the local shops, including Folk and the newly opened Tayla Mac.


Tayla Mac with styling from our friends at Alice + Bird Interiors.

6:00: Cocktails at Wallingford Dram. The almost-hidden entrance to the bar gives you the feeling you are entering a speakeasy. Vintage nautical prints and writer’s lamps on each table add to the ambiance. The cocktail list is massive and exciting, with inventive mixers such as the Kittery Plum Tincture and the Maine Hemlock. I opted for the A.B. Collins, a vodka-based cocktail garnished with pickled cranberries.  Feeling a little peckish, we ordered the Chef’s charchuterie board which was generous, perfect for 2-4 people.


Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset8:00: Dinner at Franklin Oyster House. (ND Note: If there is a vegetarian in the group, this may not be the best choicethe oysters and charchuterie are tops). We went big and ordered the Grand Plateau: two shuckers dozens, six charcuterie selections, and “franklin fries.” Much to our dismay, the server informed us they had run out of fries. So, a little advice: If you want to experience the full menu get a dinner reserveration on the early side. Another option for oysters is Row 34, check ND contributor Katelyn’s review here.


10:00:  We walked a block and ended up at the Bird’s Eye Lounge. Check out their schedule—lots of live music.  I must add that the the scotch pour was indeed generous.

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11:00: Night cap at the Press Room.

ZZZzzzZZZ: Hotel Portsmouth. This pretty little spot is one of many Lark Hotel properties in the New England area. Check out Elizabeth Stone’s review here.

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9:00: Good morning, Sunshine.  The Friendly Toast is the obvious breakfast choice in these parts.  I selected the french toast with whipped cream and berries.  A more adventurous member of the group (my MOM) had an egg sandwich on pizza bread which was surprisingly delicious.


So there you have it, 24 hours in Portsmouth with a little bit of everything!




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