Girls Getaway Itinerary
“This low-key gem is great for relaxing, shopping, and pretending you never have to go back to your real life.” - CNN
Shop in unique downtown shops and boutiques in downtown Portsmouth, and find your favorite brand stores just next door.
Portsmouth boutiques and specialty shops are 99% locally owned and operated, and have made Portsmouth a virtual cornucopia of styles and tastes. Stroll downtown and discover some true treasures for every member of the family.
For bargain hunters, the nearby Kittery Outlets in Maine provide more than 120 shopping choices. Explore a wealth of stores featuring name brands like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, and the Lindt Chocolate Factory Store.
The Mall at Fox Run, located on Woodbury Avenue in nearby Newington, NH, offers tax-free shopping at their major retail stores.
Fashion’s Night Out Portsmouth
Fashion’s Night Out in Portsmouth makes us a fashion destination, as shopkeepers present their fall/winter collections and welcome patrons in for trunk shows, demonstrations by in-store style consultants, music, special sales, nibbles and libations. It’s a “see and be seen” event as fashionistas celebrate fashion on the street with iconic Portsmouth Flower Dresses, and beauty pageant winners, all snapped by roaming paparazzi! The Nightcap Party features a Fashion Runway Show with kilted clansmen, wedding fashion, the Flower Girls and everyday style from local shops. The event is held every year in September.
Stay tuned throughout the year for many retail events happening through our tax-free state. Visit www.ShopPortsmouth.org to see the most recent retail event.
Spas and Resorts
Check into one of our popular spas and resorts for some self-care and rejuvenation.
Stage Neck Inn – www.stageneck.com
Refreshing blend of casual comfort and sophisticated elegance, the Stage Neck Inn is located in York Harbor, Maine. Their Sandpiper Bar & Grille features cocktails, an extensive wine list, and a weekend piano bar. Exercise in the indoor pool or fitness room, then enjoy a spa or nail treatment.
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa – www.wentworth.com
With sumptuous accommodations, exceptional dining, and a tranquil spa, Wentworth by the Sea is an idyllic seaside retreat. Full sophisticated spa services. Visit The Foot Whisperer!
Portsmouth Spa – www.portsmouthspa.com
This day spa has salon and nail services with trained professionals. Groups, bridal parties, corporate events are all welcome. Located on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth, this spa is within walking distance of all downtown hotels.
Fun and Unique Experiences
Granite State Growler Tours – www.nhbeerbus.com
Discover NH’s rich brewing history by bus, visiting multiple micro-breweries.
Monkey Mind Escape Rooms – www.monkeymindescape.com
Great for adventures for groups of friends, family gatherings, date night, birthday parties and more.
Portsmouth Eats – www.portsmouth-eats.com
Walk, Talk, Meet and Eat – take a walking restaurant tasting tour – lunch, dinner, chocolate – whatever you’d like to sample!
Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor – www.silverfountain.com
Venue for baby and wedding showers, business luncheons or just a fun time with friends. Feel free to dress up, wear a crazy hat and/or boa! Themed parties range from Victorian, Speak Easy, Cocktail, Picnic, to Downton Abbey!
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company – www.islesofshoals.com
Check out the narrated history tours of Portsmouth Harbor, the Isles of Shoals and the New Hampshire Seacoast.
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises – www.portsmouthharbor.com
All aboard for the fully narrated harbor cruise, taking you through nearly 400 years of local and American history.
Gundalow Company – www.gundalow.org
Sail the Piscataqua on a reproduction of the traditional flat-bottom gundalow barges once prevalent along local waterways.
Arts & Culture
- ACT ONE (Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England)
- 3S Artspace
- Art ‘Round Town
- Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses
- The Music Hall + The Music Hall Loft
- Players’ Ring Theatre
- Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
- Portsmouth Harbour Trail Tour
- Discover Portsmouth Arts & Culture Center
- Prescott Park Arts Festival
- Seacoast Repertory Theatre
- Strawbery Banke Museum
- Jackson House
- Moffatt-Ladd House & Gardens
- Warner House
- Wentworth-Gardner House
- Tobias Lear House
- Governor John Langdon House
- John Paul Jones House
- Rundlet-May House