Coastal New England boasts a range of excitement from fabulous culinary experiences to picturesque lighthouses and everything in between. You’ll be in a perfect position to explore Portsmouth, NH to Portland, ME during your next stay in the Kennebunks, each trendy coastal destination beckoning within 25 miles in either direction. Adventure is waiting!
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Make the Most of Your Trip From Portsmouth NH to Portland ME
We have everything you need to know about visiting the coastal shores from Portsmouth, NH to Portland, ME. Explore the lighthouses, award-winning restaurants, and craft breweries of Portland. Experience New England history, more craft breweries, and a charming waterfront with stunning sunset views in Portsmouth. Start planning your tour today!
Discover Portsmouth, NH
USS Albacore Museum
Experience the thrill of being inside a real submarine! The research sub was once used by the Navy to experiment on features to be deployed in modern-day submarines. Spy through the periscope, steer from the captains portal, and uncover an authentic piece of American history at the USS Albacore Museum.
Liar’s Bench Beer Co.
Many excellent craft breweries can be found as you meander along the streets of Portsmouth, and Liar’s Bench Beer Co. is one you’ll want to be sure to have on your list! A laid back, no-frills microbrewery, its patio provides welcoming picnic tables and a large awning for sipping your brew comfortably. The inside is airy and classic.
But don’t let the casual setting fool you, this spot has some of the best brews in town. The Love Duck is a local favorite, but you can’t go wrong with any of their ever-changing recipes.
Cava Tapas & Wine Bar
If you’re in search of something slightly more intimate, you’ll want to head to Cava Tapas and Wine Bar. Set your sights on any one of their seafood tapas or if you’re in the mood for something lighter try the Broccolini or the Chickpea Fries. Their wine menu is extensive and offers several different varieties of reds, whites, and sparkling wines.
If relaxing wharf-side with a craft cocktail and some scrumptious seafood, watching watercraft of every kind glide by as the sky turns from bright blue to pink, purple and orange sounds appealing, plan to wrap up your day in Portsmouth along Bow Street! Every restaurant and café boasts dockside tables and waterfront views, along with New England-based food and drink that will delight your taste buds. This sunset experience will be etched in your memory!
Your Must-See List of Portland, ME
Portland Head Lighthouse
Portland Head Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, is idyllic New England. Watch the waves crash against the rocky coast, catch a glimpse of the lobstermen pulling their harvest from the water, and spot the ships coming into Portland Harbor.
Take a Brewery Tour
Hop a ride on The Maine Brew Bus for an in-depth ride around some of Portland’s award-winning breweries. Whether you’re searching for the most popular brewpubs, local favorites, or just something fun like, say, a curling and brew tour, the brew bus doesn’t disappoint.
With over 200 restaurants, Portland was named Bon Appetit’s 2018 restaurant city of the year. From potato donuts to locally harvested oysters, you’re sure to find something wonderful to please your palate. The Highroller Lobster Company offers fresh Maine lobster paired with an expansive backdoor patio. The Holy Donut has three Downtown locations and offers guests a build-your-own-potato-donut experience.
Meet Us in the Middle at The Inn at English Meadows
Planning the perfect Portsmouth to Portland trip wouldn’t be complete without a stay at The Inn at English Meadows. Our inn is conveniently located in between the two cities and is the perfect place to call your home base. Book your stay in the Carriage House Suite and settle in for a few days with your own spacious living room, private balcony, gas fireplace, queen-size bed, and a convenient kitchenette.
Enjoy a house-crafted, breakfast each morning of your stay freshly prepared with our own garden herbs and local seasonal fruits and vegetables. Everything from our morning coffee to our afternoon cookies is carefully blended and thoughtfully prepared so that it reaches you in its freshest form. Add a pair of mimosas to your meal and start your day off in style. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Inn at English Meadows!