We recently partnered with the Australian-based influencer behind "Ask the Concierge" on how to make the most of your time in Portsmouth, and it occurred to us that our readers might enjoy that info just as much as the Aussies do! Below, Josh, the manager of The Hotel Portsmouth, gives tips on where to get everything from the best cup of coffee, to the best bowl of chowda' and a must-do before leaving town:
Q: Your most popular request?
What restaurant/bar has the same vibe & energy as your hotel. Moxy is always the first thing off of my tongue.
Q: Your favorite locale when enjoying a day off?
Paddle boarding or kayaking down the Piscataqua River.
Q: Best coffee?
La Maison Navarre. Let’s face it, the french know how to deliver a quality product. Don't even get me started on the macaroons.
Q: Where must we go for lunch?
Anything with a water view. You can’t beat the seafood chowder at Riverhouse while watching the tug boats.
Q: It's a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what shall we do?
Grab a Lark umbrella and go look through the archives at the Athenæum or catch a show at the Music Hall.
Q: What is an absolute must-do or must-see before leaving your city?
Go see Don Gorvett actually WORK in his studio on Market st. We have 19 of his original prints hanging around the hotel.
Q: What you love about your hotel?
The ability to feel like you’re truly at home while having all of the luxuries of a larger hotel.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about when visiting your city?
Portsmouth is one of the most walkable cities in the North East, drenched in history & hidden gems. Make sure you set aside enough time to stroll all of the streets.