Northeastern seaport cities are often thought to be among the oldest in the United States, even though most don’t crack the top ten. But what they lack in vintage, they more than make up for in charisma, thanks to an idiosyncratic mix of salt-spiked air, jagged coastline, stately architecture, and rough-and-tumble attitude.
Case in point: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of the East’s busiest ports right up through the 1800s, when railroads supplanted the sea as the main mode of travel. Located about halfway between the North Shore of Boston and Portland, Maine, it shares a resemblance with both areas—but has managed to stay just beneath the radar of most Northeastern beach seekers. In the winter, when you’re more likely to see residents than travelers out and about, it’s even more refreshingly laid-back.
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Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts. As an editor, she has worked on more than 350 books for publishers including Penguin Random House, Workman, and Simon & Schuster. She has also served as a book coach for independent authors, helping them take their ideas from concept to print. An avid traveler and travel writer, Robin lives, reads, and writes voraciously in upstate NY.