Nearby the hotel are attractions that require a short drive or boat ride in the seacoast vicinity.
1. Isle of Shoals
Many of these nine small, rocky islands (eight at high tide) retain the earthy names—Hog and Smuttynose to cite but two—given them by transient 17th-century fishermen. A history of piracy, murder, and ghosts surrounds the archipelago, long populated by an independent lot who, according to one writer, hadn't the sense to winter on the mainland. Not all the islands lie within the state's borders: after an ownership dispute, five went to Maine and four to New Hampshire.
Celia Thaxter, a native islander, romanticized these islands with her poetry in Among the Isles of Shoals (1873) and celebrated her garden in An Island Garden (1894; now reissued with the original color illustrations by Childe Hassam). In the late 19th century, Appledore Island became an offshore retreat for Thaxter's coterie of writers, musicians, and artists. The island is now used by the Marine Laboratory of Cornell University. Star Island contains a nondenominational conference center and is open for guided tours.
2. Redhook Brewery
One of America's largest craft brewers, Redhook established its brewery in Portsmouth in 1996 on the grounds of what once was Pease Air Force Base. The pub, which is known as the Cataqua Public House, is attached to the brewery. There you'll find a seasonal outdoor beer garden, function rooms, and a beer paraphenilia-filled Gift Shop. Redhook’s brewery in Portsmouth, NH was established to provide East Coasters the same quality and fresh Redhook that loyal drinkers on the West Coast were accustomed to for years. The brewery boasts the same architectural style as its Woodinville, WA brother, which was influenced by the brewhouses of Bavaria. The expansive grounds are home to many events and festivities during the summer months, including the popular Redhookfest, usually held in August, which has hosted musicians such as Donovan Frankenreiter and Blues Traveler.
3. New Castle
Though it consists of a single square mile of land, the small island of New Castle, 3 mi southeast from downtown via Route 1B, was once known as Great Island. The narrow roads and coastal lanes are lined with pre-Revolutionary houses, making for a beautiful drive or stroll. Wentworth-by-the-Sea, the last of the state's great seaside resorts, towers over the southern end of New Castle on Route 1B. It was the site of the signing of the Russo-Japanese Treaty in 1905, when Russian and Japanese delegates stayed at the resort and signed an agreement ending the Russo-Japanese War that would win President Theodore Roosevelt a Nobel Peace Prize. The property was vacant for 20 years before it reopened as a luxury resort in 2003.
Also on New Castle, Ft. Constitution Historic Site was built in 1631 and then rebuilt in 1666 as Ft. William and Mary, a British stronghold overlooking Portsmouth Harbor. The fort earned its fame in 1774, when patriots raided it in one of Revolutionary America's first overtly defiant acts against King George III. The rebels later used the captured munitions against the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Panels explain its history. Park at the dock and walk into the Coast Guard installation to the fort. Website:.www.nhstateparks.org.
Also at the fort, the only lighthouse on the mainland of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Light (also known as Fort Point Light, New Castle Light, and Fort Constitution Light) was constructed in 1877 on the grounds of Fort Constitution, a Revolutionary War fortification.
Web site: Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Light
4. The Nubble Lighthouse - York, ME
Perched atop a rocky outcrop in York Beach, Maine, standing 41 feet high and 88 feet above sea level. The Nubble began operating in 1879 after a five-year construction effort. It was painted white in 1902 after intially being red or possibly brown. Its red beacon flashes at six-second intervals and can be seen from 13 nautical miles away.
Like all lighthouses in the Seacoast, The Nubble is automated. The last lighthouse keeper moved out in July 1989, and the house is no longer occupied.
One of the most popular times to view The Nubble is when the town of York lights up the lighthouse and buildings for Christmas, on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The lights come on at dusk from then until the first week of January.
There is free parking at Sohier Park, at the end of Nubble Road in York Beach, with an excellent view of the lighthouse. The lighthouse and grounds, however, are not open to the public.
5. Hampton Beach - Hampton, NH
Hampton Beach is the most popular beach in New Hampshire. During the day is it filled with sunbathers and swimmers of all ages. At night Hampton Beach transforms into an active and exciting nightlife destination with the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom where many concerts are held, an arcade, hotels right and motels on Hampton Beach strip, restaurants and small shops. NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach.
6. Flag Hill Winery - Lee, NH
Flag Hill is both a winery and a distillery, which means it produces wines and spirits. At Flag Hill, there are more than 20 acres of vineyards that feature nine varieties of grapes suitable to New England's harsh climate. This produces red and white wines in a variety of flavors, including fruit wines with blends of strawberry, raspberry, apple and Wild Maine blueberries. In keeping with their "made in New Hampshire" pride, Flag Hill has a Heritage Red Wine that is blended with maple syrup. They have also created a Sugar Maple Liqueur that blends maple syrup with their signature Vodka, the General John Stark Vodka. The winery invites visitors to explore the vineyards, and stop in the Tasting Room to browse through 15 varieties of wine. The 130-acre Wagon Hill Farm on Route 4 in Durham offers sweeping views of the fields next to the old wagon atop the hill. These views are exquisite at sunset. The property features well marked trails leading to a nicely developed waterfront with picnic tables and swimming in Little Bay. The farm itself was preserved by the residents of Durham. Please respect the rules of the property. The site is also popular with cross-country skiers and sledders during winter months.