Exploring Portsmouth’s Historic South End

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It’s nearly impossible to go wrong when wandering around the neighborhoods of Portsmouth. Wherever you turn, you’ll be met with quaint historic homes and charming neighborhoods. One of our favorite neighborhoods to check out is the historic South End district.

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The proud homeowners of the South End typically deck out their homes with beautiful seasonal decorations, especially during the holidays. Stroll the short distance from Market Square or hop on the complimentary Nickleby Vintage Christmas Trolley presented by Pickwick’s Mercantile, which can bring you right to the South End.

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Don’t forget to explore the Strawbery Banke Museum, an immersive living-history museum that recreates the Puddle Dock neighborhood of times past. While there, peek into Pickwick’s at the Banke for a bit of shopping or stop in the Figtree Kitchen for a delicious treat to fuel your adventures (or perhaps a hot chocolate?).

Candle Light Stroll at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH Dec. 2010

You’d be hard-pressed to find another place that so magically captures the essence of a classic holiday than Strawbery Banke. Bundle up and bring your family and friends for a Candlelight Stroll through the neighborhood, or sharpen (or rent!) some skates for a day at the Labrie Family Skate on Puddle Dock Pond.

There is so much to see around Portsmouth, especially during the holiday season. We hope you’ll join us for Vintage Christmas!