Holiday in Portsmouth, NH: Ringing in the New Year!

This past year, I celebrated the new year in one of my favorite cities: Portsmouth. Ringing in the new year with friends, was the perfect way to welcome 2016!

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Portsmouth is located in the south eastern region of New Hampshire. Known for its historic seaport, fine dining, and many shops, Portsmouth is a major tourist destination. At any time of year, you will find tourists and locals, walking and exploring the streets of the city. What I love most about Portsmouth is how easy it is to get around; it’s not too big and not too small.

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To celebrate the new year, my friends and I stayed at a bar, called Tequila Jacks. It’s a very laid back, sit or stand, kind of bar, with music playing. I had been there once before, and absolutely loved the atmosphere, there!

The next day, my friends took me out to walk around the city, which was still filled with holiday decor. A tree, sitting in the center of the downtown, stood beautifully, decorated in Christmas ornaments.

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The brisk weather is bearable, as long as I have a hot cup of coffee in my hand.
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The city is so colorful.

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Aside from exploring the city and walking around the downtown, my favorite part of the city, is walking by the water. From there, you can see the Piscataqua Bridge (crossing the Piscataqua River), which connects the city of Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine. Across from that bridge, you can also see the World War I Memorial Bridge, which also crosses over the Piscataqua River. This site at sunset is absolutely stunning. As we walked around the city, we were able to walk close enough to the water, to get a gorgeous view of the sun setting.

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World War I Memorial Bridge.
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Beautiful sunset in Portsmouth, NH.
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If you look closely, the arch in the distance, is the Piscataqua Bridge.

You don’t necessarily have to walk across the bridges to catch a glimpse of the city or sunset. From the downtown, you can walk about 10-15 minutes from the center, close to the water.

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Portsmouth is also known for its stunning, historic buildings and architecture, bringing a certain charm to the city.

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Downtown Portsmouth, NH.

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