Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vacation Recap 2: Portsmouth, NH

On Sunday, July 1, I was lucky enough to sleep just a little later than the previous night. I got up, showered, dressed, went to get breakfast, called my parents to check on the puppies, and finally roused the hubster out of bed. We finally got started heading down to visit our friend Courtney in Portsmouth, NH.

Portsmouth is only about 30-40 minutes from Kennebunkport, but we decided to take the scenic route and take our time getting down there. The hubster, as an avid watcher of "Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives," was on the look out for the Maine Diner, which was right along. It was also only about 10AM, and while I had already had an english muffin, I wasn't really ready for lunch. The hubster, on the other hand, hadn't eaten anything at all and was quite ravenous. So we stopped, and I took this as the opportunity to get a real, authentic Maine lobster roll. And it was delicious.
Lobster Roll, Maine Dinner, Rte 1, Maine

From there, we continued on down Rte 1, stopping at a few kitschy gift shops and the Outlets in Kittery, ME. The hubster was on a quest for a real, brick and mortar hockey store, but none we looked up online either seemed to exist or be open. It was depressing. About 4PM, we pulled up in Portsmouth, NH, just in time for Courtney to get off work. At her suggestion, we went straight to Portsmouth Brewery and Pub for a pre-dinner drink. We scooted home (literally) from there for a delicious dinner of smoked ribs.
Courtney, scooting on home. We had to follow in the car.

The next day we had great dreams of touring Portsmouth Brewery as well as Smuttynose Brewery, but alas, they were both closed. We had to make do with puttering around town, enjoying Brunch at the Friendly Toast, and then touring Redhook Brewery later in the afternoon.

The Friendly Toast-An Absolutely Quirky Diner

Bottling at Redhook Brewery

The hubster, tasting some  fine Red Hook Beer
 We had some time to kill before Courtney's boyfriend got off work, so we hit up the beaches. I knew the coast line was so rocky, but I had the hardest time wrapping my head about it when I actually experienced the ocean with more rocks rather than sand. And it made for some great photos.

So many rocks!
So there is some sand...

Umm...How do we get back?

 And, of course, we had to go back to Portsmouth Brewery for one more beer before dinner. 
A Trinity of Beers

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Oh man, this brings back so many memories. Kittery and its quirky shops, Portsmouth (did you see the old Navy jail?), Strawberry Banke, sigh......I miss it so much!