Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

A Seaside Gem Goes Green

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Dream Towns: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Photographer Reena Bammi

You Main Street Has:

Market Square Jewelers, RiverRun Bookstore, Breaking New Grounds coffee shop, the majestic North Church in Market Square, Flatbread Company, Nahcotta Art Gallery, and the Portsmouth Brewery.

On the weekend you might: take the steamship dinner tour from downtown Portsmouth to the Isles of Shoals, a group of rocky islands six miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

Your neighbors are: mostly in their late 30s. Pastimes include watching concerts and films at the historic Music Hall, hanging out at the downtown dog park, or catching an outdoor food event at Prescott Park.





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