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

Visiting Portsmouth:

Stay the week: Ale House Inn is a former downtown warehouse converted to contemporary loft-type rooms. Rates start at $119; 603/431-7760 or

Stay a month: Little beach cottage across from Wallis Sands State Beach with two bedrooms and one bath. Weekly rates start at $650; 603/431-2179 or






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