We typically think of spring as the time of new beginnings. But this time of year is also full of fresh starts and opportunities for adventure right where we live. As September’s temperatures start to cool down from summer’s heat, it’s a great time to enjoy what’s waiting right outside your door. Take a look at just a few ways to stretch your legs, take a breather and enjoy our beautiful surroundings — including some absolutely stunning autumn landscapes.
Experience the changing colors
Love the look of autumn? This is the time of the year to enjoy some absolutely spectacular sights of the season. Grab your camera, because you’ll find some incredible fall foliage throughout the area. When is the best time in autumn to go? Where is the best spot to see all the colors? Track the changing colors at this link.
Reconnect with nature
This beautiful Fuller Gardens in North Hampton features rose gardens with hundreds of varieties that bloom each year from June through October. Spring isn’t the only time to visit this meticulously groomed garden. A wide variety of perennial plants are also in bloom through fall. Visit the gardens seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through mid-October.
Explore the area on foot
One of the great things about Portsmouth is that you can enjoy a great restaurant meal, shopping and a stroll in a picturesque setting on the Piscataqua River. You can also go on a walking tour of Portsmouth Harbor Trail, where you can view historic homes, tugboats, a working waterfront, vibrant Market Square, Prescott Park, and much more.
Explore a lighthouse
Reserve a spot to tour the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and see some pretty spectacular views. You can climb the 44 stairs and 7-rung ladder to the top. (Children must be at least 42 inches to climb the stairs in the lighthouse and adults are not permitted to carry children up the stairs.) Flat shoes are strongly suggested; no flip-flops are allowed.
Reconnect with nature
The 182-acre Urban Forestry Center offers a network of self-guided trails. Our favorite: The Goodwin Trail, a two-mile round trip through the woods, where you can see native wildflowers, birds, and animals.
Enjoy a sweet treat
After a nice long walk, a treat is in order! Stop by Lickee’s & Chewy’s Candies & Creamery, a medieval-themed candy store, chocolate factory & ice cream/dessert restaurant featuring nearly 5,000 square feet of candies and chocolates from around the world, all inside a 200-year-old mill in downtown Dover.
Do a bit of shopping
Shop until you drop at Portsmouth’s Market Street! Did you know it was named one of the Best Shopping Streets by Travel and Leisure magazine?
Take in some historic sites
Which of these incredible landmarks have you seen? If you like history, you’ll love a visit to any of these buildings.
Take part in a parade
Have a great costume? Join the hundreds who march walk the the Portsmouth Halloween Parade each year. Or just watch the parade from the sidelines. Either way, you’ll have fun.
Enjoy a cruise. Wait — there’s more? Yep. Tour the Seacoast’s waterways one of these great cruises. If you love fall foliage, you’ll have to try the Inland River and Fall Foliage Cruise. It’s a 2 1/2 hour journey in a picturesque autumn setting. It’s sure to get you in the fall spirit.
The Portsmouth area is truly an amazing and beautiful place. Celebrate all it has to offer by taking some time to enjoy it! If you have any questions about the area – property management or otherwise – we’d love to help! Give us a call anytime: (603) 605-8425.