OK - fooled you. This is really a mini trip report from Portsmouth. My daughter is at UNH so this is my first mini extended stay in the area ( is that a contradition?) Anyway, we are staying at the Anchorage Inn which is a nice little hotel with continental breakfast daily. Clean rooms and helpful staff.
Spent some time walking around Portsmouth and its downtown area has too many nice shops and restaurants to mention. As mentioned elsewhere, the Common Man is opened and there was a line tonight. I could see it from my table at Agave where I had a great carne asada burrito and tortilla soup. Dessert was incredible (fried banana's with vanilla ice cream with some great sauce- way to ruin a perfectly health fruit)
Also walked around the harbor area which was quite nice. Today, I drove every coastal road from Kennebunkport back to Portsmouth. This was like MV on steroids with the huge homes, and very different coast than what i am used to in MA. Wish I had time to stop for some hours in each and plan to do so in the future.
The leaves are just starting to turn around here and it is quite cool, although it was a spectacularly sunny day today.
Well worth the visit, especially if you live in the Ma area.