Port Inn Portsmouth – Convenient and Comfortable

Within Minutes of Really Good Lobster Rolls!

Located just off the Route 1 traffic circle, The Port Inn Portsmouth is just a short drive from the city’s eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and waterfront activities!

With tastefully decorated and spacious accommodations, The Port Inn boasts many amenities such as 32″ inch flat screen TVs, electric vehicle charging stations and an outdoor heated pool.  The Inn offers plentiful, buffet breakfasts and many other “home way from  home” conveniences.

Why we love it:   Some rooms come with fully equipped kitchenettes  – so steam up some lobsters and enjoy!

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Lamie’s Inn and Old Salt Tavern – Historic and Delicious

A Local Landmark on Route 1

Family owned and operated, Lamie’s Inn and the Old Salt Tavern is a historic property built in 1740.   Full of character and Colonial charm, this intimate inn is clean and comfortable offering lots of personal touches, tremendous hospitality and a continental breakfast that guests rave about!   When you’re making a reservation, ask for the lovely room with a canopy bed and exposed red brick wall.   This adds to the flavor of your stay.

Speaking of flavor, head to the Inn’s adjoining nautically decorated Old Salt Tavern for a fabulous seafood meal  Try the New England baked stuffed lobster, the boiled lobster served with lemon and drawn butter or a delicious lobster salad roll prepared just right!

Why we love it:  It’s conveniently located – just 2.5 miles from the beach! 

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  • Open Year Round
  • 490 Lafayette Road (Rte 1), Hampton, New Hampshire 03842
  • (603) 926-0330

The Victoria Inn-Tucked Away Half Mile from Atlantic

A Warm and Inviting Bed and Breakfast

The Victoria Inn is located on a quiet street in Hampton less than a half mile from the Atlantic Ocean and offers easy access to the water’s edge.  The Seacoast area of Hampton and the surrounding towns offer beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking rocky shorelines.  Warmer weather offers sunbathing, beach activities or just a quiet walk on the beach.   There are many new craft breweries and wineries in the area and they all offer tours (which we think is a perfect pairing for a lobster roll lunch!).

Lodging in the Main House accommodates up to 16 guests, 2 of which are suites.   A breakfast menu of fresh baked goods, fruit, hot cereal, eggs, pancakes, French toast, thick bacon, juice, coffee and tea is offered each day, served in The Victoria Inn’s quaint dining room. Guests enjoy period decor for a  comfortable, cozy feel!

Why we love it? A great lobster themed getaway for any season and during summer months you can host a lobster bake right on the premises.  How fun!

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Portsmouth NH – A Scenic Seacoast Lobster Town

A Coastal Gem Steeped in History

With seagulls crying overhead, the smell of salt air and old maritime charm, Portsmouth is like an old sea captain.  Incredibly intriguing, weathered and full of interesting tails.  Home to lobster fishermen and the country’s first naval shipyard, Portsmouth was settled in 1623.  A slice of seacoast heaven, this town is peppered with historic delights like old cobblestone streets, restored mill buildings and countless culinary destinations.  There are romantic seafood restaurants serving creative lobster dishes and of course many choices for a fantastic lobster roll.

Portsmouth offers many options to spend the day on the water from Isle of Shoals boat tour to scenic harbor cruises.  One could happily gain their sea legs or opt to stay on dry land for scenic exploration. This salty seacoast town is full of nooks and cranny shops, eateries and waterviews.  Spend a day or a weekend!

Why we love it:  Offers diverse lobster culinary with maritime charm.

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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse – Perfect Date Idea!

View/Tour the Lighthouse before or after a Lobster Lunch or Dinner

Looking for a great view of this lighthouse and maybe fun places to take a Shellfie? (Our version of a selfie and one of our favs here is Portsmouth Harbor’s old fog bell.) The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is 48 feet high, a great spot by the harbor and offers tours and climbing from Mid May – late October 1 pm to 5 pm.  The easiest way to get to the lighthouse is to follow signs for U.S. Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor and Fort Constitution.

There is free parking for Fort Constitution, and as you walk through the pedestrian gate to the station and follow the blue line to Fort Constitution. you can see Whaleback Lighthouse out in the Piscataqua River (from a  distance.)  You’ll also pass Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse’s old fog bell, on display in front of the Coast Guard’s main building.   Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is about 200/300 feet away from the fort and these grounds are open to the public daily.   A perfect pair – lighthouse and lobster!

Why we love it: This lovely spot offers a great place for romantics and families.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

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Isles of Shoals Steamship Co – Lobster Rolls Optional

Enjoy the Isles – Just A Few Miles from the Coast!

What goes better than a day on the water and a lobster roll lunch?  Not much!  The Isles of Shoals cruises offer this lovely opportunity and you can even bring a long a lobster roll picnic to enjoy on island.  The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers several floating choices which include water cruises only and island cruises.  Operating for over 25 years cruising the Piscataqua River and Isles of Shoals,  The Isle of Shoals Steamship Co offers a perfect day for nearly everyone whether it be with family, friends, or co-workers.

One of our favorite cruises include Star Island, which in the 1600’s this island was the busiest fishing port on the East coast.  Located ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire it is the second largest of the nine islands that make up the Isles of Shoals.  Its historic Oceanic House and out buildings become the rustic home for thousands of summer visitors and the island is a truly a pristine beauty!  Feeling romantic? Plenty of scenic locations to spread that blanket and enjoy a lobster roll for two.

Why we love it:  Fun for the family!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
  • (603) 431-5500

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises – Salt, Sea and Scenery

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Ranging in cruise lengths depending on which one you pick, these fully narrated cruises will take you through nearly 400 years of local and American history, from the settlement of the region in 1623 to Portsmouth Harbor’s modern day role.  The water trips offer some wonderful photo opportunities of lighthouses, mansions, submarines and forts –  so bring a camera.  These floating excursions offer a wonderful way to enjoy a lobster roll which you can take on board (not included in cruise) or pair a cruise before or after a lobster lunch/dinner!

There are quite a few fabulous cruise choices including a Harbor Tour, Evening and Sunset Tour, Isle of Shoals and more.  Offering limited Spring schedules, cruises are conducted 7 days a week in summer and offers something for everyone – even the little ones!

Why we love it:  You can bring lobster rolls on board to enjoy for an incredibly scenic meal!

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Row 34 – Lobster Rolls In Portsmouth!

Lively Atmosphere. Fresh Seafood.

Clean and modern with a sleek design, Row 34 is a seafood dining hot spot in Portsmouth!   With an impressive raw bar serving a variety of oysters, Row 34 offers an amazing lobster pasta dish and yummy hot and cold lobster rolls that everyone is raving about. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Row 34 is the place to go to for a satisfying seafood meal!  Pair your food with one of over 40 craft brews or choose  a cocktail aptly named after key locations along the Seacoast.

Why we love it:  Friendly staff and great “sea”food!

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Sunrise Adventure Charters – Lobster Tours

Lobstering in New Hampshire!

Head to Hampton Beach and join Captain Jim Flanders on a 90 minute Lobster Tour aboard the 25 foot Parker Center Console, “Sunrise Adventure”.   You’ll watch the crew haul traps and see lobsters, crabs, starfish and other live creatures from the ocean. Fun for the family, don’t miss this adventure at sea!

Why we love it:  You get to take home part of the catch. Each person gets a lobster.

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Ale House Inn – Cozy and Contemporary

Enjoy Ales and Tails in Portsmouth!

Climb 12 exterior steps and you’ve entered Ale House Inn – a former brewery warehouse built over 130 years ago.   Historic yet modern, the Ale House Inn features lots of exposed brick spaces and 10 stylish rooms all on one floor!   With amenities too numerous to mention including in-room iPads and docking stations, 32-inch flat screen TV with 80+ channels and a refrigerator/freezer with complimentary bottled water, you’ll love what this boutique inn has to offer.

Ale House Inn does not serve meals so hop on one of the eco-friendly Trek cruiser bicycles and make your way over to one of the many nearby restaurants for fresh, steamed lobster and delicious rolls!

Why we love it:  Adults 21 years or older get a free welcome beer from Smuttynose Brewery!  

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Hotel Portsmouth – Where Modern Meets Retro

A Boutique Hotel Just Steps from Market Square

Built in 1835, this historic yet modern hotel is located just steps from Portsmouth’s shops, restaurants (that means lobster – yum!)  and waterfront attractions.   With 32 uniquely furnished rooms,  Hotel Portsmouth is loaded with amenities including 24 hour front desk services, complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon treats, free parking, flat-screen TVs, delightful common spaces, in-room iPads featuring attractions and more!

Why we love it:  It’s an intimate Victorian mansion completely redone! 

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  • Open Year Round
  • 40 Court Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
  • (603) 433-1200

Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa – Nice!

A Portmouth Gem

A member of the Historic Hotels of America and a AAA Four-Diamond property, Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa was built in 1874 as a grand Victorian styled hotel by the Campbell family.   Rich in history, this hotel stands as a premier property in Portsmouth loaded with lots of modern luxuries and amenities.  With deluxe accommodations and suites in the main building, Wentworth by the Sea added a Spa wing and indoor pool as well as the luxurious Little Harbor Marina Suites offering outstanding coastal views.

Menu choices include lobster, of course!   Whether you choose to dine at the hotel’s  Salt Kitchen and Bar or Latitudes Waterfront – you’ll enjoy the lobster roll with plenty of Maine lobster meat dressed in lemon mayonnaise.  Perfection!

Why we love it:   The pampering! 

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  • Open Year Round
  • 588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, New Hampshire
  • (603) 422-7322

Arbor Inn Bed and Breakfast – Quaint and Cozy in Rye

Off the Beaten Path Yet Close to the Shore!

Winner of “The People’s Choice Award” for Best Bed and Breakfast & Culinary Excellence (2010 Yankee Magazine),  Arbor Inn Bed and Breakfast offers three clean, spacious bedrooms and a nicely appointed suite, cathedral ceilings, sky light windows, a cozy common area with a fireplace for resting up after a day of exploring the Seacoast and a gourmet kitchen where you’ll find afternoon snacks!  Seat yourself in the dining room and and enjoy delicious country breakfasts prepared by Julie Ring – the innkeeper.

A hidden gem, Arbor Inn is located in peaceful neighborhood within walking distance of the beach and close to scenic Rye Harbor where you can watch lobster boats and buoys bob up and down in the water.   Hungry for lobster rolls?  Ask Julie to direct you to some of the best, casual restaurants in the area! There are several, fun places close by.

Why we love it:  Make the inn your home base and  travel to many nearby New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts coastal attractions!

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Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – Sept 9th through 11th, 2016

Featuring a Lobster Roll Eating Contest

Presented by the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Seafood Festival Committee, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is a world-class event held attracting more 150,000 visitors each year!

With over 50 local restaurants serving seafood – including lots of lobster rolls,  80 arts and crafts vendors, hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants, a Kiddie Land, culinary demonstrations, stage entertainment featuring top bands, a thrilling skydiving event, a lobster roll eating contest on Saturday and a spectacular fireworks display that evening – this is premier seaside event that you don’t want to miss!    Check the schedule for details.

Why we love it:  Lobster rolls everywhere! Bring your appetite and vote for your favorite. 

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Surf Restaurant – Overlooking Portsmouth Harbor

Serious About Seafood!

Owned and operated by highly acclaimed Chef Michael Buckley, Surf is committed to only the finest fish and shellfish. Voted “Best Seafood” by New Hampshire Magazine’s Readers Poll several times, Surf sends its seafood buyers down to the piers to meet with the fishermen as they inspect the catch of the day – handpicking the best for the restaurant.

With a focus on creative cuisine, Surf serves amazing lobster dishes such The Surf Lobster Roll made with 1/4 pound fresh lobster meat warmed in drawn butter and thinly sliced celery on a grilled brioche roll, Lobster and Brie Nachos – 6 warm nacho chops topped with cheddar cheese, mango salsa, sliced jalapeño, and lobster in warm brie and the Lobster Sarah (2lb)  or Lobster Kristina (1¼ lb) –  steamed and shucked native lobster flambéed with cognac, lobster stock, chives, cream and butter, served with jasmine rice & grilled asparagus.     A wine and dine experience for sure!

Why we love it:   It’s a great place for a romantic dinner!  

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch: Thursday – Sunday
  • Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday
  • Valet Parking
  • 99 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
  • (603) 334-9855




Al’s Seafood Restaurant & Market – Dine In or Take Out

Serving Lobster All Year Round! 

Conveniently located on Route 1 in North Hampton, Al’s Seafood is an easy stop along the way to the beach!   Order your meal at the counter and a friendly server will deliver your lobster feast to your table. Choose from the scrumptious lobster roll made with chunks of sweet lobster meal tossed in mayo, the fried lobster tails and claws or the whole lobster steamed just right. It’s all good at Al’s Seafood Restaurant and Market.

Preparing lobster at home?  Visit the seafood market next door for steamers, live lobsters and fresh picked lobster meat!

Why we love it:   It’s family friendly and flip-flop casual!  

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 51 Lafayette Rd (Route 1) North Hampton, New Hampshire 03862
  • (603) 964-9591

Brown’s Lobster Pound – A New Hampshire Favorite

Highest Quality Live and Cooked Lobster!

Family owned and operated since 1950, Brown’s Lobster Pound is easy to find on a main roadway in Seabrook.  Dine in or sit on the deck overlooking the water where you’ll enjoy unique marsh, river views and beautiful summer sunsets. Recommended by leading publications such as Travel & Leisure, USA Today and Yankee Magazine,  Brown’s accolades include the “Best Lobster Roll” award by the folks at the popular Hampton Beach Seafood Festival!

With a long list of baked, boiled and fried options including the mouth watering, lip-smacking Lobster Roll, Baked Lobster Pie and Boiled Lobster with drawn butter,  Brown Lobster Pound is the place for a satisfying seafood meal.

Why we love it:  They have take-out.   Grab a few lobster rolls for your picnic lunch and head to the beach!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Cash Only
  • 407 NH Highway 286, Seabrook, New Hampshire 03874
  • (603) 474-3331

The Beach Plum – Home of the Foot Long Roll!

Award Winning Lobster Rolls

Conveniently located on Route 1 in Portsmouth, The Beach Plum is the place to go for a big selection of chowders, chili’s, rolls, wraps, burgers, sides and 78 flavors of premium ice cream and frozen yogurt!    A brightly sunlit restaurant with indoor and outdoor picnic tables, The Beach Plus offers a ton of lobster roll choices!   Depending on your appetite, you can choose from a 6 oz, 8 oz, and 10 oz roll.  Hungry for more?  Then, sink your teeth into the Foot Long Roll packed with up to 20 oz of fresh, firm lobster meat.  Now, that’s one you’ll need a fork for!

Looking for a lobster roll catered event?   The Beach Plum offers the Lobster Fleet of rolls serving 5-10 guests.

Why we love it:   They have gluten free options. And, another location in North Hampton, NH on Route 1A not to far from the beach!

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Island Cruises – A One Hour Lobster Boat Tour!

Learn About Lobster Fishing in Rye

Climb aboard the m/v Uncle Oscar, an authentic Maine built lobster style boat, and venture out to the open ocean!    Learn all about the biology of the lobster and how it survives hidden in the coastal waters of New England.

On this one hour tour, you’ll see what it’s like to be a lobster fisherman in New Hampshire as the catch of the day is hauled on board!  Fun for all ages, this narrated adventure is informative and captivating.  Tours leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.  Reservations required.

Why we love it:   You get to watch the crew hoist 15 traps or so!   

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Rye Harbor Lobster Pound – A Seacoast Favorite

By the Town Dock on Scenic Rye Harbor

Enter and behold!   Rye Harbor Lobster Pound offers award-winning, mouth watering, hot buttered lobster rolls just waiting to be inhaled.   The cold ones are outstanding too – prepared with just the right amount of mayo and chopped celery.   Take your rolls to go and head to the beach for a picnic lunch or sit outdoors at one of the picnic tables.

An authentic Seacoast gem with friendly owners, Rye Harbor Lobster Pound offers fresh lobster and fair prices. Bring a cooler with you and fill it with “right off the boat” live lobsters that you can cook at home!

Why we love it:   It’s a tiny shack packed with sweet meat!  Lots of lobster choices including Steamed with drawn butter!

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Petey’s Summertime Seafood & Bar – On the Coast

They Catch Their Own Lobsters!

Voted  “Best Seafood” and “Best Lobster Rolls” from Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, Petey’s Summertime Seafood & Bar, is the place to go for succulent seafood all year long!   Located 5 miles south of Portsmouth on Route 1A, Petey’s is a “must go to” spot for lunch or dinner. With indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment, cocktails and nice water views – you’ll enjoy this popular hot spot!

Situated across from an old shipwreck and just down the street from their own lobster pound, Petey’s offers a ton of seafood menu items including lobster rolls, baked stuffed, lazyman’s lobster, 1 to 4 pound steamed and more!   Landlubbers and kids – there is plenty for you too including ice-cream take-out.

Why we love it:  Cool and casual.  And, they serve Award Winning onions rings!   

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