Water Country
A fun-filled local water park.  Price is approximately $50 per ticket.

The Dunaway at Strawbery Banke
The Dunaway Restaurant at Strawbery Banke burst onto the vibrant restaurant scene in Portsmouth, NH  in fall of 2005, earning both critical and consumer raves.  Hailed by Bon Appetit  as “One of New England’s Best New Spots” The Dunaway serves creative American cuisine in the heart of a national historic treasure.  The Dunaway quickly made its mark with lunch and dinner menus focused on fresh, local produce, including historic and rare herbs, fruits and vegetables grown at Strawbery Banke’s own working kitchen gardens.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also features The Dunaway Bar with a handsome fireplace, comfortable seating and soft lighting.   Cocktails and cuisine are served in the Bar nightly.  The gracious Garden Patio will open as soon as Mother Nature allows.  Perfect for visiting with friends while touring Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, or for an under-an-hour-getaway from Boston, The Dunaway is ‘worth a visit’ in any season.

Strawbery Banke Gardens, Portsmouth
This is not a typical backyard garden.  According to museum curator of landscape John Forti, the Strawbery Banke gardens were not only voted among the Top 10 favorite public gardens for the past three years, but “the perfect place for families to come explore how people gardened and lived in the past.  Learn to save a seed, make an herbal tea, or play period lawn games and take a stroll through the many beautiful period gardens as the seasons unfold.”  This could likely be the only place in the Seacoast to really feel and experience what is was like as an original settler in the Seacoast.  The museum grounds house preserved gardens like a 17th century kitchen garden, where actual produce is harvested and used for cooking.  Literally trace the past with an authentic Victory Garden from World War II, a high Victorian garden, and a Colonial Revival garden that will be “celebrating” its 100th anniversary in 2008.  There are also immigrant gardens, like that of the Shapiro family, who came to Portsmouth in the early 20th century as Russian Jewish immigrants.  Daily events include one-hour garden tours, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in the history, not to mention the sensual beauty each unique space offers.  Forti also says that the gardens “offer an opportunity for home owners to ‘borrow’ ideas for appropriate period heirloom plants, fencing styles, garden structures and ornaments from the many historic gardens throughout the site.”  A new Victorian Children’s Garden will be opening during Garden History Weekend, September 15 and 15, 2007.  Admission runs $15 per adult, and $10 per child 5 to 17.  Children 4 and under are free.

Information courtesy of Portsmouth magazine.

Applecrest Farms, Hampton Falls
Long known as the oldest and largest Seacoast orchard, Applecrest boasts nearly 40,000 bushels with over 40 varieties of apples.  Customers have the option to pick their own or buy those that are already picked at the local Applemart.  There are also many varieties of fresh vegetables, peaches, nectarines, and corn to find.  Watch for summer activities to keep the family entertained al day like tractor rides and pie eating contests.  “We’ve had four generations here at one time -- the great grandparent, the grandparent, the parent, and the grandchildren.  It’s good for everybody, the young kids love to play,” says Applecrest own Pete Wagner.  In 2007, the farms will be holding their second annual Peach Festival on August 19, adding to the already popular September and October Apple Harvests.  Wagner explains, “Our Harvest Festivals have live bluegrass music, pick your own peaches in the summer, apples in the fall, and horse-drawn hayrides or tractor rides.  The festivals also feature petting zoos for the kids.  The fall apple harvests feature pumpkin picking and build your own scarecrows.”  There are also some delicious specialty treats with each festival like peach ice cream, pies or even roasted corn.  “You take the corn after you’ve picked it and cook it on a charbroil grill.  It adds a little different falvor than one might be accustomed to, and it’s really very good,” describes Wagner.  For the gourmet guru, there are incredible treats at The Farm Market.  Located in an old barn dated back to 1812, this is the “hub” of the farm.  Here visitors will find the freshest fruits and vegetables, special blend apple cider, famous homemade pies and crisps, local honey and jams, New Hampshire maple syrup and very special sharp cheddar cheese -- not to mention the hot cider donuts!

Information courtesy of Portsmouth magazine.

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