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Title: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on April 20, 2009, 10:55:54 am

It's been discussed that it would be good idea for each particular City/Area in New Hampshire to have a list of reasons why you should move there. 

As this is a big job for one, I thought it would be a good idea to start some different City threads and then Unleash everyone who knows, to be free to put up their Reasons to move to Portsmouth (in this case), and when we get a good list for each one, then they can be condensed and typed up, one after the other.

So if you know any Good reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, please speak up so we can help make it easier for those moving here to figure out which area fits them best.
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on April 20, 2009, 11:41:53 am
1) New Castle, NH.  and Wentworth By the Sea, a grand old hotel.  It's a beautiful New Hampshire Island just east of Portsmouth surrounded by a few smaller islands and land on the water.  And you can get a good picture of this from the website of a place where you can park your boat, grab lunch and even stay the night if you wish (but don't forget your wallet!).

www.wentworth.com
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on April 20, 2009, 12:39:21 pm
2) Classic Old Downtown Portsmouth.  It's old and you can tell.  Lotso nice Brick Buildings, curvy streets chucked full of Shops, Restaurants, Bars &, Businesseses.  A no fire zone was created many years ago after the town burned and this meant every building was required to be built from brick, which has consequently created an amazing city center.

3) On the New Hampshire/Maine Stateline.  Although quite Socialist, it's still a spectacular backyard that includes 3,000+ miles of coastline to explore.

4) Seacoast Liberty Socials held every Wednesday in Dover.

5) Legends Billiards and Tavern, downtown Portsmouth, located at 80 Hanover.  Nice clean reasonably priced place to shoot pool and enjoy an adult beverage.
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on April 20, 2009, 03:36:47 pm
I like Strawberry Banke, it's a neat little area with lots of old buildings from the elder eras of Portsmouth.

Nice downtown, expensive but nice shops.  It's a charming little town.
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lloydbob1 on April 20, 2009, 05:44:11 pm
Beat me to Strawberry Banke!
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Luck on April 20, 2009, 05:59:42 pm
Portsmouth seems to have several peace activist groups too.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on April 20, 2009, 07:38:10 pm
#8   www.portsmouthnh.com   A Guide to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and The Seacoast.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on April 20, 2009, 07:46:41 pm
9) Prescott Park Arts Festivaal

Beautiful waterfrot park featuring extensive (AMAZING) flower beds is also is the site of one of New England's most popular outdoor summer events, the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which during July and part of August presents a musical and dozens of performances by musicians and theater groups. Since 1974 the festival has drawn more than 9 million visitors for productions from "Annie" to "The Wizard of Oz."

This park was given to the city by two sisters....with the last name of....Prescott.


Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on April 21, 2009, 06:30:48 pm
coat of arms
gilly's

can't believe no one mentioned these two yet!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on April 22, 2009, 12:29:19 pm
I love Portsmouth. Coat of Arms is my favorite pub. I don't think I would want to live there though. Maybe in Newmarket which is nearby.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on April 22, 2009, 04:38:12 pm
I love Portsmouth. Coat of Arms is my favorite pub. I don't think I would want to live there though. Maybe in Newmarket which is nearby.

why not? just curious. i live here and love it :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on April 22, 2009, 05:07:03 pm
I love Portsmouth. Coat of Arms is my favorite pub. I don't think I would want to live there though. Maybe in Newmarket which is nearby.

why not? just curious. i live here and love it :)

Because my preference would be for a small town over a big town/city to live in eventually.
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on April 23, 2009, 12:47:40 am
2) Classic Old Downtown Portsmouth.  It's old and you can tell.  LotsO nice Brick Buildings, curvy streets chucked full of Shops, Restaurants, Bars, Businesses.

3) On the New Hampshire/Maine Stateline.  Although quite Socialist, it's still a spectacular backyard that includes 3,000+ miles of coastline to explore.

4) Seacoast Liberty Socials held every Wednesday in Dover.

5) Legends Billiards and Tavern, downtown Portsmouth, located at 80 Hanover.  Nice clean reasonably priced place to shoot pool and enjoy an adult beverage.

Although the city leans left, it is one of the most libertarian-leaning left cities anywhere.  While there are a lot of Obama stickers, they are accompanied by bumper stickers promoting peace and tolerance.  You rarely see the ones demanding free everything for everyone, or

I also say a statistic somewhere that there were slightly more registered Repubs than Dems in the town.  That figure must be pretty old, but the city is not solidly Dem, and the taxes are not THAT bad.

10) Portsmouth has an absolutely beautiful waterfront with a great nightlife.  One thing is has over Seabrook is that, if you are drunk, but don't like the band playing, you can always walk to the next bar with a live band.  From the street, you can sometimes faintly hear two or three playing.

11) Portsmouth has lots of cafes, and almost always has a places to sit down.

12) Beautiful and interesting public art and sculptures.  This is something one tends to take for granted until you have been without for a while.  This was one thing that I missed from Seattle.

13) Those who live there rarely leave!  That issue should be on the forefront of anyone's mind.  All of the other towns with porc migrations (Manchester, Keene, Seabrook, Grafton, Deerfield) have seen as many porcs move out as in.  Many Porcsmouth folk have stated their intention to "die here." This morbid description should not deter anyone from moving in.

14) As far away from Mass while still being next to the ocean.  Never fear for your gun rights, with Mass cops a distant memory.

15) Important swing voting district for State House and Senate races.  With lots of other liberty folk there, it's easier to get involved in primaries and general elections.  Having so many homes together in walking distance makes it easier to do issue oriented lit drops.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: crism on April 23, 2009, 10:50:47 pm
The epicenter of the local folk music scene. Weekly sessions at The Press Room, McMenemy’s (who fired the liberty-loving Scottish bartender, but still has good music), and even weekly shows at nasty chain pub Rí Rá. Monthly sea music sessions at The Press Room. Plus lots of other performances in various genres… our own lobstah has been known to take the stage occasionally.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on April 24, 2009, 03:00:50 pm
If you like Keene, Concord, or Nashua, try out Portsmouth.  It is one of the nicest towns anywhere in New England, and the night life is something else.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 20, 2009, 11:34:41 am
17.  Water, water and more water.  If you like being next to lots of water but still want the benefits of living near a population center, then this is your only choice.  Bays, bays and more bays plus the ocean to boot.  I've traveled most of the state (save North of Lancaster) and IMHO, if you are a "wateraholic" nothing comes to close Portsmouth in this area.   18 miles of coastline, not to mention what's available in Maine as well.

18. NH has no Sales Tax thus everyone on the Maine border shops in Portsmouth, which means the shopping options compare to a a city of 100K+.

19. Population, 21,000+.  Enjoy a small town feel while having the ammenties of a much larger city. 

20.  Prevention Magazine named Portsmouth one of the top 100 walking cities in the America for 2008. 

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 20, 2009, 11:40:45 am
21.  The geographic location, historic past and cultural strength of Portsmouth regularly lands it on various "best places to live" lists.

22.  Distances from Portsmouth

Manchester NH – 50 miles   
Boston – 50 miles   
Portland ME – 50 miles   
New York – 258 miles
Montreal – 294 miles

23.  Temperatures

       Avg. High             Avg. Low
 
July      79F                60.8oF   
January 31.5F             15.4oF

Year     56.F               39.0oF


Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lloydbob1 on July 20, 2009, 11:43:51 am
25.  Friendly Toast
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 20, 2009, 11:59:15 am
24.  More than a dozen noteworthy Beaches. 
       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/index.cfm?CategoryID=17
 
(see Lloyd's below for 25!)

26.  In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations calling the city "one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country."with a stimulating mix of historic buildings, sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, jazz clubs and distinctive artisans' boutiques."

 I can't emphasize this enough..it's seems indescribable.  Last night ( late Sunday eve, in the center of downtown Ports, there were more than 1000+  people, all ages, sitting at the cafes, on benches...almost all, OUTSIDE, just enjoying the beautiful evening and atmosphere at 10:30 pm on a Sunday night(!).  Folks, this doesn't happen anyplace else in New Hampshire with these kind of numbers (days and times).   

           http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/press-room/in-the-news/2008/march/portsmouth-now-a-distinctive.html

 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 20, 2009, 12:08:50 pm
27.  Most vibrant Downtown in NH.  Go to the center of town, pull up a bench and I bet you a Steak Bomb sub there is no better downtown to sit in and
       enjoy.  It's like the downtown is a super sized living room, but all outdoors.

28.  Stageneck Inn, York, Maine (just minutes from Ports).

       http://www.stageneck.com/lwrbchspecialsports.html

29.  Rye, NH.  7 miles south of Portsmouth, right on the ocean with a humongous beach, fantastic.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: PlymouthRepublic on July 20, 2009, 06:04:56 pm
Portsmouth? Seriously?

It's horribly liberal.


But, I can't say too much since I live in another P-town. But at least we have more college students than residents...which may or may not be helpful, though I'm hopeful with the launch of the Review, it'll be helpful to target and recruit liberty-lovers...




Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on July 20, 2009, 06:15:40 pm
Portsmouth? Seriously?

It's horribly liberal.

But, I can't say too much since I live in another P-town. But at least we have more college students than residents...which may or may not be helpful, though I'm hopeful with the launch of the Review, it'll be helpful to target and recruit liberty-lovers...

From what I've seen, Plymouth is more pro big government than Portsmouth.  BTW, Portsmouth has a bunch of college students.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 20, 2009, 06:20:42 pm
there are plenty of right wing douches in both places as well.   Equal opportunity douchebags.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 20, 2009, 06:50:18 pm
Portsmouth? Seriously?

It's horribly liberal.


But, I can't say too much since I live in another P-town. But at least we have more college students than residents...which may or may not be helpful, though I'm hopeful with the launch of the Review, it'll be helpful to target and recruit liberty-lovers...

Right...you have never been to Portsmouth, so hey??? Portsmouth isn't Texas.  Maybe you shouldn't be saying things about places you know nothing about...heresay???

BTW why to you keep showing up here with new user names?

For the record Portsmouth is by far the best little walk around town in NH.  If you like girls, and like the party atmosphere,  Portsmouth is the place to consider! :)

Don't take my opinion, just stop by and see for yourself!





Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on July 20, 2009, 06:53:20 pm
there are plenty of right wing...in both places as well.   Equal opportunity...

Please don't be quite so negative towards folks you have never met while on this forum.  Call them hypocrites or something if you like, but those words are unnecessary.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 20, 2009, 07:04:20 pm
30.  Ok while I'm here.  I can say Portsmouth, Dover, and Rochester rock with pretty gals form UNH.  UNH is our largest university, and I'll match those gals with anything NH has to offer.  I lived 3 years in a studio in Dover, and can say man, the gals were beautiful! :)

BTW thanks Kieth thanks for correcting my post!  Hey, I'm not a computer guy! :D
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 20, 2009, 07:09:52 pm
Ok, for the record, I didn't mean to slight any of the incredible talented, and beautiful Freestate ladies I have been associated with here in NH. :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lloydbob1 on July 20, 2009, 08:21:50 pm
Many of whom Run at his approach!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: PlymouthRepublic on July 21, 2009, 04:40:44 am
I have been to Portsmouth. I've been to every part of this state since moving here in February, but I was only commenting on Portsmouth being liberal by the number of Democratic votes. Not saying it's a bad town. Hell, I love Portsmouth actually.


One must remember, I'm highly partisan in my role up here :)

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 21, 2009, 04:45:25 am
there are plenty of right wing...in both places as well.   Equal opportunity...

Please don't be quite so negative towards folks you have never met while on this forum.  Call them hypocrites or something if you like, but those words are unnecessary.

oh you mean douchebag?  I don't think they're unnecessary words in fact I could do a lot worse.  How do you know I never met "plenty of douchebag republicans and democrats"

I would go ahead and say I have.

lol I love the "I like him personally" argument Joey.   I'm pretty sure most people get that you're just a republican in liberty clothing.  You're in good company.  I'm sure you'll find a lot of people like you in the state.  
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 09:40:06 am
there are plenty of right wing...in both places as well.   Equal opportunity...

Please don't be quite so negative towards folks you have never met while on this forum.  Call them hypocrites or something if you like, but those words are unnecessary.

Keith, you're silly.  I didn't think Anton was calling the user a name, rather what exists, what get, generally speaking.  (remain calm!) :)    It's all good in the hood, hollywood!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 09:59:03 am
31.  Dog friendly Town (big time).  Portsmouth could be called Dogtown as I've never seen so many dogs and many walk/run without leashes (owner has leash in hand   
      everyone's fine with it, the dogs are peaceful and there aren't leash police anywhere to be seen).

32.  World Traveler, Travel Channel Show host makes it her home.  Samantha Brown travels the world and the US extensively producing her show and of all
      the places she could choose to live, she chooses Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Her family lives in Derry, NH.

     http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Samantha_Brown

33.  You would enjoy living in the one of America's oldest cities.  In New Hamshire:  1) Dover (neighbors Ports) 2. Portsmouth, 3) New Castle (island next to Ports) and
       Rye (7.5 miles south of Ports) all were settled in 1623.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 10:23:17 am
34.  Prescott Park Arts Festival.  Outdoor performanes of a play (presently showing "Grease"), suggessted donation $5-$8, next to the water.  Bring your own lawn chair. 
       http://www.prescottpark.org/

35.  Lots of eary American History, John Paul Jones Home ("I have not yet begun to fight!"), Navel yard where his ship "The Ranger" was built, Paul Revere rode through
       town (delivering pizzas - just kidding - rather he was saying about some British coming), Geroge W (not Bush!) pooped here, err...I
       mean he spent time here and there's even a fort named after him (more of lookout really, but a great place to see'um coming!)

36.  Live Music EVERY night of the year. 
      http://www.seacoastmusicscene.com/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 10:35:22 am
37.  Lighthouse Open Houses

      http://www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org/openhouses.php

      Our open house events for 2009:
      Tuesdays, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Jun 2, Jun 9, Jun 16, Jun 23, Jun 30, Jul 7, Jul 14, Jul 21, Jul 28, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25, Sep 1
      Saturdays, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 22, Sep 5, Sep 19, Oct 3, Oct 17

     Special Haunted Tour

     Sun. 8-2, 1pm-4pm, Haunted Lighthouse Tour with world renowned Ron Kolek
     http://www.neghostproject.com/

38.  Cosmic Bowling at Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun Center, Friday's & Saturday's.

39.  Harbor Trail Raod Race (major event)
      http://www.portsmouthchamber.org/roadrace.cfm

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 10:45:34 am
40.  Winter Wine Festival. Wentworth by the Sea - A Marriott Hotel & Spa, January through February

41.  In August:  Tall Ships Arrive, State Pier, Portsmouth.   

42.  Guided Walking Tours of the Portsmouth Harbour Trail, Memorial Day to mid-October. (Private group tours & step-on guide service available year-round by appt.
       603- 610-5510) plus there's Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail self-guided walking tours.  A comprehensive 32-page map and guide to the walking tour is available through local
       merchants or the Chamber's Visitor Information Center.
       
       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/harbourtrail/

       In addition you can go a on whale watching tour, participate in a fishing contest in Kittery, Maine, (just across the water) in March.  Too many activities to list, here's a link.
       
       http://www.portsmouthchamber.org/events.cfm
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 21, 2009, 02:14:24 pm
there are plenty of right wing...in both places as well.   Equal opportunity...

Please don't be quite so negative towards folks you have never met while on this forum.  Call them hypocrites or something if you like, but those words are unnecessary.

Keith, you're silly.  I didn't think Anton was calling the user a name, rather what exists, what get, generally speaking.  (remain calm!) :)    It's all good in the hood, hollywood!

I wasn't calling any particular person on this forum a douchebag.  I was calling some people that I have met in both towns douchebags.   I find that calling someone a hypocrite is far too kind in some instances.  In those instances, I prefer the word douchebag.

I still think one of the coolest things about Portsmouth is Strawberry Banke.  It's a piece of land that has era original buildings, and some buildings that show obvious changes over the last couple of hundred years.  It shows a nice picture of what it might have looked like back in the 1600's. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 21, 2009, 04:37:42 pm
there are plenty of right wing...in both places as well.   Equal opportunity...

Please don't be quite so negative towards folks you have never met while on this forum.  Call them hypocrites or something if you like, but those words are unnecessary.

Keith, you're silly.  I didn't think Anton was calling the user a name, rather what exists, what get, generally speaking.  (remain calm!) :)    It's all good in the hood, hollywood!

I wasn't calling any particular person on this forum a douchebag.  I was calling some people that I have met in both towns douchebags.   I find that calling someone a hypocrite is far too kind in some instances.  In those instances, I prefer the word douchebag.

I still think one of the coolest things about Portsmouth is Strawberry Banke.  It's a piece of land that has era original buildings, and some buildings that show obvious changes over the last couple of hundred years.  It shows a nice picture of what it might have looked like back in the 1600's. 

I'd have to agree with this.  I was on Pierce Island yesterday when it seemed like out of no where 4 tugs where manuvering a super oil tanker/freighter.  It didn't seem like a ship of this size would be on such a narrow piece of river (Seavey Island (Maine)  just across) but there is huge floating skyscraper was. 

The outdoor theatre, next to the river was just finishing up their show and must have been at least a couple hundred people there on Sunday night.  The gardens in Prescott Park are also a popular attraction.   I think I need to go get some Strawberries now.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 21, 2009, 07:35:47 pm
the strawberries that Strawberry Banke was named after is actually not the delightful fruit you might be enjoying but a different fruit called alpine or woodland Strawberry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Strawberry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Strawberry)
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Fragaria_vesca_close-up_4_cropped.jpg/120px-Fragaria_vesca_close-up_4_cropped.jpg)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 22, 2009, 11:13:30 am
43.  Money Magazine rated Portsmouth in their Top 10 best places to live in the country five times over the last 10 years.

44.  The UTNE Reader named Portsmouth in its lineup of the 50 "most enlightened cities" in the country.

45.  Cosmopolitan magazine named Portsmouth in its Top 10 list of the best places to live and work in the country.

46.  The Music Hall, celebrating its 125th birthday this year, brings nationally known performers to the Seacoast.
       http://www.themusichall.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 22, 2009, 11:26:34 am
47.  New Year's Portsmouth and historical candlelight strolls add to the world of cultural and artistic events that lie virtually right at your doorstep.

48.  The 125 year old The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents a full schedule of performing arts programming year round. 
       http://www.seacoastrep.org/
       Portsmouth is home to 5 Performing Arts Theatres.

49.   A progressive business climate, superior education systems, safe and comfortable residential neighborhoods, and a sophisticated, diversified cultural environment rarely
        found in cities of this size all contribute to the unique vitality of the area.

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 22, 2009, 11:34:45 am
50.  Healthcare.  Over the past decade, the Seacoast area has become a regional leader in healthcare services. With several full-service hospitals, specialty clinics and
      psychiatric and retirement care facilities, the Seacoast is home to some of the finest and most advanced health institutions in New England.

        http://www.portsmouthchamber.org/healthcare2006.cfm
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 22, 2009, 02:23:01 pm
I'm not going to post this as a number because it's simply my opinion.  The seacoast is close in proximity to Maine and Mass which both have relaxed laws on Marijuana.  I've found it to be a good thing for the black market marijuana industry.  More dealers and buyers because of the lessened risk.  In MA, as it stands now, you can be ticketed and do not have to show ID to the officer. 

Some have even been caught, given a fake name, not paid the ticket. . .and MA does not have a method of going after people who don't pay (or so they say)

Better quality weed is already in Maine.  Perhaps it's coming to Mass as well. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 22, 2009, 05:09:19 pm
51.  2 Wal Marts - One of them is Super Wal Mart.

52.  Fox Run Mall.  Nice size mall with good food as well, easy highway access.
     
      http://www.shopfoxrun.com/

 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on July 22, 2009, 07:42:46 pm
The Wal-Mart and mall are actually in a border town, but I understand what you did there.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 22, 2009, 08:38:32 pm
good ole' Newington.  You're spot on Keith and I also understand what Marcus did there.   Newington is such a small place not many people realize that the mall and one Wal-Mart (the old HQ store) are there and not Portsmouth.

Newington is a nice little town as well.  A really neat restored colonial home sits on a road that once connected to Boston.  Now it has been blocked off by the Pease AFB.  For more info PM me.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 09:45:04 am
Thanks Keith and Anton for the clarity, my bad(!)  It seems like they are in Portsmouth when you're here.   I wonder if Newington is the smallest "city" in NH? But that does give me an idea...

53.  Newington.  Pease International Tradeport (Airport)
       http://www.peasedev.org/pease/airport.asp

      Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
       http://www.fws.gov/Refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=53570

      (and the Mall and Wal Mart that seem like they are in Portsmouth).
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 11:09:36 am
54.  The Isles of Shoals, nine rocky isles six miles off the New Hampshire and Maine coast, were announced to the Western world in 1614 by Capt. John Smith, of
       Pocahantas fame.   Privately owned but you can take day trips.

       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=2&CategoryID=4

55.  Boating/Crusies.  12 Excursion Boating companies to choose from.  Deep Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Sailing and Charter.
     
       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=2&CategoryID=4

56.  Albacore Museum.    The USS Albacore, the prototype for modern submarines, was built in Portsmouth and has been converted into a museum. Portsmouth.
       (603) 436-3680

      http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=15&CategoryID=4

57.  Children's Museum of New Hampshire.  Dozens of interactive exhibits and activities for children in a new location. Dover. (603) 742-2002

       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=9&CategoryID=4
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 11:14:41 am
58.  Seacoast Science Center.  Located on Odiorne Point where New Hampshire's first settler landed, the Science Center offers extensive programs and exhibits in 
       marine education. Located in Rye (7 miles south of Portsmouth). (603) 436-8043

59.  Water Country.  Got waterslides?   NEW ENGLANDS's largest water park.  (603) 427-1111

      www.watercountry.com

60.  Breweries.  Redhook Brewery.  The largest brewery in the Seacoast offers tours daily. (603) 430-8600 
       35 Corporate Drive
      Pease International Tradeport
      Portsmouth, NH 03801
      http://www.redhook.com/Default.aspx?p=37
     
       Smuttynose Brewery - Tours 
       225 Heritage Ave • Portsmouth NH 03801
       603•436•4026
       http://www.smuttynose.com/

      And Portsmouth Brewery/Restaurant. a sister business of Smuttynose.  Located in the heart of downtown, big glass windows in front with a large beer mug hanging above the   
      door and they're always busy. 
      56 Market Street • Portsmouth NH 03801
      603-431-1115
   
      http://www.portsmouthbrewery.com/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 23, 2009, 02:11:29 pm
now this is a sort of list that is factual and has a lot of good information.  Way to go Markus!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Rebel on July 23, 2009, 02:25:47 pm

59.  Water Country.  Got waterslides?   NEW ENGLANDS's largest water park.  (603) 427-1111

       http://www.watercountry.com/

Wow, this place looks way too fun.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 23, 2009, 02:50:31 pm
now this is a sort of list that is factual and has a lot of good information.  Way to go Markus!

I totally agree Markus.  You have done a wonderful job highlighting many of the great things about
Portsmouth.  I do believe it is important to  keep in mind Portsmouth is less than a quarter the size of
Manchester, so highlighting things that are within 20-30 minutes of Portsmouth doesn't seem to be
a stretch.  That would include, Dover, Rochester, Hampton, New Castle, Epping, Exeter, and dare I
say Seabrook  :), just to name a few of the many lovely towns, and cities within easy access of Portsmouth.

I do believe Prescott Park deserves to stand alone.  It has been my experience that Prescott is a lovely little
park, a great place to just hang out, and during the warmer months, something is going on almost every week,  Musical events, plays, political events, and it even has a boat dock.

61 Prescott Park.
tp://www.yelp.com/biz/prescott-park-portsmouth

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 06:22:31 pm
The Wal-Mart and mall are actually in a border town, but I understand what you did there.

OK, got it.  The Regular Wal Mart is in Newington (right on the line of Portsmouth) and the Super Wal Mart is located in Portsmouth. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 06:26:30 pm
now this is a sort of list that is factual and has a lot of good information.  Way to go Markus!

Nice addition Dave! Thanks Anton and Dave, it's fun.  Well, I"m burning daylight.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on July 23, 2009, 06:28:23 pm
The Wal-Mart and mall are actually in a border town, but I understand what you did there.

OK, got it.  The Regular Wal Mart is in Newington (right on the line of Portsmouth) and the Super Wal Mart is located in Portsmouth. 

Yeah.  About the mall, I thought it was in Portsmouth too at first.  It's on the toll road b/t Portsmouth and Dover.  Newington has quite a few stores.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 06:53:44 pm
62.  York Wild Kingdom.  York's Wild Kingdom offers a variety of family rides, paddle boats, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds and a 
       haunted house. Educational learning sessions take place throughout the day and Maine's only White Bengal Tiger will amaze and delight everyone.   
       York is located just over 14 miles from downtown Portsmouth, it takes about 25 minutes to get there.

       http://www.yorkzoo.com/

63.  Lots of Kayak Rental Companies.

       Eastern Mountain Sports ,Portsmouth. (603) 334-6141, Plum Island Kayak, 38R Merrimac St. Newburyport. (978) 462-5510, Portsmouth
       Kayak Adventures, Portsmouth. (603) 559-1000  Putnam's Ski & Snowboard Shop, 2998 Lafayette Road, Rt. 1. Portsmouth. (603) 431-7764
       Seacoast Kayak 210 Ocean Blvd./Route 1A, Seabrook, NH. (603) 474-1025 Seabrook. (603) 474-1025 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 23, 2009, 06:56:23 pm
Actually Newington has a great little history of promoting business to keep the taxes down for the locals, but that is a story for a different thread.

64...Portsmouth the first settlement in NH.  Ok for those who are into factual data.  Dover and Portsmouth have been fighting since 1623, as to who is really first, both claim number one! :)  For the sake of this thread, let's give it to Portsmouth! :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 06:59:31 pm
65.  The Great Bay National Estauarine Research Reserve.

    The Great Bay Discovery Center (formerly known as Sandy Point) serves as the conservation-education headquarters for the Great Bay Reserve. A universally accessible  trail and boardwalk allow visitors to explore a variety of habitats including upland hardwood forests, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and mudflats. Visitors can stand on the deck of a 19th century gundalow replica or wander through the native gardens surrounding the center. Birders find the Discovery Center an excellent location to watch for Great Bay's wintering eagle population, migratory warblers, waterfowl, and locally nesting pairs of osprey.  There's also a childrens touch tank where kids can get there hands wet with lobsters,

http://www.greatbay.org/

(too bad it's not privately run!)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 07:00:35 pm
Actually Newington has a great little history of promoting business to keep the taxes down for the locals, but that is a story for a different thread.

64...Portsmouth the first settlement in NH.  Ok for those who are into factual data.  Dover and Portsmouth have been fighting since 1623, as to who is really first, both claim number one! :)  For the sake of this thread, let's give it to Portsmouth! :)

That's interesting.  Wikapedia had Dover down as first.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 07:03:46 pm
66.  Odiorne Point State Park
       The largest undeveloped stretch on New Hampshire's coastline, Odiorne Point State Park's 330 acres are open year-round for boating, fishing, hiking, biking, nature   
       walks, cross-country skiing and picnicing.  Located in Rye, just south of Portsmouth.

      http://www.nhstateparks.com/odiorne.html


EDIT:  This is reason number 77.  Stay tuned for 66's replacement!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 23, 2009, 07:07:38 pm
The Wal-Mart and mall are actually in a border town, but I understand what you did there.

OK, got it.  The Regular Wal Mart is in Newington (right on the line of Portsmouth) and the Super Wal Mart is located in Portsmouth. 

Yeah.  About the mall, I thought it was in Portsmouth too at first.  It's on the toll road b/t Portsmouth and Dover.  Newington has quite a few stores.

I've lived here forever and I always had to be corrected as a child that it was in Newington not Portsmouth.  It's some sort of inclination to think it's in Portsmouth.  IMO I've found that the common consensus was that it was in Portsmouth too.  =O)

Awesome info too Dave.  This thread is coming out nicely.  

as for Great Bay. . . it's kinda neat and since I usually like to go off trails when I"m walking public land (geez I didn't know where i was going duh huh) I found tons of signs stating that you're entering private government property and stuff.  Its fun to check out stuff at Pease.  I found an old road that was blocked off and had tons of old environmental wells in the woods.  It's a neat place if you like historical looks and paths.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 07:12:41 pm
67.  Gardens. 

     A)  Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden
      A National Historic Landmark, the Moffatt-Ladd House is one of America's finest Georgian mansions, built for merchant John Moffatt between 1760 and 1763. The   
      grounds also feature one of the region's finest gardens.  154 Market Street, Portsmouth. (603) 436-8221 (Office): 603-430-7968  http://www.moffattladd.org/

     B)  Fuller Gardens
         One of the last working turn-of-the-century estate gardens left in the Northeast, featuring thousands of rose bushes, as well as annual and perennial displays, a     
         hosta garden, Koi pond and Japanese garden.  10 Willow Ave., North Hampton, NH North Hampton. (603) 964-5414  http://www.fullergardens.org/FullerGardens/

     C)  Prescott Park Gardens
          Portsmouth's waterfront park with flower gardens and a summer arts festival. Portsmouth.
          http://www.prescottpark.org/

     
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 23, 2009, 07:36:09 pm
68.  Gundalows.

      Gundalows were sailing barges that worked the waters of the Piscataqua River and Great Bay. Flat-bottom and equipped with huge masts, they transported heavy   
      cargos, such as brick, to Portsmouth or to ships waiting in Portsmouth Harbor, and returned with goods for the cities and towns upstream.   A gundalow replica, the 
      Edward H. Adams is often docked at Prescott Park.

      http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=56&CategoryID=3

69.   Restaurants.  More than 60 in the area, 15 being waterfront, 33 in Portsmouth (there's another waterfront deck I know of that's not on this list but they do chowders + more but
        they are only open for breakfast and lunch, the name is Genos, 177 Mechanic St.  Also there is an Outback Steakhouse, an Ollive Garden, an Applebees, plus a number of other 
        casual restaurants (Pizza and Sub shops are everywhere) and plenty of Chinese Restaurants too.
 
        http://www.portsmouthnh.com/dining/

70.  Taste of the Seacoast.com

      This is a website/online magazine that covers all of the restaurants on the Seacoast; food, wine, dining and entertainment.  They also have a program where you   
       can sign up to get half gift certificates for dining out, no catches, must order online but I haven't checked it out the details yet. 

           www.tasteoftheseacoast.com
     
     
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Trenks on July 24, 2009, 12:07:41 pm
Wow! This is an awesome thread. This thread pushed me over the edge. If I go to NH, I'm moving to Portsmouth. My only contingency is where I go to law school. I wish UW Madison was in Portsmouth!

I don't care if it is leftist. First of all, who has surveyed every single citizen there? To me, the advantages you guys have described outweigh the political statistics by far. In fact, that makes it even more attractive to me because its a challenge! College students, sidewalk cafes, beaches, nightlife, shops....it all sounds really sweet to me!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: sj on July 24, 2009, 10:00:05 pm
Jefferson, are you applying to Franklin Pierce Law Center?  It's the only law school in NH.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 25, 2009, 09:22:34 am
71.  Moran Towing Tugboats

      Tugboats operated by Moran Towing Company dock at the heart of Portsmouth's waterfront and often are identified with the city.

       http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=63&CategoryID=12

72.  The North Church.

      If you're near the center of downtown, you'll hear the North Church ring it's bell on the hour.  This is the Landmark of downtown Portsmouth.  This Church was built  in 1854 to replace a meeting house that was bulit in 1712, that replaced another built in 1671.  It dominates the eastern side of Market Square and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.  And there's interesting history of it on the website below.

      http://www.northchurchportsmouth.org/

73.  The Hill.

    The Hill is what remains of an Italian neighborhood in Portsmouth's North End that was razed during a 1960s bout of urban renewal. A dozen buildings - some dating 
    back to the 1700s - were saved and converted to offices and the Blue Mermaid restaurant. Some buildings were moved to Strawbery Banke Museum.   

    http://www.portsmouthnh.com/thingstodo/todoDetail.cfm?TodoID=62&CategoryID=12
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Trenks on July 26, 2009, 12:24:15 am
Jefferson, are you applying to Franklin Pierce Law Center?  It's the only law school in NH.

I might go to the Massachusetts School of Law and commute from Portsmouth. Its the cheapest one in New England.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 26, 2009, 05:57:00 am
Portsmouth isn't a bad haul to Boston.  From my house on the border it's probably about 1/2-45 mins to get to Boston.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on July 26, 2009, 07:31:16 pm
74.  The Ocean, the cool Ocean breeze; the smell of the Ocean; the Sound of the ocean with your eyes closed.  And lastly, falling asleep to the roar of the crashing waves,
       under an umbrella on the beach.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on July 26, 2009, 09:48:06 pm
74.  The Ocean, the Ocean breeze, the smell of the Ocean and to falling asleep on a beach, listening to the Ocean.

and while NH has the shortest coastline. . .it has plenty of places along it to take a nap.  I'm an expert on this.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Trenks on July 29, 2009, 02:22:22 pm
Just found this group: New Hampshire Seacoast Liberty           http://nhseacoastliberty.wordpress.com/about/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on July 29, 2009, 04:45:30 pm
Just found this group: New Hampshire Seacoast Liberty           http://nhseacoastliberty.wordpress.com/about/

That's more of a blog than a group.  There is a meetup group with a few overlapping faces, http://www.meetup.com/nhseacoastliberty/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: donniedark0 on July 29, 2009, 05:20:06 pm
Just found this group: New Hampshire Seacoast Liberty           http://nhseacoastliberty.wordpress.com/about/

That's more of a blog than a group.  There is a meetup group with a few overlapping faces, http://www.meetup.com/nhseacoastliberty/
What are the numbers like for Seacoast Liberty?  I was a bit spoiled by the all the faces that greeted me at Taproom, however the seacoast is set for my initial stomping grounds and I'm hoping the beaches haven't swallowed up the porcs... :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: margomaps on July 29, 2009, 07:22:34 pm
What are the numbers like for Seacoast Liberty?  I was a bit spoiled by the all the faces that greeted me at Taproom, however the seacoast is set for my initial stomping grounds and I'm hoping the beaches haven't swallowed up the porcs... :)

Not quite as many as Manchester, but it's a good group.  I hear that the weekly get-together at La Festa pizzaria (Dover) is a dozen +/- these days.  I haven't been able to make it in a while.  Last fall a SeAL couple hosted a party and the turnout was around 40 I believe.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on July 29, 2009, 10:42:07 pm
We had 16 tonight.  Generally it is between 15-20.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 04, 2009, 04:11:36 pm
I think the Pizza there is some of the best in NH (big variety of large slices also avail.).  They have many premium drafts there but I think the giant can of Sapporo beer is the best buy for the money (if you don't mind Sapporo beer or drinking out of a can versus a draft).  :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 04, 2009, 06:28:41 pm
75.    Go Seacoast.com     
        This website features everything going on in the Seacoast area.  What continues to surprise me is that although officially the city of Portsmouth is 21,000+ people, there's a lot to   
        pick and choose from.  For example, this website receives more 50,000 hits a week.

       Now there is also something about NH (this geographic area) that's true...there are trees everywhere (+ everywhere) so it provides the biggest natural privacy walls one could work   
       with thus it never ever seems like the area is over populated in any way.   Lots happening is also due to this area being located on the coast and alongside the only N & S interstate   
       (the one you must take in order to get to ME or MA).

                                                                                www.goseacoast.com

76.   Farmers market on Saturdays 8am- 1pm in Portsmouth via the Seacoast Growers Association. This group manages the Farmers Markets for Portsmouth and the 
        neighboring communities of Durham, Hampton, Kingston, Dover, and Exeter making it possible to shop at a farmers market on multiple days of the week (with a short drive).

Durham: Mondays 2:15—5:30 
Kingston: Tuesdays, 2:15—5:30
Hampton: Tuesdays, 3:00—6:00
Dover:(new location) Wednesdays, 2:15—6:00
Exeter:Thursdays, 2:15—6:00
Portsmouth: Saturdays, 8:00—1:00 
 
                                                                           http://www.seacoastgrowers.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 04, 2009, 06:38:11 pm
77.  Odiorne Point State Park.   This is great place to go hiking/walking as it's a track of over 331 acres.  Below is more description from the Gov. website., day use is $4.

Odiome Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire's eighteen mile coast. Located three miles south of Portsmouth on Route 1A in Rye, Odiorne offers an extensive array of habitats. On the south end of the park, sheltered tide pools of the Sunken Forest give way to an exposed rocky shore. Just north, the shore evolves into a pebble beach which shelters a fresh water marsh. Along the way to Frost Point where a jetty extends into Little Harbor, lies a small sand dune environment. At the end of Little Harbor, Seavey Creek feeds the neighboring salt marsh. Extensive inland disturbances during World War II induced the growth of dense forests in various stages of succession. Large stone walls bound open fields. Fresh water systems are represented within the park by a man-made pond and marsh. Remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side; and the man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth.

http://www.nhstateparks.com/odiorne.html
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 05, 2009, 11:11:25 am
78.  The city of Portsmouth does not require Business Licenses.

       They say this on thier website but I couldn't belieive it so I had to call and confirm.  They answered the phone during the first ring and confirmed it, however there are a few
        exceptions:

       Amusement games, Bowling, Billiards, Employment agencies, petroleum products, pawnbrokers, taxis and vendors (hawkers and peddlers license)
     
       http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/cityclerk/license-biz.htm
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Trenks on August 05, 2009, 11:16:46 pm
what about life vests?   :o
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 07, 2009, 09:32:38 am
79.  Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, NH.  Since 1899, a Casino rich in history that's still very alive with live music shows and much more.  Tomorrow night, the Pretenders are on stage (tickets $45).  It's located about 20 minutes south, or 16 miles from downtown Portsmouth.

Here's a clip from their history on music:

"In the 60's, rock 'n roll started to creep into the Ballroom with acts like the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Four Aces. Plus there were folk acts like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary. Gradually, louder bands were added to the schedule -- The Beach Boys, the Fifth Dimension, the Who and the Lovin' Spoonful."

                                                               http://www.casinoballroom.com/index.php

80. NH Seacoast Greenway.   A Bike route and Multi - Use trail. 

                                                               http://www.nhseacoastgreenway.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 10, 2009, 11:45:31 am
81.  Downeaster Amtrack Train for trips going to Maine and as well as Mass.

      From Dover (20 minutes away), you can take a train to Portland, Maine (or Old Orchard Beach ++) for $13 each way, or you can go south and end up in Northern Boston for $19 each way. 

     http://www.amtrakdowneaster.com/ 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 10, 2009, 11:50:52 am
82.  Portsmouth Criterium.  For the Bicyclists in the crowd, this years event is Sept. 20.

        http://www.portsmouthcrit.com/

        There's also a group that offers suggested bike routes, etc.

    http://www.seacoastbikes.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 10, 2009, 11:56:56 am
83.  Big Runner's town  (I've never seen so many races for a town with a population of 21,000 people).

      http://coastalathletic.org/g_main.php?left=home&main=home
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Vexer on August 12, 2009, 02:32:31 am
77.  Odiorne Point State Park.   This is great place to go hiking/walking as it's a track of over 331 acres.  Below is more description from the Gov. website., day use is $4.

I've been through Odiorne Point State Park 20 times - there's no fee. (Oh, maybe in "summer"? I never paid a fee) Just park 10' outside and walk in.

Odiorne is very, very, nice. Covered in snow, especially.

Colonial history, (quite moving) and later-ea, too.

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 12, 2009, 08:18:09 am
77.  Odiorne Point State Park.   This is great place to go hiking/walking as it's a track of over 331 acres.  Below is more description from the Gov. website., day use is $4.

I've been through Odiorne Point State Park 20 times - there's no fee. (Oh, maybe in "summer"? I never paid a fee) Just park 10' outside and walk in.

Odiorne is very, very, nice. Covered in snow, especially.

Colonial history, (quite moving) and later-ea, too.



Thanks for that, I failed to mention they drop the fee after Labor Day and start it again on Memorial day.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dreepa on August 12, 2009, 09:06:17 am
#?  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 12, 2009, 10:29:07 am
#?  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.

Thanks DREEPA!  We'll make it number 84.


84.  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.

The most suprising thing to me about Obama's Health Care Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth yesterday was that the Police Chief of Portsmouth, after being contacted by the Feds regarding "the man with a gun" (i.e.; William), first got the idea, then took the initiative to contact the Priest, (very quickly I might add) and thus give William a "sanctuary" that allowed William to stay, with his gun.   Amazing.  Only in NH!  (here's Williams' interviews for those who missed them -  www.freekeene.com  )
     
I do not know of any Police Chief who has ever done something like this to aid an anonymous freedom loving gun carrying American!  Major KUDOS to the Police Chief of Portsmouth!   
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 12, 2009, 10:33:26 am
85.  Natural Liberty Activists allready in motion.  The Granite State Patriots is one Liberty oriented group that's very outspoken in the pursuit of more liberty.
       People are really used to and all about the Liberty thing!
     
       http://granitestatepatriots.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on August 12, 2009, 03:40:26 pm
84.  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.

The most suprising thing to me about Obama's Health Care Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth yesterday was that the Police Chief of Portsmouth, after being contacted by the Feds regarding "the man with a gun" (i.e.; William), first got the idea, then took the initiative to contact the Priest, (very quickly I might add) and thus give William a "sanctuary" that allowed William to stay, with his gun.   Amazing.  Only in NH!  (here's Williams' interviews for those who missed them -  www.freekeene.com  )

I don't know.  To me, it seemed that the cops violated the law.  Additionally, I doubt William needed permission to stand near the road or on the church property.

But, yes, the cops could have done an even worse job.  Either way, William did a good job.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on August 12, 2009, 04:36:32 pm
84.  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.

The most suprising thing to me about Obama's Health Care Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth yesterday was that the Police Chief of Portsmouth, after being contacted by the Feds regarding "the man with a gun" (i.e.; William), first got the idea, then took the initiative to contact the Priest, (very quickly I might add) and thus give William a "sanctuary" that allowed William to stay, with his gun.   Amazing.  Only in NH!  (here's Williams' interviews for those who missed them -  www.freekeene.com  )

I don't know.  To me, it seemed that the cops violated the law.  Additionally, I doubt William needed permission to stand near the road or on the church property.

But, yes, the cops could have done an even worse job.  Either way, William did a good job.

Hey Keith, with all due respect.  Think for a second Buddy?  How many states in this country wouldn't have sent in a SWAT Team and took Will away?

I agree in an ideal world it shouldn't have even been an issue, but we don't live in a perfect world.  The police aren't the enemy, the system is.

We have a constitutional right to bare arms, and it seems to me the police in Portsmouth did the best they could, under the system they have to live with too, to respect Will's rights.

Personally I think 84# should stand!

In the couple incidents that I have had dealings with the Portsmouth Police, I have found them to be most respectful.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 12, 2009, 05:04:36 pm
Quote
The police aren't the enemy, the system is.

With that, c'mon fellas I'm not doing anything wrong, keep moving into the shower room.  Lets go lets go, it's the system not me. . .keep moving.  You, yeah you, juden. . .keep moving.  Nevermind the guy up on the roof with the canister, he's just a product of the system.  You should have opposed the system from the beginning.  Don't blame me, they're making me do this.

what ever happened to the law is the law?  Gotta follow the law and go through the "right channels" to get them changed.  Would that be so they can not know the law changed and continue to harass people over it.

Keith's post makes the most sense. . . could they have done worse, absolutely.  Still no excuse for illegitimate footsoldiers to misinterpret and disobey laws.  Sorry, no breaks.  They would have gotten all my support and I would be out bellringing to let people know that FINALLY the police have done something to protect our rights.   Unfortunately, they still failed.  That's the breaks.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on August 12, 2009, 05:30:02 pm
The police aren't the enemy, the system is.

We have a constitutional right to bare arms, and it seems to me the police in Portsmouth did the best they could, under the system they have to live with too, to respect Will's rights.

I have no enemies.  However, the cops violated his rights.  I'm not saying they should be fired.  But they should at least feel bad for denying him his freedom.  He didn't do anything too them, except help them do their job.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 12, 2009, 05:31:48 pm
84.  The cops seem to understand open carry in Portsmouth.

The most suprising thing to me about Obama's Health Care Town Hall meeting in Portsmouth yesterday was that the Police Chief of Portsmouth, after being contacted by the Feds regarding "the man with a gun" (i.e.; William), first got the idea, then took the initiative to contact the Priest, (very quickly I might add) and thus give William a "sanctuary" that allowed William to stay, with his gun.   Amazing.  Only in NH!  (here's Williams' interviews for those who missed them -  www.freekeene.com  )

I don't know.  To me, it seemed that the cops violated the law.  Additionally, I doubt William needed permission to stand near the road or on the church property.

But, yes, the cops could have done an even worse job.  Either way, William did a good job.

Keith, I would agree with the part of your answer where you say "I don't know." :) 

From my understanding, the police were NOT the ones who were trying to push William out of the way, it was the feds/secret service so I'm not following you.

The police chief came up with the idea and took initiative to contact a citizen(priest) and I think it shows how neighborly the police and people here are to total strangers and also that they are very supportive of open carry.  William was happy with the arrangement.

Obviously we presently live with a government so to think we're supposed to have this Freedom Utopia everywhere is living in dreamland if you ask me.  I've had a few interactions with the police, in the short time I've been here I must say honestly, I've never seen a more friendly, considerate hands off Police force, all things considered.

PS: Don't worry Dave, #84 is staying because it's true like a rock. :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 13, 2009, 10:11:52 am
Keith, I just read on Free Keene's forum that someone said, William said, it was a Portsmouth Detective.  I'm going to try and speak to the Chief today and see if I can get the story so this thread doesn't turn into a Nitpicking debate. :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dreepa on August 13, 2009, 11:04:12 am
They can ask him to leave the school grounds.. that part is not illegal.

Lt MacDonald is his name.

Have you seen the 2 exchanges?
They are up online.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 13, 2009, 05:21:02 pm
They can ask him to leave the school grounds.. that part is not illegal.

Lt MacDonald is his name.

Have you seen the 2 exchanges?
They are up online.

No, haven't seen them.  I guess I got there after the "fireworks."  What I want to know most is who initiated talking to William.  If it was the police, do we know if they were asked by the secret service to talk to William?
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dreepa on August 13, 2009, 07:40:56 pm
They can ask him to leave the school grounds.. that part is not illegal.

Lt MacDonald is his name.

Have you seen the 2 exchanges?
They are up online.

No, haven't seen them.  I guess I got there after the "fireworks."  What I want to know most is who initiated talking to William.  If it was the police, do we know if they were asked by the secret service to talk to William?

 I believe so as there was  s.s. standing behind him while the police talked to William.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 14, 2009, 02:55:35 pm
oh I forgot the police owned the schools.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on August 14, 2009, 03:38:06 pm
oh I forgot the police owned the schools.

No not really, but the fact is, many school systems do restrict our right to bare arms on their

 property.  If you want to bitch, go to the school board.  Many owners of private property ban guns too?

I just believe the Portsmouth Police did their best to respect NH law, even with the Fed's breathing down there necks.  For that they should be commended.

There is bigger fish in the sea, and to bad mouth the Portsmouth PD for there actions, is time wasted.

Hey, I don't have all the answers, but just giving my opinion, :)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Keyser Soce on August 14, 2009, 03:52:10 pm
They can ask him to leave the school grounds.. that part is not illegal.

Lt MacDonald is his name.

Have you seen the 2 exchanges?
They are up online.

No, haven't seen them.  I guess I got there after the "fireworks."  What I want to know most is who initiated talking to William.  If it was the police, do we know if they were asked by the secret service to talk to William?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZVacfe3BDY
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Vexer on August 15, 2009, 03:31:27 am
The Portsmouth Police are cool.  (Well, if personal opinions count - two interactions, one an auto break-down, one a property dispute - in both cases, perfect behavior from the cops. They just do their job).

Better than most American cops.


But why NOT come to Portsmouth? Two reasons: (And, I love Portsmouth... way too much)

1) It gets crowded. Tourist town, especially in summer... people swarm.

2) It gets really crowded. Sometimes. Beaches, mainly. May as well stay home and watch the Beach Channel.


(Yes, I realize that was the same reason twice.)
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: the pooch lady on August 15, 2009, 04:51:20 am
Vexer, where are you located?
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 15, 2009, 01:45:26 pm
oh I forgot the police owned the schools.

No not really, but the fact is, many school systems do restrict our right to bare arms on their

 property.  If you want to bitch, go to the school board.  Many owners of private property ban guns too?

I just believe the Portsmouth Police did their best to respect NH law, even with the Fed's breathing down there necks.  For that they should be commended.

There is bigger fish in the sea, and to bad mouth the Portsmouth PD for there actions, is time wasted.

Hey, I don't have all the answers, but just giving my opinion, :)

Does the school board own the school too?  Maybe you can go fight city hall instead, you seem to have more fun at it.   :)

Does it look like I'd ever have a problem with a private person restricting firearms on their private property? 

My mother used to say "mediocre is not good enough for your mother."  Simply put, the police, as usual, didn't do their jobs.  I don't care if feds were "breathing down their necks", frankly. . . I didn't make those men become police officers.  Perhaps if the job is too hard then they could find a much easier one out there such as washing lettuce at Wendy's.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure if you can't handle leaving peaceful people alone then there is other work where you won't have to do such hard things such as leaving them alone.  It's a very hard job I'm sure, taking down rapists and murderers.  Unfortunately the police would rather look towards someone like me who didn't have a nice laminated press pass or a fancy button down shirt and who was taking pictures in the middle with all the other media guys.

I'm not looking for police to "do their best". . . that's a cop out (no pun intended).  I'm looking for some cop somewhere to actually do what it is they're supposed to do.  I'm not asking for perfection.  I'm asking for them to simply do their jobs correctly, say at least 80% of the time.

This does not happen.  More like 30%.  Oh wait there goes a speeder, wooo wooooooooo
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on August 16, 2009, 05:01:40 pm
Portsmouth is a beautiful town.  It does have quite a few liberals, but many lean libertarian, anti-war, and favor a lot of the ideas we favor.  They're not authoritarian, and their elected officials are not the worst ones in the state.

The city is beautiful, and there are a lot of towns in the area that are within driving distance, if you can't afford the high cost of living.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 17, 2009, 02:01:55 am
some even burn flags!  Those are the good liberals. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 17, 2009, 10:10:08 am
The Portsmouth Police are cool.  (Well, if personal opinions count - two interactions, one an auto break-down, one a property dispute - in both cases, perfect behavior from the cops. They just do their job).

Better than most American cops.


But why NOT come to Portsmouth? Two reasons: (And, I love Portsmouth... way too much)

1) It gets crowded. Tourist town, especially in summer... people swarm.

2) It gets really crowded. Sometimes. Beaches, mainly. May as well stay home and watch the Beach Channel.


(Yes, I realize that was the same reason twice.)

86.  The electricity and features of the city make people swarm to it.  :)

PS: Vexer, I've been on one of the "well attended" beaches you're talking about and surprisingly, the extreme ROAR of the waves crashing the beach drowns out the people sounds and if you close your eyes under a beach umbrella ,you will certainly feel like you're alone (and probably asleep on the quickl) as the sounds of the ocean WILL knock you out! :)

PSS: There are also MANY other places you can stop (not main beaches) alongside the ocean and get your own "private" beach.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 17, 2009, 10:12:52 am
87.  Living in New Hampshire, but being able to pick up and enjoy radio stations in both Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 19, 2009, 10:11:58 am
88.  Rye Airfield.  New Englands premier Indoor Skate Park and BMX Track, 50,000 square feet, located in Rye, 11 minutes or about 5 miles south of Portsmouth.

      http://www.ryeairfield.com/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Vexer on August 21, 2009, 02:58:23 am
Markus

PS: Vexer, I've been on one of the "well attended" beaches you're talking about and surprisingly, the extreme ROAR of the waves crashing the beach drowns out the people sounds and if you close your eyes under a beach umbrella ,you will certainly feel like you're alone (and probably asleep on the quickl) as the sounds of the ocean WILL knock you out!

I’m glad that you feel that. Any beach is a good beach, and that's a fact.

(Edit: it's on Hampton Beach they do an annual 'sand sculpture' week. That was amazing. Never seen anything like that before. Me and the 7000 other tourists).

Hampton, and on south; and up to York (Maine) etc., all beaches around there have a gently shelving beach. 98% of the time there are no waves, no roar (well, perhaps 'roar' is a relative term). Wide, gentle beaches with way too many overly-optimistic (and slightly posing) surfers.

Granted, once a year the cold Atlantic goes stone-throwing ship-sinking wave-crazy… but mostly…

Markus, I’d like to take you to some real waves one day.




Another thing I like about Portsmouth: there's almost no Graffiti. I mean spray-painted pollution. There's too much of that in my town. It's  a social indicator.

(And the amazing annual Sand Sculpture Event. You will be amazed).
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 21, 2009, 04:48:51 am
There should be good waves this weekend!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on August 21, 2009, 07:17:49 am
Markus

Markus, I’d like to take you to some real waves one day.


I used to live in Oahu and spend time on the North Shore. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on August 21, 2009, 02:05:06 pm
Unique businesses also make for good Reasons to Move to... Portsmouth has us all beat on that one.  I'm sure that you could get 40-50 Reasons just out of that one.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on August 21, 2009, 02:38:20 pm
Vexer, go to Salisbury Beach.  Find 3 needles.  Should take you about 3-4 minutes to do so.  Tell me Salisbury is a good beach.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on August 21, 2009, 07:14:47 pm
Unique businesses are also a strong argument against strict zoning.  A lot of towns enact zoning laws that are difficult to wade through, and you end up with big chain store companies coming in and buying up commercial land for cheap.  Eventually, you're left with very few unique, local shops, and there is very little reason for consumers to travel to visit your town.

Advocates of Form Based Codes recommend throwing out all of the old zoning codes and replacing them with flexible form codes.  By allowing developers and property owners to use their property for what the marketplace prescribes (rather than what was prescribed through old Euclidean zoning back in 1963 when little was known about urban sprawl), property values have soared.

New Hampshire still has lots of these specialty stores and mixed use properties because Euclidean Zoning has only hit these towns in recent decades.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on September 01, 2009, 11:00:09 am
89.  Area FSPers Home School their kids.   If you're interested in this, there's allready some FSPers home schooling their kids and so it would be very easy to plug into.   Home schooling is very popular in New Hampshire as well. 

This quote from the FSP's 101 Reasons to move to NH.

"New Hampshire has a large, politically active, and rapidly growing
homeschooling population. In 1987 there was believed to be
approximately 346 homeschooled children in NH. By 2001, that figure
had grown exponentially to over 3,600 (as reported to the Dept. of Ed."
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on September 02, 2009, 03:55:52 am
(http://images-1.redbubble.net/img/art/size:large/view:main/3693044-2-portsmouth-banke.jpg)
http://antonlee.redbubble.com/sets/79589/works/3693044-2-portsmouth-banke (http://antonlee.redbubble.com/sets/79589/works/3693044-2-portsmouth-banke)

another reason is pretty places to take pictures.  This is an opinion only.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on September 02, 2009, 02:47:27 pm
90.  Lee USA Speedway.  Nascar Track located about 15 minutes from Portsmouth.

    www.leeusaspeedway.com

91.  Portsmouth cops don't carry/use Tazers.




edit: Thanks Anton, nice shot(!).
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Rebel on September 02, 2009, 02:50:53 pm

91.  Portsmouth cops don't carry/use Tazers.
Major plus^
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Vexer on September 05, 2009, 01:01:33 am
Anton Lee is right, and locals may take it for granted, but Portsmouth is pretty pretty.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: blaked on September 06, 2009, 11:09:14 am
[quote author=Porcupine The Godful Heathen link=topic=17687.msg211230#msg211230 date=1240438023

Because my preference would be for a small town over a big town/city to live in eventually.
[/quote]

Portsmouth has 20 thousand people.  That's a modest suburb even by Ohio standards, and we get a bad rap for being hicks...
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on September 08, 2009, 07:49:34 pm
92) gillys!! the best damn dogs and burgers in nh
93) the gas light - a restaurant, pizza place, patio, and dance club in one. boom chicka boom chicka good times.

man, i have been away from this forum way too long. im just now seeing this post about the best damn city in nh.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Dave Mincin on September 08, 2009, 08:05:54 pm
94)  Portsmouth has a Steeler Bar!  ;D

The Brewery Lane Taven
95 Brewery Lane
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: margomaps on September 08, 2009, 08:44:50 pm
90.  Lee USA Speedway.  Nascar Track located about 15 minutes from Portsmouth.

    www.leeusaspeedway.com

More like 30 minutes!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on September 09, 2009, 04:57:14 am
94)  Portsmouth has a Steeler Bar!  ;D

The Brewery Lane Taven
95 Brewery Lane

wait are we listing reasons not to move to Portsmouth  ;D
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on September 09, 2009, 09:23:00 am
90.  Lee USA Speedway.  Nascar Track located about 15 minutes from Portsmouth.

    www.leeusaspeedway.com

More like 30 minutes!

No kidding? I thought I read that on online about, I'lll check that.  Thanks. 

PS: Get your ass to La Festa tonight!   >:D
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on September 09, 2009, 04:34:03 pm
94)  Portsmouth has a Steeler Bar!  ;D

The Brewery Lane Taven
95 Brewery Lane

wait are we listing reasons not to move to Portsmouth  ;D

haha. there are a couple interesting bars in portsmouth, thats for sure.
best bar in town is coat of arms, imho.
it used to be jack quigley's, but the state shut them down for selling alcohol without having a food license or something stupid like that. i was pissed off for like a year after that happened!
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on September 10, 2009, 09:35:49 am
Portsmouth is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities anywhere.  I was really impressed with it when I first this town, and enjoy coming up that way every so often.  Portsmouth has tons of local shops and is one of the most walkable towns anywhere.  For those who love espresso, Portsmouth is one of the cafe meccas of northern New England.

Access to Portsmouth is another reason to make your way out the seacoast.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on September 11, 2009, 05:40:19 pm
95) it's the arts and entertainment capital of the state

i know that one is pretty general, but it's true! having lived here my whole life, i can confidently say that portsmouth truly has the best and most diverse arts and entertainment scene in the state. ive been involved in the music scene for awhile, and there is no place in the state i would rather be for that purpose. i think that for some reason a lot of out of staters have dismissed portsmouth as too liberal or something...personally, i don't see how too liberal is any worse then too conservative. there are a lot of freedom-related issues in portsmouth that residents would get behind...there are a lot of anti-war, pro-marijuana reform, pro-gay marriage etc type people here. yes, these people are also mostly socialists, but that's only because they are confused. if we can bring a positive message of anti-aggression and freedom to portsmouth, i think that people will certainly respond.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on September 11, 2009, 07:00:47 pm
We should do a World's Smallest Political Quiz for the various towns, just to see who's picked the best towns.  I think that most Portsmouthers would land on the northern part of liberal-libertarian.  They have a lot of Obama or Hillary stickers, but the issues bumper stickers are almost 100% liberty leaning in Portsmouth.  You picked a great town, bud.  It wouldn't be too difficult politically to get it on a par with Deerfield or Seabrook.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: John Edward Mercier on September 12, 2009, 01:25:46 am
I think the easiest way to differentiate would be the NHLA ratings.
Some municipalities do not have their own rep, but that could be taken into consideration.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: Vexer on September 12, 2009, 01:48:50 am
Gillies - let's be honest, its cute. It's location and style are very cute. But they're never 'the best hotdogs' (or "best" anything else, unless style and cuteness counts).

But, Portsmouth wouldn't be the same without them.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on September 12, 2009, 04:24:44 am
I agree with vexer on this vital hot dog issue.

I can tell you, with all the drunks coming out of the bars. . .most of them think that they're the greatest hotdogs in the world.  Yes, that's right, a drunk is willing to make a statement like that.  Thank you.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on September 12, 2009, 11:47:11 am
i still think theyre the best so there
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: TEBON on September 13, 2009, 10:37:51 am
I don't enjoy hot dogs like I used to. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: lobstah on September 13, 2009, 11:03:58 am
I don't enjoy hot dogs like I used to. 

honestly, their burgers are the best part. i heard a rumor that it's because they haven't cleaned their grill in like 15 years, so you get all that sweet juicy burgery taste.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on September 15, 2009, 04:37:21 pm
96.  www.wirenh.com

      Free weekly newspaper, published each Wednesday, plus website.  I like the "calendar"  as it's a complete nightly list of all the live music and everything else going on in the area.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on September 19, 2009, 10:58:51 pm
I think the easiest way to differentiate would be the NHLA ratings.
Some municipalities do not have their own rep, but that could be taken into consideration.

I recently spoke with Jack Thorsen, who has run for State Rep in Portsmouth, and he assured me that the town has never put out a Rep with a better than a D grade.  That's pretty disappointing, though Jack has won a lot of votes (over 3600) and has come close to winning there.  We recognized earlier in this effort that, if we could just get each district's Reps up by about ten percentage points, that we could start getting more bad laws and taxes repealed than passed.  The legislative average for the State House was 41% back then.  Today, it's 37%, I believe.

Portsmouth's district has seven Reps, and it would not be extremely difficult for the folks up there to convince, vote out, and primary their way an extra 10-15 points.  The locals in Portsmouth are lefties, but they're generally more proliberty and anti-war than many of the Mass/New York libs, and these folks are more "convince-able."  That's a pretty good reason to move to Portsmouth.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: live_freeze_anddie on October 05, 2009, 11:55:18 am
coat of arms
gilly's

can't believe no one mentioned these two yet!

HAHA Gilly's is as historic as Strawberry Banke, no doubt.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on November 18, 2009, 07:01:47 pm


91.  Portsmouth cops don't carry/use Tazers.



This is inaccurate, Portsmouth cops DO carry Tazers.  They carry them opposite side of their handgun in the front and I guess I just missed seeing them do to their location. 

91.  Portsmouth is the most haunted city in New Hampshire (second only to Salem, MA in all of New England).
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on November 20, 2009, 11:47:28 am
Most haunted?  I would see this a reason not to move there!

Or perhaps, it should simply be called a "challenge."

;D
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on November 22, 2009, 02:41:06 pm
Most haunted?  I would see this a reason not to move there!

Or perhaps, it should simply be called a "challenge."

;D

I know lots of kids are afraid of ghosts but the stories I've become familiar with are all of "peaceful ghosts" so you don't have nothing to worry about.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on November 24, 2009, 11:51:48 pm
97.  Forbes Traveler in Oct. 2009 recently named Portsmouth one of "America's Prettiest Townsl."   

http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/americas-prettiest-towns-2009-slide-15.html?thisSpeed=25000


Urban designer Glanz, of the Calthorpe Associates architectural firm, describes this historic southern New Hampshire port town as "both a functioning modern community and a museum piece. Brick buildings, many of them original to the era of the tall ships, line small streets and alleys. Yet many of those same buildings house high-tech businesses and start-ups."
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on December 30, 2009, 10:21:36 pm
98. Schools

Daniel Webster College    http://www.dwc.edu/:

Great Bay Community College   http://www.greatbay.edu/?pg=registrar

Hesser College      http://portsmouth.hesser.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx


Here's a link to more schools in Portsmouth as well as the greater area   http://portsmouth.nh.regentsdegrees.org/
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on January 13, 2010, 10:27:34 am
99.  Portsmouth is the hub of the metropolitan region that includes the cities of Rochester, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, 
      Newington, and Rye, N.H.; across the river in Maine is Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick and York, plus others.

      Portsmouth is officially 21,000 people, but with all the shopping/restaurant/entertainment options in Portsmouth and Newington, it reminds me of what one would find in a city
      of over a million residents (but without traffic).

           
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: joanb on January 13, 2010, 01:33:19 pm
Don't know if you care about this but there are fenced as well a unleashed dog parks here. There is currently no dog park in Manchester but we are trying hard to get one in. 

If you make a large purchase at the Kittery Trading Post, just across the bridge, such as a gun, they will not charge sales tax and will deliver it over the NH border for you. They have a driver that does nothing but run guns a couple miles down the road to NH. So you buy the gun and you  meet the guy when you leave the store. Pretty cool I think.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: etc on January 13, 2010, 11:55:14 pm
Number one question is, is it expensive?   I would think so.  How is the IT job market there?

I would prefer something north-west to keep the price down.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on January 13, 2010, 11:57:20 pm
Number one question is, is it expensive?   I would think so.  How is the IT job market there?

I would prefer something north-west to keep the price down.

The Portsmouth area is one of the most expensive in NH.  But you still can find rooms for $500 a month plus 1/2 of the utilities.  North of Portsmouth is even less expensive.  The IT market is decent.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on January 14, 2010, 09:33:26 am
Number one question is, is it expensive?   I would think so.  How is the IT job market there?

I would prefer something north-west to keep the price down.

I'd say it's most likely THE most expensive city to live in, in NH, however like Keith said, you can still find housing, but I can't emphasize enough about considering the towns/cities that neighbor Portsmouth as they more affordable and quite nice places to live as well, all with Portsmouth in your backyard.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on January 14, 2010, 09:38:26 am
99.A

      http://www.portsmouthnh.com/photos/photoDetail.cfm?ImageID=2557
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on January 14, 2010, 10:55:27 am
100/A.  One of the oldest, one of kind Downtown city centers in America, located next to water, (similar to Europeon cities, especially in the warmer months, as there is outdoor seating in front of every coffee shop/restaurant), ALL brick built (after an early fire, the city center was rebuilt only with bricks), winding narrow streets, side alleys lined with businesses, live music every night of the year, historic buildings everywhere, very walking friendly, the city is an international tourist destination in warmer months and finally, a city loaded with peaceful liberty lovers.



100/B.  When a Free Stater brought a handgun to Obama's Town Hall Meeting, the Portsmouth Police Chief called the Church neighboring the High School's property and asked if our friend could stand on church property and keep his gun.  The answer was yes.   When I talked to a Portsmouth cop a month later regarding this event, he said:  "We're not afraid of guns.  This is NH and it's the law" that citizens shall be allowed to carry firearms.



Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: dont_tread_on_me_skateboarding on January 23, 2010, 04:39:32 am




100/B.  When a Free Stater brought a handgun to Obama's Town Hall Meeting, the Portsmouth Police Chief called the Church neighboring the High School's property and asked if our friend could stand on church property and keep his gun.  The answer was yes.   When I talked to a Portsmouth cop a month later regarding this event, he said:  "We're not afraid of guns.  This is NH and it's the law" that citizens shall be allowed to carry firearms.




Hey Markus...
good vids of the Portsmouth protest on ObamaCare..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU0R3af-MxM&feature=channel

Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on January 25, 2010, 09:50:50 am




100/B.  When a Free Stater brought a handgun to Obama's Town Hall Meeting, the Portsmouth Police Chief called the Church neighboring the High School's property and asked if our friend could stand on church property and keep his gun.  The answer was yes.   When I talked to a Portsmouth cop a month later regarding this event, he said:  "We're not afraid of guns.  This is NH and it's the law" that citizens shall be allowed to carry firearms.




Hey Markus...
good vids of the Portsmouth protest on ObamaCare..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU0R3af-MxM&feature=channel



Thanks don't_tread_ on_me_obama(!), I'll check them out.   For me, it was the wildest protest (never seen so many folks, so passionate about a issue) I've ever been a part of.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: maxxoccupancy on January 25, 2010, 09:32:37 pm
RTKBA  A New Hampshire tradition.  Why would anyone exhibit an irrational fear of private citizens carrying firearms, but not private citizens issued a badge?  Even "liberal" Portsmouth is cool with handguns.  Too bad about those other states, brah.
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: MK on March 07, 2010, 10:09:22 pm
Don't know if you care about this but there are fenced as well a unleashed dog parks here. There is currently no dog park in Manchester but we are trying hard to get one in. 

If you make a large purchase at the Kittery Trading Post, just across the bridge, such as a gun, they will not charge sales tax and will deliver it over the NH border for you. They have a driver that does nothing but run guns a couple miles down the road to NH. So you buy the gun and you  meet the guy when you leave the store. Pretty cool I think.

That's cool about the guns, I didn't reallize that.  And there's no doubt it's a HUGE Dog town with supersize dog run in downtown Portsmouth being next to South Mill Pond, but I've noticed many people bringing their dogs to Prescott Park to a big green open space on the water (past the pool, near the trail that leads to a Key Look Out point for the area, used during the early revolution days.)

Also, I've noticed lots of dogs running free along the beaches without Government harassing people for dogs being off leash. 
Title: Re: # of Reasons to Move to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Post by: inet101 on January 19, 2011, 08:04:27 pm
Great thread!

Very helpful.....Thanks to everyone that posted info.