When most people think of enjoying winter in New Hampshire, they think of the mountains, but I’m here to tell you that the Seacoast has a lot to offer too. From fireside breakfasts and heated patios, to roaring ocean waves and snowshoeing by the sea, the people of the Seacoast have their own ways of getting through these treacherous winter months. Read on to find out 7 ways to embrace winter on the seacoast of New Hampshire!
I grew up on the Seacoast and now live in Hampton, so I’ve had some time to scope out the coziest spots. I’ve compiled a list of some hidden gems and secret ways to make the most of winter on the Seacoast, that maybe you haven’t thought of yet.
7 Ways To Embrace Winter On The Seacoast
1. Breakfast at Applecrest Farm Bistro in Hampton Falls
Apple picking, hayrides and cider donuts may come to mind when you hear the words Applecrest. Yes, it’s known primarily as the go-to place for fall festivities, however their rustic dining room offers just the right amount of warmth and authenticity to delight even the grumpiest New Englander. The farm-to-table restaurant uses local ingredients, most of which are grown on their farm, and features New England inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seated in front of a roaring fireplace I enjoyed apple stuffed french toast and a view of the farm, dusted with snow. How much cozier could it get?!
2. Skating at Puddle Dock Pond in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is a gem in itself, especially the historic Strawberry Bank area. Nestled in the center of this community of historic houses is an outdoor skating rink! The rink is open to the public and is even complete with a fire-pit in the center to warm your cold feet after skating. It’s $11 to skate, you can rent skates for $5 and the Fig Tree Kitchen cafe is there pumping out hot chocolate and pastries for your post-skate nosh.
3. Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmer’s Market in Exeter
If you’re wondering where everyone is on the second Saturday of every winter month, check the Exeter High School cafeteria. People on the Seacoast come out in droves to get their farm fresh veggies, artisan breads and maple syrup. If you’re feeling at all down about where you live, take one step inside and you will immediately feel a sense of community and warmth as foodies swap recipes, local artisans share their craft and an acoustic guitarist plays in the background.
4. Jump-cardio at Blitz Air Park in Portsmouth
Looking to get out of the house because it’s been snowing for 3 days straight and you’re about to go crazy? Sometimes the best way to embrace winter is to forget about it. The best way to do that is to stay inside and a better way to do that is at Blitz, Portsmouth’s trampoline park. This place is not just for kids, oh no. My husband and I went there for a date night and had a blast. Dodgeball as a grown up is even scarier, but so fun and surprisingly exhausting!
5. Snowshoeing at White’s Lane trail in Hampton
See how happy that puppy is?! That could be you! White’s Lane in Hampton is a great trail for snowshoeing, cross country skiing or just taking a walk in the snow and enjoying the quiet. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the Seacoast doesn’t have any wilderness to explore. When you’re done breathing in nature you can make your way to North Beach for a glimpse of the beach in winter, which will be like a scene from The Perfect Storm or flat like a lake, depending on the day.
6. Drinks at Two Ceres Street in Portsmouth
Remember Poco’s Cantina from the summer where you got drinks with your pals? Enter Two Ceres Street, it’s sister restaurant and the coziest martini bar I’ve ever seen. This hole-in-the-wall is right next to Pocos and features modern bar food like garlic parmesan fries with chipotle aioli (pictured below). It’s designed with sustainability and comfort in mind with rustic wood decor, a roaring fireplace and sleek couches to relax and sip your cocktail.
7. Dinner at Tino’s outdoor heated patio in Hampton
If only there was a way to enjoy being outside, inside…well there is, and it’s at Tino’s Greek Kitchen in Hampton. This place features an outdoor patio with heaters, a giant community fireplace-table and blankets, for the extra chilly nights. Order a drink and cozy up to your date while you wait for your Moussaka. This place should definitely be on your hit list for a winter hot-spot, because it does get pretty warm, even though you’re outside.
So we don’t have the luxury of hopping on a chair lift every weekend, but the Seacoast does have some pretty cool things going on in the winter. I’m willing to bet you haven’t tried at least one of these. Grab your boyfriend/girlfriend, your kids or your closest pal and start embracing winter, because there’s 4 more weeks until Spring my friends. Let the countdown begin.