If you are looking to experience Portsmouth on foot, the Sailmaker's House is perfectly situated a 4 minute walk from Market Square where you will find endless opportunities for dining, shopping and exploring. If you have specific interests please contact the innkeeper for advice!


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We are so pleased to welcome you to the Spring 2018 Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast!  More than 40 restaurants around the Seacoast – in Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, New Castle, Rye, Exeter, and Kittery, Maine –  are inviting you to enjoy great meal values during lunch and dinner over these ten days. 

Participating restaurants offer special three course prix fixe menus at two unbelievable prices: $16.95 for lunch or $29.95 for dinner per person. Note: Some restaurants extend the $16.95 value price to dinner as well. Find local specials and offers from shops, attractions and hotels at the bottom of the page.

We upload each restaurant’s menu as we receive it, so check back often so you can see what our fabulous chefs are preparing for you. Reservations are recommended, as space fills up quickly during the Seacoast’s culinary event of the season.


navigating by the stars - may 5 - 6

Registration for this workshop will open soon!

This practicum is a concise two-day course in the theory and practice of basic celestial navigation. Participants will learn basic principles, timekeeping, almanac usage, sight reduction methods and plotting, and training and observation with a marine sextant. Alternative use of a scientific hand calculator will be discussed, and a PC-based programmed calculator emulator offered.

At the conclusion, participants will be able to take, reduce and plot positions from celestial sights of the sun – our closest star - and possibly other stars, the moon and planets, if time and interest permit.
No special math skills are required—only addition and subtraction, and table look-ups. All materials will be provided, just bring your interest and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!

InstructorNate Hazen, Engineer, Sailor, National Chapman Award Winning Instructor for US Power Squadrons

Times: Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 9:00am-4:00pm both days with additional hands-on question and answer time at the end of each day. Lunch will be provided both days. This workshop will take place in the Tyco Visitor Center at Strawbery Banke Museum.

Cost: Tuition $195 Strawbery Banke Museum members (please contact us for the discount code); $215 non-members. Materials Fee*: $110, includes 2018 Nautical Almanac, Davis MK 3 Sextant, Planisphere Star Finder, & CD-Rom with                                                              instructional PowerPoint