Portsmouth, NH 03801
Portsmouth’s Isles of Shoals Steamship Company ferry (315 Market St. 603-431-5500; islesofshoals.com/cruises) cruises six miles off the New Hampshire coast to the windswept Isles of Shoals, where you can reserve lunch at the Oceanic Hotel, a picturesque mid-19th-century hotel turned conference center on Star Island. The Oceanic also offers “personal retreats” for up to a week for those not conferencing, but lucky daytrippers can wander the 43-acre island at will, exploring the old burial ground, picnicking at the gazebo, or just admiring the stunning Atlantic views. BEST PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
-Yankee Magazine May/June 2016
For the first time in a long time, the 19th-century hotel on this grand rock in the Isles of Shoals (off the coast of Rye) is open to the public, complete with family-style meals, candlelight walks to the 200-year-old chapel, and plenty of ghost stories. Rates: from $148 per person, including three meals per day. BEST ISLAND LIVING
-Yankee Magazine May/June 2011
603-430-6272 (Portsmouth office), 603-601-0832 (island)
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