It’s that time of year again—boxes of chocolate dominate the shelves at every store, red roses and bouquets of flowers line the floral department of the grocery store, and every business is claiming that they have the “perfect” gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s always lovely to receive a box of your favorite sweet treats or some new bling to wear around your wrist. We might be biased, but we believe that nothing means as much as making wonderful new memories with your loved ones.
This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” by going on a trip that you’ll always remember. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the perfect destination for you and a loved one, a best friend, or even the whole family! This quaint New England town is a short ride from New York City, and you’ll be ultra-comfortable in one of our luxury buses as you make your way to and from New Hampshire. Keep reading our guide so you can plan the most unforgettable Valentine’s Day yet!
Take a Class With a Loved One
No, we’re not talking about boring, run-of-the-mill classes that you’ll struggle to stay awake through. How about a chocolate and wine tasting class? You’ll get to sample handmade chocolates and learn how to pair each one with wine from local winery LaBelle. It’s a great option for chocolate lovers, and an even better gift than a simple box of sweets.
Get hands-on at a pasta making class hosted by local restaurant Lure. You and about 10 other people will learn how to create two different types of pasta from scratch, so you’ll be able to enjoy restaurant-quality pasta dishes even when you’re back home. We love this bonding opportunity for couples and good friends alike!
If you’re health-conscious and can’t go without a workout, head to Liar’s Bench on February 15 for brewery yoga. It’s a great way to stretch out and unwind after traveling—and sip some local brews with a loved one. They’ll play all your favorite jams as you work out!
Celebrate With the Whole Family
Are you traveling with the kids for Valentine’s Day? There are plenty of fun activities for them around Portsmouth, too. Be sure to pack your ice skates so you can attend the Puppy Love Skate Party at Strawbery Banke Museum! Kids will love skating around Puddle Duck Pond with Clifford the Big Red Dog. You can also warm up to some hot cocoa and cookies while you’re there!
When you’re done (or simply just too cold to keep skating), head downtown to Gus & Ruby Letterpress where the kids can pick out everything they need to make Valentine’s cards! We love their fun and totally unique stock of cards, art supplies, and other accessories. Plus, arts and crafts are a great way for kids to pass the time during the trip home to New York City.
Make Reservations for a Candlelit Dinner
End the day by sharing a delicious meal with a loved one. Lucky for you, Portsmouth has no shortage of fantastic restaurants to choose from. In fact, it’s common knowledge around town that there are more restaurant seats than people! We definitely recommend making reservations ahead of time because seats fill up fast in many of these restaurants.
Looking for a quiet, intimate dinner venue? Try Cava, which is tucked away down a charming alleyway in the heart of downtown. Their menu boasts an impressive selection of Spanish tapas and mouth watering desserts. This Valentine’s Day, they’re serving up a special Aphrodisiac Menu with a delectable array of small bites to share. It’s a popular event, so reserve a table well ahead of time!
If you’d prefer a more substantial meal, we suggest SALT Kitchen and Bar, located inside the Wentworth by the Sea hotel. Choose from fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and tender cuts of meat, all while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere within the beautiful and historic seaside grand hotel.
Quite a few spots in Portsmouth will be hosting special Valentine’s Day events and dinners. Mr. Kim’s, a fairly new establishment that’s quickly become a local favorite, is throwing a special event called “The Dating Game: Beer Dinner + A Show.” It’s exactly what it sounds like—a four course meal paired with local beer from Liar’s Bench and a live dating show! This is perfect for anyone who wants to break away from “traditional” romantic dinner—and have a few laughs, too.
What’s better than making long-lasting memories with your loved ones? Nothing! Make sure you use this guide to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day trip this year. If you want even more Valentine’s Day ideas, head to the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce website for all the inspiration you need.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets to travel to Portsmouth with C&J! We make getting in and out of the city easy and completely stress free, so you can focus on the person you love instead of traffic. Let’s start planning today!