Martin Hill Inn
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In the early spring, our perennial gardens come to life with spring bulbs and primroses. The stone path leads from the parking lot to the back of the Inn. In the summer, take a glass of wine and a book outside to sit in the shade and cool breezes created by the large leafy canopy of tall New England trees. In June 2007, the Garden was one of the local gardens featured on the annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden tour.
Not many small cities have as much to see and do in such a small area that you can walk from side to side in less than 20 minutes. There are 380 years of American history to experience, from historic homes to Revolutionary War forts to early modern submarines. All along the brick sidewalks of downtown there are restaurants and small boutiques visited by locals and tourists alike. All of downtown Portsmouth is a 10-15 minute walk from Martin Hill Inn.
Visitors in the spring months will get a glimpse into the city's beautiful parks and gardens just as the first buds and blossoms appear. Restaurants and shops are the primary draw, but on a sunny day people flock to the nearby beaches or nature preserves. The Music Hall and local theaters provide regular shows and films for evening entertainment.
During the height of the tourist season from summer to fall, all of Portsmouth's doors are wide open with museums, historic homes, outdoor attractions, festivals, and beaches to visit and explore. Shops and restaurants are open later with happy groups of people meandering Market Square all day and into the evening. Don't forget the home made ice cream at Annabelle's.
Winter in Portsmouth is time to slow down, enjoy the local shops and restaurants. Maybe take a trip to Kittery Outlets for some holiday shopping. If the snow is deep, take a snowshoe trip through one of the nature preserves or a winter stroll on the beach. Local theaters, live music venues, and special events (such as cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen) draw people from nearby cities throughout the winter months.
Opened in 1978, the Martin Hill Inn was Portsmouth's first B&B. Tucked in among residential houses lining the street that leads directly into Market Square, the Inn is a 10 minute walk from the center of town.
The Entrance to the Inn
The Martin Hill Inn is located on land which was sold by New Hampshire Lt. Gov. George Vaughn to the Martin family in 1710 for 50 British pounds. Over the years, this area of Portsmouth became known as Martin Hill. The Inn's guest rooms are in two buildings, the first built in 1820 and the second in about 1860. Each of the guests rooms is individually furnished with either queen or king sized beds and each room has a private en-suite bathroom.
The Main and Guest Houses are connected to each other by a short, flower-lined, brick path and patio with a lush water garden.
Our hot breakfast is just what you would expect if you went to a friend's house on a weekend. Gather in the dining room to meet fellow travellers and enjoy seasonal fruit dishes accompanied by traditional New England fare. Our wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes come with a side of sausage and a warm pitcher of pure maple syrup. Another favorite is our Artichoke and Spinach Quiche garnished with herbs from our garden and served with fresh baked muffins or scones.
Home made cookies and refreshments are served in the dining room each afternoon.
Please contact the Inn by phone at (603) 436-2287.