Best Beach Boardwalk in America

Hampton Beach Named Best Beach Boardwalk in America

Voted by readers of Coastal Living Magazine

This upbeat New England village boasts a mighty boardwalk—and now it’s the must-visit beach boardwalk of the summer!

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Beach Boardwalk is in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire!

Located almost midway between Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, on New Hampshire’s short Atlantic coastline (less than 20 miles!), Hampton Beach is a charming destination both for a summer day-trip and a weeklong getaway. This old-school boardwalk boasts summer pleasures galore, with all the fresh seafood you can eat, a long stretch of shops facing the water, a wide sandy beach, and a world-famous sand sculpting competition.

The beachfront Sea Shell stage, a centerpiece of the 1.3-mile-long boardwalk, hosts free concerts all season long; another Hampton Beach hallmark, the Hampton Beach Casino, has offered classic arcade games to beachgoers of all ages since 1899. A swim in the crisp Atlantic Ocean here is the perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months, and, when you’re in Hampton Beach, there’s nothing better than a stop at Blink’s Fry Doe for a sweet treat after a day on the sand.

Words & Waves

Writers showcase highlights sea-inspired writing

Four writers who have found creative inspiration at sea will read from some of their nautical works during “Beyond the Ship’s Log,” a writers’ showcase happening Sunday, Sept. 10, at The Word Barn, an intimate performing arts venue in Exeter.

The Word Barn will host the showcase in partnership with The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, an offshoot of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth that offers expanded maritime-related exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and programs.
“Being out on the water is an interesting vehicle for experiencing nature and life, and how do you capture what’s meaningful about those experiences?” said Caroline Piper, program director of the Boatshop, who proposed the idea to The Word Barn owner Sarah Anderson. “For some, it’s taking pictures; for some, it’s drawing or painting, and for others, it’s writing.”
The featured writers include Anderson, a poet and freelance writer; Nicholas Brown, a columnist; Erica Plouffe Lazure, a fiction writer; and Kate Garaffa, a blogger. Each will read from their writing for around 15 minutes and then, if time allows, the audience will have a chance to ask the writers questions.
Anderson said a number of her poems contain images or scenes reminiscent of her summers spent by the water and in boats. She hadn’t realized that her poetry had so many sea-inspired elements until she started looking through it after Piper asked if she’d be interested in reading at the event.
“It seems like certain images keep coming back and recur in my poetry, and [the sea] is one of them,” she said. “The whole poem isn’t necessarily sea-related but there are echoes of it throughout my work.”
The showcase is a prelude to The Boatshop’s workshop, “Beyond the Ship’s Log: Capturing the Spirit of your Adventures with the Written Word,” happening at Strawbery Banke on Sunday, Oct. 22. The day-long workshop will guide participants in writing about their impressions and thoughts about the sea and transforming those notes into memoir. It will include a 90-minute trip aboard the gundalow Piscataqua (weather permitting) as the basis for the workshop exercises.
Piper said the showcase is intended to give people who are interested in taking the workshop a taste of the type of writing they’ll be doing.
“Certainly when you have a memorable experience, the joy is being able to relive it and bring people along with you,” she said, “so we’re hoping this [showcase] will be a chance to travel alongside these four writers, and then be inspired to do it on your own.”
Anderson will instruct the workshop.
“Hopefully when people hear these stories [at the showcase], they’ll realize that they have their own stories they want to tell about their experiences by the water or on a boat,” Anderson said. “It’s exciting to hear new voices and see all of the different ways people can write about this theme.”

Summer is Heating Up!

Hampton Beach Fire Show

Gather on the beach at the playground and let the Boston Circus Guild’s fire performers delight and amaze you with a fully choreographed, high-energy, live display of fire arts…featuring flame-wielding, fire-eating performers who spin, juggle and dance with blazing props.

These daredevils combine jaw-dropping stunts, graceful movement and just enough comedy to create an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

 

Date: September 16, 2017
Location: Hampton Beach, near Seashell stage
Time: 8:15pm

So Much to Sea!

For three days each year on the weekend after Labor Day, Ocean Boulevard in Hampton transforms into a huge showcase of fresh seafood, with options from more than 60 local restaurants, a lobster roll eating contest and culinary workshops highlighting the foodie side of the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival.

Dozens of artisan and craft vendors, live entertainment, beer tents, fireworks, skydiving demos, contests and more are also featured at the festival’s 28th year. It’s happening Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10.

For the main event, local restaurants will provide a variety of different seafoods, like lobster rolls, fish and chips, clams and various chowders, lobster bisque, seafood Newburg, and fish tacos and sandwiches. Some vendors, like the Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth, are joining the festivities for the very first time, while others like The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie’s Inn in Hampton have been at the festival since the beginning.

“We go through literally thousands of cups of clam chowder and lobster stew for the festival,” said Joe Higgins, owner of The Old Salt. “We’ve tried different things over the years, like half-boiled lobsters, bacon wraps and scallops. For the past few years, we’ve done clam chowder and lobster stew in a cup and also in bread bowls.”

Other vendors will be bringing specialized desserts, like Spud’s Restaurant & Pub offering fried ice cream sundaes, and Simply Cannoli, who will have specialty cannolis and cappuccinos.

There are plenty of options for non-seafood-eaters as well, like chicken fingers, onion rings, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and more. Many of the restaurants also compete for bragging rights and several titles, like Best Fried Food, Best Chowder, Freshest Catch and others, determined by a panel of judges.

“There really is quite a variety,” said John Nyhan, chairman of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival. “Some vendors will bring back some of the foods that have been the most successful in the past and have won prizes, and others always like to bring something that’s totally new, so it’s a combination.”

Live performances will be held every hour on the hour on both the Main Stage and Beach Stage throughout the weekend, according to Nyhan. An opening ceremony featuring a ribbon-cutting by Gov. Chris Sununu will take place on the Main Stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
Returning features include the lobster roll eating contest, which will be held on the Main Stage beginning at 2 p.m., and local culinary demonstrations featuring more than a half dozen local restaurants, with hosts of the Wicked Bites television and radio shows.

Restaurants like The Old Salt, Colosseum in Salem, Lobster Q in Hampstead and Savory Square Bistro in Hampton will be participating on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fireworks display on the beach will close out the festivities on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
On Sunday at 5 p.m. there will be a skydiving demonstration courtesy of Skydive New England, a feature Nyhan said has always been a huge draw. Sixteen skydivers will jump from more than 14,000 feet high before landing in the center of Hampton Beach.

The festival has become a large draw for Hampton Beach, with new adjustments and endeavors made this year to make it even bigger than ever, according to Nyhan.

“Especially if we have good weather, we can see anywhere from 100,000 to 125,000 people walking the streets of Ocean Boulevard,” he said.

Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic for the duration of the festival, giving way to several dozen arts and craft vendors, merchant sidewalk sales, face-painting, train rides and a Kiddie Land with games for kids, in addition to all the food that will be for sale.

“The focus is all about running a top-notch event in the Seacoast area … with our vendors and our seafood,” Nyhan said.

The Fun Ramps up at Canobie Lake Park Weekends in September & October With A Country Music Festival and SCREEEMFEST!

SALEM, NH – It may be back to school and off to work during the week, but Canobie Lake Park has your weekends covered with plenty of thrills and chills over the next two months. The Park is open Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, when you can enjoy rides, games and the final performances of Canobie’s summer shows.

Then get ready for Canobie Lake Park’s new Country Music Festival to be held over two weekends, September 9-10 and September 16-17. In addition to Canobie rides, games and attractions, there will be live shows featuring tributes to the music of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Live bluegrass bands are also scheduled throughout each day. Bring your appetite and dig in at the Festival’s “Smokin’ BBQ,” featuring a variety of apple-wood smoked items including ribs, pulled pork and brisket, plus a selection of beer and wine.

Beginning September 9th, Canobie’s Petting Zoo is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM through October 22nd. Youngsters and their families can interact with a menagerie of gentle animals.

The fun continues each weekend through October with your favorite Canobie rides, games and more. On September 23rd, SCREEEMFEST adds its special brand of fear to all the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through October 29th. And there’s plenty to “screeem” about, too.

There are five terrifying haunted houses open during SCREEEMFEST, including their newest haunt, The Culling.” You’ll also find roaming “monsters” and a monster parade throughout the park, Halloween-themed games and much more.

Canobie Lake Park is known for delivering quality live entertainment at no additional charge, and fall is no exception. Rock on with Canobie’s ROCKtoberfest event that features a different rock tribute band each weekend during Screeemfest on Canobie’s Midway Stage. As if that wasn’t enough, the “SwingShift SideShow” presents strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart. And the live show, “Tribute to Michael: Ghosts,” will thrill audiences the last three weekends in October.

One low admission price for Canobie’s fall events includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest, the petting zoo, all live entertainment and much more. For park hours, show schedules, directions, and more information, visit canobie.com.

Watch the Beach Plum on Phantom Gourmet this Saturday

Our own local Beach Plum will be featured on the Phantom Gourmet this coming Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 11AM. Recently, the Phantom’s Dave Andelman visited the Beach Plum at the Epping location and did an impressive segment. So be sure to tune in to MY38 at 11AM on Saturday to watch the segment!

 

Also, note the new summer hours for the Beach Plum:

North Hampton hours 11AM – 10PM

Epping & Portsmouth hours Sunday – Thursday 11AM – 9PM; Friday and Saturday 11AM – 10PM.

See you at the Plum!

 

Canobie Lake Park To Hold Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale May 6th

SALEM, NH – For those looking for signs that summer is right around the corner, here’s one: Canobie Lake Park opens for its 115th season on Saturday, May 6th, weather permitting.
Grand Opening and One-Day Sale
To celebrate their Grand Opening, Canobie will be offering 2017 admission tickets at a special reduced price during their One-Day Sale on Saturday, May 6th, at the Park from 11AM to 6PM, weather permitting. Discounted 2017 admission tickets will also be available online at canobie.com through midnight Saturday. During the sale, admission tickets can be purchased for just $29 each, which is $9 off the regular season general admission price. There is no limit on how many passes can be purchased at the sale price, and each pass is valid on any one day during Canobie’s 2017 operating calendar.
One of New England’s Best Values for Family Entertainment 
Canobie Lake Park is a short, gas-friendly trip from most points in New England, and parking is always free. A single, low admission price includes over 85 rides – including thrill rides like their wild roller coaster, Untamed – family and kid-friendly rides, attractions and all scheduled live shows. Castaway Island, Canobie’s water play area that opens Memorial Day Weekend, is also included with admission. Visit the Park’s website for hours and full information about attractions and scheduled events.
The Canobie Institute: Educational Programs for School Groups
The Canobie Institute is designed to provide a genuine educational experience for school groups visiting the Park. Schools can book an outing at which students can participate in over 15 educational programs. Selections include real-world projects, physics and science experiments, live educational presentations and course work designed to complement what students learn inside the classroom. The Canobie Institute provides teachers with some rather unique tools to reinforce a variety of math, science, creative, history, biology and many more principles. Complete information about the programs offered can be found at canobie.com.
Corporate and Other Group Discounts
From large corporate outings to smaller company and summer outings for camps and other groups, Canobie Lake Park offers a variety of discounted programs designed to provide employees or group members with a memorable summer experience. There are catered and non-catered offerings, a Consignment Tickets program, as well as an “e-Ticketing” store option which provides a turn-key way to offer Canobie Lake Park discounts to employees. Complete details are available on the Corporate/Group Outings section at canobie.com.
Specials Throughout the Season
Canobie Lake Park also features special discount event days, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials when Moms or Dads receive free admission and a free lunch on their respective days. Armed Services Appreciation Days will take place over Memorial Day Weekend when armed services members and veterans can purchase a reduced Park admission. Canobie also has special days for Scouts, sports and other teams, and seniors. Details about these specials, as well as upcoming availability of discount coupons at partner locations, will be available on the Park’s specials page at canobie.com.
Wide Variety of Live Entertainment for 2017
Canobie’s live entertainment series features varied acts appearing at the Park throughout this summer and fall. Shows include the return of the popular tribute to Lady Gaga along with the debut of a tribute to Bruno Mars. The Incredible Acrobats of China, featuring the New Shanghai Circus returns for a third season. Canobie continues to take entertainment to new heights with its Extreme Sports Show featuring extreme motorcycle stunts including Freestyle Motocross, The Globe steel cage, and motorcycle acrobatics. There’s much more, and the complete 2017 live entertainment line-up and schedule is available on the Park’s website at canobie.com.
Fireworks and More Fun
Canobie will launch its seasonal fireworks displays above Canobie Lake with four evenings of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, July 1-4, weather permitting. The Park also features fireworks displays every Saturday night thereafter through September 2nd, weather permitting. There’s more fun to be had with the roving Fun Squad, special appearances and many other surprises. For more information on rides, attractions, live shows, special events, hours, prices and available discounts, visit canobie.com.
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Winter is over when the Beach Plum in North Hampton Opens!

Many, from near and far, look forward to the season opening of the Beach Plum in North Hampton, NH (17 Ocean Boulevard). That time is hear! They are now open daily from 11AM to 8PM.

 

 

Come and get your Lobster Rolls and your free ocean-side seating!

You can visit our other locations at 2800 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth or 24 NH Rte 125, Epping, NH.

Finish your long awaited lobster roll off with our famous Richardson’s Ice Cream!

See you at the Beach Plum!

Visit www.lobsterrolls.com for more information or visit our facebook page.

Take a coastal drive today to Your favorite Beach Ice Cream & Lobster Roll spot Open through Oct. 23rd –

The Beach Plum, 17 Ocean Boulevard, North Hampton, NH – a favorite from folks near and far, remains open through Sunday, Oct. 23rd until 7PM. Be sure to take your coastal drive, while this weather is still magnificent, and stop by for your favorite lobster roll, clam chowder, or a quart of your favorite Richardson’s Ice Cream – While enjoying the majestic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Voted Best Lobster Roll in NH for over five years in a row.

Open daily 12PM – 7PM
603.964.7451
http://www.beachplum.net

SCREEEMFEST Haunts Canobie Lake Park Now – Oct. 30

SCREEEMFEST Haunts Canobie Lake Park Sept. 24 – Oct. 30

Two New Haunts for 2016, rides, games, ROCKtoberfest, a petting zoo and much more.

SALEM, NH – Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, is the place to be for “screeems,” thrills and chills during the Park’s SCREEEMFEST event, each weekend from September 24 through October 30. Canobie offers one of the best varieties of fall entertainment in all of New England.

There’s fun by day with rides, games and plenty of family-friendly options, including a petting zoo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons through October 23rd. Then at night, SCREEEMFEST adds fear to all that fun through October 30th with five terrifying haunted houses, including two NEW haunts this year: Carnivus where evil clowns still rule the long-dead carnival, and Virus: Quarantine, where no one is immune. There are roaming “monsters” and a monster parade throughout the park, Halloween-themed games and much more.

You can also enjoy a variety of live entertainment at no additional charge during SCREEMFEST. Canobie’s ROCKtoberfest event features a different legendary rock tribute band each weekend during SCREEEMFEST featuring professional touring bands. Also appearing is the live and freaky “SwingShift SideShow,” performing strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart.

A “Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Prince” show will be presented from September 24 to October 10, while “Tribute to Michael: Ghosts,” will thrill audiences from October 14 to October 30.

One low admission price for Canobie Lake Park SCREEEMFEST includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest, the Petting Zoo, live entertainment and more. For Park hours, show schedules, directions and information about group discounts, visit canobie.com.