Since Portsmouth, NH is situated near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, which separates New Hampshire and Maine, the Martin Hill Inn is a convenient home base for exploring both states.
From Portsmouth, you may easily visit Kennebunkport, Perkins Cove, the Kittery Outlets, and Lake Winnipesaukee. Traveling south, the town of Newburyport and the villages of Cape Ann, such as Gloucester, are 30-60 minutes away. There are many wonderful attractions in the immediate area as well. Downtown shops located in Market Square, the heart of Portsmouth proper, are just a half mile from our B&B and can be reached by walking 10-15 minutes straight down Islington Street. If you drive, you will be there in mere minutes.
For business & military travelers, we provide lodging near both the Pease International Tradeport and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
About Our Directions: These directions have been used for many years, and our guests generally arrive without mishap. Some of our guests have had difficulty with directions generated by map Web sites, which make additional turns and sometimes lead drivers (unnecessarily) through the center of Portsmouth, particularly when approaching from Maine. Use your own judgment, but be sure to bring our directions with you in any case.
To Our Parking Lot: Proceed 50 feet past the inn and turn right on Union Street. Continue 250 feet down Union (about 3 houses). A driveway on the right, just after #32 Union Street and before the three-car garage, provides access from the street to the lot. If you reach the stop sign, back up one building. Our parking lot is behind the three-car garage. Two lamp posts on the far side of the parking lot are visible from Union Street. Follow the pathway through the gardens to the Inn entrance.
From Massachusetts: I-95 North through Tolls to N.H. Exit 6 (Woodbury Ave). At end of ramp, turn right on Woodbury Avenue. Proceed 1/2 mile, road will bend left and end at stop sign. Turn right onto Bartlett, proceed to the traffic light. At light, turn left on Islington St, continue 1/4 mile to the Martin Hill Inn on the right.
From Logan Airport-Boston: Follow signs for Route 1A North and I-90 East when exiting the airport. We do not recommend taking the Ted Williams or Sumner Tunnels. Follow Route 1A North. In about 2.5 miles, stay left to follow signs to Route 60 West. At next traffic circle, stay on Route 60 West. At next traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto Route 1 North. In about 8 miles, exit for Route I-95 North. Follow "From Massachusetts" above.
From Manchester: Route 101 East to I-95 North. I-95 North to Exit 6. Follow "From Massachusetts" above.
From Maine: I-95 South to Exit 5. Follow Portsmouth sign to traffic circle. Proceed 3/4 way around circle to Route 1 By-Pass North exit and then exit immediately at Woodbury Avenue exit. Turn right on Woodbury Avenue. Proceed 1/2 mile, road will bend left and end at stop sign. Turn right onto Bartlett, proceed to the traffic light. Turn left on Islington St, continue 1/4 mile to the Martin Hill Inn on the right.
From North Conway/Lake Winnepesaukee: South to Rochester and Spaulding Turnpike. Follow I-95 North signs to traffic circle. Proceed 3/4 around circle to Route 1 By-Pass North and Woodbury Avenue exit. Turn right on Woodbury Avenue. Proceed 1/2 mile to stop sign. Turn right to the traffic light. Turn left on Islington St, continue 1/4 mile to the Martin Hill Inn on the right.
From Pease Airport: Leave the airport heading for the Spaulding Turnpike. Head south on Spaulding Turnpike and follow the directions from North Conway above.
By Public Transportation: The Amtrak train coming north from New York and Boston arrives in South Station, Boston. From there you connect with the C&J Bus which runs hourly and will bring you to the transportation terminal on the outskirts of Portsmouth. A short cab ride will bring you to the Inn. If you are arriving by airplane into Logan Airport, Boston, you can take the same C&J Bus. When boarding the bus, inform the driver or ticket collector that you will need a cab at Portsmouth. They will call ahead and have one waiting for you.