52 Weekend Getaways: Portsmouth, NH

Small town, big eats.

Sandwiched between Boston and Portland, Maine, most New Englanders see Portsmouth as a blip en route to more-memorable meals. Little do they know it’s home to a handful of trip-worthy restaurants. Start at Cava, a cozy tapas bar, for half-glasses of Spanish wines paired with bites of jamón serrano. For dinner, 106 Kitchen offers southern-inflected cooking (Fried oysters? Yes, please!); Black Trumpet does superb seasonal upscale; and Jumpin’ Jays has the freshest fish around.

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STAY: Ale House Inn,121 Bow St., Portsmouth, NH, 603-431-7760, alehouseinn.com.

DRIVE: One hour