Top Five Spots to Tuck Away to in Portsmouth


On Feb. 11 you couldn’t look at Facebook or Twitter without seeing it: Portsmouth was number 9 of the cities in the CNN Travel article “10 of America’s most romantic towns.” To hop on the Valentine’s Day band wagon, we asked Jennifer Ramsey, founder, managing partner of SOMMA Studios, LLC, which spots within this special city of ours fit her bill for most romantic. She stopped designing beautiful buildings for one minute to answer us, proving that in addition to architecture, she knows a thing or two about Portsmouth.

Top 5:

Black Trumpet, upstairs bar

Moody, yes…but in all the best ways possible. The food is pretty darn good too!

Mombo’s front patio

If you can see through winter’s frost and wait till the weather warms, the front patio and outdoor couches at Mombo is a great spot to curl up with a cocktail and enjoy the last light of the day. Pick a night when Prescott Park has one of their concerts and you can imbibe while enjoying the background music sans the crowds.

Library bar

Even in a city where everything can feel new, hot and trending, I have no bones admitting I like a little old world charm. Sink into a wing back in front of the hearth and pretend you’ve got nothing but time.


When new can feel old, fancy and even Parisian… I love Massimo’s new street level bistro. It’s hard not to feel romantic when your bartender is wearing black and white and smiling at you like he knows a secret as he sets down your glass of red.

Byrne & Carlson

I’d be remiss to not mention this intimate space, intoxicating aromas and the pure fun in choosing a special treat to enjoy when you return home.

SOMMA is a design studio focusing on residential and commercial design; new homes additions and renovations. It’s based in Portsmouth, NH.

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