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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
Phone Number: 6034315500
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

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Star Island and the Oceanic Hotel; Out of Another Era

Taking the 45 minute ferry ride off the coast to Star Island, and living a week in an historic, funky wooden hotel suited me fine. Wonderful, long-table meals, walks along the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking the 45 minute ferry ride off the coast to Star Island, and living a week in an historic, funky wooden hotel suited me fine. Wonderful, long-table meals, walks along the rocky ocean water, even simply sitting in a long line of rocking chairs. I felt Simple. And happy. Not many places like this.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the cruise out to the island as the sunset and had a great time.. This city is one of my favorites...

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Laconia, New Hampshire, United States
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I have made numerous trips out to the Isles of Shoals, and have become more and more enamored by them each time. FRom the trip in boat out there, to the amazing history, and the feeling of being in the middle of ocean, I cannot say enough for this place. I would recommend doing a bit of research before going,... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The Isles of Shoals are shrouded in mystery, having been the site of the infamous Appledore murders. These islands live a few miles off the Maine and NH Coast and are both natural and creepy, desolate and beautiful. It's hard to describe the feeling of the Isles of Shoals. The Historic Hotel (Star Island Resort) is way cool and the... More 

Thank rscimagery
dennisport, ma
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

this is an educational/ church conference center which offers weekly/weekend subject based conferences, with personal retreats available. it's a place to kick back and relax. massage is available

Thank Janet C
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We went on the Boat for the 1 st time and Enjoyed Our time . Beautiful views of Portsmouth Harbor . We took our Daughter and Son in law (from Florida) and they had the best time enjoying the ride. The Caption was very nice to us once he met us and our Florida Family and gave us free tickets... More 

Thank Michael R
United States
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Love the Isles of Shoals and staying at the Oceanic! It's so peaceful, many artists, writers and crafters come. The food which is served family style is always fresh and amazing. You need to catch a boat to get there, but once there you won't want to take the boat back to shore...ever!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was my 2nd time visiting Star Island via the M.V. Thomas Laighton and at least my 5th time on the boat itself. I can honestly say that no two trips are the same and that has more to do with your fellow passengers than the ship, crew or island. Here are some common sense tips to help everyone enjoy... More 

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49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We really enjoyed our isle of shoals tour and we also had two guests that shared our sentiments. We took the Thomas Leighton and stayed on the top deck. We loved it, except that we should have used some sunscreen (our bad), and we learned so much! Nick, our tour guide was so pleasant and informative. We would highly recommend... More 

1 Thank Knowlesn
Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Come for a day trip, or stay for a week, the Shoals are a magical destination. The shoals have a long history of pirate ships, indian forts, and 400 years of fishing lore...not to be missed!

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