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“A little like stepping back in time; worth a trip!”
Review of Isles of Shoals

Isles of Shoals
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Portsmouth New Hampshire and Isles of Shoals...
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Reviewed August 4, 2009

Starting June 2009, the Isles of Shoals Steamship company now offers walking tours or longer stopovers on Star Island, one of the islands. I just got back from a trip this weekend. It's about an hour to get to the island. Once there, you feel like you're stepping back in time. You are greeted by the large Oceanic hotel, now a retreat center (anyone can stay) and can also visit the meetinghouse built in 1800. It's a lovely way to spend a day and I would definitely recommend it! I hope they are able to continue offering these trips.

5  Thank amy417
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Reviewed November 8, 2008

Worth taking the day cruise to visit the Isles of Shoals. Star Island houses a large Unitaran Universalist resort, others are home to UNH's Oceanographic studies. Our cruise did not stop at the islands; inquire if yours does. Informative cruise narritave includes reference to Anita Shrieve's book (and movie) about the mass murders in the late 1800s on Smuttynose Is. I've attached some pictures I took while sailing there on a 25 foot Cape Dory sailboat.

2  Thank philw1776
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Reviewed August 1, 2006

We took our three kids 6, 13 & 14 on the Isles of Shoals cruise and it was a great investment. After walking around at several other area attractions, this was a welcome relief for the kids and us!
The boat was pretty clean and they had food and beverages for sale during the cruise. The narration was informative as well. My only complaints were that they started almost a 1/2 hr late, tough when you've been standing out in 90 degree sun with no shelter........and they don't get close enough to the Isles to really see them. It's at a great distance.

8  Thank pemberley_traveler
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Reviewed February 17, 2002

I spent the summer of 2001 working out on Star Island and I just wanted to share with everyone what an incredible place it is. Though it is rustic, it has a charm all it's own. Going just once is never enough. Let's put it this way, the saying "Star Island is my spirit's home" exists for a reason.

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