Staircase on Ceres Street

The new brick sidewalks on Ceres Street are looking good (though I miss the old worn bricks), and the early morning light was something that I don’t often shoot in – so I was loving the different lighting and early shadows.  Along with the sidewalks, the bricks of the building look great, and I’ve always wanted to live in one of the rowhouses with their cool staircases to the upper levels.  I’m sure it gets a bit loud during the warmer months, but I’m pretty sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.  It was also the first time I’d seen the Black Trumpet’s yellow door open during the day to reveal the cool gold staircase inside.

The Oar House | Ceres Street

Today – another one of my favorite spots on Ceres Street, The Oar House.  The Oar House has an awesome outdoor sign, an incredibly well located deck for the warmer months, and one of the most inviting and cozy interiors of any place in Portsmouth.  I don’t get there for dinner too often, but the few times I’ve been to enjoy a glass of wine in the downstairs bar, I was lucky enough to hear Don Fancy on the piano.  The exposed wooden beams on the ceiling throughout the interior add to the building’s charm.

My favorite part of this shot must be the downspout off to the right – I just loved how the copper is worn and discolored with all that character.  The sidewalk in this shot is new, as the City invested some serious dollars this past spring to spruce up the Ceres Street infrastructure along with the new park at The Decks.

The Black Trumpet

The Black Trumpet on Ceres Street near the tugboats & The Decks is one of my favorite spots for a nice dinner out.  Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere, good view, great service…and it looks so darn cool with its yellow doors and signs on the Ceres St. alleyway.

A Ceres Street Update

Despite being closed for the season, the Decks along the waterfront are still seeing plenty of activity. The first shot hints at the new drainage and stonework below – as seen in the 2nd shot. The River House’s deck (seen on the left) is now met by stonework with proper drainage instead of the old nasty (and usually wet) gravel. In the third shot you can see the new brick sidewalks and granite curbing in place along the backside of the Market Street rowhouses.

The Oar House

I went for a quick walk in the cold New Hampshire air after work.

The lights of the Martingale Wharf building look beautiful at night shimmering inside the structure and reflecting off the water now that work on the building has commenced, and the freighter that is in port was rather inviting too.  Shots of each will probably follow in the next few days, but it was the subtle and inviting glow of The Oar House’s entrance on Ceres Street that won the prize for today’s post.  Love the restaurant, and the very intimate feel with the rich colors of the bricks and the wooden beams inside.  You can even see a wooden ship in the upstairs window.

Ceres Street Beautification Project

Work has recently begun on the beautification of the Ceres Street corridor, which will continue to improve the city’s appeal to (residents and) tourists and make it a little less rugged in the alleyway that accesses the decks.  As I’ve written before – Poco’s deck will no longer be in its current spot, however it’s actually going to be moved against the building and is said to feature TWO stories, an upper level and a lower level….stay tuned, should be a cool improvement (though no longer on the water).

The notorious dumpster will be moved, drainage in the area improved, and new walkways will adorn the rowhouses on Ceres Street.  I’ll post progress shots as the project continues through the rest of the year.  While the beloved decks will be changing, it should only continue to enhance the desirability of the destination.  I’ve also heard that there will be a walkway along the exterior of the decks….we’ll soon find out!

The Portsmouth Herald opined on the project on September 28th, which can be read HERE.

The Ice Cream Cone

Portsmouth’s unique alley behind the tugboats and en route to the Decks is known as Ceres Street, which will soon be getting a facelift courtesy of the City.  Last time I featured Annabelle’s on the site, people commented that they never knew there was a giant ice cream cone hanging above the door.  This view is easily one of my favorites in the city with the different nuances among the brick colors on the rowhouses.

Annabelle's Ice Cream (Outside and In)

In an ode to summer, today’s post features Annabelle’s Ice Cream.  The notorious ice cream cone hangs outside the tasty alley location on Ceres Street near the Moran Towing tugboats – and there always seems to be a crowd awaiting some delicious ice cream inside.

Annabelle’s Ice Cream (Outside and In)

In an ode to summer, today’s post features Annabelle’s Ice Cream.  The notorious ice cream cone hangs outside the tasty alley location on Ceres Street near the Moran Towing tugboats – and there always seems to be a crowd awaiting some delicious ice cream inside.

Ceres Street by Day | Ceres Street by Night | Portsmouth, NH

Ceres Street is the cozy alleyway near Portsmouth’s infamous decks, a must-visit summertime destination.  The alley is home to several local restaurants including The Oar House, Annabelle’s Ice Cream (which recently was named one of the best places for ice cream in the country!), The Black Trumpet, The Dolphin Striker, The Blue Claw, local art galleries and more.

Saturdays will now feature shots of some of my favorite places during the day and during the night, to capture the essence of the changing moods of the city.