Ceres Street is one of my favorite spots in Portsmouth – the tall brick buildings line the waterfront and mark the distinction between the historic downtown and its historic working waterfront roots. The buildings lining this street largely served as warehouses back in Portsmouth’s early heydays when tall ships could have been seen lining the spots where the tugboats now dock. The Black Trumpet is one of the celebrated restaurant options in this neighborhood and I’ve always loved the appeal of its facade, as well as its intimate setting and interior.
Today’s image is another composition from a recent harbor cruise out on the Piscataqua River. As we were heading in to dock at the end of our sunset cruise, the city’s evening lights started to overpower the day’s natural light, creating long reflections in the river’s surface and a great glow. This is one of my favorite times of day – just after sunset when the sky is usually still doing amazing things.
The renaissance on State Street continues with the recent acquisition and renovation of The Rosa. The Rosa has long been a fixture in Portsmouth’s ever-changing restaurant scene since its doors opened in 1927.
I’m excited to see what the fresh take on the restaurant and the space will be, it’s been fun watching the progress made on the structure inside so far.
Nearly anyone who has ever spent time in the seacoast will agree that The Decks are one of Portsmouth’s unique attributes, with waterfront dining available to enjoy the view of a working waterfront. It just so happens that the decks all have a gorgeous view towards the west, which typically has a magnificent view of sunset as the clouds & sky get interesting when the weather warms up.
This shot was taken from the deck of the Martingale Wharf, which was a bit quiet due to the temperature not climbing out of the 40s/50s quite yet – but in a month’s time, all the decks will be flooded with patrons from near and far. Despite the temp – we still enjoyed a quick afternoon snack/beer while we watched the sunset.
One of the more interesting additions to Portsmouth’s dining options this past year has been the Book & Bar in the Custom House on Pleasant Street. I highly suggest you check it out – great ambiance complete with used books, coffee, food, beverage…as you’d expect with a name like “Book & Bar”. They did a great job restoring the interior and maintaining the character of the structure – great beams, high ceilings, fireplaces, etc.
I’ve been planning to begin shooting a few new series this year, and I think this shot will fit perfectly into one of them. Stay tuned – I’m looking forward to sharing more in the months ahead!