In all the time I’ve lived in Maine (I grew up here, left in 1996 and came back in 2009) I have never, not once, actually stopped in Portsmouth, NH. I’ve driven through a million times but that’s all. Today I went to the annual meeting of the New England Archivists and got to walk around Portsmouth a bit! It was cold and actually snowed for a minute, but it was nice to see a teeny bit of the town. My boss and I had lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery and it was pretty tasty. Walking around was a little surreal – there were a lot of shops that I recognized from their Portland locations. Like, a lot. At least a dozen I’d say!