US Airways and Southwest Airlines offer nonstop flights from Reagan National and BWI Marshall, respectively, to Manchester, N.H. Portsmouth is about 45 miles from the Manchester airport.
Wentworth by the Sea
588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle
A restored 19th-century grande dame on the Atlantic. Rooms from $199.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
Serious — and oh-so-fresh — seafood and fabulous views of the Piscataqua River. Dinner entrees from $17.
Celia Thaxter’s Garden Tour
Shoals Marine Laboratory
603-430-5220 (contact: Pam Boutilier)
Tours run once weekly through Aug. 16. $100, including lunch on the island.
The SML also sponsors week-long public education programs on Appledore. Shoals History Week runs Aug. 5-9. $1,000 per person double occupancy. Register by Aug. 1.
UNH Marine Program Discovery Cruises
Day trips to Appledore run once a week through Aug. 25. $40.
Star Island Tours
Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
315 Market St.
Walking tours of a couple of hours run three times a week through August, then once a week through Sept. 13. $35. Day visits, which give you four hours on the island, run four times a week through Sept. 2. $42.
Star Island Family Conference and Retreat Center
Runs conferences and “personal retreats” at the Oceanic Hotel through mid-September. Seven-night conferences, $850 double occupancy. Retreats from $220/night, with meals.