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Going Local: The Seacoast

Sara Plourde; NHPR
Credit NH Dept of Resources and Economic Development / Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Division of Travel and Tourism Development

We look at the New Hampshire Seacoast as part of our regional series, Going Local.

With thirteen miles of ocean, a vibrant local business and arts scene, and cities and small towns that surround the beach and inland estuaries, the Seacoast is rich in culture. However, the region has faced challenges with climate change and a higher cost of living. We look at what makes this part of our state unique, and in both smaller towns like Exeter and 

Epping, and big draws like Portsmouth and Hampton.


  • Lara Bricker - A journalist living and working on the Seacoast for over 20 years. She has lived in Exeter for most of that time, since graduating from UNH. Her current beat is covering education in SAU 16 (Exeter, Stratham, Brentwood, Newfields, Kensington and East Kingston) and she is the writer of Exeter Life column that appears twice a month in Seacoast Media Group. During her time on the Seacoast, she's covered everything from Plaistow to Hampton to Portsmouth.
  • Howard Altschiller - Executive editor of Seacoast Media Group, which publishes SeacoastOnline and, and also two daily newspapers and five weekly publications in Maine and New Hampshire. 
  • J. Dennis Robinson - Author and historian who writes about New Hampshire and the Seacoast region. He is also the editor of
  • Jennifer Wheeler - President of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and former executive director of Leadership Seacoast. 

Recommendations from our guests and listeners:

Our guests highlighted several charity events and local gatherings that benefit the community. Among them is the Hungry For Hope Benefit,End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides backpacks with food for hungry students to take home on the weekends, and Bottomline Technology's Race for a Cause, which supports the Families First healthcare center. 

For dining, they encourage listeners to check out Otis Restaurantand Thirsty Moosein Exeter, various Seadog Brewing locations, Cafe Nostrimoin Portsmouth, and Tailgate Tavern in Stratham.

We also heard about the Music Hallin Portsmouth for live entertainment.  

You can find out information about demographics in each region of the state here.

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