Experience a Seaside Botanical Garden and a Coastal Picnic too


Close up of red roses with various rosebushes in the background

Close up of pink rose with a bumble bee on its petals

As soon as you enter Fuller Gardens you’re greeted by an amazing abundance of beautiful blooms. Thousands of roses growing on the grounds – more than 1,500 bushes in all with more than 125 different varieties! Stroll around the grass pathways and take in the scent and captivating colors!

Large yellow dinnerplate size Dahlia in front with various dahlias in background

Talk about a dazzling display of dahlia’s — such an incredible variety! Check out the big bold dinnerplate dahlia!

Various terracota pots with cacti and other plants growing in them

Spend some time in the conservatory – with more than 300 variety of cacti – there’s a lot to see inside. Pathway through Japanese Garden with tall trees overhead

Looking into Koi pond with various koi

The Japanese Garden and koi pond is a must. Walk in through the tall trees and you immediately feel a sense of peacefulness. And on a hot day it’s a nice shady reprieve from the sun.

Perennials on outside of pathway with tall hedge and church spire in the distance

One of my fav spots was the front garden. A border of English perennials frames another section of rose bushes. Fountains and sculptures found throughout the estate add to the ambiance of the meticulously maintained estate garden. Simply put a wonderful way to spend a summer day.

Inside Native Kitchen with Menu board hanging above case filled with homemade goods

Close up in case of homemde croissants and muffins

From this ocean side garden we head up the road to Rye – and Native Coffee + Kitchen. We thought this local café would be the perfect spot to pick up a few picnic supplies. And we were right. From locally sourced coffee to local and sustainable food sources – they offer a creative menu selection – with options for just about every palette!

View across long wooden bridge

View of section of trail with rocks lining one side
With sandwiches in hand we’re ready for our next stop – Odiorne Point State Park. This is one of my fav places to stop when I’m on the Seacoast because there’s so much to experience here. Today we’re walking the Sagamore trail to Frost Point.  Park at the boat launch for the easiest access. The trail is about 15 minutes or so and follows along the rocky shoreline.

View out to breakwater with boats anchored in bay area

View out to Whaleback Lighthouse

The trail takes you to Frost Point – where you can walk the breakwater.  It makes for a perfect spot for a picnic! It’s quite a popular spot among the locals – check out the tidal pools – dip your toe in the water — or bring a chair and just enjoy sitting a bit on the beach.  From here you can also see Fort Stark and Whaleback Lighthouse just across the way.

American Flag hanging from ceiling with sign just below with types of beer on tap

Image of the different kinds of craft beer on tap

​Why not wrap up your day with a stop at one of New Hampshire’s Craft Breweries – there’s several to choose from on the Seacoast – we made our way to Liar’s Bench in Portsmouth.

View outside of the beer garden

Located in an old plumbing supply warehouse – it’s got a really fun – hip vibe complete with a beer garden. At any given time they have eight or so of their homegrown brews on tap. Grab a pint to sip and savor there or take it home with you!

There are many gorgeous gardens to visit in New Hampshire during this time of year.  Tarbin Gardens in Franklin has a variety of gardens, ponds and exotic plants to walk through and for nearby trails to explore head to Wellington State Park in Bristol.  Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore provide beautiful views of one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the state.

The Fells located on Lake Sunapee offers visitors more than 83 acres of gardens and woodland trails to meander in and along. The Fells, on the National Register of Historic Places, is an early 20-th century summer estate and was the home of diplomat and statesman John Milton Hay.

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