Beaching it in New Hampshire

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Verani Realty

I love the beach especially on those cloudy, rainy days when most people stay home curled up on the couch. Yesterday was Jay's birthday and as is our custom the birthday person gets to decide what they want to do. He couldn't decide, although I'd bet if the weather had been better he might have chosen golfing, so I decided for him.

NH has a small ocean coastline with only 18 miles of rocky and sandy very changeable coastline. It's an easy ride with much of the coast visible from the car.

From our home in Hampstead it is a quick 35 minute ride to Hampton beach.  We left around 1pm and thought we'd go pick up some lunch at Ceal's in Seabrook Beach and then drive up the coast.

 Ceal's Clam Stand is nothing to look at but it is famous for it's homemade seafood chowder. When I say that your spoon literately can stand up in the bowl unassisted...I am dead serious

Last time we drove up for seafood chowder at Ceal's, they sold out just before we arrived so we both were a bit anxious that we might not get our "Ceal's fix".

We arrived at Ceal's only to find out that they had only one bowl left but if we came back in an hour the new batch of home made chowder would be ready. It was a no brainer...we told them we'd be back!

We headed north on Route 1 A and as we crossed the bridge over Hampton Harbor I looked down with envy at the Campers camping out on the beach at Hampton Beach State Park. I was jealous that my motor home was home in my driveway and not sitting in that park.

 Even though it was foggy I'd have gladly been there.

We continued north up the coast towards North Hampton. It was lovely and very unusual as there were hardly any people in sight.

Did I mention it was cold and rainy...hardy anyone on the beach! I love it like that!


 

 

 

 

 

We drove through North Hampton stopping to explore and take pictures. This is our backyard and we know it well but still every time we see it...we fall in love again

 

 

 

We talk as we drive and hold hands ( I know how corny) but that's us.  We dream about places yet to be seen, things we still want to do. But most importantly we realize how lucky we are to live where do and that we get to see at anytime we want, the beauty of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

We love our little part of the world...New Hampshire really does have it all.

 

 

 

 

After a while we turned around a drove south back to Ceal's for our chowder. I love the view as we round the bend in North Hampton...from the car the coast is breathtaking. My photo is taken from inside a moving car on a raining foggy day and still I think you can see a bit of what I see when I look at it .

 

 

 

 

Welcome to New Hampshire! Isn't it special?

 

 

 

 

 

 Even when the weather is bad the Coastline is beautiful. Can you imagine what it would look like on a sunny day?

 

 

Happy Birthday Honey! We had a very special day and our chowder was AWESOME just like it always is at Ceal's Clam Stand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rainmaker
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Ray Saenz
United Property Brokers, Inc - Aurora, CO
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Hey Monica, very nice post , I just wanted to let you know that, I stopped here and checked yours :)
Jun 04, 2007 11:39 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
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Looks lovely there.

Carolin Benjamin
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Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
Gold Canyon Arizona

Jun 05, 2007 01:22 AM #12
Rainer
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
Monika, it looked like a great way to spend the day! i'd love some of that chowder! Perhaps when your weather changes to summer you could send pics of the same spots where we can compare the seasons?
Jun 05, 2007 05:50 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hey Monika and Jay - you were just minutes from me on your trek norh along the ocean!  You should stopped by or called and we could have caught up with each other!  And I should have mentioned that during our morning emails, too.  Shame on me!! 

I LOVE driving along the ocean.  It's just a couple of minutes from me, and I never ever tire of it.  We have the smallest coastline in America, but it's ours and we certainly are fortunate to live where we do, that's for sure!

We should have another summer cookout at my house so you can get back over here - hopefully on a nice sunny day!   ;-)

Ann

Jun 05, 2007 02:31 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Monika,

Hampton Beach is sooo beautiful, I love it there! What a nice way to spend the day, thanks for sharing! :)

Jun 05, 2007 02:38 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Ines...The motor home has a queen size bed in the back, a couch that pulls out to a double bed, a single couch plus room on the floor for an air mattress. I think we could fit all 5 of you.
Jun 05, 2007 06:59 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Thanks Joan...I love that angle with the tree in the shot!

 

Hi Ray...Nice to see you :)

Jun 05, 2007 07:01 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Thank you Carolin, we love it here.

Danny...That chowder is the best!!!

Ann...Did you get your yard work done? I need to finish my coast run soon..we only made it as far as North Hampton!

Thanks Suzanne...It was a very nice way to spend the day even if the weather didn't cooperate.

Jun 05, 2007 07:06 PM #18
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Happy Birthday to Jay.  I love the coast and the ocean.  When my husband decided to move from San Francisco I was so glad to know that we would be near the ocean.  I love visiting the seacoast -- whether it is the Atlantic or the Pacific!
Jun 05, 2007 08:25 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Monika - nope, but we did get some heavy stuff done before we called it a day.  Got some stumps pulled out of the ground from bushes we had cut down.  That was some hard work, but we got them out.  Now it's just the easy part - planting new things in those places, which are sitting on the back sidewalk soaking up all this rain, rain, and more rain.

Where's the picture of the spoon in the chowder?? 

When you get to this part of your coastal route - let's get together!

Jun 05, 2007 08:58 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Linda Davis
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gales Ferry, CT

Yes, please post a photo with the spoon!!   I love seafood chowder.  I love lobster bisque too.  And corn chowder.  And Clam Chowder.  Ok...now I'm hungry and it's time for bed.

Happy Birthday Jay! 

Jun 05, 2007 09:01 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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Woooo Hoooo!  That sounds pretty awesome.....the incentives keep getting better and better!
Jun 05, 2007 10:05 PM #22
Rainer
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker

Thanks Joan...We love the coast and anything beach related. I can't imagine not being near the water.

Ann...We should have taken a picture of the chowder...maybe next time! We eat it in our car parked at the beach watching the surf.

Linda...We'll be going back up soon. You should have seen the chunks of lobsters in it. Just awesome. 

Ines...Anytime you want to head North just let us know. BTW our water is very cold.

Jun 07, 2007 09:09 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Monika, I can deal with anything except cold water - I like my ocean warm and soup-like.
Jun 07, 2007 10:01 AM #24
Rainer
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
Ines...a little cold water won't hurt you. I think this past weekend the water temp at the beach was about 45 degrees... a bit on brisk side. I have a wet suit you can use :)
Jun 07, 2007 05:50 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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BRISK??  OMG!  I can't even go in 85 degree water, are you kidding me.  That ocean is for Penguins - I will definitely take the wetsuit.
Jun 07, 2007 05:55 PM #26
Rainer
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
LOL...I can't believe you!  Truth be told I don't go in this time of year...I wait till it hits about 60 degrees before I put my toes in.
Jun 07, 2007 06:04 PM #27
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Monika,

I live about 30 min from the beach..we used to sped lots of time there when we lived in NY but hardly make it there now. Just too busy with the family life to get there...we are actually on our way back from vacation in AZ and will be posting some pictures from the trip when we return..but I think next time we visit the Canyon we wont be flying there...a bit too bumpy for us...but was a great experience.

Jun 08, 2007 10:59 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Jay Beckingham
Premier Nationwide Lending - Port St Lucie, FL
"I love first time homebuyers"

i've been able to bounce around NH tonight thanks to all of you wonderful bloggers.

 

more nature please.

oh ya, happy birthday jay

jay 

Jun 11, 2007 07:13 PM #29
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker

Neal...I can't wait to see your pictures. I've been away in St Louis and just got home late last night. I love the beach. Water anything makes me happy.

Jay..Glad you're enjoying your romp around NH. I'll tell my Jay that you sent him birthday wishes.

Thank so much! 

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