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Durham, NH Area for Rehearsal Dinner

Lowren710 Jan 26, 2009 12:05 PM

Hello -

My fiance and I are getting married in Durham, NH on the first Saturday in October and I am looking for a place for the rehearsal dinner the Friday night before. I am not certain on the size of the group quite yet, but let's say 40-50. All price ranges will be considered, but the food is the most important. The groom's family own an upscale restaurant near Philadelphia, so the restaurant or hotel or wherever will need to be delicious! Thanks!!

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    bewley RE: Lowren710 Jan 26, 2009 02:27 PM

    Your best bet is to look in Portsmouth. People here will recommend the Three Chimneys Inn, or the New England Center (the better of the two), but if the groom's family are picky or discerning, Portsmouth is the best bet.

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      Lowren710 RE: bewley Jan 27, 2009 05:55 AM

      We are getting married at the Three Chimneys Inn, which is why I said Durham area. Portsmouth is fine, where would you recommend?

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        jackbauer RE: Lowren710 Jan 27, 2009 06:13 AM

        I would recommend driving either an hour north to Portland or an hour south to Boston. :)

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          Lowren710 RE: jackbauer Jan 27, 2009 10:13 AM

          Thanks, Jack. We will all be staying at the Inn on Friday night, so where would you recommend in Portland?

    2. chessqueen RE: Lowren710 Jan 29, 2009 09:31 AM

      We had our rehearsal dinner at Acorns in the NewEngland Center on the UNH campus. It was a lovely room with 40 ft windows that looked out to the woods. The food was wonderful, the service was great and our guests had a wonderful time. They can accomodate your size group.


      1. malibu RE: Lowren710 Jan 30, 2009 04:30 AM

        When we go to seacoast NH we always have a dinner at the Oar House which is in Downtown Portsmouth. It's an old Portsmouth institution. It's great food, located in a historic building and is in the harbor. If they do parties, which they probably do, this would be my first choice.

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          Ryley RE: Lowren710 Aug 23, 2009 06:09 AM

          Lowen710, our son is getting married at the Three Chimneys also in Oct. Have you decided on a place for the rehearsal dinner?

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            Lowren710 RE: Ryley Aug 26, 2009 12:37 PM

            Ryley -
            We decided to keep the rehearsal dinner fun and casual. We are having it at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth. Our guests will tour the brewery and then we are having a BBQ on their patio. My FI loves a BBQ and it will be nice and low-key. Have you decided on a location for the rehearsal dinner?

          2. ChardonnayQueen RE: Lowren710 Aug 23, 2009 07:42 AM

            I have had great meals at The Library in downtown Portsmouth or 555 in Portland, but the Oar House is an excellent suggestion.

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              negrazer RE: ChardonnayQueen Aug 24, 2009 06:09 AM

              The Oar House is OVER PRICED Garbage. Frozen seafood, passed off as fresh; completely uninspired cuisine.

              For a group of 40-50 people, you'll be hard pressed to find a restaurant in Portsmouth that would accept a buy out on a Friday night in October. The Dunaway might.

              If you're really looking to impress, and want to be in a place that will hold everyone, the Wentworth by the Sea is a good bet or the Inn at Exeter.

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