Best Clam Shacks and Ice Cream: Portsmouth to Old Orchard

On the other hand, if you happen to be along the New Hampshire or Maine coast this summer….


Ice cream at the beach (Photo by Stillman Rogers) Ice cream at the beach (Photo by Stillman Rogers) Beach season is here, and friends heading to the NH and southern Maine seacoast asked me where to find the best clam shacks and ice cream stands. I grew up on that coast, and return lemming-like (do lemmings really do that?) each summer, so I was ready with my favorite places for these and other shore treats.

Ice Cream: Hands-down favorite in Brown’s, on the road to Nubble Light (on Cape Neddick) at York Beach. Take the first right just at the northern end of Long Sands – you’ll want to see this iconic light house anyway, sitting photo-ready on its little island just off the end of the point. Expect lines at Brown’s on weekends or hot evenings; it’s no secret, but worth the wait. Station someone to watch for an available picnic table and grab it while the rest…

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  1. franfolsom says:

    That face, that beautiful face……. she is beautiful.


  2. Stillman Rogers says:



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