Seacoast Living

A New England Retirement

Steeped in rich history and natural beauty, the Seacoast region of New Hampshire offers access to all that New England has to offer. From the charming downtown shops and cafes of historic Portsmouth to big city adventures in nearby Portland or Boston, RiverWoods is centrally located just minutes from the coast, and a short drive from many wonderful cultural opportunities and scenic vistas — the very best Seacoast Living New Hampshire has to offer!

I wanted to live in a vibrant community.

I love the variety of activities that can be found in a busy, college town.

The Ideal Home for RiverWoods’ Newest Community

Ideally situated on the beautiful Oyster River, Durham has been a popular and active community since the early days of the New Hampshire colony. In 1893, the first college was established in Durham, and, now the home of The University of New Hampshire (UNH), it has thrived as an academic hub ever since.

Renowned for its natural beauty as well, Durham is home to numerous town-owned conservation lands, including farms, forests and wildlife sanctuaries. The landmark Wagon Hill Farm is a 139-acre property filled with trails and scenic views. The Oyster River Forest, or Sprucewood Forest, is 171-acre town-owned land that includes opportunities for birding, fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

A lively university town, Durham is rich in cultural, athletic, artistic and academic opportunities. UNH’s Wildcats are national contenders with more than 20 Division 1 sports teams, and the campus is home to over 30 student-run arts organizations.

This vibrant historic New England community makes it an ideal home for the RiverWoods way of life.

I love being close to the coast.

And yet, still in the woods. One day a week, in good weather, I like to walk along the shore. The next day, I can go for a hike in the woods.

Seacoast Area Activities and Points of Interest


  • Abenaqui Country Club
  • Portsmouth Country Club
  • Rockingham Country Club
  • Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club
  • Wentworth by the Sea Country Club


  • Great Bay Club
  • Littlefield Tennis
  • UNH Tennis Courts

Points of Interest and Parks:

  • Cape Neddick, Nubble Light
  • Fort Constitution, Fort Foster, Fort McClary
  • Great Island Common
  • Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Isles of Shoals
  • Kittery Premium Factory Outlets
  • Odiorne Point State Park
  • Rockingham Railway Trail

Performing Arts:

  • 3S ArtSpace
  • Ogunquit Playhouse
  • The Music Hall, Portsmouth
  • Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Prescott Park Arts Festival
  • Players Ring Theater
  • Seacoast Repertory Theater

Museums and Art Studios:

  • The American Independence Museum
  • Button Factory Art Studios
  • Strawbery Banke Museum
  • USS Albacore Museum

Boston: Historic, Vibrant and Culinary

Just an hour down the interstate, Boston is not only easily accessible but affords a rich diversity of cultural opportunities — from theater to concerts to museums and sporting events. Not to mention, the food!

Amtrak’s Downeaster Train departs multiple time daily from the Durham and Exeter train stations. Boston’s MBTA Railway, with hourly trains in and out of the city, is accessible just 25 minutes away from RiverWoods in Newburyport, MA.

C&J Shuttle Service provides convenient transfers and shuttle service on a large, comfortable bus with free water and Wi-Fi, with departures out of Portsmouth, NH and Newburyport, MA to Boston and New York.

Professional Sports:

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Boston Celtics
  • New England Patriots
  • Boston Bruins

Performing Arts:

  • Boch Center – Wang and Shubert Theatres
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Emerson Colonial Theatre
  • Huntington Theater
  • Palace Theater
  • TD Garden


Points of Interest:

  • Boston Public Library
  • Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard
    • Mount Auburn Cemetery
    • Longfellow House
  • Fenway Park
  • History Back Bay Neighborhood
  • North End – Italian-American Cuisine
  • Plymouth Plantation and Mayflower

At the Heart of New England

Nestled in the center of New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region, RiverWoods Durham offers easy accessibility to the best that New England has to offer. We are just a short drive from many scenic and cultural attractions:

  • ME and NH Seacoast Beaches and State Parks ~ 20 minutes
  • Manchester, NH ~ 40 minutes
  • Boston, MA ~ One hour
  • Portland, ME ~ One hour
  • Mount Sunapee Ski Resort ~ 80 minutes
  • New Hampshire Lakes Region ~ 90 minutes
  • White Mountains ~ 2 Hours

A Superior Healthcare Resource

If critical healthcare is ever required, RiverWoods Durham sits in close proximity to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a Mass General Community Hospital, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, an HCA Hospital.

Not to mention, Durham is just an hour by car or train from some of the best specialty health care centers in the world, including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass Eye & Ear, Mass General, Tufts, Brigham and Women’s, and many more.