Rye is the earliest American settlement in New Hampshire and in its history has been variously known as Pannaway and Sandy Beach.
About 2/3 of the town is actually water, so there are boats aplenty.
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of this town is to visit Odiorne Point State Park.
The trails along the ocean are picturesque and memorable.
Along the way, you may discover some marvelous houses situated near the salt marshes.
and a golf course with a view to please no matter what the score.
When the fog rolls in, the landscape takes on an entirely new character.
The mist adds drama wherever you look.
As does the setting sun.
The colors are rich at sunset...
...particularly when reflected in the water.
Another memorable spot to visit is Rye Harborside.
It's a very active harbor.
With lobster boats and sailboats and luxury craft...
....and sea kayaks.
Rye is home to various wildlife - this swan certainly seemed to enjoy an evening swim among the lily pads!
From the benches at Rye Harbor State Park, you can see the Isles of Shoals - a perfect place to both gaze and ponder while you bask in the glowing sun.