Explore Maine From Home

Explore Maine From Home

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brews, bites, and beautiful maine adventures

Ready to start dreaming-up your next trip to Maine? Whether you’re putting off travel or planning your next trip—Maine will be here to welcome you whenever you are ready. In the meantime, we are going to continue to share the love and let you in on some hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and of course a few local secrets…

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the food

Long known for serving the freshest of lobster and seafood, Maine has now gained a national reputation for its innovative restaurants, craft beers, and growing number of award-winning chefs. Learn more.

“we are going to do it to the maximum. We are going to make sure that this (food) is an homage to the country that it is from.”

Austin Miller | Portland, Maine Chef

the islands

Explore the islands of Casco Bay either on Casco Bay Lines year-round vessels or by private charter or sea taxi. Each island has its own style, character, and history. Learn more.

“One of the things that I think people really love discovering about Maine is that there are so many little magical, hidden spots to discover.”

Zack Anchors | Portland Paddle

the arts

Greater Portland has officially experienced its cultural awakening. Our vibrant, year-round art scene is now a hot-spot for every kind of cultural experience you can imagine. Meet Batimbo United, a thread in the colorful fabric of what makes Portland such a special place. Learn more.

“we are not supposed to live here sleepily—we need to come up and bring something where we can contribute.”

Yves Karubu, Batimbo United

the locals / The Lobstering Industry

Maine Lobster is the sweetest, most flavorful and tender lobster you can eat. hand-caught by a community of lobstermen committed to sustainable fishing for generations. If it’s not from Maine—it’s not lobster. Learn more.

“I got into the business when I was five-years-old—ever since then i couldn’t get enough.”

Pete the Lobsterman

the agriculture

Those seeking a quintessential New England experience are sure to find it in Greater Portland. Surrounded by island-studded Casco Bay, Portland’s working waterfront, and the farms and markets across the region—this metropolitan city stays close to its natural roots. Learn more.

“I think the closer you can get to the people who grow your food, the better.”

Sarah Martel, Intern and Educator

Photos from our GLP Films campaign above were provided by GLP Films, Kirsten Alana, and Bucketlist Journey.

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Back coves and portholes. Cobblestone streets and succulent lobster dinners. Outdoor adventures and indoor delights.
It seems impossible that a single seaside region jutting into Casco Bay could offer so much—and for every season.

winter wonderland

The crowds of Summer have gone and calm has returned to our city by the sea. What better time to play in Portland than when you can enjoy it like a local? Winter brings added fun to the city, so come experience it with your favorite pair of mittens and a playful dusting of snow at your feet.


spring rebirth

Spring might be one of the most underrated seasons to visit. Watch the region bloom to life with sights and smells that are unearthed with the fresh flowers and sunshine. Get your fill of gardens, farms, and markets that will give you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a local. Tours and activities gear-up and restaurants open outdoor seating.


summer fun

Summer means warm days, sea breezes, beach days, and lobster rolls on the bay are all on the horizon. Summer in Portland is just too short, so take advantage of the best decks and patios downtown. Where else do you go for fresh food and fresh air in the area? Outdoor dining in Maine is an experience of beauty and taste.


fall foilage

When the time comes for sweater weather, this magical time of year has no shortage of things to be excited about—vibrant Fall colors, seasonal craft beers, and a tasty rotation of treats from our culinary scene. You just can’t go wrong. So sip your pumpkin spice latte, slide on those Bean boots, and get ready for fall-filled fun.


still looking for more?

There is so much to do, see and eat in Greater Portland.  Where do you even start? We hope these films and photos have helped be your guide. But, if you are looking for some additional local recommendations from all the film characters, check out this rest of “Explore Your Maine” on the GLP Films website.