Official Tourism Site for the Greater Portland Region of Maine


follow us on Twitter follow us on Facebook Follow us on YouTube Follow us on Instantgram Follow us on Pinterest
Official Tourism Site of Greater Portland Maine
Fire & Ice | Visit Portland MaineVisit Portland Eat & Drink
207-772-5800 |

Fire & Ice

Warm up with drinks and a fire at local favorites

Hygge is a trendy Danish word that embraces the concept of getting super cozy. We’ll give it to the Danish for making it popular, but the truth is – Mainers have been getting hygge for years! We know winter is the perfect time to cozy up next to a burning fire with a warm drink, a tasty snack and a good book.

Check out this list of great spots to get hygge by the fire like a true Mainer this winter:

The Lounge at The Francis, Arts District, Portland

The Francis is a 15 room hotel, restaurant, and spa featuring historic architecture.

This restored landmark-turned-swanky, boutique hotel and restaurant kept as many of the original details of the historic structure intact, including the incredible first floor fireplace. Order a cocktail from the bar at Bolster, Snow & Co. and plant yourself here to relax in classic luxury.

The Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Old Port, Portland

Grab your mittens and head to the outdoor fire pit in the garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel. This sanctuary sits in the center of the property, providing a peaceful oasis tucked in the heart of the Old Port.

Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant, Waterfront, Portland

Ri Ra has not one, but THREE fireplaces! This casual Irish Pub is the perfect spot to warm up with a cold pint on a snowy winter day.

Ri Ra is a contemporary twist on classic Irish food and drink.

Afternoon Tea at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

A long standing tradition, afternoon tea at Harraseeket Inn exemplifies classic coziness. Sip a warm cup of tea in the drawing room next to a roaring fire while enjoying home-baked pastries and delicate tea sandwiches.

Sunday Brunch at Twenty Milk Street, Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

Easy like Sunday morning - stay at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa in the heart of Portland’s Historic Old Port and wake up slow with a delicious Sunday Brunch next to the fire at Twenty Milk Street Restaurant (located within the hotel). Enjoy Maine Lobster Benedict or Blueberry Pancakes, a signature mimosa and a blazing fire to start your Sunday off in the coziest way possible. You might just need to crawl back into bed after.

Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room, Waterfront, Portland

Did you know that winter in Maine is prime season for fresh, cold water oysters? Enjoy these local delicacies while staying warm by the wood burning fireplace at Boone’s. You’ll have an amazing view of the chilly waters of Casco Bay, but will be nice and toasty inside feasting on the local catch.

Boone's is a two-story restaurant on Custom House Wharf, overlooking Portland Harbor.

While we love to keep it cozy in Maine, we also know how to make the most of the winter weather. We could just sit by the fire all winter, but eventually we need to bust out of hibernation and have a little fun. Us Mainer’s are known for being resourceful, and we’ve found a way to use that cold weather to our advantage by creating annual parties centered on ice and snow. So grab your bean boots and your winter coat, and head to one (or all) of these super cool outdoor events this winter:

Samoset Resort Glacier Ice Bar Lounge

See the transformation of over 20,000 pounds of crystal-clear glacier ice into one of the "hottest and coolest lounges” on the Maine coast. Exquisite ice carvings and sub-zero temperatures make this swanky lounge a can’t-miss experience during your Maine vacation.

January 18 - 20 and January 25 – 26 (weather permitting)

The Samoset Resort Ice Bar is a must see and do for the winter season

Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar

Enjoy delicious samples of local brews and beverages and learn about what’s new in Freeport’s culinary world on February 15 and 16, 2019. Best of all, the great variety will leave you delighted and coming back to Freeport for more! The Flavors Ice Bar features frosty beverages, beautiful ice sculptures, fun photo opps, roaring fires and a DJ to get you moving!

February 15-17

ICE BAR at Portland Harbor Hotel

A winter tradition now with its 14th year.

January 24 - January 26

Ice Bar at Saint Joseph’s College

Gather around crackling fire pits while watching the sunset over the White Mountains. Specialty cocktails - Pink Ice Martini, Snowflake, and Blue Monk - are served through an ice funnel.

February 2

Old Port Slice Ice bar

Head upstairs of the Old Port Slice and Ice Bar in the heart of downtown Portland, 420 Fore Street, year-round for a frosty treat.


Find ways to enjoy Winter with special events like Flavors of Freeport.

Printed from
207-772-5800 |