Official Tourism Site for the Greater Portland Region of Maine


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America's Coolest Small Towns

The Top Ten List by Jetsetter placed Portland Maine as #5

If your geographic preferences fall somewhere between major metropolis and Iowan farm town, consider escaping to the mid-sized cities of urban America. From a Lake Michigan beach town with killer farm-to-table fare, to an artistic enclave in Northern California, to a burgeoning beer capital in the heart of Dixie, contributor Emily Saladino charts a course to the coolest places to visit this summer.

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#5 Portland, Maine

Goat’s milk Brie for everyone! The confluence of affordable real estate, creative energy and rich natural resources give southern Maine’s unofficial capital a swinging food scene. Slurp bivalves with Tabasco- or kimchi-infused ice at Eventide oyster bar, sip microbrews with endearingly earnest beer geeks at Novare Res Bier Café, indulge in Japanese-accented brunch at Miyake, and get down at Hunt & Alpine Club, a vaguely Nordic bar and gastropub opened by a Clyde Common alum.

Jetsetter provides insider deals, unique experiences, and thoughtful insights to our members, allowing them to book with ease and confidence wherever and whenever they choose. Since April 2013, Jetsetter has been a part of the TripAdvisor family of travel sites.

Incredible performers, bands, and live music

Thompson's Point is where the action is with ongoing events, outdoor concerts, skating rink, arts and entertainment. Portland’s newest neighborhood for all thing’s arts and entertainment. Find craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, eateries, makers, concerts and festivals all with gorgeous waterfront views and easy access to Portland’s transportation hub!

The Port City Music Hall is open year round for live music. This state-of-the-art music venue offers a robust schedule of nationally touring bands of all genres as well as the best of the local scene right in the heart of Portland's bustling arts district and within walking distance of the historic Old Port, superb restaurants, theaters, and hotels. During the summer, catch some of the best acts live with the waterfront concerts. The concert series is a must for locals and visitors that enjoy music and rocking out with your friends and fellow fans. Check out our arts & entertainment calendar for what's going on in the Greater Portland area.

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