Back coves and portholes. Ferries and festivals. Mansions and microbrews. Harvests and harbors. It seems impossible that a single seaside city jutting into Casco Bay could offer so much.
And yet, the Greater Portland Region is a tribute to diversity, as if created solely for passing visitors to set down their hats and say - this is the place! Its central location is in proximity to a world of cuisine, culture, art, and adventure.
Longfellow’s "city by the sea,” once a trading and fishing settlement, has maintained much of its 19th century architecture, landmarks, and flavor, and its adventurous spirit is now woven into the region’s fabric. You’ll see evidence of it in its historic homes and on closer inspection, within its lauded museums, independent art studios and galleries.
Those seeking a quintessential Maine experience will find it here. Surrounded by island-studded Casco Bay, Portland offers some of the best water access to neighboring islands (just a ferry ride away), historic forts, and lighthouses in all of Maine.
Visitors who stay in town are near the waterfront bustle of the Old Port and enjoy a lively mixture of rich nightlife and cutting-edge cuisine, well-deserving of the resounding praises it earns. They find it easy to day trip to surrounding parks, to seek out the unspoiled, rugged backdrops, or pay a visit to neighboring communities, as appealing in summer as in winter – there are many; all with their own landmarks and attractions.
This is the place – but what place? You’ll have to discover that for yourself.
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