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Must see & Do in Maine - The vacationland




STEP BACK IN TIME

We’re proud of our history and keep it forefront with attention to architectural preservation and numerous historical sites open to the public. The Maine Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of artifacts that vividly bring Maine history to life. Adjacent to the Historical Society, in the heart of bustling Congress Street, the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula. Museum homes invite you to step back in time and gain a greater perspective and respect for the historic forces that continue to influence our lives. Be sure to tour Victoria Mansion, one of the greatest 19th century houses in the country and unlike anything else in Portland. See Historic Sites & Museums for more

SHOP ENDLESSLY

With specialty shops for dog lovers, sock collectors, and those who love to cook (and eat!), you’ll be tempted to bring home several treasures. Poke through shops and galleries lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Port. Look for hand-crafted items inspired by Maine’s natural land and seascapes. Find everything under one roof at the Maine Mall and seek out bargains at Freeport’s outlets. Don’t be deterred if you get the late night shopping bug - L.L.Bean, the world-renowned outfitter, is open 24/7 year-round for essential gear for all your outdoor adventures. See Shopping for more

EAT SOMETHING

Farm-to-table, community supported agriculture, sustainable seafood - in Maine these aren’t trends, they’re traditions. Maine has an abundance of authentic ingredients; fishermen haul fresh lobster and seafood to the docks every day, and organic farms and dairies support year-round farmers’ markets with locally raised meats, vegetables, and herbs bursting with natural flavor. Enjoy views of Casco Bay from restaurants that line the harbor or soak up the ambiance of venues tucked away inside beautifully restored historic buildings. Dine on timehonored seafood and American fare or explore ethnic offerings that fuse modern interpretations with traditional Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines for delicious results. See Eat & Drink for more


Photo provided by Corey Templeton of Dining on the Portland Waterfront

BEACHCOMB

Although Maine is renowned for its many miles of rocky coastline, you won’t have to give up beautiful sand beaches when you visit—we’ve got uncrowded seaside playgrounds within a stone’s throw of downtown Portland. You can be sun tanning or surf
boarding in the afternoon and enjoying a play or live music by nightfall. And many beaches are dog-friendly, allowing your furry friends full romping privileges from fall through spring. Bring or rent bicycles to explore the islands including beaches and secluded coves. Nearby, Old Orchard Beach’s seven sandy miles are crowned by an historic pier, boardwalk, and Palace Playland, New England’s only beachfront amusement park. See Beaches for more

GO AFLOAT

Surf crashing on the rockbound shore, salty sea breezes, seagulls squawking overhead - to really experience Greater Portland in its geographic context, you’ll want to venture out to sea. Get up close and personal with seals and lighthouses on a harbor cruise or haul lobsters that you can cook up for dinner. Rent a sea kayak or paddleboard at East End Beach and take off; you can explore the parapets of Fort Gorges, the hexagonal stone structure off the Eastern Prom. Venture to one of the populated islands on the Casco Bay Lines ferry or stay aboard for the round trip excursion. Go whale watching or deep-sea fishing or sail into the sunset on a wooden schooner. See Cruises & Tours for more

GET TAPPED OUT

Maine is at the forefront of the craft beverage boom, and Greater Portland has some of the most accessible, palatepleasing imbibing opportunities around! For a car(e)free experience, join the Maine Brew Bus or Maine Beer Tours for a behind-the-scenes look at the fermentation process with plenty of samples. The East Bayside and Riverside neighborhoods contain a concentration of breweries and distilleries, making it easy to visit a number at once. As you wind your way through Portland’s Old Port, stop into the Sweetgrass tasting room for a sample of their flavored dessert wines. Across the street, Vena’s Fizz House offers its own botanicalinfused fizzes, mocktails, and cocktails. See Breweries & Distilleries for more


Photo provided by Maine Brew Bus

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