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Why Visit Portland Maine

Open the Secrets That Make a Coastal Community an Essential Travel Destination


Why come to Portland? It’s like asking why enjoy an ocean breeze. Portland and the surrounding regions proclaim their answers in plain sight, while some are buried, like treasure. Visitors uncover the mysteries of this seaside Vacationland when they get here. Until then, here are a few you can savor.

 

Local Food & Fine Cuisine

Local Food & Fine Cuisine

Fresh lobster and seafood? Certainly.

But Portland’s award-winning chefs, farm-to-table enthusiasts and noshing opportunities that number “absolutely criminal” according to The Boston Globe, have the rapt attention of epicureans around the nation.

Bistros, diners, kid-friendly restaurants (floating and non), fresh local ingredients and innovative dishes...did the Bon Appetit America's Foodiest Small Town moniker stick? No question about it.

Commercial Street & the Old Port

Commercial Street & the Old Port

Suffice it to say that Commercial Street, a working waterfront with cobblestone passageways, home to boutiques and restaurants as well as working wharfs, gained the favor of the American Planning Association as one of the ten best streets in the United States.

In the Old Port, famous in its own right, nightlife abounds and a live music scene thrives, alongside waterfront pubs, and the state's famed microbreweries.

Architecture

Architecture

Portland’s beauty is encapsulated in its late 19th and 20th architecture where buildings protected by the National Register of Historic Places make up the heart of downtown.

Just beyond, find the Eastern Promenade, a grassy bluff lined with historic Victorian homes, and schedule time for the pre-Civil War grandeur of Victoria Mansion – it is a Christmastime and year-round delight.

Scenic Maine Coast

Scenic Maine Coast

Kayak in and around our many islands, bicycle up and down the beautiful coastline, watch the sailboats in Portland Harbor, or take in the sunset on Casco Bay – the striking Maine coast provides the scenic frame to it all.

Unrivaled fall foliage provides a colorful canopy to seaside villages, and on the coast, the beaches are never far away.

Thriving Art Scene

Thriving Art Scene

The impressive art-per-mile ratio of the city tells the story of its flourishing art scene. Portland is a true art community where independence thrives and Friday art walks are a perfect introduction.

In addition, the Portland Museum of Art, located in the center of downtown Portland, boasts a collection of over 18,000 artworks, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. Other art destinations – Maine College of Art, for one – boast galleries, community events, and exhibits of acclaimed and emerging artists alike.

Activities & Events

Activities & Events

Check out our Calendar of Events for everything from mud runs to musical theater. Just walk outside and encounter brewer’s festivals, coastal culinary celebrations, blues, jazz, and contemporary music stages and sidewalk arts festivals.

Celebrate the clam and honor the lobster by – how else? – deep frying it, among other ways. Kids’ activities abound, taking the form of family outings, state parks, and rainy-day fun, including an art museum just for children. 

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