When it comes to winter retreats, Portland has long been one of the northeasts best kept secrets
One of the first ways to add seasonal charm to your visit is with a horse and carriage ride in the Old Port. Make sure to bundle up and grab a hot chocolate or cup of joe from one of our many local coffee shops to enjoy as you view the historic beauty of Maine’s most prominent city.
If your itching for a little activity of your own, join Portland residents for some urban skiing! The Eastern Promenade and Green Belt trails cater to runners and walkers, cyclists and skateboarders in the warmer weather and alternately fans of cross--country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. On particularly snowy days don't be surprised if you see errant skiers forgoing the trails and instead taking to the streets. Downhill skiers can find solace at one of Maine’s many ski mountains like Sunday River Ski Resort.
As a low cost alternative for culture, Greater Portland is hard to beat
The vibrant visual arts scene offers exhibits that appeal to all ages and interests. Visit the interactive Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Victoria Mansion and Maine Maritime Museum which number among the many fascinating opportunities open to you. If performance art is more of what you’re looking for, not only can you enjoy live music at venues like the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall, but exciting theatrical and dance performances from Portland Ovations and the city’s own ballet company.
When you’re ready to people watch and socialize we take bar--hopping to a new level with the seasonal availability of outdoor ice bars. Great blocks of ice are carved into eye--pleasing configurations from whimsical characters to sculpted piping systems that keep your drink cool as the liquid sluices into your ready glass. To maximize your ability to incorporate all of these forms of entertainment (and more) into one trip, plan your vacation to coincide with a winter festival. Each community from Greater Portland puts together a special program of activities, games and competitions. Chili and chowder cook offs, ice skating and sled dog races are some of the additional crowd--pleasing pursuits available during these events.
There are many ways to live like a local and embrace the wintry snowscape in Portland. Join us!