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Portland

Visitors to the Greater Portland region will find more than enough to explore without even leaving the peninsula. Though smaller than some of its east coast rivals, this little city has a world-class dining scene, a truly magnificent art museum, and plenty of places to enjoy the scenic rocky coast. The city maintains much of its 19th century architecture and flavor and the character of the trading and fishing settlement it once was when it was established in 1632.


Working Waterfront & Cultural Center

Today, visitors will find a working waterfront where fishing boats arrive and depart, mingling with a sophisticated urban center. The cobblestone streets of the Old Port lead strollers to local boutiques and pubs or to the local fish market for lobster and seafood. Portland is well known as a foodie mecca, and it earns its raves with its award-winning chefs and innovative dishes made with fresh local ingredients found in the bounty of area restaurants. In the heart of the downtown, the Arts District provides impressive cultural opportunities as well, from independent galleries to the lauded collection at the Portland Museum of Art.

Ferry rides to Portland’s neighboring islands are popular day trips, rivalled only by the spectacular opportunities for hikes on the Portland Trails. Visitors can also take in the West End’s historic buildings or the Eastern Promenade’s rolling hills, or stop at an outdoor concert at Monument Square. They may even end up joining the locals at the Saturday morning farmers’ market in Deering Oaks Park, where the people watching is excellent and the fountains truly lovely.


Local Buzz

Portland Harbor, at the western end of Casco Bay borders the city’s downtown and is one of the busiest ports on the Maine coast. Those visiting will observe the comings and goings of its commercial fishing fleet, cargo ships, and ferries carrying passengers to nearby islands. One of the most exciting things about a visit to Portland is taking in this authentic working waterfront. From a nearby restaurant or hotel, onlookers can watch the fisherman unloading their catch on the dock, and even dine beside them for breakfast on the waterfront before they start their workday on the water. 

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THE LAY OF THE LAND

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