If you cant see everything in Maine in one visit, consider
some of these unique must-see experiences - and when you have more time, come
back and visit more of Greater Portland's historical sites and natural
symbol of national outdoor-gear retailer L.L.Bean, the Bean Boot is still
stopping them dead in their tracks. At the flagship location in Freeport, a 16
foot tall replica of the iconic boot greets visitors at the store entrance.
big - really big. And sweet - really sweet. Lenny, the world’s only life-sized
chocolate moose, lives in his natural habitat at Len Libby Chocolatier in
Scarborough. Weighing in at 1,700 pounds, Lenny may not satisfy your craving to
see a real moose but the store will indulge your sweet tooth with quality
handmade chocolates and candies.
in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium at City Hall, the Kotzschmar Organ was a gift
to the city by publishing magnate Cyrus Curtis and installed in 1912. Since
then the impressive organ has been enlarged four times and boasts over 6,000
downtown Portland, two trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) murals startle and delight
passersby. A building-sized blueprint covers one side of 40 Free Street, its
edges rolling back to reveal the actual building underneath. And set back from
the corner of Exchange and Middle Streets, a mural simulates the granite façade
of the 1867 post office that once stood on the spot now occupied by Tommy’s
OUT OF THIS WORLD
marvel at the sheer size and fantastic engineering of Eartha, the world’s largest revolving and rotating globe, located
at Maine’s cartographic company, DeLorme, in Yarmouth.
If you take a Casco Bay Ferry
cruise down the bay, keep a lookout for Pocahontas (Echo Point) Light on Great
Diamond Island’s eastern shore. The smallest lighthouse registered with the
United States Coast Guard, it stands only six feet tall.
north? Take a detour off Route 295 to see the 40-foot statue of Chief
Passamaquoddy affectionately known by locals at the BFI for Big Freeport (or
other word of your choice) Indian. Sporting a full-feathered headdress and
holding a spear and shield, the BFI has been greeting visitors to Freeport for
TASTY TIME TRAVEL
you’re ready for a heady dose of nostalgia, stop on Marginal Way in Portland at
the Miss Portland Diner, a true landmark business. The 1949 Miss Portland Diner,
a prime example of the Worcester Lunch Car Company’s handcrafted diners with
porcelain exteriors and hardwood interiors, was situated on Marginal Way in
1964 and preserved by Portland native Tom Manning in 2007. Enjoy breakfast all
day and comfort foods in a retro diner where everything old is new again.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, COLOR
only Camera Obscura in New England resides at the Children’s Museum and Theatre
of Maine in Portland. From the darkened interior of the museum’s top floor,
explore the world of light and optics as the camera reveals one of the most
amazing panoramic views of the city from a room without any windows.
is that man smoking a pipe with his leg casually flung across his knee
immortalized in bronze at the intersection of
Ford, Bank, York, Pleasant, and Danforth Streets in Portland (Gorhams Corner)? Perhaps
Portland’s most famous son of Irish immigrants, the Hollywood filmmaker John
Ford was one of eleven children and followed in the footsteps of his brother
Francis to make a career in the film industry. Ford sits in his director’s
chair surrounded by plaques detailing each of his six Oscar-winning films.
the heart of Portland’s downtown business district, the flashing sign atop the
Time & Temperature Building (477 Congress St) catches the eye of
pedestrians and drivers alike, delivering both the time and temperature
throughout the city. First installed in 1964 above the 14-storey structure, the
sign also warns of parking bans and is
used for business promotions and occasional celebratory messages.
of the most unusual collections you’ll ever see is curated on Peaks Island by
Nancy 3. Hoffman. The first and only Umbrella Cover Museum is dedicated to the
appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. Umbrella covers on display hail
from 44 countries and the museum holds a Guiness Book of World’s Record for the
most umbrella covers - 730.