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10 Things to Get Excited About This Winter

New Year, New Adventure in Greater Portland

Look, we know how good Summer sounds – lighthouses, harbor cruises, award-winning restaurants – but, here’s the thing: you can experience all of that and more during our Winter season. Only now you can forget about those pesky wait times. Our city by the sea is your oyster and there is no shortage of reasons to grab your Bean boots and come for a visit.

1. The Art

Art is everywhere and in Winter our Arts and Culture scene is in full force. Year-round you can check-out our First Friday Art Walk where museums and galleries open their doors free of change on the first Friday of each month. If you’re visiting in February you can stop and smell the roses at The Portland Museum of Art’s "Art in Bloom” event. Last year 5,000 visitors came through the museum’s doors to enjoy the pairing of floral arrangements and fine art.

2. Family Fun

Bringing the whole family along? You and your kiddos will love checking out the Maine-themed exhibits at the Children’s Museum like a replica lobster boat and a discovery forest sponsored by L.L. Bean. Or head over to Thompson’s Point in Portland where you can journey to the Himalayans and embark on expedition Yedi at the world’s only Cryptozoology Museum.

3. The Shows

Dim the lights – Greater Portland has your year-round entertainment hook up. Laugh out loud with comedian Tom Segura or rock out with "Walk The Moon.” Those are just a few of the headliners coming to the State Theatre this Winter. If you’re an admirer of the classics, check out Maine State Ballet’s show-stopping "Cinderella” or "The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde over at Portland Stage. Visit our Events Calendar to scope out more upcoming shows.

4. The Shopping

Get in on some new year’s sales in the Old Port or head up to Freeport, just 20 minutes north of Portland, where you can shop til you drop at designer labels or trendy, local shops. If you’re an early bird or a night owl head over to L.L Bean’s flagship store open 24/7 for all your shopping whims.

5. The Sports

Make sure to take yourself out to the ball game for a sports fix this season. Catch our Basketball team, the Red Claws, and our Hockey team, the Maine Mariners, at a home game all Winter long. The Maine Mariners are currently kicking-off their first season at Cross Insurance Arena and between the games and cameos from their mascot, Beacon the Puffin – there are sure to be plenty of photo opportunities.

6. Outdoor Adventures

It’s hard to visit Greater Portland this time of year without hitting up our Winter wonderland. Whether it’s Ice Skating, snowmobiling, or heading down to get tube ready at the hills at Payson Park in Portland – there is always an activity to get you outside and enjoying the fresh, Winter air. If Winter sports are more your thing, the Lakes and Mountains region is the perfect place to get your ski on.

7. Happy Hour

By the time you’re ready to come in from the cold, happy hour will be calling your name. Rub elbows with locals while you scope out seasonal specials. With many bars running deals through the Winter, you’ll be able to hop from craft cocktail to local brew while making the most of your time (and money) in the area.

8. The Food

As the winner of 2018’s "Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appetit you know our foodie scene will not disappoint over the Winter season. Come for the classics like a lobster dinner and stay for the innovative and mouth-watering seasonal treats our award-winning chefs have cooked up. Check us out the first two weeks in March when our annual Maine Restaurant Week kicks-off. Participating restaurants across Greater Portland will feature specially-priced, multi-course menus for guests to enjoy.

9. Unwinding

What else is vacation for than relaxing? If an herbal-infused foot soak or a steaming cup of tea to curl up with sounds more your style head on over to Soakology Foot Sanctuary and Tearoom. There’s all kinds of ways to relax when you’re in Greater Portland – visit one of our luxury spas, go for a low impact workout, or if you’re feeling adventurous head over to Maine’s largest float and relaxation center, Float Harder.

10. The Tours

Want to know what really makes this region great? Learn a few of our best kept secrets on a tour given by a native of the area. Get the inside scoop on the classics as well as up-and-coming breweries on the Maine Brew Bus, sample restaurant delights on a stroll through Portland on a Maine Foodie Tour, or hop on the Casco Bay Lines Mailboat Run for a leisurely cruise through the Calendar Islands.

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