The Perfect Blend of the Present With A Very Special Past
Back coves and portholes. Ferries and festivals. Mansions and microbrews. It seems impossible that a single seaside city jutting into Casco Bay could offer so much. And yet, the entirety of the Greater Portland Region is a tribute to its diversity.
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Beyond the spotlight, and at all price ranges, there are incredible culinary experiences to be had in Greater Portland, Maine.
Sail the bay, spend the afternoon at a beer garden, or simply stroll through the Old Port—Summer offers an array of fun things to do.
Casco Bay Adventures
Portland boasts miles of tongue-hanging coastline where beach dogs can get their paws sandy and paddle around. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, area beaches offer extended beach hours with off-leash play at Portland’s Eastern Beach, South Portland’s Willard Beach, and many Scarborough beaches. During the busy summer season, many area beaches provide beach dog hours around sunrise and sunset. Be sure to follow the posted rules and only leave paw prints.
Portland Trails, a non-profit land trust, offers a vast network of over 70 miles of wooded trails, coastal paths and green space that you can sniff out with your dog. On a hot day, your dogs can dip their paws into a stream, river or the ocean, depending on the trail. PortlandTrails.org has an interactive map to help you pick your hike. The Eastern Promenade Trail can be accessed near Portland’s Ocean Gateway’s dog-friendly Visitor Center and delivers views towards Fort Gorges and access to Eastern Beach.
It’s all right here: great dining and shopping, hopping nightlife, outdoor recreation, historical and cultural attractions, and stunning natural beauty. Its small scale, accessible waterfront, fine architecture, and creative vibe have propelled Portland to the top of many national lists of best places to vacation. But you won’t have to give up the quintessential Maine coast to enjoy all that Greater Portland has to offer – islands, lighthouses, beaches, and surf crashing on the rocky shore are all in proximity of Portland’s vibrant, historic downtown. Portland, Maine Authentic – By Nature.