Portland Maine
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Portland Maine

Portland Maine hotels, incredible restaurants, cobblestone streets, totally unique specialty shops and galleries, a hip, eclectic arts and music scene, outstanding cultural, historic and recreational attractions, local breweries (Portland loves its beer!), stunning views of Casco Bay and its islands and so, so much more!

Is Portland, Maine on your list of "must visit" vacation spots this year? If it isn't, it should be.

This historic seaport town (well, small city really) on the shores of Casco Bay is Maine's largest city and one of the few working waterfronts left in the country. There is so much to do and see in Portland and the immediate surrounding areas of Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Falmouth and Freeport, that you could easily spend your whole summer here and not get it all done!

view of Portland Maine at night

Don't have all summer, you say? No worries! I'll help you figure out the best way to spend whatever vacation time you do have to get the most out of Portland, Maine.

Flying into Portland Maine? Choose the Portland International Jetport.

Portland Maine Hotels

Portland Harbor Hotel

If you're spending more than a day in Portland, you're going to need a place to rest your head. Luckily, Portland has many great options including large, small, luxurious or cheap hotels, charming Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inns, and Maine vacation home rentals.

Hotels in Portland Maine can book up quickly in the summer time, so it is best to make your reservations early. The last thing you want to do is waste any of your precious time searching for an available room, or paying for a room way out of your budget because it is all you can get at the last minute.

Find what you are looking for here:

(Forgive me, I'm a work in progress...not all links are active yet...but they will be soon!)

Portland Maine Hotels Downtown (expensive, but where all the action is!)
Cheap Portland Maine Hotels
Mid-priced Portland Maine Hotels
Bed and Breakfast Portland Maine
South Portland Maine Hotels

Portland Maine Restaurants


If you're a foodie like me, you'll really dig Portland. Voted "Best Food Town in America" by Bon Appetite in 2009, Portland has really put itself on the map of top food destinations!

The best words to describe the Portland Maine food scene? Fresh - Local - Seasonal - Sustainable. Award winning, creative, passionate chefs...food sourced from local farms...the freshest seafood right off the boat...and an outstanding variety to choose from makes Portland Maine a food lovers paradise.

I'll try to cover the best of the best here - for all budgets. Learn where the locals eat (those are always the best spots, aren't they?) and which places are not to be missed when visiting Portland.

What's Your Food Style?

(Forgive me, I'm a work in progress...not all links are active yet...but they will be soon!)

Best Portland Maine Restaurants (pricey but worth it!)...
Where the locals eat...
Best eats for the budget conscious...
Good food at a good price...
Best places to grab a late night bite...
Food with a view...
Best place to have cocktails...
How to get cheap lobster in Portland...

Portland Maine Events, Attractions and Activities

Really, there are a ridiculous amount of things to do in and around Portland. Cultural events, outdoors activities, cruises on Casco Bay, tours of all kinds, shopping, picnicking, island hopping, bar hopping, lighthouses, museums and the list goes on and on...

Casco Bay Lines

One thing you don't want to miss doing while in Portland is actually getting off the mainland and onto Casco Bay. There are a number of ways to do this for all budgets - sailing cruises, ferry cruises, lobster boat tours, kayaking, whale watching trips, fishing trips, and a whole lot more.

Taking one of the many available tours is a great way to spend a few hours and get to know Portland. Culinary tours, walking tours, duck tours, trolley tours...so many ways to get around and see the sights! Stop in and see the Victoria Mansion or the Portland Observatory.

Portland Museum of Art

Love art? Portland is full of opportunities to experience all of the arts - from galleries to music venues, theatre to museums. Portland has been called one of the best small arts towns in the country.

free friday art walk

If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, it's fun to join the crowds of people on the First Friday Art Walk, a free, self-guided tour of art galleries, studios and museums.

From 5-8 PM, dozens of galleries stay open late so art lovers can visit with artists and snack on wine and cheese. This event brings out lots of interesting people and you never know what you'll see!

The Portland Museum of Art also offers free admission on these nights. For more details on participating venues see www.firstfridayartwalk.com.

Check out these exciting activities and events in Maine: (Portland, of course)

(Forgive me, I'm a work in progress...not all links are active yet...but they will be soon!)

Portland Maine Attractions
Portland Maine Tours
Casco Bay Ferry
Whale Watching in Maine - Portland
Maine Deep Sea Fishing
Historic Homes to Visit
Portland Maine Events
Merrill Auditorium, Portland Maine
Portland Maine Museum of Art
Activities in Portland for the Kids
Things to Do in Maine - Outdoors
Peaks Island Maine
Maine Islands
Maine Lighthouses
Picnic Ideas - Portland

There's so much to see and do in Portland Maine! Hotels, wicked good restaurants (a true "Mainer" way to say it), tons of indoor and outdoor activities... You won't regret making Portland a stop or a stay during your Maine vacation!

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