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Portland, ME Guide

About Portland

Take the best of Seattle, West Coast Portland, and San Francisco, whittle it down, and the result resembles East Coast Portland. This sea-faring city nicks Maine’s coastline where the southern coast’s famed beaches yield to the mid-coast’s granite-girdled peninsulas, and inland lakes, farmlands, and forests gently rise to the western mountains. Take this primo setting and gild it with a vibrant downtown, working waterfront, lively arts and culture scene, and a locavore-everything ‘tude. No wonder Portland regularly earns kudos for everything from food and drinks to recreation and livability. Add in the coastal suburbs, and Portland delivers the Maine trifecta: Lobster, Lighthouses, and L. L. Bean.

With a population numbering fewer than 67,000 souls, Portland seems more big town than small city. The lack of skyscrapers – the tallest building rises only 16 stories – enhances its human-sized appeal. The easily navigable downtown caps a peninsula framed by the Fore River, Back Cove, and island-salted Casco Bay – making it possible to see or catch a whiff of the sea from nearly any point. Congress Street, the city’s spine, runs its length, rising from the architecturally rich West End, home to the opulent Victoria Mansion, through the downtown to the rapidly gentrifying East End, capped by the Portland Observatory.

In between, it’s easy to get waylaid by the museum-, theater, and gallery-rich Arts District anchored by the Portland Museum of Art and adjacent The Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine. During First Friday Art Walks especially, this district shines.

Independent shops line the brick sidewalks and cobblestoned streets of the Old Port and spill over the waterfront, where old salts and salty characters mingle with business folks and visitors. Board a ferry bound for one or more of Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands, so named because an early explorer erroneously thought there was one for every day of the year. For a more informative excursion, opt for a guided excursion boat.

After devouring Portland’s sights and shops, dig into its nationally lauded food scene, with options ranging from notable nibbles to James Beard Award-winning chefs as well as breweries, wineries, and distilleries; Maine lobster and Maine oysters are a must.

Mosey over to lighthouse- and beach-rich South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Within Cape’s borders are Two Lights and Crescent Beach state parks and town-owned Fort Williams, an oceanfront, 90-acre former military base turned parkland that’s home to Portland Headlight. Of course, no visit to Portland is complete without visiting nearby Freeport to pay homage to L. L. Bean’s Mothership and the numerous factory stores and outlets in its shadow.

Since 1993 Treehouse Toys has been serving families at 143 Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1998, the second store-front was…

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It started in 1994 with one coffeehouse on Portland’s Congress Street. Today Coffee By Design operates four coffeehouses in Portland and one in…

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Native to New England, Fiddlehead ferns are considered decorative as well as a delicacy. At Fiddleheads, we specialize in innovative personalized…

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Phantom Fireworks is proud to provide fireworks in Scarborough with a Phantom Showroom located at 2 Cabela's Blvd, Scarborough, Maine 04074. Phantom

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The Percy In is housed in a classic Federal-style brick row house built in 1830, ten years after Maine became a state.  A thorough renovation was…

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Sail with us from Portland, Maine's Old Port on an authentic sailing vessel steeped in history — and enjoy the cruise of a lifetime. Bagheera and Wend

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At Anthony's Italian Kitchen quality is very important-fresh ingredients and good bread. We add creativity—new twists to old favorites. And…

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Shipyard Brewing Company is a family owned brewery – rooted in tradition and brimming with innovation. Our award-winning beer is handcrafted by our…

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Made in the USA, by hand, in Portland, Maine

As time passes, everyone searches for ways to capture memories, celebrate beautiful moments and for…

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Welcome to Old Port Charters, your private adventure boat departing daily from the Old Port of Portland Maine. We offer private boating trips…

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Hot and Fresh Outta Portland Maine A sweet truck and Sugarloaf Mountain eatery serving hot and fresh gourmet bite-sized donuts! We are always looking

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Your Search for Interesting
Area Tourist Attractions Is Over TAKE A TRAIN RIDE ON THE MAINE NARROW GAUGE IN PORTLAND, ME

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Leave your travel worries behind when you stay at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, offering a premier location less than 3 miles from Portland…

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"This is THE BEST used book store [to get lost in] in Portland, Maine, a must-see! Extensive collections and a wide variety - you could spend HOURS…

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HOW IT WORKS…

COST – The cost of your pottery adventure will be the studio fee $8/per painter along with the cost of the pieces. Pieces range in…

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Simply Scandinavian, Maine’s Full Service Scandinavian Importer, has been Portland’s best kept secret and a destination to many a Scandinavian and…

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Unique local card shop featuring: cards, post cards, journals, gift wrap, wacky novelties & gag gifts, nostalgia candy, balloons, and so much more!

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An area enriched by commercial ventures and sightseeing visitors, Portland has plenty to offer every guest in New England, from the crisp air and…

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It’s not every day that you can look out your window and see the sparkling water of Casco Bay. Here at Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port, we make this…

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Sheepscot River Pottery, established in 1974, has enjoyed much growth and success over the years thanks to our valued customers. Owner, Karen Okie…

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Immerse yourself in the heart of downtown Portland's vibrant Arts District at The Westin Harborview. Situated within walking distance of Portland's…

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Nomads is an adventure and active wear shop for people on the move. We are locally owned and operated with a “brick and mortar” site on the waterfront…

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Portland’s indie bookstore par excellence, Longfellow not only has new and used departments a person can get lost in, it also has one of the best…

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Our Mission

We aim to bring great boats to wonderful people. Our kayaks and gear are personally selected and tested for performance, durability…

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Bissell Brothers was founded in 2013 with a mission to change people's perceptions of what beer and the beer experience can be, while always staying…

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SPLASH into history on this fun and fully-narrated 60-minute adventure through Portland, Maine!

As you twist and turn through the Old Port, we'll tell…

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The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an…

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Located right on the waterfront, Old Port Spirits and Cigars has an excellent selection of beer, liquor, wine, and cigars. Stop in and let our…

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You can’t come to Maine without indulging in delicious seafood. Get the best in town at J’s Oyster. J’s serves freshly caught seafood in a relaxed…

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The idea for The Holy Donut grew very organically out of a craving I was experiencing for some deeply satisfying yet healthy comfort food –…

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Located near the waterfront in downtown Portland, Maine, Japanese owned YOSAKU is a SUSHI restaurant featuring premium quality sushi and an extensive…

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“The patio is a peaceful summer oasis and the delicious Vietnamese latte differentiates Yordprom Coffee from its many home-grown Portland peers.”

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Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops are located in six great communities along the Coast of Maine...Bar Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor…

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Coast City Comics is not just a comic shop, but an homage to comic and video game culture. We have pinball, comics, t-shirts and all manner of

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See the Maine coast by bike.

Book a bike tour or bike rental or come get your own bike fixed!

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Looking for a new experience?  Try the ultimate tool for relaxation.  Our sensory deprivation tanks will help you to relax your muscles and clear your…

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LOCATIONSAC HOTEL PORTLAND DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT

1 2 3 4     AC Hotel Portland…

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Your pet is uncommon, unlike any other dog or cat. Unique!
And that describes our business, too.

I've always loved animals. In fact, I grew up in…

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Portland's first women owned and operated sensuality boutique.

We opened in February 2004 in order to provide women and men with a comfortable and…

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We are the largest independent wine retailer in the state of Maine. We opened up our shop 11 years ago and since then have earned a reputation of…

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Are you looking for a great shop around the corner? The Blue Lobster Gifts & Apparel on Commercial Street 177.

The Blue Lobster Gifts & Apparel is a…

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A Legacy Of Artisan Design

Since the beginning, Simon’s life has centered around functional, sophisticated design. Growing up in Ireland with a…

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Portland Pottery Cafe located on Portland’s active East End offers meals, bake good and sandwiches for wide varieties of discerning palettes. Every…

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WELCOME TO ALOFT PORTLAND, ME Downtown Portland, Maine Waterfront Hotel

 

Walking distance to attractions, eateries, art galleries and nightlife…

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Captain Sam's is a family owned and operated business. We handcraft our homemade ice cream in small batches using only the best ingredients from Maine…

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Portland's oldest sports bar! Serving beers and cheers for 21 years. Sports packages, tons of TVs and old school bar games- pool,fooz, air hockey…

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Black Cow is a cocktail bar, soda fountain, and burger joint that focuses on hand made food and doubles-down on hospitality. Delicious cocktails and…

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Find Luxury Maine Real Estate and Homes for Sale with Legacy Properties

As a leader in luxury Maine Real Estate, Legacy Properties Sotheby's…

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Make the most of your travels in coastal Maine at Super 8 Portland/Westbrook Area hotel. Located off I-95, near downtown Portland, our hotel offers…

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Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals, and you have discovered the world’s only cryptozoology museum.

We have a wide range of

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Portland Lobster Company • Eat in or Take Out: (207) 775-2112 STEAMED LOBSTER DINNERS • CLAM CHOWDER • CRAB CAKES •STEAMERS • FISH & CHIPS • FRIED…

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Welcome to Maine Day Ventures, formerly Maine Foodie Tours. We have expanded our activities with Maine Foodie Tours, Maine History Tours and Maine…

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SERVING GREAT BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER TO PORTLAND'S WATERFRONT SINCE 1991

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Cats love fish, and dogs are crazy for bones. The fish and the bone in our name stand for natural foods that cats and dogs crave, and thrive on. They…

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The Tree of Life Foundation was established to restore Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century immigrant era house of worship, and transform it…

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Welcome to the home of Carlson Turner Books & Bookbindery. Please search or browse our inventory of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books…

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Sea Bags are born as sails and transformed into nautically inspired totes and accessories that bring our customers great happiness. You see, we…

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At last, adult-use (recreational) cannabis is legal in Maine! 

Sweet Dirt offers a carefully curated collection of premium cannabis and…

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Since 2002, the Portland Harbor Hotel has set a high standard for the ultimate hotel experience. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and…

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Dean Bingham of Dean’sSweets began his truffle-making career years ago as a somewhat casual, somewhat serious sideline. As an accomplished architect…

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The authentic taste of Thailand can be found at Thai Taste, located in the heart of historic Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Conveniently located adjacent to…

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Portland’s indie bookstore par excellence, Longfellow not only has new and used departments a person can get lost in, it also has one of the best…

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The MVMC Emergency and Specialty Hospital is always here for you and your pet.

Maine Veterinary Medical Center is committed to providing advanced and…

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ABOUT US

 

As avid fans of Maine craft beer, we had a dream to bring a fun and creative craft beer experience to Main Street in the heart of…

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Welcome to the Hampton Inn Portland Downtown-Waterfront hotel. Our hotel in Portland, Maine is nestled in the city's Old Port District and offers…

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Roasted in Portland, Maine

We value freshness and flavor above all else. Our coffee beans are roasted to perfection by our Master Roaster in…

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At N to Tail, everything we serve is fresh, healthy, and delicious.    

N to Tail offers Old Port diners a welcoming, authentic Japanese…

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Casco Bay Island Transit District, also known as Casco Bay Lines, operates passenger, vehicle and freight service year-round. Casco Bay Lines ensures…

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Purveyors of the Finest Caviars, Smoked Seafood, & Fresh Seafood

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The Great Lost Bear has become a Portland institution since opening in 1979. The "Bear" is located about two miles from Portland's touristy Old Port…

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Portland Discovery has been offering narrated trolley tours of Portland and narrated harbor cruises on Casco Bay for 19 years. We think think we have…

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The Official Moose Brand of Maine since 1986.

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This Flatbread, which sits right on the water, is one of our pride and joy locations. Our 2nd restaurant, Portland offers the visitor to Portland…

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Visit Boone's, on lovely Portland Harbor, a Maine seafood sensation - SO delicious!

From your choice of two outdoor decks, watch boats on the harbor…

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We see it when we believe it.  Each one of us has a choice: to focus our energy on obstacles or opportunities. To fixate on our problems, or focus…

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Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals, and you have discovered the world’s only cryptozoology museum.

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Out of one sailing Captain's love for the sea, his island home, and of course, his dog, The Black Dog Brand was born.

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When you stay at Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront in Portland, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Maine…

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We cater to women, we invite everyone. We are a safe space and will not tolerate bigotry, racism, sexism or discrimination. To maintain a healthy…

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Portland, Maine’s local yarn shop – a treat for knitters and crocheters since 2004 We are now offering online shopping and we have our own podcast.

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Since 1988, Gritty McDuff’s has been creating fine, handcrafted ales and traditional pub fare. From our humble beginnings as a small brew pub in…

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Mount DMount Desert Yacht Charters  and Boat Rentals Somesville, Maine email us at acadiaboatrentals@aol.comesert Yacht Charters Mount Desert

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If you've looked for new socks lately, you already know there are some really cool socks out there in the world. It is our mission to bring you a…

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The Rink at

Thompson’s Point

Grab your family and friends, grab a beer, lace up your skates and enjoy your skating experience on up to…

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Welcome to Hampton Inn Portland-Airport. Our hotel in South Portland, Maine is within walking distance of The Maine Mall, the largest in the state…

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With a stay at Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland, you'll be convenient to Maine Military Museum and Maine Mall. This hotel is within…

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Our gelato is made daily in our facilities at 434 Fore St in Portland, Maine, so that we can offer our customers the highest quality. We do not use…

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Plan an unforgettable visit with us at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa. Whether you’re in southern Maine for business, a romantic weekend, or a family…

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Cheese, wine and bread, are the ‘holy trinity’ of food and simple entertainment. We believe that some of the most complex flavors come from the most…

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Also known as the Morse-Libby House, Victoria Mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for two people, Ruggles Sylvester…

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Find out where you want to go and what time you want to get there and then determine which bus routes serve your destination point and starting point…

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From our humble beginnings in 2012 as a roadside attraction in Salisbury Cove, Bar Harbor Lobster Co. has become a downtown destination for visitors…

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