Classic New England culture meets a thoroughly modern arts scene.

Portland, Maine, has all the markers of a classic New England seaside escape. You’ll find cobblestone streets, picturesque lighthouses, fisherfolk hauling in the day’s catch and lobster everything — including ice cream. But stray from the wharf to discover world-class restaurants and a thriving arts scene. Over the past decade or so, forward-thinking brewers, chefs and musicians have imbued Portland with an avant-garde edge. Challenging winters keep this community tight-knit. But locals are always happy to recommend their favorite hole-in-the-wall pub or oyster joint.

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Explore Portland

  • Old Port
  • East End
  • Waterfront District
  • West End
  • Downtown

Old Port

Overview

Morning or night, Old Port is where the action is. Pop in and out of the sweet little shops and cafés along the cobblestone streets by day. After the sun goes down, the historic neighborhood switches gears and embraces a buzzy nightlife scene.

Known For

Shopping, Nightlife, Fine Dining

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East End

Overview

Munjoy Hill overlooks the city’s historic center, making this up-and-coming neighborhood a favorite with locals. Spend an afternoon at Portland’s only public beach, cycle along the Eastern Promenade or slurp down oysters at a raw bar.

Known For

Beach, Trendy Restaurants , Biking

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Waterfront District

Overview

Experience the city’s commercial fishing roots firsthand at this working waterfront. Walk along piers piled high with lobster traps and taste the daily catch at any number of restaurants featuring sweeping views of Casco Bay.

Known For

Seafood, Ocean Views, Boating

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West End

Overview

The historical heart of Portland’s Irish community, this neighborhood borders downtown and the Waterfront District to the west. Tree-lined streets and brick homes provide a stately backdrop to the sophisticated residential area, home to the 18-acre Western Promenade.

Known For

Architecture, Biking , Walking

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Downtown

Overview

Set back from the water, Portland’s city center packs museums, independent boutiques, record stores, museums and theaters into a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Pay your respects to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at the poet’s childhood home.

Known For

Live Music, Shopping , Museums

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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How to Weekend Like a Mainer in Portland

Boston Clam Chowder with Oyster Crackers

Explore Charming Old Port

Get a feel for Portland’s rich history, arts and culture with a morning in Old Port and an afternoon spent exploring downtown. See why the city is swiftly gaining a reputation as a foodie destination while you sample standout pastries, duck-fat fries and innovative lobster rolls. 

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Set Sail

Make like a local as you cruise through Casco Bay on a lobster boat. Haul traps up from the water as you learn about one of Maine’s most important exports firsthand. Round out your day with a stroll around an island where you’ll find tiny houses crafted for mythical creatures.

lighthouse at sunset

Tour Lighthouses on Two Wheels

Take a self-guided cycling tour of the Portland area’s picturesque lighthouses as you make your way to Two Lights State Park on the southern side of town. Cap off the weekend with craft cocktails made with unusual ingredients at a few of Portland’s well-loved watering holes. 

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