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Best of Portland Guide

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Portland
From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with... more From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with Impressionist works, Maine landscapes by Homer and Wyeth and other collections. Land or sea is an option here, so if you're tired of the street life, take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without kids in hand, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's brewpubs. less

All things to do » Things to do

Hadlock Field
Hadlock Field
Minor-league baseball team - an affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Casco Bay Islands
Casco Bay Islands
An archipelago of islands off of Portland.
Attraction type: Islands
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Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art
Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the... more Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the country. The PMA boasts a considerable permanent collection, with beloved works of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as significant holdings of Maine art-highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special member-only events, free school tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio-it's all happening at the PMA. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Eastern Promenade
Eastern Promenade
Attraction type: Parks; Biking Trails
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Casco Bay
Casco Bay
Ship traffic here runs the gamut from lobster boats to oil tankers and cruise lines; also look for the many photogenic lighthouses.
Attraction type: Bodies of Water; Beaches

All places to eat » Places to eat

Gorgeous Gelato
Gorgeous Gelato
Ranked #1 of 560 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $2 - $7
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Delivery, Late Night
Emilitsa
Emilitsa
Ranked #2 of 560 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Back Bay Grill
Back Bay Grill
Ranked #3 of 560 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Vegetarian
Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Standard Baking Co.
Standard Baking Co.
Ranked #4 of 560 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Bakeries
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Takeout
The Green Elephant
The Green Elephant
Ranked #5 of 560 Restaurants in Portland
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Takeout

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

West End Inn
West End Inn
$99 - $209
Ranked #4 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
Mercury Inn
Mercury Inn
$55 - $85
Ranked #8 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
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Inn at St. John
2.5 of 5
Inn at St. John
$84 - $150
Ranked #9 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast
The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast
$216 - $280
Ranked #1 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
Morrill Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Morrill Mansion Bed & Breakfast
$182 - $259
Ranked #2 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns
Inn On Carleton
Inn On Carleton
$210 - $235
Ranked #3 of 13 Portland B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Portland Harbor Hotel
4.0 of 5
Portland Harbor Hotel
$233 - $385
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Portland
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The Westin Portland Harborview
4.0 of 5
The Westin Portland Harborview
$215 - $396
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Portland
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Harraseeket Inn
4.0 of 5
Harraseeket Inn
$199 - $286
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Freeport
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