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2 nights in Portland

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2 nights in Portland

We are driving to Portland, arriving on Friday (18th Apr) and leaving on Sun afternoon. Where to stay? what special things to see? Is it still too cold? We have a 11 year old daughter. We will appreciate any suggestions. Our first time.

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1. Re: 2 nights in Portland

Is it still too cold? Depends on personal tolerances and definitions. Current long-range forecasts for the coming weekend call for daytime temperatures Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the low 50's. Not sure if that;'s too cold or not..... If you want to check local forecasts for Portland, the website for one of the local television stations would be just a Google search for WCSH6.

Lodging choices center primarily on the Old Port Section of Portland or the Maine Mall/Airport area of South Portland. The Old Port locations offer easy walking to lots of great "foodie" restaurants and the shops, architecture and ambiance of the Old Port (cobblestone sidewalks, restored old buildings etc, adjacent to the working waterfront. In this area, we really enjoy The Portland Regency (not part of any national chain) -- a locally owned-operated hotel in a former armory... nice rooms, great staff and great access to the Old Port area. Several other choices nearby but we've never stayed at them so won't comment. The places nearer the Maine Mall/Airport tend to be more chain-type operations, but can be less expensive for folks on a budget. Not really near the Old Port or waterfront, but close enough for fairly easy access -- a short drive via a couple of different routes and you're there. Our favorites in that area include the Hampton Inn-South Portland and the Holiday Inn Express on Sable Oaks Drive.

Things "to do" this time of year would include strolling the Old Port to enjoy its restoration, shops and restaurants; visiting Portland Head Light lighthouse in nearby Cape Elizabeth; the Portland Museum of Art (would check their website first for hours); Casco Bay Lines ferry to or past one or more of the bay islands just off Portland (we like the mailboat ride because it gives you good looks at several different islands in a shorter amount of time than if you go to just one island and back). taje the short ride up the road to Freeport and visit the mult-store campus of sporting goods, outdoors and clothing suppliier L.L. Bean....

You'll definitely be pre-season for most of the summer seasonal businesses like lobster shacks, scenic cruises etc. wuth the exception of Two Lights Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth -- their website says they opened the end of March... could be a pretty spot for seafood (indoors) on a nice day....

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I second the Portland Regency, it is an old armory and it is unique to Portland. The location is also fantastic, in the heart of the Old Port. We've also stayed at both the Residence Inn Old Port and the Hampton Inn OldPort. Both are just a few blocks away from the Portland Regency and are also in a great location, walking distance to a number of very good restaurants and shops. They are similar in that they both have indoor pools and free breakfast ( hot and cold foods). We have also stayed several of the chain hotels south of Portland, as Mainer mentioned, in the Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn in Scarborough. The prices are lower than the Old Port and overnight parking is free, but my feeling is that this is more of an issue in high summer season, When rates in the Old Port are really high. In mid April, you have a good chance of getting a decent rate right in the Old. port. But, even if you do south Portland/ Scarborough, it s a quick drive.

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Thanks so much.. Give us a solid idea. Looking for Hotels now. It seems we may have to stay near airport. If we spend the day around Waterfront area.. what happens to the car? can we park somewhere for the whole day? street parking or parking deck?

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Metered street parking has a 2 hour max limit, so not good for all day, but there are several parking garages and surface lots you can use.

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A Google search for Portland, Maine Parking will get you info and a map of garages and lots...

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what did you guys end up doing on your trip? we're thinking of driving from Boston on Thurs afternoon May 1 and spending the night in Portland. Then spend all day Friday seeing lighthouses and whatever else we can. Not sure if we should head back to Boston Friday night or stay another night in Portland. Need to be back at Logan airport by 1pm on Saturday....

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