Downtown Arts District

Portland Museum Of Art

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Scenic All-American Roads

Scenic All-American Roads
by Lydia Schrandt
October 2nd, 2013

Conservation Project Opens Up Mt. Agamenticus Views

Conservation Project Opens Up Mt. Agamenticus Views
by Mark Pechenik
November 20th, 2012

New Smelt Brook Preserve Opens Window on Wetlands Wonders

New Smelt Brook Preserve Opens Window on Wetlands Wonders
by Mark Pechenik
October 25th, 2012



Portland Travel Guide

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Portland Is Known for...

Six of Portland's most unique features and characteristics.

Being Progressive

Portland’s long-time status as a major commercial port has long opened the city up to a variety of influences, both national and global in scope. In recent years, an emerging high-tech sector and higher education activity has served to increase the cosmopolitan nature of Maine’s largest urban center. The result is a city that is alive, vibrant with activities and ideas that have created an ideal environment for visitors and locals alike. 


Portland eateries appeal to all types – from artists and hipsters to those simply interested in exploring new taste sensations.  Places such as Five Fifty-Five and Fore Street have developed highly acclaimed niches in infusing modern gourmet twists to traditional New England fare. Here you can find such delicious entrees as Fore Street’s wood oven-roasted mussels and Five Fifty-Five’s truffled lobster mac and cheese. Other restaurants specialize even further in exotic offerings such as Natasha’s with its Latin and Asian flavored dishes that are sure to excite just about any palate. If it’s variety and ingenuity that you are seeking in your dining choices, chances are that you’ll find it somewhere in Portland.

Arts and Crafts

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About Portland


As the largest city in Maine, Portland is a charming blend of old and new that features historic landmarks, cultural sophistication and, of course, world-famous lobster. Founded in the seventeenth century and adorned with picturesque wooden wharves, the town quickly became a thriving port. Today, thanks in part to an aggressive revitalization project, Portland attracts a slew of tourists each year. Visitors should check out the Old Port Exchange, with its quaint shops and specialty boutiques. Other attractions include the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, former home of the famous writer, and the captivating Portland Art Museum, which boasts a fine collection as well as spectacular views of Casco Bay. If time allows, go whale watching aboard a Bay View Cruise. At night, grab a frothy grog at one of the local brew pubs, followed by dinner along the wharf.