“It’s my first time visiting Maine do you have any suggestion on what we should see and do while along the southern cost of Maine?” These are frequently asked questions by many of long time and new guests . After reading Kim Foley Mcakinnon article in the AA Northeast travel section I felt I should share this wonderful article. “Top Things We Love in Portland Maine.” Thank you Kim for putting this all in one place for our visitor to have quick access to.
Top Ten Things We Love in Portland, Maine
The historic seaside city, founded in 1632 as a center of trade between Canada and Europe, is still a major port, but over the years it’s also become a haven for foodies, brewers, artists and other creative types. Hip Portland somehow manages to exude a small-town vibe, with independent shops, galleries, bars and restaurants galore, as well as a proud identity as New England’s largest seaport and second-largest fishing port. Here’s what we love most.
- See how many lighthouses you can visit there are six within 20 minutes of downtown-including Portland Head Light, one of the first lighthouses commissioned for U.S. by President George Washington.
- Stroll along Commercial Street, where boutiques, bars and restaurants vie for your attention, while steps away, the working waterfront bustles with a mix of fisherman, charter boats and yachts.
- Learn what it takes to be a lobster fisherman with Lucky Catch Cruises, which will teach you how to trap these local crustaceans out on Casco Bay.
- Pop into the Portland Museum of Art to see its vast collection of more than 18,00 artworks, including pieces by Winslow Homer, Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. For those traveling with children be sure to stop in at the Children’s Museum right next door.
- Take a free tour of Allagash Brewing Company, one of the city’s first breweries specializing in Belgian-style ales, and sample beers while learning about the brewing process.
- Visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden, once home to the world-famous poet, where much of the original furniture, including his writing desk, are well-preserved.
- Wander through the year-round Portland Farmers Market, in operation since 1768, which only sells products from Maine. Pick up some blueberries or local cheese to snack on.
- Indulge in the delicious, and addictive, hand-cut Belgian fries at Duckfat. They’re cooked in-yes-duck fat and served with house-made dips like truffle ketchup.
- Kayak around Casco Bay with Portland Paddle on a guided tour, or rent a boat to explore on your own. Special tours, like a sunset outing and moonlight paddle, can be magical.
- Listen to live music, and enjoy a tasty local beer, at the Port City Music Hall, which has a wide-ranging calendar of acts, from funk ensembles to Talking Heads tribute band.
BillowHouse is just 13 miles south of Portland Make a reservation at http://billowhouse.com or call today 207-934-2333 and we will be a happy to make even more suggestion for things to do around Ocean Park, Maine.