Welcome To Portland, Maine

"Named “Foodiest Small Town in America”

Bon Appétit

Portland is the largest city in Maine, located on the southern coast. The heart of Portland is the peninsula jutting into Casco Bay. It's bordered by the Eastern and Western Promenades, Back Cove and the working waterfront remaining a major seaport full of lobster boats, commercial fishing vessels, cruise ships and local ferry boats. Beyond the waterfront you will find that Portland is a small walkable seaside city rich in history and the arts.

Strolling down the cobble streets of Portland's historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor, at the mouth of the Fore River and part of Casco Bay and the Arts District, which runs along Congress Street in the center of the city will lead you to an array of boutiques filled with one of a kind gifts, galleries, restaurants, bars and coffee shops in revamped Federal-style buildings.

Traveling east from downtown and Franklin Atrerial, you'll come to the East End, which overlooks Casco Bay also known as Munjoy Hill. There you will find access to the East End Beach, a popular walking trail that follows the shoreline for amazing views of Casco Bay. It’s also the cities up and coming neighborhood, with a coffee shop, a corner store with organic local produce, and several little restaurants.

If you are looking for a quiet escape less than ten minutes from downtown Back Cove, is the neighborhood adjacent to the tidal basin on the northern side of Portland and the most popular walking paths in the city to see fantastic views of the Portland skyline. Just a short walk from Portland's downtown the West End is where you will find the most impressive Victorian architecture and grand mansions in the city and The Western Promenade, a grassy walkway has views of the White Mountains and the Fore River and one of the best places to see sunset in the city.

Being a very walkable city makes exploring the sites, sounds and tastes of Portland a pretty easy feat and Portland's tours make it even easier to learn all about the small seaside city in Maine.

Glimpse Into Portland's Culinary Scene

There's a lot more to this coastal state than the sweet taste of lobster, however Maine's restaurant scene is something that can't be explained, you will just have to experience it for yourself. Over 200 restaruants to choose from with award winning chefs and unique combinations like doughnuts made with Maine mashed potatoes to add to your list of musts. Did I mention Holy Donut, not only uses Maine mashed potatoes in their donuts but they still hand cut every donut they make.

Portland is also home to the only floating restaurant on the upper East Coast. This one time ferry boat is not just home to spectacular views of the harbor but the award winning chef Melissa Bouchard and her lobster and seafood dishes. In 1965, restaurateur Tony DiMillo opened a popular, successful restaurant on Portland’s waterfront and later, in 1978, bought a disused wharf and transformed it into DiMillo’s Marina. In 1980 Tony purchased "The New York" before being renamed "The Norfolk" and "The Newport" which ran as a car ferry until 1969. From 1969 - 1980 the ferry was used as a youth center art colony and later as boat storage and clubhouse. In 1982 the boat became home to the relocated DiMillo’s restaurant.

Not only will you find award winning chefs in this magical destination, but Portland is home to 18 of the nearly 100 craft breweries, on the Maine Beer Trail, a self guided trail that connects craft breweries, both inland and on the coast. This might be the perfect place to eat amazing food & sip amazing beer while enjoying the beautiful scenery around you!

Explore the penisuala of Portland and its many lighthouses, forts and architectual buildings hidden inside the cobble stoned streets. We agree, you can't be in Maine without enjoying the sweet taste of lobster, so we suggest grabbing a lobster roll before heading to the L.L Bean Summer In The Park free concerts in Freeport Maine.


Food, Wine & Events in and around Portland
Experience - Harvest On The Harbor

Harvest On The Harbor started in 2007 to create widespread awareness of Portland, Maine’s burgeoning restaurant scene and this festival on Portland's waterfront is a perfect way to enjoy its incredible local foods, exceptional wines from around the world and learn about the amazing chefs of Portland.

Wine Wise Events

Join Sommelier Erica Archer in Portland, Maine from July to October aboard the immaculate Frances, a 74' Windjammer ...

Portland: Land, Sea, to Fork Food Tour

On the Land, Sea, to Fork Tour, "Taste Maine's Bounty and Explore the Story Behind the Plate."


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