The city is organized in several “neighborhoods” each with its own unique character. The Old Port is an eclectic mix of working waterfront and amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment. Travel and Leisure featured Portland, Maine as one of the top 10 “Foodie Cities” Internationally recognized restaurants such as Central Provisions and Fore Street are wildly popular choices. Be sure not to miss the local flavor of Jay’s Oyster Bar, or fantastic chowder at Gilberts. There is nothing like a fresh picked lobster roll at Portland Lobster Company while listening to live local music and looking across Casco Bay. You can also head to Casco Bay Lines, hop on a ferry, and go on an island tour. On Sunday afternoons in the summer, there is great live reggae outside on Peaks Island. Never a dull moment in the Old Port!
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The West End, consisting of Bramhall Hill and the Western Promenade neighborhoods, are famous for the historic homes and architecture. This area hosts two hospitals, the Wayneflete school and some of the largest Victorian mansions in Portland. Stop for a coffee and a treat at Aurora Provisions and hit a walking tour of the neighborhood, aweing at the incredible architecture.
The Arts District covers a majority of Congress Street through the West End. It’s home to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine College of Art and numerous galleries and eateries. It’s also one of the newest booming residential neighborhoods on the peninsula with an expanding upscale condo market. “First Friday Art” is an organized event, which occurs on the first Friday of every month and shouldn’t be missed. From 5-8 pm, the area galleries, museums and businesses stay open late and open their doors to promote the local art scene. There are numerous events, street vendors and sidewalk sales and performances galore.
The East End/ Eastern Promenade boasts gorgeous architecture and panoramic views. Walking paths along the waterfront, and connecting trails to the back bay bike and walking paths. The East End Beach is a phenomenal place to pack a picnic and has amazing views for the 4th of July Firework Show. Brunch nearby at The Front Room is worth the wait, believe me! Miccucci’s Italian market on India Street is a local favorite with a phenomenal wine selection. The East End also has a growing residential condo market, many people from larger northeastern cities are purchasing these types of pied-a-terres for weekend getaways to Portland.
Portland indeed is a special, lively city, full of culture and character. Interestingly enough, greater Portland represents 40% of Maines total population. It’s all about the quality of life here in Maine, and Portland is one of the most exemplary cities in the state.