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The 19th-century landscape painter Winslow Homer produced some of his best-known works at this house on the coast of Maine, recently restored by the Portland Museum of Art. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.
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12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
Chances are that when you think of a lighthouse, the image that pops into your head is the iconic Portland Head Light. The tapered white tower on the end of a rocky cape buffeted by crashing waves? Yup, that’s the one. The adjacent...
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Peaks Island, Portland, ME 04108, USA
You really can't experience Portland without experiencing the islands of Casco Bay. The bay is everything to the city. It drives the fishing industry, the tourism industry, and most of the local fun. A ferry service leaving off Commercial Street...
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Jewell Island, Portland, ME 04019, USA
You can't fully appreciate coastal Maine without getting on a boat and exploring the islands. Sure, the beaches are great. Downtown Portland is great. But until you've gotten out onto the islands there is an entire world you're missing out on. Of...
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Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The Eastern Prom, a recreation area on the waterfront not far from the Old Port, includes paved trails that run three kilometers (two miles) along a waterfront bluff and down along the shore. The views across Casco Bay and the islands are enough...
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Cutter Street and Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME 04101, USA
There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Portland, and a long history of water sports in the area. If you'd like to get on Casco Bay, why not rent a paddleboard or kayak? Portland Paddle also offers lessons and tours with an...
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Because of the port’s shape and its orientation away from the ocean, ships can’t be seen from the Old Port until they’re very close by. This wooden tower was built in 1809 to allow those ashore to spot and communicate with ships that were still a...
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195 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The power of smell is an amazing sense. Something as simple as mint or lavender can transport you to another time, another place. So it was with the owner of this lovely shop. Mint tea brought Sarah to a place where she wanted to share with others...
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51 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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I never knew mead was the oldest of all fermented beverages. Made of locally sourced honey, pure water, and a secret yeast strain, this distinctive wine is produced in downtown Portland. Handcrafted in small batches, other ingredients for flavors...
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86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Shipyard Brewing Co. is a leader in crafting a non-GMO beer. Its facility offers video tours and tastings every day and in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hand-crafted in small batches, its award-winning beer is available in many Portland...
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4866, 47 India St # D, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Fresh off the boat? Swing by Two Fat Cats Bakery for a breakfast of just-out-of-the-oven pie or a Maine-blueberry muffin with your cup of coffee. This real-deal bakery makes everything from scratch: scones, chocolate cake, coconut cake, whoopie...
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86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Local is the operative word in the Portland, Maine food scene. Ask a waiter what Atlantic Day-Boat halibut is exactly, and he'll spin a story about the local captain who pulls in with the day's catch. At the height of summer, it seems that every...
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67 India St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
With three Portland locations, Coffee By Design is committed to an exceptional coffee experience. Their long-term relationships with sustainable coffee farms in Central America, Asia, and Africa provide the coffee drinker with a fair trade,...
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56 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
There certainly are other ways to while away a summer day in Greater Portland, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better experience than island-hopping aboard a Casco Bay Lines ferry. Sure, you can simply ride out to an island for a...
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72 Commercial St #5, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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I'm always looking for a spot to eat on the water when I'm in a coastal town. How great to discover the reliable Flatbread Pizza, with a menu pleasing to both kids and adults. With outside picnic tables overlooking the harbor and ferries, it's a...
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9 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Along the waterfront near the downtown Old Port district, the family-owned Harbor Fish Market is a 40-year-old shop prized by locals for its reliable excellence. Pristine scallops glisten in cases, and the air smells of ocean brine. Order a...
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180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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I'm usually skeptical when visiting restaurants right along the main drag of a rather touristy street. Thus is the location of Portland Lobster Co., smack in the middle of Commercial Street in downtown Portland. However, my skepticism was brushed...
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250 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Enter this gastropub on the waterfront of Portland and see what's brewing, fermenting, or distilling in the shiny metal tanks behind the bar. Polished copper lines the bar. Metal rings from the wooden casks give a warm glow on the ceiling. The...
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468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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In a very short time, Miyake established itself as the go-to spot for true sushi lovers. An ever-changing menu is based on the freshest fish from around the globe, with a heavy emphasis on the best in local ingredients. It is a favorite spot with...
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235 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
I love stores that have a well edited collection of clothing and accessories for men and women, so you can shop for both in one location if you like the aesthetic. Such was Portland Dry Goods. Clean lines, beautiful fabrics, and quality...
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145 Kennebec St # A, Portland, ME 04101, USA
After successful stints at Ralph Lauren Polo and Abercrombie & Fitch, designer Alex Carleton opened Rogues Gallery (41 Wharf St., (207) 553-1999), a nautical-inspired clothing store in Portland. When he’s not hand-printing whale flukes on...
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375 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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For a fun night out in Portland there is no better place than Bull Feeney's. Quality live music (multiple stages), great local beer, and lots of room make this a great place to take in the Portland nightlife. Friday's and Saturday's during the...
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35 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
This family-run shop manages to carry products from more than 450 Maine artists and businesses—from hot sauce and small-batch jams to candles and birdhouses and hand-knitted goods. Take home some Maine flavor with a red wooden lobster pull toy or...
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4 Canal Plaza, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Down an alley off Exchange Street, serious beer lovers congregate to worship at Novare Res, either at picnic tables on the outdoor patio or at communal tables in the brick-vaulted cellar space. More than 500 small-batch beers from all over the...
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11 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The juice scene has definitely had a boost of late and Roost House of Juice is a welcome addition. Their juice combos come with a sense of humor, which only adds to the feeling of wellbeing when you drink one. Try the Regulator, Raise Your GPA, or...
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109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Take a walk through opulent architecture from the pre–Civil War Victorian era. This home is thought to be one of the most important remaining structures from this period in the nation. The mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer house...
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593 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Vinland claims to be "the first restaurant in the world to serve 100% local, organic food," and the owners certainly have a strong commitment to the food revolution and to bringing back sustainability into our food system. The dishes on the menu...
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555 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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The award-winning Five Fifty-Five is consistently on the top lists of food writers. Chef Steve Carry has over ten successful years on the Portland dining scene. Contemporary New England cuisine is paired with a superb wine list for a winning...
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649 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Local Sprouts is a cafe that says welcome. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from wholesome, local ingredients, the menu features eggs, pancakes, soup, salads, baked goods, and entrees at very reasonable prices. Herbal teas, fair trade coffee,...
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46 Market St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Tucked away in Portland's Arts District, the James Beard–nominated Petite Jacqueline offers comfort food in a French bistro style that has won fans among residents and visitors alike. You'll find plats du jour, carafes of wine, and fun cocktails...
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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
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Come early for brunch and stay late for tapas at this popular neighbourhood restaurant with a farm-to-table ethos that's fed by a team of local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. Brunch favourites include the huevos rancheros and Serrano bagel...
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722 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
This great neighbourhood cafe is just the thing if you want to give the chains a break and see how they do things in Portland. If you're in the mood to try something different, give the iced Vietnamese coffee a whirl—it's strong, teeth-rattlingly...