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Portland is Maine’s largest city; the bustling Old Port area affords beautiful views of Casco Bay and beyond. Boats dot the water, fisherman deliver fish and lobsters daily. Filled with history, the city is also known as a cultural and foodie destination. Long before local and sustainable were restaurant buzzwords, Maine’s ingredients were making appearances on menus. Beaches are nearby and a lively scene of craft brewers has put Portland on the map for beer lovers everywhere.
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608 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Green Elephant sources its ingredients as locally as possible and serves Asian standards such as stir-fry, spring rolls, and dumplings. The twist is that tasty soy meat will satisfy the carnivores in the group. Flavors of "duck" in mushroom sauce,...
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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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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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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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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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193 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The calming interior of Akari Spa sets the tone for the rejuvenating treatment you are about to receive. Dark wood accents and mood lighting complement the clean lines of the tranquil interior. Polish, buff, bronze, or massage your way back to...
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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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7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The Portland Museum of Art offers a comprehensive look at art and decorative work from the 1800s to the present. Works by famous names such as Wyeth, Nevelson, Monet, and Picasso are well represented. After viewing a large collection of Winslow...
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5543, 200 Veranda St suite 1, Portland, ME 04103, United States
My husband is the fisherman in our family, so I thought I'd explore the Tackle Shop for a gift. This spot is loaded with anything you could need for the fresh and saltwater sport. The staff was really knowledgeable. What I found most interesting...
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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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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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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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7 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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It takes a lot to to get me to eat a donut. I just find it too hard to justify. Well, bite my tongue. When I heard about the mashed potato donuts at Holy Donuts my willpower took a dive. Add to that flavors like pomegranate, coffee brandy, dark...
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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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345 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Vena's Fizz House serves soda for the health-conscious and adventurous. The seasonal menu consists of interesting fizzy combinations that have been muddled, swirled, and shaken. Crowd-pleasers include the raspberry mint shrub, cherry lime ricky,...
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540 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Step back in time when you step into Reny's. It's an old-fashioned department store and a true Maine experience. You can find everything here, from organic pancake mix to the best footwear for hiking the area. Give the kids a few dollars to shop...
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47 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
There is a great selection of toys available at Treehouse Toys. I particularly liked the Maine-themed collection introducing children to the area's history and geography by way of books and games. The interior is packed with a large choice of...
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58 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is a great place for kids to learn about this method of transportation. Located just a short walk from the Old Port, the museum features railcars and a steam engine that they can explore. In addition, there is a...
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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine offers a wide variety of interactive activities that encourage kids to play, imagine, and act. DIY workshops stretch the mind with creativity. Theater...
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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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9 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Grab your best girls and visit Toko. This brightly colored shop has a bevy of reasonably priced beaded jewelry that would be a perfect keepsake for each person in the group. There are plenty of choices—find something to match your personality and...
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170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Whale-watching is an exciting experience. When I recently did it for the first time, I was shocked at how close the whales came to the boat and how curious they were to investigate. The trip is four hours, so young children might get a bit antsy,...
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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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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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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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25 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Maine Sea Bags are one-of-a-kind bags and accessories made from vintage sailboat and windsurfer sails. Their comprehensive collection features the classic anchor shape along with many other designs. Totes make up the largest selection, but there...
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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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693 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
Portland is a great place for biking. Rent a bike and explore more than 78 miles of trails within the city limits. Ten of those miles run along the fairly flat waterfront, where a cool breeze and beautiful scenery make for a perfect ride for all...
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101 York St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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Locally sourced, authentic Mexican fare is the basis of this wonderful eating experience. I was lucky to arrive on Tamale Tuesday and was rewarded with one of the last delicious bundles in the house. Colorful flowers, retro oilcloth tables, and...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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229 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
"I love how David Hodgkins (of David Wood Clothiers) has an old fashioned sensibility," says Alex Carleton. "He’s probably a little more formal than where most sportswear companies are today. He believes in a good neck tie, and all that. He has...
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37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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The Thirsty Pig combines two of life's great pleasures—drinking craft beer and eating tasty sausages. During happy hour they serve Shipyard drafts at special prices. There are indoor and outdoor spaces, the crowd is fun, and the music is local and...
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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...