Collected by Barbara Bowman
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...
608 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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,...
593 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
Old Port, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Portland, Maine is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the Old Port is where it shows. The waterfront in the Old Port continues to be a working waterfront with ferries, fishing boats, and lobster boats coming and going daily. This...
649 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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,...
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102, USA
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...
375 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
345 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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,...
51 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
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...
25 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101, USA
"I discovered Sea Bags back in 1998 or 1999," says Alex Carleton. "I was just sort of poking around Old Port, and there was this amazing little wharf building that had a shingle on the door that said 'Sea Bags.' It was an incredibly funky little...
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...
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,...
101 York St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
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...
567 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Superb wood-roasted organic coffee beans from local roaster Matt’s are on the menu at the Speckled Ax. The gourmet coffee shop also sells rare beans from around the world. Stop by for their specialty, pour over-style coffee, but if you're craving...
86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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...
240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
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