Visitor's Guide 2022-2023

TASTE THE TOWN It’s easy to see why Portland keeps winning culinary accolades from authorities such as Bon Appétit—from the tried and true favorites to the newest sensations, the sheer number of restaurants and their crazy-good offerings have planted this region firmly on the culinary map. Maine has an abun dance of authentic ingredients: fishermen haul fresh lobster and seafood to the docks every day and organic farms and dairies support year-round farmers’ markets with locally raised meats and vegetables bursting with flavor. Enjoy views of Casco Bay from restaurants that line the harbor or soak up the ambiance of venues tucked away inside beautifully restored historic buildings. Of course, try our succulent lobster with all the trimmings or stuffed in a toasted roll. (More on pages 31, 32, 34-37)

GET CRAFTY Maine is at the forefront of the craft beverage boom and you can try a flight, local wine, or a spirit with a twist at any of Greater Portland’s many alcohol-inspired businesses. Tasting rooms often have their own small plates or enticing food trucks to pair with favorite sips and suds. It’s exciting to catch a new a release or a batch in progress on a brewery or distillery tour. The region’s micro size allows for ease of travel and ability to explore a surprising variety of local craft drinks in one outing; the East Bayside and Riverside neighborhoods both contain a dense concentration of breweries and distilleries. Beer-themed bus and walking tours make indulging in the expansive selection of microbrews and local spirits thoroughly safe as well as educational and fun. (More on page 33)

SEE THE LIGHT No less than six lighthouses line Portland Harbor to protect incoming ships from the area’s famously rocky coast. The iconic beacons of Greater Portland are each unique representations of nautical history. Whether fashioned after Greek temples, attached to private homes, or having the distinction of being the first lighthouse commissioned by the U.S. government, these classic structures evoke a romantic sense of the sea. Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is one of the most picturesque cliff-side towers found anywhere, and its quintessential New England design makes it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.



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