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10 START AT THE TOP
A list of our most popular things to do
15 10 THINGS IN 3 DAYS
Three days of itineraries to guide your visit
21 200: A STATE’S ODYSSEY
Join us as Maine kicks off its 200th year
You’ll find arts + culture all year-round
29 CHEAP THRILLS
Activities under $10, or even free!
31 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Get out for a night on the town
41 NOW YOU’RE COASTING
By land or sea, coastal Maine delights
46 OFF-SEASON SENSATIONS
Spoil yourself during the “quiet” season
74 GO BEYOND
There’s more of Maine to explore...
VACATION PLANNING 5 VISITOR CENTERS
6 AREA INTRODUCTION 9 VISITOR INFORMATION 18 ACTIVITIES + ATTRACTIONS 19 ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
32 DINING 42 EVENTS 50 SHOPPING 57 GREATER PORTLAND REGION 58 SERVICES + RELOCATION 61 ACCOMMODATIONS 74 BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND 80 TRANSPORTATION 82 PARKING 83 MAINE STATE MAP 84 GREATER PORTLAND REGIONAL MAP 86 DOWNTOWN PORTLAND MAP 88 INDEX OF BUSINESSES
PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: ERIC STORM; TIM GREENWAY; COREY TEMPLETON; DREW FORTIN
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O ur state’s history is colorful and long; in fact, Maine (abbreviated ME) is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020! Keep updated on all the events surrounding this momentous occasion on visitportland.com and join our quarterly e-mailing list to have bicentennial events delivered to your inbox. We encourage you to visit our Visitor Center at Ocean Gateway for brochures on attractions, restaurants, and tips on what to see and do from our knowledgeable info specialists who want your stay to be fun and easy. THIS IS ‘ME’
VISITOR CENTERS OCEAN GATEWAY 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 207-772-5800 November-April: 10:00 am—3:00 pm Mon-Sat May: 9:00 am—4:00 pm Mon-Fri 10:00 am—3:00 pm Sat June-October: 9:00 am—5:00 pm Mon-Fri 9:00 am—4:00 pm Sat & Sun PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT 1001 Westbrook St, Portland 207-756-8312 TOMMY’S PARK (July–September) Corner Exchange & Middle Sts, Portland PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER* 100 Thompson Point Rd, Portland
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Lynn Tillotson President + CEO, Visit Portland
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“Someday I would love to live in Portland. . .
...The smell of baked goods floats out on the street. Portland, Maine ( the superior of the two Portlands ) is also home to the best donuts I have ever eaten. The donuts are made out of Maine potatoes ( pomegranate, local blueberry, and lemon are my favorite ) . But enough about that. “Let’s just talk about the fact that Portland is in Maine. Seriously, have you been there?
If not, you’re missing out. Lighthouses, lobster, blueberries for days, lobster, cool weather in the summer, lobster, killer sunsets and also lobster. And don’t get me started on the beaches. You’ll never get me to stop. “Crashing waves, salty sea spray and pearly white sand. What’s not to love about Maine? Still not convinced ? Well, did I mention the lobster ? Maine is full of awe - inspiring landscapes and natural wonders, wildlife and mouth - watering foods. And Stephen King was born in Portland. I think we’re done here.”
Andreana Lee, Briarcliff Middle School, 6th Grade, Mountain Lakes, NJ
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Perched on Casco Bay, Greater Portland offers up everything you’d expect from the Maine coast… …plus a whole lot more! Maine’s largest metropolitan area leads “Top Places” and “Best Of” lists for vacation destinations in the U.S., and even worldwide. Greater Portland’s vibrant culture, exceptional shopping, gourmet cuisine, and out- door recreation are only matched by its breathtaking natural surroundings. Ferries and festivals. Mansions and microbrews. Art walks and wine talks. It seems impossible that a single seaside city could offer so much. And yet, the Greater Portland Region is a tribute to diversity in a city of contrasts—where high-tech companies innovate in historic landmarks, and laptop millenials start their day sharing coffee with lobstermen. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “City by the Sea,” once a trading and fishing settlement, has expanded into a thriving metro area, maintaining much of its 19th-century architecture, landmarks, and adventurous spirit. New Mainers—immigrants and refugees from Africa, Eastern Europe, and South- east Asia, as well as transplants from throughout the US—are infusing Greater Portland with fresh perspectives, and the best aspects of their cultures. Portland offers some of the most accessible access to neighboring islands (just a ferry ride away), historic forts, and lighthouses in all of Maine. Portland’s waterfront is still very much a working port, an integral and thriving part of the local economy, as well as a lively mixture of rich nightlife and cutting-edge cuisine. Greater Portland is unique as a major cultural center that equally embraces its natural environment. Plentiful parks and nature preserves are quick connections to tranquility and beauty within the state’s largest urban center. Whether you’re out for a day of shopping, visiting museums and galleries, or touring historic sites, you’re never far from places of pure, scenic beauty; it’s one of the reasons we say Portland is “Authentic By Nature.” These are some of the top things that come to mind when people think of Maine. LIGHTHOUSES, LOBSTERS & L.L.BEAN
PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: FILE PHOTO; CYNTHIA FARR-WEINFELD; MAINE FOODIE TOURS
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Useful information for your visit to Greater Portland. IN THE KNOW. . . GREATER PORTLAND REGION The bulk of this guide provides info on the towns between Scarborough and Freeport, and west to Gorham and Westbrook. [map p. 84]. Fantastic excursions in other Maine regions are highlighted as well. [p. 74-79] references that indicate its position on one of the maps. Map 1 - Maine State [p. 83] Map 2 - Greater Portland Region [p. 84] Map 3 - Downtown Portland [p. 86] VISITOR CENTERS Call or visit our hospitality specialists— locals who can help you with your trip [p. 5]. POPULATION Portland: 66,300 Maine's largest and most diverse city, with over 60 languages spoken. Greater Portland: population of 270,000 (one-fifth of Maine’s total population). CLIMATE Greater Portland's coastal climate provides milder temperatures in winter and summer than inland regions. Spring: Average 45° - 60° F. Summer: Average temp is 68° - 82° F but can reach into the 90s F. Autumn: Average 60°- 70° F but can get cooler—be sure to pack a fleece. Winter: Average 20°- 30° F but can get below 0° and into the 50s. SNOW Total average snowfall ranges between 60-90 inches per year, with only 18 days a winter when snowfall is more than 1 inch. WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK Summer: Lightweight clothes, your favorite bathing suit for the sunny beach days, and a sweater for cooler evenings and refreshing ocean breezes. MAP LOCATIONS Each business listing contains map
ALCOHOL Persons must be 21 years old to buy or consume alcoholic beverages. Hours of legal service are 6am-1am. Photo ID required. OUI laws are strictly enforced. DIETARY NEEDS The DINE grids [p. 35-40] identify restaurants that accommodate dietary preferences, including vegetarian and gluten-free meals as well as those with children’s menus. PETS For pet friendly accommodations, refer to STAY grids. [p. 65, 67, 69, 72, 75, 77, 79]
Spring + Autumn: Rain jackets and sweaters/ fleeces are advisable.
Winter: Boots (especially L.L.Bean!), flannel shirts, ski + snowboard winter jackets are always in style. While dress is often casual throughout the region, cocktail dresses and top coats are not uncommon for a night on the town. SMOKING TOBACCO: In Maine, public settings indoor and outdoor are smoke-free, including parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, trails, beaches, and open spaces. While 18 is the legal smoking age, patrons in many towns, including Portland, must be 21 to purchase tobacco products. Throwing tobacco litter on the ground is prohibited and results in a $100 fine. [smokefree.portlandmaine.gov] MARIJUANA: In 2017, recreational use of marijuana became legal, however, smokers have to be at least 21 years old, and it is prohibited to smoke in public. NOTE: As of publication, there is still no legal way to buy or sell recreational marijuana.
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START AT THE TOP Here are the Top 10 things visitors rave about in Greater Portland. We’ll keep you as busy as you want to be!
TASTE THE TOWN It’s easy to see why Bon Appétit named Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year—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 abundance 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 stuffed in a toasted roll. (More on pages 32-40)
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COAST BY Whether you are drawn to crashing surf on dramatic cliffs, lured by the lapping waves of expansive beaches, or hypnotized by the quiet tides of salt marshes, getting on or around the sea is a must in Greater Portland. Enjoy the ocean from land while dining at waterfront lobster shacks and restaurants, swimming in a cove, strolling along scenic oceanside trails, even reading a book from the comfort of a hotel balcony, beach, or deck with a moaning fog horn in the back- ground. For a sea change in excitement, get out on the water for sailing, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, or island hopping. Special waterside festivities include tug boat races, tall-ship regattas, and a holiday parade of lights. (More on pages 22-24, 41)
UNCOVER THE PAST Portland, with a consistent attention to landmark preservation, has kept a down- to-earth charm and wears its history openly. Five centuries of historical impact have shaped Portland and surrounding towns into a vibrant destination with deep-planted roots, from the Colonial-era through the wealth and opulence of the industrial age. Museum homes and maritime museums chronicle the emergence of the region from a trading and fishing settlement into one of the nation’s most active seaports. And despite the competing interests of non-marine related development, Portland has kept its working waterfront a functioning port that welcomes visitors to witness one of the integral and thriving parts of the local economy. (More on pages 21, 24-25)
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 upscale food or enticing food trucks to pair with favorite sips and suds. You may 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. 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 pages 35, 51)
PHOTOS, FROM LEFT: JONATHAN REECE; ROBERT WITKOWSKI
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TEAM UP Professional sports feature prominently with three minor league teams blazing a trail on their way to the majors. Anytime you visit Greater Portland you’re likely to catch some action on our home turf. The Portland Sea Dogs (AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) dish out family-friendly entertainment April to September at Hadlock Field. Then the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics) take the court from November to March at Cross Insurance Areana. The Maine Mariners take their sticks to the ice October through April. The Professional Bowlers Association takes over Bayside Bowl’s state-of-the-art lanes for playoffs and two international tournaments in April, June, and July. (More on page 28)
BE BUOYANT Let the breeze set you free, as you explore Casco Bay by sea. Guided tours venture out to explore the islands and forts in Portland Harbor on kayaks or paddle boards. You can charter a sailboat or head out on a whale watching adventure with an experienced naturalist. Tour boats leave Portland’s waterfront to behold lighthouses from a sailor’s perspective, glide alongside seals relaxing on sun- soaked rocks, or dance on a festive party boat under the evening stars. Experience a working boat and haul sails or lobster traps with the crew. Or relax and take in the surrounding sea while enjoying food and wine pairings, or island hopping on America’s longest operating mailboat. (More on pages 22-24, 41)
GET CULTURED Arts in Greater Portland is bolstered by a thriving creative economy, supporting Broadway-level theatre, Opera Maine, two ballet companies, Portland Symphony Orchestra, a Bach Festival, a Chamber Music Festival, and several theater and improv companies. Dozens of galleries and studios fill out Portland’s robust Arts District, bookended by the popular One Longfellow Square performance space in the West End, and anchored by the Portland Museum of Art in Congress Square. Newcomers from many countries have brought their own music and dance to town. Even the most sophisticated travelers will be amazed at the vibrant arts scene that’s grown up in Maine. (More on pages 18-22, 27, 31)
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STIR IT UP Maine’s largest metro area has lots of exciting activities to get the party started– or keep one going. Fine dining amid the region’s celebrated culinary scene is a great way to begin (multi-course menus are on tap throughout the region). Then move on to a variety of venues, from small performing arts spaces, to grand concert halls, to theaters offering arts experiences from traditional to avant-garde. Those craving a specialty cocktail, a pounding night on the dance floor, or quiet, romantic banter can choose from dozens of area nightclubs, bars, and music halls. An over- night stay in downtown Portland will position you for a quick and safe walk home when it’s time for lights out. (More on pages 31, 35)
SEE WHAT BEACONS 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
SHOP AROUND With specialty shops for dog lovers, comic collectors, and those who love to cook (and eat!), you’ll be tempted to bring home several treasures. Nationally renowned designers, gourmet chocolatiers, local artisans, and farm-to-table purveyors share downtown storefronts with national retailers in this eclectic city. Poke through shops and galleries lining cobblestone streets in the Old Port. 15 minutes north of Portland, the picturesque shops of Freeport’s charming New England village are home to upscale outlets. Don’t be deterred if you lack some essential gear for the next day’s outdoor adventure—the flagship store of world-famous outfitter L.L.Bean is open 24 hours every day, 365 days of the year. (More on pages 50-56)
lighthouses in the world. (More on pages 24, 41)
PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: CALENDAR ISLAND SAILING CO.; COREY TEMPLETON; ROBERT WITKOWSKI; JENNIFER KEARNS; DREW FORTIN; PORTLAND SEA DOGS;
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10 THINGS IN THREE DAYS
Make the most of your stay, whether it’s 3 hours or 3 days.
Fine dining can be discovered in the heart of downtown and hidden in quiet neighborhoods.
DAY ONE FIRST IMPRESSIONS
1 SEE A LIGHTHOUSE There are six to choose from in Portland Harbor. Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Head Light is the region’s #1 icon. This 1787 beacon has the distinction of being one of the most photographed in the world.
PRELUDE TO A VISIT WELCOME TO GREATER PORTLAND! T he friendly faces at our Ocean Gateway, airport, or Old Port Visitor Centers are locals with knowledge and passion about Greater Portland, happy to answer your questions and help you get your bearings. They will impart information about the area to make it even more enjoyable. Unwind when you arrive at Ocean Gateway by soaking up the ocean air at the waterside Moongarden or stroll the waterfront on the East End Trail—even cooling off with a refreshing dip in the Atlantic at East End beach. [p. 5]
2 TAKE A TOUR Tours cater to most any interest—beer, history, art, architecture, food, whatever! Walk, ride, or paddle to experience the flavors of Greater Portland. [p. 22-24] 3 EAT A LOBSTER On a tight timeline, a lobster roll is fastest—a toasted hot dog bun heaping with lobster meat, a dollop of mayonnaise or drawn butter, and a dash of paprika—but taking the time to crack into a fresh crustracean is half the fun. [p. 33]
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DAY TWO OUT ‘N’ ABOUT
4 SEAS THE DAY
Greater Portland is the first major U.S. metro area to greet the new day. Start yours by watching the mesmerizing sunrise over the ocean from your hotel room window, a waterfront perch, an area lighthouse, or the deck of a Casco Bay harbor ferry. The Greater Portland region has taken the culinary arts to new heights. With many James Beard recognized chefs, restaurants, bakeries, and breweries to taste, it’s little surprise Bon Appétit selected Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year. Whether your day includes savory potato donuts, flavorful lobster rolls, an innovative IPA, wicked whoopie pies, or a lavish meal, your taste buds are likely to sing. [p. 32-40] Portland’s landmark preservation maintains a historic urban landscape filled with fascinating architecture. Visit a museum home for a glimpse into life in another age; hear about the the famous and infamous buried in Eastern Cemetery; learn about Maine’s abolitionist movement on the Portland Freedom Trail; explore a former military fort, accessible only by boat. [p. 22, 24-25] Performances, plays, ballets, opera, musical concerts, dance recitals, or alternate entertainment are easy to find most evenings throughout Greater Portland. Beyond large and historically significant venues, the area also offers more intimate spaces for audiences to enjoy. From outdoor amphitheaters and indoor music halls to park settings and cozy pubs, it’s hard not to plan a fun night out.
5 TAKE A BITE
6 STEP BACK IN TIME
7 SEE A SHOW
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DAY THREE THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE
8 MEET FOR BRUNCH
Rising early or sleeping in, continue the culinary exploration with farm- fresh food to start your day—and if it includes lobster, all the better! Pair award-winning coffee, spicy Bloody Marys, or craft brews with innovative, locally-sourced cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere (and maybe even an ocean view). [p. 37-40] Choose a path, and make sure its less traveled! Hop a ferry to one of Casco Bay’s harbor islands and bike, hike, or swim and discover hidden coves and forgotten forts. Meander along over 70 miles of Portland Trails, through leafy woods, historic cemeteries, rocky shores, peaceful salt marshes, and quiet city streets. Secret beaches and tiny islands can be reached by kayak or private craft. Sometimes the least expected things to do are the most rewarding, such as tapping into a creative interest at cool art museums on a hot summer day, snow shoeing on golf courses in the winter, kayaking a lazy river on a full-moon night, hiking a mountain when everyone’s swimming at the shore, or hiking to a waterfall in the center of Maine’s largest city. REMEMBER ‘ME’ It’s always fun to shop for souvenirs after experiencing a destination. Sometimes it’s a practical bag made from authentic sails; perhaps a unique craft beer; a funny tee shirt; a favorite team’s cap; or even local designer jewelry, food, or works of art. Whatever the memory, we hope it brings you back to Maine soon. [p. 50-56].
9 GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH
PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: MAINE DUCK TOURS; ROBERT WITKOWSKI; MAINE FOODIE TOURS; F UNTOWN SPLASHTOWN USA; THO MPSONS POINT; CFW PHOTOGRAPHY
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TO DO UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE............18 ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT .................................18 CRUISES + TOURS................................................ 22 HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS ......................... 24 PAMPERING & RELAXATION/ HAIR + STYLE........................................................ 26 SPORTS + RECREATION..................................... 26 SPECTATOR SPORTS.......................................... 28 I UNIQUE SITES, NATURE + WILDLIFE FRIENDS OF THE EASTERN PROMENADE Eastern Promenade, Portland easternpromenade.org Atop Munjoy Hill, the Eastern Prom and Fort Allen Park comprise a 68-acre grassy reserve sloping down to the peaceful waters of Casco Bay. Map 3, G12 See ad this pg. BACH VIRTUOSI FESTIVAL Portland, thoughout the city 917-523-9507 bachvirtuosifestival.org Experience an outstanding classical music festival June 2-9 with world-renowned musicians that the Boston Globe calls a “can’t miss classical event”. See ad pg. 42 THE ESCAPE ROOM 492 Congress St, Portland 207-619-3775 escaperoomme.com In 60 minutes or less, work as a team to escape the locked room by cracking codes and solving puzzles. Can you escape in time? Map 3, D7 THE FRESNEL THEATER 17 Free St, Portland 207-619-1418 thefresneltheater.org Improv comedy club, scripted and variety shows. Can host private events. Our classes are a fun way to learn improvisational thinking. Map 3, E7 MAINE SAVINGS PAVILION AT ROCK ROW 11 Larrabee Rd, Westbrook 207-358-9327 wfconcerts.com Visit us online for listings including the Concert Series at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor & other venues in Greater Portland. Map 3, A7 I ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT ART NIGHT OUT 352 Cottage Rd, South Portland 207-799-5154 artnightout.com An original art party. We provide the right tools, materials, and instruction so you can step right into the art making process and express yourself. Map 3, H2
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KIDDING AROUND—TOP ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE Hands-on, interactive exhibits and theater productions for kids. FUNTOWN SPLASHTOWN U.S.A. Make a splash in the largest water and amusement park in Maine. Rides and pools for all ages. INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY CENTER Filled with unique, one-of-a-kind items and scientific specimens. LEN LIBBY CANDIES Stop in for some hand crafted Maine confections or just to see Lenny, the world’s only life size chocolate moose. LUCKY CATCH CRUISES Haul traps on a real lobster boat and see all sorts of marine life that crawl through the traps. MAINE DUCK TOURS Splash into history on Portland’s famous amphibious vehicle, the Duck. MAINE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD Take a scenic waterfront ride along Casco Bay on a historic 2-foot gauge railroad. MAINE WILDLIFE PARK An up-close look at moose, bear, lynx, and more than 30 species of Maine wildlife.
OLD PORT CANDY CO Their eyes will be bugging out of their heads at the giant selection of bulk candies and homemade fudge on display. PALACE PLAYLAND Great rides, food, midway, and arcade games at Maine’s Hop aboard the train to the “North Pole” complete with hot chocolate and Santa. Select dates in November and December. SALT PUMP CLIMBING CO Indoor climbing walls provide exercise, excitement, and a challenge to prepare you for the world. SPARE TIME ENTERTAINMENT / EASY DAY Fun for everyone with activities including traditional bowling, laser tag, glow bowl, and live music. TREEHOUSE TOYS Stocked to the gills with the highest quality games, puzzles, and toys for all ages. MORE… See Excursions outside Greater Portland [pages 74-78] for more activities to excite kids. beachfront amusement park. THE POLAR EXPRESS
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200: A STATE’S ODYSSEY Get ahead of the crowds—make a Maine journey to uncover the past part of your plans this year. J ust 200 years ago, Maine belonged to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but was itching to be treated like an independent state of its own. The opportunity presented itself when Missouri also lobbied to become a state. As happens withmany sibling rivalries, the parent country, wanting to keep the peace, agreed to grant state- hood to both. And the rest, as they say, is history. A couple of centuries later, onMarch 15, 2019, Maine is celebrating the start of its 200th year, with theMaine Bicentennial to be officially recognized in 2020. The formation of Greater Portland predates statehood by more than a century. Maine’s maritime value was quickly noticed, with Portland Harbor boasting one of the world’s most advantageous seaports. When the British came calling to destroy colonial seaports, Portland was burned to the ground, an outrage called out in the Declaration of Independence. A cannonball from that attack is embedded in the chandelier of the First Parish Church on Commercial Street; the Tate House, in historic Stroudwater, is the only remaining home from that era open to the public. Following the Revolution, one of President GeorgeWashington’s early acts was approving construction of Portland Head Light in 1787. Twenty years later, the Portland Observatory, a maritime signal tower designed to let ship owners knowwhen their merchant vessels were approaching, rose even higher atopMunjoy Hill. WhenMaine was freed fromMassachusetts’ control in 1820, the state capital was seated in Portland’s Monument Square for the first 12 years, until Augusta was selected as the new capital. The 19th-century VictoriaMansion, built just before the Civil War, is spectacular, showcasing the architecture and opulence of the time. The Great Fire on July 4, 1866 started with a post-war July Fourth celebration, which—once again—destroyed most of Portland. Swiftly rebuilding from the ashes, the city adapted the combustible—but ultimately indestructible—Phoenix as Portland’s icon. Over the following decades, Portland has become an arts, culture, and culinary destination. The Bicentennial party has started! Don’t wait another century to help us blow out the candles.
Portland has one of the longest operating Farmers’ Markets in the country, still convening in its original location in Monument Square (the former site of Portland City Hall, shown here).
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MAINE STATE BALLET 348 US Route 1, Falmouth 207-781-7672 mainestateballet.org
STATE THEATRE 600 Congress St, Portland 207-956-6001 statetheatreportland.com Presents the finest in national talent from hot buzz to musical icons. Visit us online for a full calendar of upcoming shows and concerts. Map 3, D5 THOMPSON’S POINT 10 Thompson’s Point Rd, Portland 207-747-5288 thompsonspointmaine.com Close proximity to downtown Portland, we are where the action is with ongoing events, outdoor concerts, skating rink, arts & entertainment.
This is Maine. The rest is history. M AINE M ARITIME M USEUM
Family-friendly shows produced by Maine’s leading professional ballet company; performed in our intimate Falmouth theater or atMerrill Auditorium. Map 2, E10 ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE 181 State St, Suite 201, Portland 207-761-1757 onelongfellowsquare.com A welcoming, intimate, and versatile music ven- ue, setting the stage for unforgettable live music, performing arts and community events. Map 3, D5 OPERA MAINE Produce creative, inspiring, and professional opera performances of artistic excellence. The Magic Flute, July 24 & 26, 2019. Map 3, E9 225 Commercial St, Portland 207-879-7678 operamaine.com PORT CITY MUSIC HALL 504 Congress St, Portland 207-956-6000 portcitymusichall.com Presents the nation’s best touring bands in an intimate, small-club atmosphere. See Event Calendar for performers, dates and show times. Map 3, D7 PORT CITY’S KOTZSCHMAR ORGAN Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland 207-553-4363 foko.org Portland’s own symphonic pipe organ, Merrill Auditorium. Presents a wide variety of classical, pops, silent film, family and holiday concerts. Map 3, E9 PORTLAND BALLET Studio; 517 Forest Ave, Suite #2, Portland 207-772-9671 portlandballet.org Maine’s professional ballet company. It is Portland Ballet’s mission to enrich our community through dance performance and dance education. Map 3, C9 Acclaimed artists and performances from around the world. Classical, jazz and popular music, dance, theater and Broadway national tours. Map 3, E7 PORTLAND STAGE 25A Forest Ave, Portland 207-774-0465 portlandstage.org Professional mainstage productions, festivals and readings dedicated to new work in theater, and classes and camps for kids. Map 3, D6 See ad pg. 42 PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland 207-842-0800 portlandsymphony.org Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Map 3, E9 PORTLAND OVATIONS 50 Monument Sq, Portland 207-773-3150 portlandovations.org
TO DO 22 / visitportland.com / @visitportland / #visitportland A once in a lifetime experience. Sailing four times daily. two-hour sails private charters overnights 207-766-2500 portlandschooner.com located at the Maine State Pier adjacent to Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal Lighthouse cruises. Historic shipyard. Lobstering exhibit. 1906 schooner. 243 Washington Street • Bath, Maine • 207-443-1316 www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org
I CRUISES + TOURS A GLIMPSE OF PEAKS 6 Welch St, Jones Landing Marina, Peaks Island 207-245-4033 glimpseofpeaks.com
Enjoy a leisurely sail around the scenic waters of Peaks Island. Public and private trips daily departing from right next to the Ferry Dock. Map 3, G9 BEATEN PATH TOURS Tour starts at Lobsterman Park, 1 Temple Street, Portland 207-749-1105 beatenpathtours.com See the wharves and ships along the waterfront, and take in award winning shops, restaurants and pubs as you discover the history of Portland. Map 3, E8 CALENDAR ISLANDS SAILING CO. 58 Fore St, Fore Points Marina, Portland 207-318-3025 sailcascobay.com Private & public sailing experiences on beautiful Casco Bay. 2-hour coastal sightseeing to multi-day island hopping adventures. Sailing at its finest. Map 3, G11 See ad pg. 26 207-205-5796 cascobaycustomcharters.com Private cruises aboard vintage vessels for couples, families, or groups up to 37. Lighthouses, sightseeing, wildlife, dining & more. Map 3, F3 See ad pg. 25 CASCO BAY LINES 56 Commercial St, Portland 207-774-7871 cascobaylines.com Year-round scenic cruises and boat tours, private charters, and island commuter service. Seasonal group lobster bakes and service to Bailey Island. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 14 FOGG’S WATER TAXI & CHARTERS 72 Commercial St, Portland 207-415-8493 foggsboatwork.com Explore Casco Bay on a private charter from our custom built fleet of Foggcrafts. Each boat can accommodate up to six passengers. Map 3, G9 CASCO BAY CUSTOM CHARTERS Berth: South Port Marine, 14 Ocean St, South Portland
GO SAILING 215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth 207-615-6917 gosailingcascobay.com Located at Handy Boat in Falmouth, we can get you out on the waters of Casco Bay with either sailing lessons or a sailing charter. Map 2, F10 LUCKY CATCH CRUISES A 90-minute lobstering excursion. Participate or relax as we haul traps next to lighthouses, forts and the seal rocks. Runs May - Oct. Map 3, F8 THE MAINE BREW BUS Tour pick up location: 79 Commercial St, Old Port Spirits and Cigars, Portland 207-200-9111 themainebrewbus.com All-inclusive tours on our bright green school buses provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 28 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-761-0941 luckycatch.com Enjoy and explore Maine’s unique coastal views, scenic by-ways and historic lighthouses with our customized and private sightseeing tours. See ad pg. 14 MAINE DUCK TOURS 177 Commercial St, Portland Tickets sold at The Blue Lobster 207-774-3825 maineducktours.com Aunique Land & Sea Adventure through Portland’s Old Port and Harbor, learning the legends and lore that have shaped this city. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 24 MAINE FOOD FOR THOUGHT TOURS Old Port, Portland 207-619-2075 mainefoodforthought.com Enjoy seasonal dishes from Portland’s best restau- rants and how people, environment & economy interact to shape a celebrated food destination. Maine’s premier, award-winning tours introduce you to an authentic history, culture, & food. Enjoy talented chefs, brewers, bakers, chocolatiers, etc. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 25 MAINE SAILING ADVENTURES Maine State Pier, Portland 207-749-9169 mainesailingadventures.net Join us aboard the 74-foot traditional sailing vessel Frances for public day sailing or charter. Weekly special events. June-Oct. Map 3, G9 See ad pg. 19 ODYSSEY WHALE WATCH & NATURE CRUISES 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-775-0727 odysseywhalewatch.com Fully narrated, daily Whale Watching with naturalist aboard. See Finbacks, Humpbacks, Seals, Seabirds, Sharks, Tuna, Lighthouses, and Forts. Map 3, F8 MAINE DAY TRIP TOURS Customer Pickup: Portland & Kennebunkport areas 207-838-5275 mainedaytrip.com MAINE FOODIE TOURS Tickets sold at Vervacious, 227 Commercial St, Portland 207-233-7485 mainefoodietours.com
PORTLAND DISCOVERY LAND & SEA TOURS Tours start at Long Wharf 170 Commercial St, Portland 207-774-0808 portlanddiscovery.com Fully narrated trolley tours of the city, “Lighthouse Lovers” cruises and sunset cruises. Private charters and group tours also available. May-Oct. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 18 PORTLAND EXPLORER Pick up: 320 Fore St, Portland 207-835-4950 portlandexplorer.me Come explore our City and Lighthouse tour, Shops and Hops tour, custom and private tours, we will fill your niche. Map 3, F8
PORTLAND FIRE ENGINE CO. Tours start at 180 Commercial St in-front of Portland Lobster Co., Portland 207-252-6358 portlandfiretours.com Unique multimedia history tour aboard a Vintage Fire Engine. Tours are 50 min. & fully narrated by knowledgeable local guides. Book Online. Map 3, F8 See ad pg. 20 PORTLAND HARBOR WATER TOURS Ticket Booth: 86 Commercial St, Portland 207-200-8691 portlandharborwatertours.com Come explore Portland from the water. Fun & relaxing tours, private charters, and island transportation. Map 3, G8
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PORTLAND SCHOONER CO. Berth: Maine State Pier, 56 Commercial St, Portland 207-766-2500 portlandschooner.com
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Join Sommelier Erica Archer for highly-rated Wine & Food Walks + Wine Sails with scenic views of Maine lighthouses and islands.
2-hr public sails aboard classic wooden schooners, Bagheera (1924) and Wendameen (1912). Private charters available. All ages welcome. May-Oct. Map 3, G8 See ad pg. 22 PORTLAND, MAINE WALKING TOURS 207-653-2062 portlandmainewalkingtours.com Portland History Docents and professional tour guides with expertise in Portland’s food and beer Explore Portland and nearby lighthouses on an authentic sightseeing tour given by a real local, born and raised in Portland. Map 3, G8 See ad pg. 55 SAIL PORTLAND MAINE 58 Fore St, Portland 207-200-6650 sailportlandmaine.com Daily two hour public sails will have you cruising past lighthouses, historic forts, and seals in our beautiful playground, Casco Bay. Map 3, G11 THE SCENIC ROUTE MAINE TOURS 14 Commercial St, Portland 207-518-3342 thescenicroutemainetours.com Fully narrated City and Lighthouse Tour and Kennebunkport Tour. We use 20 and 15 passenger vans for maximum comfort. Private tours available. Map 3, G10 scene, history and hiking trails. THE REAL PORTLAND TOUR 96 Commercial St, Portland 207-329-7401 realportlandtour.com
I HISTORIC SITES + MUSEUMS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM &
TO DO 24 / visitportland.com / @visitportland / #visitportland It’s a boat! It’s a bus! It’s a Maine Duck! Laugh and learn aboard this fun and fully-narrated historical amphibious tour of Portland. As the Duck twists and turns through the “Old Port” you’ll learn about the legend and lore that has shaped Portland into one of the most historical cities in the nation! Then, hold on to your tail feathers as we drive into Casco Bay. Tickets available online and at The Blue Lobster Gift Shop 177 Commercial Street Portland, ME Book online at www.maineducktours.com A Land and Sea Adventure through Portland’s History A unique tour guaranteed to QUACK YOU UP! 207-774-DUCK
THEATRE OF MAINE 142 Free St, Portland 207-828-1234 kitetails.org
Four floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits, theater productions “for kids, by kids”, dozens of daily art, science, music and movement workshops. Map 3, D6 FRIENDS OF FORT GORGES Casco Bay, Portland 207-370-1181 friendsoffortgorges.org Tour this historic landmark or book your private event or wedding with this nonprofit and help support their mission to save the fort. Map 3, J14 INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART Features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Free admission. Map 3, D7 INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY MUSEUM Discover hidden and unknown animals, from Cassie the Casco Bay Sea Serpent to Bigfoot. Japanese Kappas to Himalayan Yetis. Map 3, B5 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 489 Congress St, Portland 207-774-1822 mainehistory.org Changing exhibitions of Maine history, unique gifts, and tours of the LongfellowHouse & Garden, home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Map 3, D7 MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER St. Dominic’s Church, 34 Gray St, Portland 207-780-0118 maineirish.com MIHC houses Maine’s largest collection of Irish-American genealogy research materials, Irish literature, and archives. Map 3, E4 MAINE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD COMPANY & MUSEUM 58 Fore St, Portland 207-828-0814 mainenarrowgauge.org Experience Maine’s unique railroad history with a scenic waterfront train ride. Museum features exhibits & activities for children. Map 3, G11 See ad pg. 20 MUSEUM AT PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth 207-799-2661 portlandheadlight.com Located in the former lighthouse keepers’ quarters, MAINE COLLEGE OF ART 522 Congress St, Portland 800-639-4808 meca.edu 4 Thompson’s Point, Portland cryptozoologymuseum.com
SEACOAST HELICOPTERS 1011 Westbrook St, Portland 603-373-8743 seacoasthelos.com
Aerial views of Portland’s historic waterfront & lighthouses or a flight to Halfway Rock for private guided tour of the Lighthouse. Map 3, B5
SEACOAST TOURS OF FREEPORT Departs from Freeport town wharf, South Freeport 207-798-2001 seacoasttoursme.com
Offer scenic boat rides on Casco Bay, mid-Jun through mid-Oct. Eagle Island Tour, Private charters, lobstering demos and more. Map 2, F13 SPIRITS ALIVE Eastern Cemetery, 244 Congress St, Portland spiritsalive.org We preserve, restore and maintain Portland’s oldest cemetery. We offer summer and fall tours as well as a winter lecture series. Tickets online. Map 3, E10 SUMMER FEET CYCLING ADVENTURES Tours begin at Ocean Gateway, Portland 866-857-9544 summerfeet.net The half-day 5-lighthouse tour is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Bike and Brew tours, multi-day trips, and bike rentals. Map 3, G10 See ad pg. 20
chronicles the history of Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and Fort Williams. Map 3, I2 See ad pg. 20 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART 7 Congress Square, Portland 207-775-6148 portlandmuseum.org PMA offers art experiences for everyone, family activities, exceptional events, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio. Map 3, D6 See ad pg. 28 PORTLAND OBSERVATORY MUSEUM 138 Congress St, Portland 207-774-5561 portlandlandmarks.org Only remaining maritime signal tower in America. Sweeping views of Portland, Casco Bay and the White Mountains. Memorial - Columbus Day. Map 3, E11 TATE HOUSE MUSEUM Built in 1755, features period furnishings and herb gardens. Special events & activities. Gift shop open year round. Hourly tours Jun-Oct. Map 3, B5 1267 Westbrook St, Portland 207-774-6177 tatehouse.org
VICTORIA MANSION 109 Danforth St, Portland 207-772-4841 victoriamansion.org
Built in 1858-1860, the Mansion’s intact interiors still boast over 90% of their original furnishings. Tours May-Oct. Decorated for the Holidays. Map 3, E5 Continued on page 26
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Relax like never before in a personal floatation system. Floating is an amazing tool for pain management, muscle recovery, and stress relief. Map 3, C13 See ad pg. 23 SOAKOLOGY 511 Congress St, Ste 105, Portland 207-879-7625 soakology.com Indulge in Soakology’s tea lounge, spa and retail shop. Enjoy some solitude or celebrate peace with a partner, friend or group. Map 3, D7 See ad pg. 48 WICKED GOOD INK 50 Exchange St, 2nd Floor, Portland 207-420-5578 wickedgoodink.com Turn beautiful artistic visions into permanent tributes. We are the new standard for tattoos with professionalism, safety and quality. Map 3, F8 Perfect for social gatherings. From oyster to pizza there’s something for everyone. Fine wine, micro brews, signature cocktails, bocce & bowling. Map 3, A7 BAYSIDE BOWL 58 Alder St, Portland 207-791-2695 baysidebowl.com 20 lanes with local beers on tap. Our rooftop has sunset views & tacos from our 1960’s airstream with weekly music + movies. Map 3, D8 L.L.BEAN OUTDOOR DISCOVERY PROGRAMS 95 Main St, Freeport 888-552-3261 llbean.com/adventures With many new courses plus our popular Discovery Series, we have an exciting adventure that’s just right for you. Book your adventure today. Map 2, C14 See ad pg. 56 MAINE BAYCYCLE 60 Portland Pier, Portland 207-370-9508 mainebaycycle.com Explore the water on Maine’s first and only human powered boat. Grab friends and your favorite local brews for a ride on Casco Bay. Map 3, G8 MAINE CAMP EXPERIENCE LLC 877-92-MAINE mainecampexperience.com Informational-based resource and Guide for Maine summer camps. Summers and Camp Belong in Maine. And So do YOU! I SPORTS + RECREATION 33 ELMWOOD 33 Elmwood Ave, Westbrook 207-536-7061 33elmwood.com
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I n Portland, on the first Friday of each to the public for the evening, inviting casual art fans and aficionados in to view everything from traditional watercolor seascapes to multi-media installations. Year-round, the re-envisioned Portland Museum of Art exhibits classic European art as well as the works of Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz, Rockwell Kent, and Robert Indiana. In all kinds of weather you’ll enjoy the contemporary sculpture garden at the PMA, and the live video cam of Winslow Homer’s studio that’s been renovated and is open for the public to tour. PMA also offers cinematic experiences you can’t find elsewhere, from screenings inspired by current exhibitions to conversations with filmmakers, and other documentary subjects. Just down the street, the Institute of Contemporary Art is located at Maine College of Art; it’s always free to visit this gallery of boundry-bending exhibits. Professional theater from Portland Stage, and dance performances from the Portland and Maine State Ballet companies, entertain fall through spring, while some of the best musicals off-Broadway can be caught at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick and the Ogunquit Playhouse during the summer season. Portland has its own Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company, and classical music festivals. Portland Ovations brings performers of classical, jazz, and popular music from around the world as well as contemporary dance and theater to beautiful Merrill Auditorium in Portland’s City Hall. cultural offerings you’d expect to find in a much larger urban area and, even in the coldest months, our arts scene never hibernates. month, sidewalks overflow with art lovers. Studios and galleries open their doors ARTINERARY Greater Portland has the
Portland Museum of Art anchors the city’s Arts District with an impressive collection of masterpieces.
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