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CONTENTS FEATURES 11 AUTHENTIC–BY NATURE Experience sweeping beauty at nearby parks 12 PORTLAND ON TOP Our fabulous region makes many “best of” lists 21 ISLAND HOPPING It’s easy to get away from it all, nearby 23 ARTFUL COLLECTION Maine’s art museums collaborate on 2015 exhibit 27 WINTER’S REWARDS Our seasonal activities will warm you up 29 SOMETHING’S BREWING Experience Maine’s craft beer, wine, and spirits 30 FABULOUS FAMILY OUTINGS Create lasting memories in Maine 41 ON THE TOWN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Catch the rhythm of Portland’s nightlife VACAT ION PLANNING 04 Area Introduction 09 Visitor Facts 10 Parks & Preserves 15 Activities & Attractions 33 Dining 42 Transportation 45 State Map 46 Regional Maps 50 Events 55 Shopping 63 Services & Relocation 67 Towns of Greater Portland 71 Accommodations 85 Exploring 88 Index of Businesses

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ON THE COVER The serene cool of springtime on Commercial Street evokes the romantic atmosphere of Greater Portland’s Casco Bay Region: Authentic - By Nature. Photo by Corey Templeton

EDITOR: Amy Tolk MEMBERSHIP: Vanessa Pike ADVERTISING: Caleb Mason

PRESIDENT: Lynn Tillotson DESIGN: Robert Witkowski / bCreative

© 2015 GREATER PORTLAND CONVENTION + VISITORS BUREAU, 94 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-772-4994, an independent non-profit membership organization. Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the contents of this publication, but no responsibility is assumed for errors or omissions. Circulation: 180,000.

Clockwise from top: Corey Templeton (3); Tim Greenway


A JEWEL BY THE SEA Often unpolished, with many rough-cut edges, Portland nevertheless still warrants the moniker given it by native son Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America's best-loved poets. Follow the bright beacon of Portland Head Light to shore where this gem awaits. Welcome to the Greater Portland Casco Bay Region.

AUTHENT IC - BY NATURE Our hip metropolis, created from the still-planted roots of a prominent fishing industry and working waterfront, offers a natural authenticity unlike that of most urban centers. Despite its popularity as a visitor destination, ours is an inherently real place with real people going about their business, surounded by the incredible natural beauty of our forests, fields, and waterways. With its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventure, our region is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity. We invite you to experience the character of a region that blends the present with a very special past. ARCHI TECTURE With unwavering attention to landmark preservation, Portland has maintained an historic urban landscape with a modern sensibility. The city is replete with fascinating architecture and the means to delve into its past, with guided and self-guided tours of Portland’s historic neighborhoods. Although the area was settled in the 1600s, much of the city’s historic architecture is Victorian, built after the devastating Fourth-of-July fire of 1866 leveled most of the city. History is also kept alive with museum homes and maritime museums chronicling the emergence of the area from a trading and fishing settlement into one of the nation’s most active seaports.

WATERFRONT Jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay, this region offers some of the best water access to islands, lighthouses, beaches, and historic forts in Maine. Greater Portland is home to seven lighthouses, those silent testaments to Maine’s enduring connection to the sea and a favorite of photographers from around the world. On a stroll through the Old Port, one of the country’s most successful warehouse revitalization efforts, you’ll hear the squall of gulls and the low moan of bell buoys while you smell the salt brine that wafts off the bay. Portland’s waterfront is still very much a working port, an integral and thriving part of the local economy, which is one of the authentic aspects that visitors find so appealing. In Portland, you’re never far from the sea and its changeable influences. VISUAL ARTS Portland’s official Arts District runs along a stretch of Congress Street, but the city’s flourishing art scene knows no bounds. Traditional landscapes, which have been the foundation of Maine art, now share the limelight with cutting-edge contemporary work in a wide range of media. The venerable Portland Museum of Art, celebrating three centuries of art and architecture, is known as one of the best art museums in New England, and the Maine College of Art is a respected art school whose affilated

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Photos this page, clockwise from top left: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld; Amy Tolk; Corey Templeton; Kim Seng Photos next page, clockwise from top left: Amy Tolk; Robert Witkowski; courtesy Porltand Sea Dogs; Corey Templeton; courtesy Sebago Brewing Company; Amy Tolk; Corey Templeton; Danielle Perry; Robert Witkowski


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OUTDOOR RECREAT ION Casco Bay’s flourishing arts scene is complemented by an abundant variety of outdoor recreational pursuits so accessible that you can kayak, bike, golf, or swim all day and still have time to take in dinner and a show in the evening. Within 10 minutes of downtown Portland you can glide in a canoe through an Audubon estuary, swim at a state beach, bird watch on a nature sanctuary, and photograph Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Hike a wooded trail through autumn foliage to discover a hidden waterfall. Ice-skate in Deering Oaks Park or cross-country ski alongside the ocean in winter. Every season of the year offers its unique pleasures and Maine is lucky to have seasons that each delights the senses. CUISINE Visitors are now coming to Maine from around the world for its great food and fantastic restaurant scene, as much as for the unspoiled landscape and beautiful scenery that

Institute of Contemporary Art presents innovative works by influential national and international artists. On the first Friday of each month in Portland, and the third Friday in Freeport, artists open their studios to the public and you can take a self-guided tour. Follow the Maine Art Museum Trail to experience a magnificent array of works at the state’s seven leading art museums. PERFORMANCE ARTS Performance arts also energize the Greater Portland region year-round. The summer skies are filled with concerts and the Old Port comes to life at night with an eclectic mix of live music in its pubs and concert halls. Portland has its own symphony orchestra, choral arts society, professional theater and dance troupes, even a repertory opera com- pany. In Freeport, free outdoor concerts in Discovery Park offer an exciting musical evening. Greater Portland is the perfect combination of small-town intimacy with a heavy dose of large metropolitan culture.

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AUTHENT IC ALLURE It’s all right here: great dining and shopping,

have long been the mainstay of the region’s appeal. Bon Appétit magazine once dubbed Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town” in recognition of the excellence achieved by our chefs, restaurants, and food purveyors. We’re so proud of our food scene that we’ve created an event to celebrate and share it. Harvest on the Harbor, a multi-day culinary festival held each fall on Portland’s waterfront, draws foodies from near and far. FAMI LY FUN Greater Portland is fun for the whole family, so don’t leave the kids at home. They’ll love the hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum and a ride on an historic streetcar, steam train, or Model-T at one of the region’s transportation museums. Baseball, hockey, and basketball fans will find big-league entertainment at minor-league prices at one of Portland’s home-team games. From amusement parks to wildlife parks, agricultural fairs to folk-life festivals, there are so many things to entertain active kids of all ages.

hopping nightlife, outdoor recreation, historical and cultural attractions, and stunning natural beauty. Its small scale, accessible waterfront, Old World ambience, and youthful vibe have propelled Portland to the top of many national lists of best places to vacation. But you won’t have to give up the quintessential Maine coast to enjoy all that Greater Portland has to offer — islands, lighthouses, beaches, and surf crashing on the rocky shore are all in proximity of Portland’s vibrant, historic downtown. Portland, Maine Authentic – By Nature.

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FACTS POPULATION: With a population of 234,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of Maine’s total population. The population of the city of Portland is 66,300. CLIMATE: The sea tempers Portland’s climate, giving the coast milder winters and cool summer breezes. For detailed weather history and forecasts when planning your trip, visit a National Weather Service site. WARDROBE: During the summer, lightweight clothes are advisable. But don’t forget your favorite sweater for evenings and for cool ocean breezes. In autumn a heavy sweater is usually sufficient. For winter months pack a parka and boots to keep warm. Dress is usually casual throughout the city. PARKING: Mon-Sat 9 am – 6 pm. $1 per hour at most meters. New parking pay kiosks accept credit cards and coins and dispense tickets that can be used at all metered spots in the city and moved with your car if you change parking spots. Prices at parking lots and garages vary from $5 - $15 per day. Portland Winter Parking Info: 207-879-0300 AREA CODE: The area code for the entire state of Maine is (207). PETS: Many hotels warmly welcome your vacationing pets; refer to grids on pages 77 - 87 for pet friendly accommodations. SMOKING POLICY: Maine’s smoke-free laws ensure that all indoor settings, open to the public, are smoke-free including restau- rants, bars, movie theaters, and malls. Common areas in state parks and historic sites are also smoke-free, and include beaches, picnic shelters, snack bars, and restrooms. In Portland all city-owned parks, play- grounds, athletic fields, trails, beaches, and open spaces are smoke-free. Throwing tobacco litter on the ground is prohibited and results in a $100 fine.

ALCOHOL POLICY: Maine has a very tough alcohol policy. Persons must be 21 years old to buy or consume liquor. Identification is often requested. Hours of legal service are 6 am to 1 am. OUI laws are strictly enforced. STATE VISITOR INFORMATION: 888-624-6345 FIND US: Additional Travel & Tourism references listed on pg. 66. INFO CENTERS Regional Visitor Information Centers. Call or visit our website for directions and hours of operation: OCEAN GATEWAY: 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland 207-772-5800 (visitors) 207-772-4994 (business office) PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT: 1001 Westbrook St, Portland 207-756-8312 PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER: 100 Thompson Point Rd, Portland, Brochure Rack THE MAINE MALL: 364 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, Brochure Rack • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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A Selection of Greater Portland Parks and Preserves BRADBURY MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Camping, hiking & great views from the top of Bradbury Mountain. Rt 9 on Pownal Rd 30 min. north of Portland, 688-4712 BACK COVE Popular jogging/bike trail within Portland city limits. Scenic path runs beside tidal flats and Baxter Blvd. BAXTER WOODS Bird sanctuary and woodland park in residential Portland. Between Forest and Stevens Avenues. BUG LIGHT PARK Shoreline walkway provides excellent views of Portland’s waterfront and active harbor. In So. Portland, off Broadway. CRESCENT BEACH STATE PARK Family beach, 8 mi. south of Portland on Rt 77 in Cape Elizabeth. 767-3625 DEERING OAKS PARK Flower garden & duck pond. Ice-skating in win- ter. Park & Forest Avenues in Portland. 874-8793 FORE RIVER SANCTUARY Salt marshes, woodlands, natural 25 foot waterfall, birdwatching, XC skiing. Congress St. at Stroudwater, Portland. 781-2330 FORT ALLEN PARK Small park with play area and scenic view of Casco Bay. Eastern Promenade, Portland.

PINE POINT BEACH Extensive fine white sand beach that extends from jetty to Old Orchard Beach. Nearby facilities. Rt 1 to Pine Point Rd, Scarborough. ROYAL RIVER PARK Bike & foot path run beside scenic river & waterfalls. Picnic area. In Yarmouth off Main St. 20 min. north of Portland. SCARBOROUGH BEACH STATE PARK Small park with sandy beach. Take Rt 1 to Rt 207 in Scarborough. 15 min. south of Portland. SCARBOROUGH MARSH Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Nature center offers slideshows, exhibits. Rt 1 Scarborough. 883-5100 TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt 77 in Cape Elizabeth, 8 mi. south of Portland. 799-5871 WINSLOW MEMORIAL PARK Picnicking, camping, beach, large group facili- ties. Off Rt 1 in Freeport, turn right at the Big In- dian. 20 min. N of Portland. 865-4198 WOLFE NECK WOODS STATE PARK Nature preserve with trails along Harraseeket River & Casco Bay. Take Rt 1 to Bow St. in Freeport, turn onto Wolfe’s Neck Rd 20 min. N of Portland. 865-4465

Photo: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld

FORT WILLIAMS PARK Site of Portland Head Light and Museum, popular picnic & kite flying area. Shore Rd in Cape Elizabeth 799-7652 GILSLAND FARM Maine Audubon Sanctuary in Falmouth off Rt 1. 10 min. north of Portland. 781-2330 MACKWORTH ISLAND Circular walking path with views of Portland. In Falmouth off Rt 1. 10 min. north of Portland. MAINE WILDLIFE PARK 207-657-4977 Wildlife exhibits, nature trails and picnic area. On Rt 26 in Gray, 40 minutes north west of Portland.

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Authentic — BY NATURE Go 10 or 15 minutes in any direction and you'll doubt you're anywhere near Maine's largest metro area. Set like a jewel in the crown of Casco Bay, Portland is unique in its position as a major cultural center that equally embraces its natural environment. Photo: Chris Lawrence

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Both surrounding and within Portland, parks and preserves allow access to the tranquil natural beauty that Maine is renowned for. Seascapes abound, from the sandy beaches of Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough to the leafy trail vistas of Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport. Across the harbor from Portland, Bug Light Park offers an unimpeded view of the city's skyline and the harbor's many watercraft, while the granite breakwater at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse literally takes you out onto the bay. Altogether, seven lighthouses in Greater Portland offer their stately profiles to avid photographers. The region's best known landmark, Portland Head Light, sits majestically in Cape Elizabeth's Fort Williams Park, where surf crashes upon granite shores and open fields are per- fect for flying kites. Pack a lunch for the beach or stop by the Lobster Shack at Two Lights where your picnic table is close enough to the sea for the ocean to

tickle your senses. For an idyllic afternoon, hop on the ferry and bicycle around one of the islands, each an intimate neighbor of Portland yet a world away from the city's bustle. Pristine country and forest landscapes lie within striking distance of the city. From the top of Bradbury Mountain in Pownal you'll gaze over a carpet of au- tumn-hued trees and New England homesteads. Cross-country ski on the groomed trails at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, where some of the best local cheeses are crafted from cows that graze happily on hundreds of acres of pastoral grasslands. Discover native wildlife and plants as you navigate a canoe through the state's largest marsh in Scarborough. Tee off at a variety of beautiful courses open to visiting golfers, and pick apples, pumpkins, and berries at local farms. Wildlife watching has long been an interest of Maine visitors. In Portland you aren't likely to catch a glimpse of

North America's tallest land mammal, the moose, but you can get a close up look at bears, mountain lions, lynx, moose, and other species at Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. The park also has trails where you may encounter free-roaming wildlife. Bird watchers can grab binoculars and head for sanctuaries in Falmouth and Freeport or Baxter Woods right in Portland. Join Odyssey Whale Watch on an expedition to see the awe-inspiring denizens of the sea or charter your own onboard adventure with Casco Bay Custom Charters. With the ocean in its front yard and lakes, rivers, and mountains within easy reach, Portland is a city with an urban spirit complemented by a natural soul. Whether you're out for a day of shop- ping, 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 call Portland "Authentic - By Nature."


Time and again Portland is listed as one of the top places to vacation from amid destinations in the north- east, the United States, and even worldwide. Here are a few of the recent accolades, which keep expanding to include everything from scenery to lifestyle. Coziest City in America In any season, Portland is the top spot to get cozy! This coastal region is perfect for snuggling in the winter, watch- ing the tree lighting in Monument Square, or curling up with a special someone in the summer to watch fireworks by a beach bonfire. Multiple coffee shops provide comfortable settings to nestle into for work obligations or for finishing up a favorite read. – Elle Décor , Jan, 2015 Top 10 Oceanfront Cities Lighthouses lining the rocky coast add to the beauty of the crashing waves and sandy beaches of Greater Portland. The area combines a striking landscape with a rapidly-growing commercial city while maintaining the roots of its maritime heritage. Enjoy kayaking, bicycling, or even a ferry ride along the coast to see the paradise Portland has to offer. – National Geographic , The World’s Best Cities Portland on TOP • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

10 Most Inspiring Cities for Photographers Home to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, it is no surprise Portland is a shutterbug’s idea of perfection. Historical buildings, cobblestone walkways, coastal beaches, and beautiful parks create a unique bal- ance between a thriving business city and a scenic tourism destination. Portland is a city with many stories, each told one photograph at a time. – Printaholic , Jan, 2015 Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker Portland is home to many creative thinkers, artists, and musicians—and movie makers are no exception. Successful Hollywood actors, like Anna Kendrick and Patrick Dempsey, are native to the area. Maine offers an assortment of seasons and settings and a supportive film commission allowing au- teurs more control and creativity to successfully produce films. The Preacher’s Wife and See Girl Run are but a couple of films to use Greater Portland as a dramatic backdrop. –Movie Maker , Jan, 2015 14 Places You Should Plan to Visit Portland, Maine is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A single day may consist of walking the beach during sunrise, pass- ing through the Old Port for shopping, or simply exploring the natural habitat, while a concert caps off the evening. With multiple festivals occurring throughout the year, local bands play at various restaurants and pubs downtown each night, visitors never get bored. –Business Insider , Dec, 2013

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10 Best Urban Cross-Country Skiing in the USA It’s not unusual to see Portlanders skiing down the middle of their city streets; when the snow falls, local residents enjoy the season the best way they know how. And when they can’t take advantage of traffic-free streets, Mainers ski the abundant open parks, off-road trails, frozen lakes and ponds, and out-of-season golf courses to keep active. – USA Today , Dec, 2014 Top 10 Easiest Cities to Find a Job Portland is the city of opportunities, a port city of high-tech firms, national marketing agencies, professional affiliations, culinary delights, and nationally acclaimed boutiques, as well as a thriving tourism climate. Easily accessible with the ability for residents to commute by bus, train, ferry, or even walk to work, who wouldn’t want to be a part of this bustling community? –Zip Recruiter , 2015 10 Prettiest Cobblestone Streets Across America Portland’s Old Port section of town is known for its authen- tic cobblestone streets that predate many of its 19th cen- tury historical red-brick buildings. Inviting restaurants and upscale boutiques line these picturesque walkways where, in summer, tables fill with diners enjoying the Old World charm of irregular cobbles and Victorian lamps. These rus- tic pathways transport you back in time as you explore the Portland of today. –USA Today, Oct, 2014

14 Best Startup Cities in America Mainers may be accustomed to their traditional ways, but high-tech innovation has taken off in Portland. With resources that support startups and entrepreneurs—such as the Casco Bay Tech Hub, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and Startup Portland—Maine’s largest city is fertile soil in which to develop and grow a business. There is no better place for an entrepreneur to engage in a new startup then right here in the inspiring surroundings of Portland. –Popular Mechanics , Feb, 2015 13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America Dining in Portland you will experience traditional entrées that speak to the culture of Maine but also cuisine aimed at a more adventurous palate. Wake up to the smell of coffee brewing on the corner of every block, grab lunch fresh from the sea at a local lobster shack, and splurge on a three- course dinner at a creative contemporary restaurant over- looking the water. Wind down with a tasting of beers from local breweries, or treat yourself to ice cream or gelato at one of the parlors offering unique Maine flavors like lobster claw, maple walnut, or blueberry sorbet. If you want to experience a variety of delicious local cuisine made with only the freshest of ingredients, Portland is the place to be. –The Huffington Post , Nov, 2014 Photos, clockwise from top left: Bethany & Dan Photography, Kim Seng, Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld; Corey Templeton, Focus Photography, Corey Templeton



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July 18 Parade of Sail July 19 & 20 Tours and Festival Don’t miss the pageantry! Downtown Portland

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From quiet coves to amusement park rides overlooking the waves, you’re never far from the sea in southern Maine.

Photo: courtesy Palace Playland, WaveSinger in Old Orchard Beach

P L AY ING Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway, or traveling with friends, we’ve got abundant options for creating fun-filled days and nights. You may run out of time but never things to do.


The Portland art scene rivals that of cities much larger in size and features the world-renowned Portland Museum of Art, a resident symphony orchestra, numerous art galleries, and professional theatre. Portland also boasts an impres- sive selection of venues in which to enjoy local and internationally- acclaimed musicians and performers. Greater Portland is also steeped in history and offers many ways to explore the past such as trolley tours, guided walking tours, and lovingly restored museum homes. Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is devoted to the state’s rich maritime history, and the only active Shaker community in the world welcomes visitors to its New Gloucester farm, founded in 1783.

With our region’s proximity to the sea, there are naturally plenty of things to do on and around the water, from narrated cruises to sunset schooner sails, exciting kayak excursions to lazy beach afternoons. But don’t miss the mountains with superb downhill skiing, plentiful wildlife, thrilling whitewater rafting, and fishing and swimming in crystal clear lakes. Golf enthusiasts will find numerous beautifully situated courses, either beside the ocean or amid the mountains. Maine is “The Great Outdoors,” so get out and enjoy it! There’s also plenty to keep the kids busy, from a new science center to wildlife and amusement parks to the alluring world of antique trains, planes,

and trolleys, even their own Children’s Museum & Theatre. You’ll score great indoor adventure at Bayside Bowl and Easy Day Bowling, and experience the fastest go-kart racing in the state at Maine Indoor Karting, where adrenaline is always in season. And Portland is home to three professional sports teams so there will likely be a hockey, basketball, or baseball game that will hit a home run with the family when you visit. The excitement peaks at fairs and festivals throughout the summer and fall; be sure to check the calendar istings on pages 50-52 for special events for you and your family to enjoy.


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Unique Sites, Nature & Wildlife COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS I4 Barters Island Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537 207-633-4333 Magnificent gardens including the 2-acre Children’s Garden, waterfront & woodland trails, exquisite stonework & sculpture on 270 acres. Art exhibits. Open year-round. Cafe and shop open seasonally. MAINE WILDLIFE PARK C11 Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Rd, Gray, ME 04039 207-657-4977 Looking for Maine wildlife? See Moose, bear, cougar, lynx, eagles, fish and more! Nature trails, wildlife displays, gardens, gift/snack shops. Bring a picnic - spend the day! mid-Apr to mid-Nov.

PINELAND FARMS D11 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, ME 04260 207-688-4539 Working farm open to the public for recreation and education. Tour our modern dairy, world- class Equestrian Center or our Creamery where we produce some of Maine’s finest handcrafted cheeses. SABBATHDAY LAKE B11 Shaker Village has been an active community of Shakers since 1783. Guided tours. Gift shops. Workshops, crafts demonstrations, special events. Member of The Gems of 26. See ad pg. 24 THE GEMS OF 26 A11-C11 207-998-4351 See Maine wildlife, the last active Shaker community, explore museums, a Maine farm, beautiful gardens and one of Maine’s best vacation values - the classic Poland Spring Resort. Summer Camps MAINE CAMP EXPERIENCE 110 Marginal Way # 254, Portland, ME 04101 877-92-MAINE Informational-based resource and Guide 2 SHAKER VILLAGE Rt 26, 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260 207-926-4597 that helps families discover the best sleep-away camps in Maine. Visit to learn why Summers and Camp Belong in Maine... And so do You! sm

G2 US Route 1, 774 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072 207-284-5139 Funtown Splashtown USA is the largest water and amusement park in Northern New England. With over 50 rides, slides and pools, there is fun for all ages. PALACE PLAYLAND H2 1 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 207-934-2001 New England’s only beachfront amusement park. Always FREE ADMISSION! Fireworks every Thursday night! 30 Rides, Large Arcade, Midway Games, Gift Shops, Fantastic Food. Join our Fun Club See ad pg. 17 1


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Get out on the water for a fun narrated outing to Admiral Robert E. Peary’s house and museum on Eagle Island. Peary was the first man to reach the North Pole. You’ll see seals, birds, and a lobster trap pulled all along the beautiful coast of Freeport. Family fun! Call to schedule: 207-865-6112 Minutes from Portland and L.L. Bean

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Arts & Entertainment IN GREATER PORTLAND

Arts & Entertainment BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTMAS PRELUDE ™ Kennebunkport Business Association, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 207-967-0857 Celebrate a traditional New England Seaside Christmas. Our magical holiday festival features craft and art fairs, chowder and lobster luncheons, & performing arts to please everyone - all presented in beautifully decorated Kennebunkport. MAINE STATE H4 MUSIC THEATRE Pickard Theater on campus of Bowdoin College, 1 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011 207-725-8769 MSMT produces four Broadway-quality musicals, three concerts and two Theater for Young Audiences educational musicals for children every summer at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus. See ad pg. 14 OXFORD CASINO H3 J3 Oxford Casino offers a unique entertainment experience with contemporary table games and slot machines. Excitement goes 24/7. Just minutes from Exit 63 off the Maine Turnpike. See ad Inside Front Cover 777 Casino Way, Oxford, ME 04270 207-539-6700

PORTLAND OVATIONS 50 Monument Sq, Portland, ME 04101 207-773-3150


CAST ASIDE PRODUCTIONS 207-838-8871 Cast Aside productions creates quality artistic events in Portland, using musicals and environmental theater productions that feature local, professional and pre-professional artists. FRIENDS OF THE KOTZSCHMAR ORGAN E9 Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME 04101 207-553-4363 Portland’s own symphonic pipe organ, housed at Merrill Auditorium. Wide variety of classical, pops, silent film, family and holiday concerts. Tickets are available through the FOKO office. ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE D5 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101 207-761-1757 World class live music venue at the center of the Portland arts scene. We actively pursue exciting programming to create a diverse and entertaining calendar that all of Portland can enjoy. PORT CITY MUSIC HALL D7 504 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-956-6000 Owned and operated by the State Theatre, Port City Music Hall presents the nation’s best touring bands in an intimate, small-club atmosphere. See Event Calendar for performers, dates and show times.


Portland Ovations brings a dynamic season of highly acclaimed artists and performances from around the world to Portland representing classical, jazz and popular music, dance, theater and Broadway national tours. PORTLAND ROSSINI CLUB D5 Cathedral of St. Luke’s, Group of Maine musicians that presents a monthly concert series of classical music held on Sundays at 3pm at the Cathedral of St. Luke’s. Sept-May & also December. PORTLAND STAGE D6 25A Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-0465 Maine’s premier professional theater, featuring comedies, classics, and contemporary works. This year marks PSC’s 42nd season producing seven unique shows for a variety of audiences. PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA E9 Merrill Auditorium: 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME 04101 207-773-6128 Portland’s resident professional orchestra, Maine’s largest performing arts organization, performs Classical, Pops and Magic of Christmas shows in acoustically superb Merrill Auditorium. Call 207-842-0800 for PortTIX. 143 State St, Portland, ME 04101 207-829-3393

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departures from Casco Bay Ferry terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets. See ad pg. 19 DOWNEAST DUCK ADVENTURES Tickets sold inside Casco Variety F8 94 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-3825 Fully-narrated 65-minute Land & Sea adventure through the Old Port, learning about the legends and lore that have shaped Portland into one of the most historical cities in the nation. See ad this pg. FOREST CITY ADVENTURE TOURS 207-408-0895 Luxury, private guided service in a panoramic glass-top Range Rover Evoque for up to 4 passengers. Custom-designed tours that combine your interests with our in-depth local native knowledge. GO SAILING F10 215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 207-615-6917 Located at Handy Boat in Falmouth Maine, Go Sailing can get you out on the waters of Casco Bay with either sailing lessons or a sailing charter. LUCKY CATCH CRUISES F8 170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-761-0941 Catch your lunch on a 90-minite lobstering excursion. Participate or relax as we haul traps next to lighthouses, forts and the seal rocks. Runs first weekend of May through October. 6


Boat departs from the Freeport Town Dock South Freeport, ME 04078 207-865-6112 Observe playful seals and nesting sites of the magnificent osprey while enjoying the beauty of Casco Bay. Depart daily from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October to Admiral Peary's Eagle Island. See ad pg. 16 BEATEN PATH TOURS E8 Lobsterman Park, Corner of Temple and Middle Streets, Portland, ME 04103 waterfront, and take in the award winning shops, restaurants and pubs of the Old Port as you discover the history of Portland. CASCO BAY F3 CUSTOM CHARTERS Berth: South Port Marine 14 Ocean St, South Portland, ME 04106 207-205-5796 We are one of Portland’s most exclusive charter providers. All cruises are private aboard our vintage lobster boat. Perfect for families or small groups! Lighthouses, sightseeing, wildlife, dining & more! See ad this pg. CASCO BAY LINES G9 56 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-7871 Year-round narrated cruises, private charters, and island commuter service. Seasonal group lobster bakes and service to Bailey Island. Daily 3 4 5 207-749-1105 See the wharves and ships along the


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current scene. Tours run year-round in Portland, and all summer and fall in Kennebunkport, Rockland, and Bar Harbor. See ad pg. 26 MAINE SAILING G9 ADVENTURES Maine State Pier, Portland, ME 04101 207-749-9169 Join us aboard the 74-foot traditional sailing vessel Frances for public day sailing or charter. Weekly special events. Listings online for details and pricing. June-Oct. See ad pg. 17 NOVA STAR CRUISES G9 866-864-6295 World-class cruise ferry service connecting Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine. A variety of unique dining options, a casino, spa, live entertainment and more are all part of the F8 170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-775-0727 Fully narrated, daily Whale Watching with naturalist aboard. See Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, Dolphins, Porpoises, Seabirds, Sharks, Tuna, Lighthouses and Forts! Also Deep-Sea Fishing, Nature/Shorebird Cruises. Call for schedule and departures. 9 10 cruise experience. See ad this pg. ODYSSEY WHALE WATCH & NATURE CRUISES



Tour pick up location: 180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-553-0898 Jump aboard our custom coach, limousine licensed, mini-bus for an in-depth look into the Maine craft beer scene. Plenty of varying all-inclusive tour options, sure to satisfy the beer enthusiast in you. MAINE BREW BUS Tour pick-up location: 111 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-200-9111 Our all-inclusive tours on our bright green school buses provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Scheduled and private tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine. See ad pg. 28 MAINE DAY TRIP TOURS 110 Marginal Way #139, Portland, ME 04101 207-838-5275 Private road trip tours are available year-round to experience Maine’s natural and historic treasures. Spend a relaxed and memorable day with your guide who will be informative and personable. See ad pg. 18 MAINE FOODIE TOURS F8 Tickets sold at Vervacious 227 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-233-7485 TASTE your way through town with us! Learn about Maine's RICH culinary history and 8 7


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TAKE THE FERRY BETWEEN PORTLAND, MAINE & YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA Why spend long hours on the road? Nova Star Cruises makes traveling to Nova Scotia much easier and more enjoyable. Just walk right on. Or drive aboard and set your cruise control to 21 knots. Enjoy your journey.


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PORTLAND DISCOVERY LAND & SEA TOURS Tours start at Long Wharf 170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-0808 Don’t just see Portland - discover it! Fully narrated trolley tours of the city, “Lighthouse Lovers” cruises and sunset cruises. Private charters and group tours also available. Seasonally, May-Oct. See ad this pg. PORTLAND FIRE ENGINE CO. Tours start at Long Wharf Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-252-6358 A unique multimedia history tour of Portland Maine aboard a vintage Fire Engine. Tours are approximately 50 minutes in length and are fully narrated. See ad pg. 31 PORTLAND SCHOONER CO. G8 Berth: Maine State Pier 56 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-766-2500 “Step aboard the Extroardinary.” 2-hr public sails & overnight windjammer cruises aboard the classic wooden schooners, Bagheera (1924) and Wendameen (1912). Private charters available. All ages are welcome. May-Oct. See ad pg. 22 PORTLAND’S OLD PORT PASS Purchase On-line: Experience MORE for LESS. Get major discounts off the combined admission to the best attractions with Portland’s ALL ACCESS Old Port Pass. Purchase, Print and Explore. It’s that easy. THE SCENIC ROUTE MAINE TOURS 177 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 F8 207-518-3342 We offer a fully narrated City & Lighthouse Tour and a 5 Lighthouse Tour. We use 15 passenger vans for maximum comfort in a small group atmosphere. Located inside The Blue Lobster. SUMMER FEET CYCLING G10 ADVENTURES Tours begin at Ocean Gateway Portland, ME 04101 866-857-9544 See Portland the active way. The half-day 5 lighthouse tour is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Bike and Brews and multi-day trips are also our specialty. See ad pg. 14 & 26 TOURS BY PETE 207-653-2062 Portland History Docent and professional tour guide with areas of expertise in Portland’s food and beer scene, history, and hiking trails. Make the most of your time in Maine’s largest city. TRUE MAINE TOURS 207-751-1978 Flexible, specialized tours that allow you to choose where you want to go and what you want to see. Experience the real side of Maine. Kayaking, canoeing, and hiking excursions. 13 12 11 14 F7 F7

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City Fun, Island HOPPING No visit to Portland is complete without venturing out to one of the nearby Casco Bay Islands. Dine at a fine Portland restaurant, stay in a comfortable hotel, then get out onto the sparkling waters in a number of fun and affordable ways. Photo: Tim Greenway

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The Casco Bay Lines ferry offers daily trips to seven of the nearby populated islands as well as sunset and moonlight cruises, and a sunrise cruise for early risers. Peaks Island, a commuter neighborhood of Maine’s largest city, is only 15 minutes away but feels like a world apart. Rent bicycles or kayaks, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the lovely town streets lined with gift shops, cafes, and ancient elm trees, which survived the blight due to their secluded island location. Visit the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, built in 1888 as a memorial and reunion hall for veterans of the 5th Maine Regi- ment, and now maintained as a Civil War and local history museum. Top off the day with drinks or dinner at the Inn on Peaks Island, a stone’s throw from the ferry back to Portland. Chebeague, the largest of the Casco Bay islands, can be reached by a leisurely 1 ½

hour ferry ride from Portland or a 15 minute jaunt from nearby Yarmouth. The island contains many Greek Revival homes that were built by the “stone sloopers,” men whose ships carried granite for many of the nation’s most spectacular monuments and churches. Play a round of golf on the nine-hole golf course and have lunch at the Chebeague Island Inn, which offers great food and a spectacular panoramic porch view of the ocean. Looking for an authentic old-fashioned schooner sailing experience? You can enjoy sunset cruises on the bay provided by Maine Sailing Adventures and Portland Schooner Company, both located next to the ferry terminal. For a tasty and educational evening, join sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise who offers fine-wine experiences as part of some of the evening schooner excursions. Or take the ferry to Great Diamond Island for a romantic dinner at Diamond’s Edge.

And for a great family excursion, head up to South Freeport for a trip with Captain Tom Ring on Atlantic Seal Cruises, bound for nearby Eagle Island. Eagle Island was the summer home of Admiral Robert E. Peary, the first man to reach the North Pole. The magnificent home has ocean views on all sides, lovely indigenous flower gardens, and is filled with Peary’s belongings. Captain Tom will show you seals playing on nearby rock outcroppings and even pull a lobster trap or two on the way back. No matter which adventure you choose (and we suggest trying them all!), once back from the islands there is so much to do in Portland, including a visit to the Portland Museum of Art, which has assembled some of the best paintings frommany of Maine’s museums into one fabulous summer-long show. See article on pg. 23


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INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART MAINE COLLEGE OF ART D7 522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-775-3052 The ICA features leading edge exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Admission is free. See ad pg. 66 MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY D7 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-1822 Maine Historical Society offers changing exhibitions of Maine history in its museum, unique Maine gifts in its shop, and tours of the Longfellow House & Garden, home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. MAINE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD COMPANY & MUSEUM G11 58 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101 207-828-0814 Experience Maine’s unique railroad history with a scenic waterfront train ride. Museum features exhibits and activities for children. Open May- October and seasonally for events. See ad pg. 14 MUSEUM AT PORTLAND I2 HEAD LIGHT 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 207-799-2661 Located in the former lighthouse keepers’ quarters, chronicles the history of Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and Fort Williams. Open daily: Jun-Oct. Weekends only: April, May, Nov, Dec. See ad pg. 26 15 16 17

PORTLAND FIRE MUSEUM 157 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101 207-772-2040



The Portland Fire Museum houses an amazing collection of fire related art and artifacts from the 18th century to the present. Come and visit this hidden gem in the Arts District of Portland. PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART D6 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101 207-775-6148 From family activities to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio - it’s all happening at the PMA. Open seven days a week in the summer. See ad below PORTLAND OBSERVATORY F11 MUSEUM 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-5561 A National Historic Landmark. Only remaining maritime signal tower in America. Sweeping views of Portland, Casco Bay and the White Mountains. Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day 10 am - 5 pm. See ad pg. 20 PORTLAND SCIENCE CENTER G8 68 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 207-774-5561 The newest attraction in Portland presents entertaining educational exhibits that teach, inspire, and leave a lasting impact. Portland Science Center—illuminating minds. See ad pg. 28 18 19 20

Do you enjoy entertaining ghost stories and theatrical tales of true but creepy history? Join our actors on this unique, award winning tour for fun, laughs, educational stories and shivers! WINE WISE 207-619-4630 Wine and food pairing education at its best. Join with Sommelier Erica Archer on Wine Walks pairing delicious wines and foods, and Wine Sails with scenic views of lighthouses, waterways and islands. Historic Sites & Museums

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A hands-on museum where the whole family can play, learn and explore. Named one of the top 12 children’s museums in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine. FIRST PARISH PORTLAND E8 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 207-773-5747 The history of the First Parish Church is linked to the founding of Portland and of Maine. This Unitarian-Universalist church is the oldest house of worship in the city.


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LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE Fort Rd on Southern Maine Community College Campus, South Portland, ME 04106 207-699-2676 Step into history! A caisson-style lighthouse open every Saturday and Sunday in July and August. See how the keepers lived. Observe incredible views of Portland Harbor and the Islands. TATE HOUSE MUSEUM B5 1267 Westbrook St, Portland, ME 04102 207-774-6177 Built in 1755, mast agent Captain George Tate’s Georgian Home features period furnishings and herb gardens. Check web or call for special events and family activities. Gift shop open year round. Hourly tours June-Oct. VICTORIA MANSION E5 One of the country’s most important historic homes of the mid-Victorian period. Built 1858- 1860, the Mansion’s intact interiors still boast over 90% of their original furnishings. Decorated for the holidays. 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101 207-772-4841 Historic Sites & Museums BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND BOOTHBAY RAILWAY VILLAGE 586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537 207-633-4727 Nowhere else in New England can you experience a steam train ride, an outstanding collection of over 50 antique automobiles, all in an historic village setting with an exciting I4 Kennebunk’s historic district with a collection of 70,000+ items. Exhibitions and programs for all ages are offered year-round. Open Tue-Fri. FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM AND WYETH CENTER H5 16 Museum St, Rockland, ME 04841 207-596-6457 Collection of 10,000+ works tracing the development of art in Maine within the larger context of American art. Campus includes 9 museum galleries, 3 Wyeth Center galleries, adjacent Victorian Homestead. MAINE ART MUSEUM TRAIL From Ogunquit to Bangor, the seven art museums on The Maine Art Museum Trail offer 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary. See Maine art from Andrew Wyeth to Alex Katz. events schedule. Open June-Oct. BRICK STORE MUSEUM 117 Main St, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-985-4802 Discover fascinating history and art in J3

Artful COLLECTION Highlights from Maine’s most-renowned museums will be on view together for the first time from May 21 through September 20, 2015 at the Portland Museum of Art. Photo: Chenoweth Hall (United States, 1908–1999), Beach at Corea, Maine, 1936, watercolor on paper, 13 x 20 inches. Bates College Museum of Art, Gift of Miriam Colwell, 1996.30.2

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Art and culture has defined the identity of Maine ever since artists began visit- ing Monhegan Island and trekking up Mount Katahdin. This magnificent environment and the art it inspired has captured the public imagination for centuries, and to this day a growing number of visitors from around the world continue to affirm that Maine’s galleries, studios, and art museums are unlike any in the world. The Maine Art Museum Trail is comprised of seven leading museums offering a dazzling array of collections, from ancient to contemporary. Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art MuseumTrail lets us see these museums through the eyes of their directors, who have specially curated selections of Maine master- pieces from their respective museums’ collections. The artists and artworks presented in this exhibition embody quintessentially Maine ideals of fierce independence, innovation, and self- sufficiency, as well as a strength of character that is built from admiration and respect for the rugged and un- spoiled qualities of this land. This is the Maine that inspired Berenice Abbott, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Louise

Nevelson, N.C. Wyeth, and Marguerite Zorach. This is the Maine that continues to inspire contemporary artists Ahmed Alsoudani, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lauren Fensterstock, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Richard Tuttle, and Jamie Wyeth. Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art MuseumTrail shares the rich cultural legacy of our state while providing a platform to highlight the visionary artists of our future. The world holds an enduring fascination with Maine, and the art displayed at this exhibit helps demonstrate why. If your visit doesn’t coincide with this special exhibition, you can make your own pilgrimage along the Maine Art Museum Trail Museum, exploring Maine’s spectacular coastline, countryside, and urban landscapes. The journey will take you from Port- land’s panoramic waterfront, to historic downtown Bangor, to Rockland and Ogunquit with their lively shops and galleries, to the campuses of Bowdoin, Bates, andColbyColleges. Eachmuseum community offers unique opportunities to discover shops, cafés, galleries, his- toric architecture, theatre, music, and other cultural attractions that make each destination a special pleasure.

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