Portland

Fine dining. Outstanding art. Classic architecture. Live theater, historic homes, lush parks, super shopping and a working waterfront. Maine’s best-known city, Portland, has it all.

Portland is rated one of the top cities in the eastern United States for “foodies.” Award-winning chefs direct kitchens that turn out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger urban centers. Twice-weekly vibrant and growing farmers’ markets offer a bounty of local and organic produce, meats and cheeses throughout the summer months.

You can eat casually, perhaps enjoying a lobster roll while seated on a dockside bench, or elegantly, at one of the city’s five-star restaurants offering a tasting menu of Maine grown delights such as rabbit, venison or scallops.

A stroll through the popular Arts District might include visits to the Portland Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Maine, not far apart on the city’s main artery, Congress Street. Within walking distance, you’ll find a number of intriguing art galleries, antique shops, studios and theaters.

For the history buff, Portland is bursting with places of interest and tours of such landmarks as Victoria Mansion, the childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the Portland Observatory Museum with its breathtaking views of Casco Bay, Back Cove and Mt. Washington.