Explore the city, indulge in the freshest food, and experience outdoor adventure!
Stroll down the charming streets and pop in a restaurant to taste the local flavors, from the freshest seafood to locally brewed beer. And if you’re hungry for adventure, check out the national parks which show off a beautiful backdrop of lush forests and stunning mountains.
Explore the City
Wander down the cobblestone streets of Old Port in Portland and enjoy the fishing piers, quaint 19th-century architecture and boutique shopping. Old Port offers a great window into Portland's history, and not to mention an incredible food scene. If you’re in the mood for a cold beer to go with your lobster roll head to one of Portland's microbreweries, many of which offer free brewery tours. If you’re interested in a shopping excursion Freeport is the place to go! Located on the shores of Casco Bay, Freeport is well-known for its local shops and outlets such as the L.L.Bean flagship store. The Instagram photo opportunity in front of the 4.8-meter tall L.L. Bean Boot is worth the visit alone! In addition to the shopping, freeport offers delicious local cuisine, as well as a variety of outdoor activities that people of all ages will enjoy. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop in the car and take a short drive to Wolfe's Neck State Park where you can hike, picnic and explore Maine’s scenic rocky coast.
While in Maine we highly recommend checking out some of the historic lighthouses, part of the seafaring history and culture. You can enjoy the lighthouse tours on the water, by foot, and even in the comfort of your own car. However you choose to visit, you’ll be able to experience some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the U.S., including Nubble Light and Portland Head Light.
Whether you’re a fan of oysters or have never tried one, Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland’s Old Port is a must-try spot. Offering everything from premium oysters and shellfish to their famed Brown Butter Lobster Roll and classic cocktails, there is something on the menu for everyone. And if you’re a big fan of lobster rolls, you must eat at Maine Lobster Co, where all ingredients are locally sourced and top quality. Here they offer a great casual dockside dining experience and a beautiful harbor view of Portland.
Home to scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife, Acadia National Park is considered a national treasure on the coast of Maine. The park is about 257 kilometers from Portland, the largest city in Maine. Here you can experience a variety of fun outdoor adventure and recreation activities, from biking, hiking and kayaking to even galleries and comedy shows.
Bar Harbor, located on Mount Desert Island, is another must-visit spot in Maine. Conveniently located near Acadia National Park, you’ll find quaint boutique hotels, cozy camping sites and plenty of delicious dining options, each offering its own one-of-a-kind experience.
“If You Go” Hit List
- The Press Hotel
- The Westin Portland Harborview
- Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
- Acadia National Park
- L.L.Bean flagship
Eat & Drink
- Eventide Oyster Co.
- Maine Lobster Co.