Is Portland the Best Place in Maine for a First Time Visitor?

Hell ya, Portland ticks all the right boxes! She’s beautiful, hip, sexy and just the right size. She’s a great walking city too. I always love not having to depend on public transportation. She’s also perfectly located about two hours north of Boston and serves as a great location for day trippin. Charming Ogunquit and Kennebunkport sit just south of her. And let’s not forget, she was recently named a top foodie city by Wine Enthusiast.

Now I know that some of you are thinking that “true Maine beauty” lies north of there! While I agree that the state gets more beautiful the farther north you go, for newbies, I still contend Portland is the place to begin.

Still not convinced? After seeing this post, I promise you’ll want to pack your bags and go.

Walk Around the Old Port District

Get lost exploring the sights, smells and tastes of the Old Port District. It’s full of fun stores to explore and check out. What really caught my eye is some of the really cool architecture.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

Buy some healthy treats for your favorite four-legged friend!

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

These donuts are made with real potatoes, not potato flour. The chocolate sea salt ones are the best!

Eat Lobster and Then Eat More

Honestly, I think it’s hard to find bad food in Portland. But let’s face it, part of the draw to Maine is the lobster, or at least, for me it is. Not only did I eat lobster everyday, I ate it in every way imaginable. And believe me, chefs have gotten very creative with it. I ate lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster quesadillas and lobster salad. I think I’ve had enough lobster for a while.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

lobster,Portland, Maine

View the Love Padlocks or Put Up  One of Your Own

Portland Maine lovelocks

Take a Trip to the Beach

No question that the beaches in Maine are spectacular and definitely worth a visit. Coming from Miami, the water is way too cold for my comfort level. But feel free to go in, if you dare!
Higgin's Beach, Portland, Maine

Higgin's Beach, Portland, Maine

 Stroll Along the Fishing Piers and Commercial Street

Walk along Commercial Street and you will find no shortage of shops, restaurants and bars. Turn down the side streets and walk along the docks and watch the fishing boats come in and out. It’s easily to tell when the boats pull in by the hundreds of seagulls hovering above.

fishing pier, Portland, Maine

fishing pier, Portland, Maine

fishing pier, Portland, Maine

fishing pier, Portland, Maine

fishing pier, Portland, Maine

Enjoy the Sea

Portland is meant to be enjoyed by land and sea. Casco Bay Island Ferry Service has ferries that transport you to the nearby islands. Or you can whale watch, sail or deep sea fish.

ferry, Portland Maine

boating activities, Portland, Maine

whale watch, Portland, Maine

ferry, Portland, Maine

Visit the Portland Art Museum and Walk Around

The Portland Art Museum is worth a visit if you can fit it into your schedule. If you have been to the NYC museums or the museums in Europe this may pale in comparison. Actually, my favorite part of this museum was the modern exhibit on the second floor.

the streets of Portland, Maine

The streets of Portland, Maine

The Portland Art Museum, Portland, Maine


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Visit the Portland Head Lighthouse

Head over the bridge and visit the Portland Head Lighthouse. Definitely take the walking path that goes along the water. It offers spectacular views of the lighthouse. It’s free and there are restrooms and plenty of parking.

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine

Visit the Eastern Promenade

Take a leisurely stroll, run or bike ride along the paths of the Promenade. There are beautiful views of the bay and lots of open green spaces to sit and take it all in.

Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

Eastern Promenade, Portland, MaineAre you convinced yet?

5 Responses to Is Portland the Best Place in Maine for a First Time Visitor?

  1. Lorraine August 3, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I’m convinced!

  2. Kelly August 5, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Wow! It looks beautiful!

  3. Kelly August 5, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    It looks beautiful! Do you think that Todd will take me?

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