Portland is a harbour city with great shopping and restaurants. Seafood is a speciality, particularly lobster. Eating freshly-cooked lobster at a “lobster shack” (informal waterside restaurant) is a treat to remember. Maine has long attracted artists and craftsmen and women, whose work makes the perfect souvenir. But the state is also known for its outlet shopping. As for where to stay, the choice is enormous: by the sea or in the mountains, in a resort with loads of activities or a romantic B&B.
Why should I visit Greater Portland?
About a quarter of all Maine's residents live in and around Portland. The revamped harbourfront is busy with pubs and little shops; up the hill is the excellent Portland Museum of Art, with an impressive line up of European masterpieces as well as works by Maine-inspired artists.
Exploring the coast North from Portland
Along this shore, rocky promontories are punctuated by hidden coves, lighthouses and harbours. But there is also great shopping, fine art museums and ports where shipbuilding has been a way of life for centuries.
Freeport Among 200 classy outlets and retail stores, the most famous is L L Bean. Its flagship store has everything for outdoorsy types and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can even have a quick fly-fishing lesson!
Bath Ship building and seafaring are part of the story of Maine. Find out more at the Maine Maritime Museum. As well as seeing historic craft, you can take a cruise on the Kennebec River or a trolley tour of the nearby US Navy shipyard (book well ahead).
Greater Portland video guide
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