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Portland, Maine Travel Guide

Portland, ME, has risen to the top of hip travelers' must-visit list. It has gained well-deserved acclaim as a top food destination, and is packed with funky boutique shops and trendy bars.

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Katie Selva / Duckfat

Duckfat

James Beard award-winning chef Rob Evans opened Duckfat in 2005 as an ode to Belgian frites made from Maine-grown potatoes fried in duck fat. Today, the popular sandwich shop dishes up unusual paninis, duck fat-fried doughnut holes and craft sodas.

43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

 
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Eventide Oyster Co.

Eventide Oyster Co.

Home to Maine's finest selections of oysters, Eventide is a must-visit. Grab an artisan cocktail and order a dozen raw ones. You'll find exceptional oysters from Maine, Massachusetts and Washington served with unusual sides like horseradish ice.

86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

 
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Explore Old Port

Wander cobblestone streets and admire 19th-century brick architecture while exploring the Old Port in downtown Portland. Set along the waterfront, you'll find boutique shops, restaurants and bars -- and of course, a port -- in this trendy hub.

Downtown Portland, ME

 
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Fore Street

Portland's most coveted reservation, Fore Street's central, open kitchen comes complete with a wood-fired brick oven and grill. Local, organic ingredients fill the ever-changing menu. If available, the wood-oven roasted mussels are a must.

288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

 
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Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront

Just a short walk from the city's popular Old Port neighborhood, the Hilton makes an excellent jumping-off point for a Portland visit. Ask for a waterview room and enjoy access to the hotel's full-service breakfast buffet.

65 Commercial Street, Portland, ME, 04101

 
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InterContinental Hotels Group

Holiday Inn by the Bay

Its enviable waterfront location makes the Holiday Inn by the Bay a popular choice for travelers. Ask for a bay-view room, and enjoy amenities that include free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool.

88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101

 
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Zack Bowen/Knack Factory

Hugo's

Hugo's menu takes diners on the city's top culinary adventure with farmed, fished and foraged ingredients. Sit overlooking the open kitchen and enjoy 1 of 3 tasting menus featuring items like octopus with wilted chard, togarashi and daikon.

88 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101

 
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Lucky Catch Cruises

Lucky Catch Lobster Boat Cruise

A ride on the Luck Catch through Casco Bay is a must. The boat takes 14 passengers on a 90-minute tour where they learn how lobster traps are hauled, set and baited, and can even participate in the process.

170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

 

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