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.


Activities
Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours
One of the most entertaining ways to learn about Portland's history, architecture and major sites is aboard a Portland Discover trolley tour. The 105-minute-long trips are fully narrated and even visit the famed Portland Head Light for a photo opp.
Photo by Portland Discovery
  • 170 Commercial St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours

One of the most entertaining ways to learn about Portland's history, architecture and major sites is aboard a Portland Discover trolley tour. The 105-minute-long trips are fully narrated and even visit the famed Portland Head Light for a photo opp.
170 Commercial St Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-761-0941
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.
Photo by Lucky Catch Cruises
  • 170 Commercial St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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, US
Phone: +1 207-761-0941
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.
  • 549 Congress St.
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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.
549 Congress St. Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-772-6828
Winslow Homer Studio
American art lovers must tour the historic Winslow Homer Studio. The famed artist lived here, painting many of his masterpieces in the studio until his death in 1910. Tours start at the Portland Museum of Art. Reservations necessary.
Photo by Trent bell Photography / Portland Museum of Art
  • 5 Winslow Homer Rd
  • Scarborough, ME 04074 US

Winslow Homer Studio

American art lovers must tour the historic Winslow Homer Studio. The famed artist lived here, painting many of his masterpieces in the studio until his death in 1910. Tours start at the Portland Museum of Art. Reservations necessary.
5 Winslow Homer Rd Scarborough, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-775-6148
Portland Museum of Art
The PMA's collection includes more than 17,000 objects dating from the 18th century to present. American art, including that of former resident and icon, Winslow Homer, as well as Andrew Wyeth, is widely represented.
Photo by Craig Becker / Portland Museum of Art
  • 7 Congress Street
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

Portland Museum of Art

The PMA's collection includes more than 17,000 objects dating from the 18th century to present. American art, including that of former resident and icon, Winslow Homer, as well as Andrew Wyeth, is widely represented.
7 Congress Street Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-775-6148
Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Childhood home to the great American poet, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest structure on the Portland peninsula. Built in 1788, the house has been restored with original artifacts and is open for guided tours.
  • 489 Congress St #2
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Childhood home to the great American poet, Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest structure on the Portland peninsula. Built in 1788, the house has been restored with original artifacts and is open for guided tours.
489 Congress St #2 Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-774-1822

Hotels
Westin Harborview
The recently-renovated Westin opened in January 2014 to much fanfare. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Portland, rooms are contemporary and comfortable. Pay a visit to the trendy rooftop lounge for cocktails and 360-degree views.
Photo by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • 157 High St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

Westin Harborview

The recently-renovated Westin opened in January 2014 to much fanfare. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Portland, rooms are contemporary and comfortable. Pay a visit to the trendy rooftop lounge for cocktails and 360-degree views.
157 High St Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 800-937-8461
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.
Photo by InterContinental Hotels Group
  • 88 Spring St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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, US
Phone: +1 888-465-4329
Pomegranate Inn
You'll be pleased you stayed in the charming West End upon checking in to the Pomegranate Inn. Built in 1884, this Italianate home is teeming with funky antiques and colorful contemporary art. Tip: Book a room in the carriage house.
Photo by Lark Hotels
  • 49 Neal St
  • Portland, ME 04102 US

Pomegranate Inn

You'll be pleased you stayed in the charming West End upon checking in to the Pomegranate Inn. Built in 1884, this Italianate home is teeming with funky antiques and colorful contemporary art. Tip: Book a room in the carriage house.
49 Neal St Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 800-356-0408
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.
Photo by Hilton Worldwide
  • 65 Commercial St.
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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 St. Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-780-0780

Restaurants & Bars
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.
Photo by Zack Bowen/Knack Factory
  • 88 Middle Street
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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 Street Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-774-8538
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.
Photo by Katie Selva / Duckfat
  • 43 Middle St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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, US
Phone: +1 207-774-8080
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.
Photo by Eventide Oyster Co.
  • 86 Middle St
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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, US
Phone: +1 207-774-8538
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 Street
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

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 Street Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-775-2717
Miyake
Miyake's exquisite take on Japanese food has made it one of Portland's top restaurants. Adhering to locally raised meat, fish and produce means the changing menu stays fresh and innovative. The soft-shell crab with ponzu and any sushi are winners.
Photo by Miyake
  • 468 Fore Street
  • Portland, ME 04101 US

Miyake

Miyake's exquisite take on Japanese food has made it one of Portland's top restaurants. Adhering to locally raised meat, fish and produce means the changing menu stays fresh and innovative. The soft-shell crab with ponzu and any sushi are winners.
468 Fore Street Portland, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-871-9170