Introducing Portland, Maine

Surrounded by water but sheltered from the wild Atlantic, Portland is a wonderful, walkable city with a rich history. Seafront parks, sweeping views and a bustling harbour keep visitors entertained year-round, while a reputation as a food-lovers mecca is well deserved. 

Things to do

Home to creaking fishing boats and gleaming yachts, Portland’s working waterfront is the soul of the city. Tread the boards of its piers and wharfs then hop on a boat tour for the best view of the surrounding islands and craggy shore. Eastern Promenade offers a gentle walk around the head of the peninsular, and whether by foot, ferry or kayak, the maritime history and stunning coast of Maine is yours to explore.  

Portland is the land of lighthouses. Dating back to 1791, Portland Head Light sits proudly on a rocky outcrop at the entrance to Casco Bay, while Bug Light guards the breakwater shielding Portland Harbor. For more local history, dip inland for a visit to Victoria Mansion, an opulent pre-civil war home which retains all its original splendour.

Portland’s coast offers a rich bounty for seafood lovers. Sweet, tender and fresher than fresh, Maine lobster is caught by fishermen who’ve been plying the waters of Casco Bay for generations. Baked, stuffed, or stewed, you can’t go wrong – but a warm, buttery lobster roll is a firm favourite.  Locals also take pride in the vibrant craft beer scene. For an extensive beer selection and warm atmosphere, try the Novare Res Bier Café.  

Top Tip from SLH

Get lost in Old Port, where independent boutiques and eateries line cobblestone streets.