Portland Vacations

Portland is Maine's largest city and a prosperous, cosmopolitan outpost in this northern, forested state. The Arts District features independent galleries and shops centered around Congress Street. Portland's seafood is known throughout New England, and the resident-led revitalization of the downtown Old Port area has resulted in a sophisticated, ... Read more
welcoming small town atmosphere with many of the pleasures of a larger city.

Portland places to stay and top hotels

Portland things to do and experiences




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Top Portland restaurants

  • Fore Street
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  • Duck Fat
    9.423 reviews
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  • Standard Baking Co.
    9.718 reviews
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  • The Holy Donut
    9.719 reviews
    Bakery, Doughnuts
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Portland is so picturesque. You’re near both the ocean and the forest so you really have the best of both worlds. The food is one of the best reasons to go. Portland has some of the consistently best food I’ve ever had. Do yourself a favor, try The Holy Donut and Maíz Colombian Street Food- both are amazing!

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New York City, New York State, USA

Portland is a great city for food, is essentially what I can say after my first visit. I was only there for 1.5 days and it rained for most of that time, but I did get to experience a lot of very good food, some great old architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, and friendly locals. We stayed about 30 minutes out of the city proper, in West Bath (at an AirBNB) so I'm sure staying within the city limits would have made access and seeing more a bit easier, though quite honestly, I'd really attribute most of our lack of exploration to the rain. Parking here is a bit of an issue, as well. We had a rental car and, again, as we were staying outside of the city, had to locate someplace affordable for the full day. Something to be aware of.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

This is a really adorable, hip seaside town with a great food scene. This was a fantastic day trip from Boston for us to see beautiful Maine.

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Los Angeles

Seafood, seafood, seafood! Beautiful lighthouses, scenic drive, and a great place for a sleepy weekend.


A great little city offers so many great eateries and shopping ... a gem.... And only 40 min away.

Waterville, Maine

The Foodie capital! Experience dining like never before! Among the finest are Five-Fifty-Five, Hugo's, Fore Street and Grace. Great art museums and shopping. Loads of culture!

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New York City, New York State, USA

To see the best local foliage, hike up Bradbury Mountain, just outside town, or pedal around using the bike-share program Zagster. After all, some exercise amid the foliage is a convenient way to rationalize all of the good eating to be done in this lobster-filled city. Dig in at October’s acclaimed foodie-palooza Harvest on the Harbor. Highlights include the showcase of samples at the Grand Tasting on the Harbor, and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition—where, happily, audience members get to taste and vote alongside the professional judges.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

We were in the downtown/old Port section of Portland, where everything is walkable. There were lots of really enjoyable shops here that you can explore, and lots of restaurants as well (Portland is one of the main foodie towns in the United States).

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Portland is one of New England's most tranquil and beautiful cities. Kids (and the whole family) will love eating lobster and gelato by the water, visiting the old lighthouse, and taking a ferry out to Peaks Island. This is a great place to stop on a road trip along New England's coast on highway 295.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

Portland is one of New England's most attractive and welcoming cities. Perched overlooking a rock studded bay, Portland is your classic seaside town with excellent fish and sushi restaurants. There's also a strong pub and nightlife tradition. For a day excursion, you can't beat Peaks Island.

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