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Culture and Family Activities Near Portland

Inn by the Sea and the surrounding area is rich in scenic and recreational opportunity. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy our close proximity to fishing, boating, nature walks and sports of many kinds. Culture vultures will find music, theater, and museums just minutes away in downtown Portland. And for those whose vacations are not complete without some power shopping, Portland abounds with owner-operated shops, galleries, and boutiques filled with fashion, supplies, and objects d’art you simply won’t find elsewhere.

There is so much here you may run out of time before you run out of things to do. But make sure you save time for plenty of serene relaxation right here on Crescent Beach.

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Sep 22 2019

5:00 PM -

Inn by the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Road
Cape Elizabeth ME, 04107

Full Plates Full Potential Benefit- Bid Farewell to Summer Join us on the last day of summer to enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic and culinary delights from a collection of greater Portland’s “new guard” chefs led by Beard House Dinner alums including Inn By the Sea’s Sea Glass Restaurant, EVO, Sur Lie, Five Fifty Five, Union, and David’s. The evening begins at 5 PM on the Seaside lawn for Stroudwater Distillery craft cocktails & appetizers, followed by a tented multi-course dinner at 6 PM.

Music and live auction to help feed hungry kids in Maine.
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Oct 17 2019

6:30 PM -

Brick South at Thompson's Point
8 Thompson's Point Road
Portland ME, 04102

Chef + Farmer Harvest - Benefits Full Plates, Full Potential Chef Andrew Chadwick will join other renowned area chefs for Portland’s Food and Wine festival opener, Harvest on the Harbor 2019, The Festival comes alive at this celebration of local chefs and farmers collaborating to deliver a beautiful, multi-course dinner. Showcasing chefs from Back Bay Grill, David’s Restaurant, EVO, Five Fifty-Five, Lio, Sea Glass, Solo Italiano, Sur Lie and Union.

The evening is a benefit event for Full Plates Full Potential
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Seasonal Activities


Join Maine Foodie Tours as they uncover the storied past and current culinary scene of vibrant Portland, ME with their highly entertaining guides. On all of their tours, you’ll enjoy tasty samplings of local fare created by talented artisans who continue to create and inspire!


Join the Portland Sea Dogs (schedule), a professional minor league baseball team based in Portland, Maine. The Portland Sea Dogs play in the Eastern League and are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.


Connect to the Maine experience at the Inn with activities designed for the whole family.  Daily yoga on the seaside lawn offers a moment of quiet, stretching and reflection before a busy day on the coast. Bug’s Life garden tours for young children is a fun educational activity where children create bug costumes and learn about ecosystems from a bug’s vantage point. Adults enjoy garden tours with Derrick Daly, the Inn’s head gardener, who shares his passion for planting and teaches how to plant ever-blooming gardens that also create habitat and food for wildlife. Or stroll along the beach with a local naturalist and learn about the Inn’s natural environment and beach ecology. Cape Elizabeth offers walking trails on the ocean’s edge, through the woods or around Great Pond. Nearby, Portland offers water activities, ferries to islands in Casco Bay, an interactive children’s museum, a science center, or cruise on an authentic Lobster Boat on Casco Bay and haul traps aboard the Lucky Catch. Just south of the Inn the Audubon Preserve offers guided watchable wildlife tours in canoes or kayaks. Guest services will be happy to connect you to many of the wonderful tours that connect you to the Maine experience.




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