Located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, Portland, ME is the state’s largest city and thrives with activity just 15 minutes from Inn by the Sea. A historic seacoast town, Portland blends its rich culture as a working waterfront with galleries, unique shops, music and theater venues, farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. Portland continues to accumulate national “best of” awards, including One of the Coolest Small cities in America by GQ, America’s Best Town in the East by Outside Magazine, a top ten Greenest City by Organic Magazine and America’s Foodiest Small Town by Bon Appetit.
Enjoy the booming craft alcohol scene in Portland with The Maine Brew Bus for a unique experience led by knowledgeable guides with a dedicated non-drinking driver. All tours feature a local snack or meal, trivia, behind-the-scenes experiences, and last, but not least- tasty beer and beverages.
Culture enthusiasts will enjoy Portland’s Arts District, robust with artisan galleries and museums, including the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion. And children will delight in the Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine.
Day through night, Portland offers a thriving music and theater scene. From classic scores by the Portland Symphony Orchestra to today’s big names in music entertainment, the Merrill Auditorium, State Theater, Port City Music Hall and many more have options to suit your entertainment mood. And when looking for theater, skip the movies and check out what Portland Stage has to offer.
Maximize your exposure to city sites by enjoying a guided tour on foot, vehicle or sail. Maine Foodie Tours will help you taste your way through the town with entertaining tour guides and culinary delights. And Portland Discovery Tours offer land and sea options to get up close to Portland’s landmarks, lighthouses, harbor seals and historical sites. For a true taste of life on the ocean, join Captain Tom and his dynamic team at Lucky Catch Cruises as they guide you through the daily routines of a Maine Lobsterman and teach you to haul your own traps. Or to set your own pace, enjoy the 50-mile network of trails throughout greater Portland maintained by Portland Trails.
If your travels bring you to Maine in October, be certain to check out Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor, Maine’s premier food & wine expo celebrating Maine’s thriving culinary and beverage scene.