A close up view of the Portland Head lighthouse
Situated on the ocean, in the heart of Casco Bay, the Portland area is home to six lighthouses, all within 20 minutes of the city centre. The Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park is the most iconic. Walk the paved oceanside trail afterward for views of the ocean.
Homemade fritters topped with sugar
Portland put Maine on the culinary map. The food scene is full of creativity and flavour, with dishes can be as local or as international as you'd like. Enjoy the catch of the day at Portland Lobster Company. If it's sweets you're craving, head to The Holy Donut. For a twist on New England cuisine, check out EVO Kitchen + Bar. Finish with a nightcap at Blyth and Burrows.
Pedal along the ocean as you sip local brews and learn all about the city's rich history – and its equally rich beer culture during your cruise to Portland. With over 25 micro breweries in Portland, there are beers here for every palette.
In just the last five years, the food scene in Portland has blossomed into one of the country's best. From historic pubs to nationally recognised restaurants, the food and drink here doesn't disappoint. Many of the best eateries are just outside the Old Port on Middle Street: Head there for oysters at Eventide (get there early on the weekends) or Belgian fries and paninis at Duckfat.
No matter what trinket you want to bring back from Maine, you can find it in central Portland during your cruise. Local and national stores alike line the cobblestoned streets of Portland. The Old Port is where you'll find the most distinctive shops; head there for boutique and high-end fashions, home goods and souvenirs.
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