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Portland- Where Yesterday meets Today

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An April 2005 trip to Portland by zabelle

Congress Street Photo, Portland, Maine More Photos
Quote: Historic preservation has turned a rundown seaport in a beautiful jewel of a city. Cobblestone streets, the unmistakable smell of the sea and lobster... does it get better than this?

Portland- Where Yesterday meets Today

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Overview

Congress Street Photo, Portland, Maine
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Portland is Maine’s largest city. It has all the delights of urban living: culture, arts, and more restaurants per capita than any city in the US except for San Francisco, but the great outdoors is never more than a few minutes away. What you see today is a wonderful Victorian but thoroughly modern city. Beautiful, old brick factories have been sympathetically converted into just about anything you can imagine. Brick and cobblestone sidewalks exist alongside modern four-lane highways. You can begin your visit in the old port, or as we did, with a visit to the Portland Art Museum. They have an amazingly deep collection of Impressionist paintings, as well as sculptures, by Degas and Rodin. ...Read More

Holiday Inn By The Bay

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Hotel

Holiday Inn By The Bay Photo, Portland, Maine
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We were here for a conference, so we didn’t have a choice of rooms. Luckily, we ended up with an executive room. It was on a smoking floor but had been ionized before we arrived. One side of the hotel has views of the bay; we unfortunately had a great view of the YMCA. If possible, try to get one of the room ending in 28 (bay view) or 27 (YMCA view). These are the end-of-the-building rooms and are larger. Our room had an entrance hall, after which you entered the main room. We had a dining niche with a wooden table and chairs, a sofa, chair and ottoman, dresser, coffee table, and large ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Holiday Inn By The Bay
88 SPRING ST
Portland, Maine 04111
207-775-2311

Becky’s on Hobson Wharf

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Restaurant | "Becky's on Hobson Wharf"

Becky’s on Hobson Wharf Photo, Portland, Maine
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"'All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast,' John W. Gardner," so states the menu at Becky’s Diner and I have to wholeheartedly agree. This was another of Rachael Ray’s picks in her Portland episode of $40 a Day, and we were delighted to be seated at a table on a Sunday morning with less than a ten-minute wait. I have to admit, though, that it was the first weekend of April and raining to beat the band, so this may very well have accounted for the minimal wait, since long lines are the norm here on a regular weekend. While we were waiting, I watched a bowl of fresh fruit being delivered and decided right then and there that it looked too good to pass up. It comes in two sizes, large and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2005

Becky’s on Hobson Wharf
390 Commercial St.
Portland, Maine
207-773-7070

Katahdin Restaurant

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Restaurant

Katahdin Restaurant Photo, Portland, Maine
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For 15 years, Katahdin has been tempting the palette of the lucky residents of Portland. I am at a loss to understand why all my research on Portland didn’t bring this restaurant automatically to my attention. It somehow seems to have fallen below the Internet radar. It was amazingly crowded both nights we were there; I think it must be one of those restaurants that are primarily a local favorite. The exterior is very understated, with a black awning and the word restaurant, no hint of the treasure that is within. The building itself was formerly a bus station, and the brick walls, exposed pipes, and vents give it a bright and casual feel. One wall has a pretty oak bar where an excellent variet...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2005

Katahdin Restaurant
106 High St.
Portland, Maine
(207) 774-1740

Port of Call Restaurant at Holiday Inn

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Restaurant | "Port of Call Restaurant"

Port of Call Restaurant at Holiday Inn Photo, Portland, Maine
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Port of Call is the name of both the restaurant and the lounge at our hotel. We fell in love with the lounge at first sight. Filled with couches, overstuffed chairs, occasional tables, dining tables, and a big-screen TV, it is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail or to have a cup of coffee or tea. They have a limited menu if you have the urge for a bit of food. When you order a cocktail, you will receive a bowl of pretzel and cracker mix to snack on. There is a popcorn machine in the corner, and you can help yourself to that as well. If you have a priority club card, make sure you use it at check in. I received three free cocktail coupons, as well as three free coffee or tea coupons. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2005

Port of Call Restaurant at Holiday Inn
88 Spring St
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 775-2311

The Stadium Restaurant and Sports Bar

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Restaurant

The Stadium Restaurant and Sports Bar Photo, Portland, Maine
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Can you guess, this restaurant is located just to the rear of the Portland Memorial Sports Complex. When we were visiting Portland, the semiprofessional hockey team the Portland Pirates had two home games. This is the perfect location for a pre- or post-game snack, drink, or meal. The team comes over after all home games for a meet-and-greet. The bar even hosted the World Series Champions Boston Red Sox when they went on their post-series tour. Obviously, Portland was a big supporter of the Red Sox. There was a wall of the bar dedicated to newspaper front pages announcing the end of the "Curse of the Bambino". Anyway, since I am neither a hockey nor a baseball fan, this is not what drew me to thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2005

The Stadium Restaurant and Sports Bar
504 Congress St
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 772-4263

Portland Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Portland Art Museum"

Portland Museum of Art Photo, Portland, Maine
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Founded in 1882, the Portland Art Museum is composed of three distinctive buildings: The McLellan Mansion, The Sweat Memorial Galleries, and the Payson Building. The McLellan Mansion was bequeathed to the museum in 1908, becoming their first permanent home. Mrs. Sweat also supplied the funding for the construction of the Sweat Galleries in memory of her husband. Charles Shipman Payson offered the museum his collection of Winslow Homer Paintings in 1976. Realizing that the museum was inadequate to house them, he also donated 8 million dollars toward the building of an addition. The building designe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 775-6148