A December 2005 trip
to Portland by ladyanne47
Quote: Portland, Maine, like its sister in Oregon, is built on the edge of a sea and bay. It offers the best of both worlds.
Portland is one of the few cities in Maine and is considered the largest. Even though it is a city, it is so much more and has many cultural and historical features to add to a visit there. It is a city full of fascinating architecture, museums, antique shops, and restaurants of all kinds, and it is an up-and-coming young professional city that is more and more appealing to the young family.
Portland is built on a hill that tapers down to the coastline. The waterfront, with a shipping and fishing industry that keeps it alive and well, is busy with a popular tourist trade also. The city is full of life with its historical port, cultural events, wonderful sculptures through the streets and squares, old hotels, and two great museums. There is a marina, condominiums, and whale-watching and boat tours. It is a family city with much for the children as well, including the Children's Hands On Museum. The Old Port has been revitalized with renovations of the original old stone-and-brick buildings and numerous smart shops, cafes, and restaurants. It's fun just to walk along both sides of Commercial Street. There are old original narrow cobblestone streets that hide charming places to shop and find treasures to bring home. There is one old fashion tourist shop with T-shirts and all the tacky plastic lobsters and souvenirs you could imagine. Kids love it. One store has all things to do with the sea and ships--so much fun. Bakeries are also in competition for the "best bread" title, and islanders are busy shopping for their week's supply of goods until their next ferry ride back into port from the islands in Casco Bay.
Directions: Route 95, take Route 295, exit at Portland Waterfront District or Franklin Street exits.
Attraction | "Casco Bay's Cliff Island, Maine"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2006
Casco Bay, Maine
Stamford, New York