Home to the Portland Head Light and Portland Observatory, the city of Portland, Maine, is lined with some of the most iconic structures on the coast of Maine. Boating and fishing on the Casco Bay define the city's quintessential New England character. If you're interested in seeing American and European paintings, browse the exhibits at the Portland Museum of Art and Maine College of Art. Visit the Maine Historical Society to discover Portland's rich heritage and key role in the maritime commerce of the United States.
After landing at Portland International Jetport (PWM), merge onto Interstate 295 and drive to downtown Portland. The Old Port and the Arts District are lined with the city's premier waterfront hotels, marinas and shops. You can also book a room on the south bank of the Fore River, which offers some tranquility just outside Portland's vibrant downtown. A fun way to explore Portland's coast is to board a Casco Bay Lines ferry.
Nor’easters and freezing temperatures are common during the winter in Portland. On a warm day, you can enjoy some locally caught American Lobster on the patios of seafood restaurants overlooking the Port of Portland. After satisfying your appetite with New England cuisine, head to the historic Merrill Auditorium and enjoy some of the finest performing arts in Maine. Be sure to arrive early for your show to listen to the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ.