Blessed by the incredible natural beauty of the surrounding forests, fields, and waterways there is something for everyone. Cobblestone streets house locally owned boutiques, and fishing rigs and cruise ships tie up alongside each other. ASR members can shop on Exchange Street, kayak or take a boat tour in the bay, swim at the beach, or visit one of many art and history museums.
It’s all right here: great dining and shopping, hopping nightlife, outdoor recreation, historical and cultural attractions, and stunning natural beauty. Its small scale, accessible waterfront, Old World ambience and youthful vibe have propelled Portland to the top of many national lists of best places to vacation. But you won’t’ have to give up the quintessential Maine cost to enjoy all that Greater Portland has to offer – islands, lighthouses, beaches, and surf crashing on the rocky short are all in proximity of Portland’s vibrant, historic, downtown.
(Visit Portland Maine, 2012 Visitor’s Guide, pages 4-7)
Portland, Maine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Mainers like to keep things relaxed, so casual dress is suitable for all meetings and events. In June Maine still experiences some spring-like weather, so a warm sweater or light jacket is definitely advisable.
Surrounded by water on three sides, jutting out into the island-studded Casco Bay, Portland offers some of the best water access to islands, lighthouses, and historic forts in Maine. Plan a day trip that includes water views, the rugged coast, and picturesque mountain regions – it’s all in proximity to Portland.
Photos courtesy of the Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK:
This 49,000 acre park is not only home to many plants and animals, it’s also home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain, and contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. In addition, over 27 miles of paved motor roads are suitable for bicycle riding. A 3.5 hour drive north from Portland, plan to come early or stay late and experience this national park, located near the seaside town of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island.