With its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, the Greater Portland area is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious — a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel can coexist. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity, community and character.
There are hidden gems and must-see landmarks scattered through all of Portland, Maine’s neighborhoods.
This little city has a world-class dining scene, truly magnificent art institutions, and plenty of places to enjoy the scenic rocky coast. Forever tied to its maritime heritage, Portland maintains much of its 19th century architecture and character of the trading and fishing settlement it once was when established in 1632. Portland packs a whole lot into its three mile long peninsula.
Even in the less-trafficked areas you’ll find everything from cozy neighborhood eateries that keep locals fed all year-long to bars and pubs serving craft beers on tap. There is so much to see and do in Portland, Maine’s neighborhoods you’re going to need a go-to guide to keep everything straight.
Portland Maine’s West End neighborhood is known for its charming and understated elegance—noted over and over as one of the best preserved Victorian neighborhoods in the country. Feel like a part of the community as you stroll through side streets that give off a uniquely New England flair with overhanging trees, lush private gardens, and excellently restored 19th century brick homes with climbing ivy and original iron fencing.
On Danforth St. you’ll glimpse the grandeur of the Victoria Mansion. This historic landmark is open for tours through most of the year, so you can glimpse its original art and luxurious furnishings.
The nearby Town of Yarmouth epitomizes the best in Maine communities: a New England-style main street (known as the "Village”) with a combination of old homes and small businesses, a beautiful parkway along the picturesque Royal River, a sheltered port in Yarmouth Harbor, and a diversified commercial base along U.S. Route 1.
Yarmouth boasts top-notch seafood spots year-round, but in July, the annual Clam Festival is the region’s main attraction. The family-friendly event features plenty of clams and chowders, as well as amusement park rides for the kids and kids at heart.