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Portland - Overview

Despite the fact that it is the largest city in Maine this city has preserved its small town flair while offering everything a big city has to offer.

Portland boasts a thriving arts scene and an exclusive Downtown Arts District. As one of the premier cultural centers in northern New England, Portland’s visual and performing arts rival those of regions much larger in size. Stroll through the world-class Portland Museum of Art, or wander the cobblestone streets in search of local galleries.

From classical to cutting-edge, performing and visual arts are vibrantly alive in Portland and infuse the region with a surprising sophistication.

Sometimes Portland is called the San Francisco of the East Coast because of that thriving art scene.

Nature & Location

Nestled between Maine’s forest-covered mountains and spectacular rugged coast, Portland is a roughly shaped gem of New England.
Unspoiled landscapes, beautiful vistas, succulent lobster, stately lighthouses, outdoor adventures, exceptional shopping, the list goes on…

In the Casco Bay region of Greater Portland to Freeport you’ll find it all within a 15-mile radius surrounding the state’s largest city—Portland.

Right here, in Greater Portland, you can experience a bit of what everyone’s talking about, a small piece of “everything maine.” From mountains to lakes, city to country, inland to coast, nature to nightlife, welcome to Greater Portland’s Casco Bay.

Its history intricately bound to the sea, Portland remains proud of its working waterfront and the celebrated beauty of its rock-bound coast.
The waterfront provides access to the sea for commercial shipping and a host of pleasure activities.

Shop for gourmet foods in the bustling Public Market and in the evening dive into a nightlife that features award-winning local brews and a flourishing live-music scene.

Long Wharf, Portland, Maine
Long Wharf, Portland, Maine



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