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continued: More about Portland - Overview

Cobblestone streets & Maritime history

The past is present throughout the Greater Portland Casco Bay region; ambling through downtown, you’ll notice the Victorian architecture and cobblestone streets residing graciously beside modern office buildings.

In the Old Port, great brick buildings, once warehouses for local merchants, now hold a myriad of original shops, galleries and restaurants.

With some of Maine’s best water-access to islands, historic forts and lighthouses, Greater Portland is a choice destination for maritime enthusiasts.
In years past, tall ships plied the waters of Portland Harbor where cargo freighters still operate in one of the deepest, best-protected harbors on the east coast.

Today, from the welcoming beacon of Portland Head Light to the salty lobstermen of Casco Bay, the coast remains an area steeped in nautical history and graced with the beauty of the sea.

Enjoy the people and city

Greater Portland’s Casco Bay area is everything Maine: a beautiful contradiction of rocky coastline and sophisticated cityscape; toasted Lobster Rolls and gourmet Lobster Thermidor; invigorating sea-spray and spa treatments; lobstermen and businessmen.
She has borne destruction by fire and cannon and she has been rebuilt.

Its citizens are colorful, tenacious and entrepreneurial; they have a genuine love for the region that they share warmly and proudly with visitors.

'The beautiful town, that is seated by the sea' - that's what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote about his birth city.

Portland, maine, has approximately a population of 65,000 people which makes up the half of the states total. With more than 175 large companies Portland is one of the most important industry centers in New England.


Even if settlers lived in the area before it was not until 1632 that Portland was officially founded.
The big fire of 1866 destroyed a large portion of the city but because the city was wealthy it was rebuilt in a heartbeat and the many Victorian-style buildings result from that time.

Skyline Portland, Maine, as seen from harbor.
Skyline Portland, Maine, as seen from harbor.

Traditional Lobster Bake
Traditional Lobster Bake



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