Portland, located on the southern Maine coast on a peninsula in Casco Bay, is a small city beside the sea, with a large number of restaurants, shops, galleries, tours and museums. There are a large number of business travelers that visit Portland; however it is also a significantly large tourist attraction, which increases the population of the city during summertime.
Getting around Portland is generally easy because of its inexpensive transport, which includes everything from car rentals to metro. The city features many interesting places to visit including the Portland observatory, which
is a sixty five foot tower that offers educational tours, Victoria Mansion, which is an example of residential design from the pre-Civil War in America, Bug Light, which is a lighthouse that offers spectacular views of the Portland
skyline, Stroudwater Village, which is one of Maine’s oldest, Old Port, which is filled with neat shops, cafes and restaurants and Maine Narrow Gauge railroad Museum, which offers vintage locomotives for display and beautiful and scenic trips on the waterfront.
Portland is also popular for its many recreational activities as well as its day trips. Tourists can have fun on the Lucky Catch lobster cruise and spend two hours on a cruise catching lobsters or go on the Maine Day Trip, which gives tourists the chance to photograph and explore Maine’s many unique sights. The city is a perfect place to visit with family and simply have fun at the beach on the East End Beach or at the Happy Wheels skating rink.
Another unique aspect to Portland is its attraction for artists with its art culture. Whether tourists are artists themselves or simply have a love for art can visit the Art District centers located around Congress Street and runs all through the center of Portland. Aside from a large number of galleries and restaurants, the district also has the Maine College of art. Although the district caters to more businesses for local residents, it also has a number of old music and book stores.
A great place to visit is the East End, which is a neighborhood that has its own character. It includes Middle Street, India Street, Congress Street and Washington Street while heading up Munjoy Hill. As well as the regular sprinkle of coffee shops and restaurants in the area, it also has other places of attraction. It features Angela Adams, located on Congress Street and is the headquarters for the world’s most renowned home accessories and rug. There is also Rubelais Books, which features old and new as well as rare books related to food, Ferdinand, which is a favorite among locals for its vintage finds as well as other fun stuff, Homeroom Herb and Tea, which is known for its herbal and medicinal tea.
Portland offers a sophisticated restaurant scene where chefs prepare food that is locally sourced. Whether its bars, restaurants, an art scene or night-clubs. Portland offers something for everyone. It is the perfect place for a holiday, whether it’s with family or a business trip.
Tourists planning to visit the city of Portland can make reservations at The Mark Spencer Hotel. The hotel is ideally located for many excursions to popular places in the city including the Crystal Ballroom and Oregon Symphony. They offer impeccable service and various amenities to ensure that the guest have an invigorating and memorable experience.