Portland, located on Casco Bay, is Maine’s largest city as well as its creative hub. Many craftspeople, artists, and other creative types have chosen to live and work here, positioning the city as one of the most fashionable locations in the Northeast. Portland’s Old Port, constructed in the 1800s, has been converted into a first-class shopping and dining district. However, the original Federal-style architecture of the area has been impeccably maintained.
In addition to its commercial shipping traffic, the city’s “new” port is also the departure point for the ferry to Nova Scotia and commuter boats to the Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands. There are lots of things to do in culturally-diverse Portland, from hot air ballooning to deep-sea fishing. For food lovers, Portland has an abundance of restaurants and cafes. In addition to performances by local theater and dance companies, the city has its own symphony orchestra and opera company. It is also a great spot to catch top rock and jazz acts. There are several interesting museums to check out, including a first-class art museum, children’s museum and a museum dedicated to African tribal art. Scenic drives and walks can be found in and around the city. Cliff Walk, in nearby Prouts Neck, leads to the site of famed artist Winslow Homer’s former studio. To get in on the local sports action, see if the Portland Pirates (minor league ice hockey) or the Portland Sea Dogs (minor league baseball) have a home game scheduled.
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