There’s so much to see and do in Portland, Maine! From the art to the culture to the epic food scene, Portland Maine has so much to offer no matter what season you are visiting New England. Visiting during the “quiet season” late Fall (where fall foliage is at!) or early Spring, will help you avoid the Summer tourist crowds and traffic while experiencing the joy of coastal quaintness as you stroll the historic cobblestone streets. Rain or shine, Portland Maine is true beauty. As you walk along at your own pace, appreciate all the history this gem has to offer. From the Portland Museum of Art to restaurant staples like delicious Japanese cuisine fine dining at Miyake (two locations: Miyake and a more casual atmosphere at Pai Men Miyake) and Duck Fat, to staples like Maine blueberries, to plentiful Breweries and Lobsters, it’s a pretty happening place, in my opinion filled with tranquility and peace!
Stop at the small local shops, the paper and stationary ones are any writers favorites, to Longfellow Bookstore (Monument Square, Portland, ME) you can spend a few hours picking up a good read!
Inside the Public Market House (Maine’s largest population center, 28 Monument Square, Portland, ME) you can enjoy local Maine producers/vendors representing their small kiosk areas throughout the market (two floors!) as they share their passion for art in food.
On the first floor, head on over to Café Crêpe for a sweet and/or savory crêpe….so many selections to choose from! My favorite, The “Monkey Bee” a sweet genius combination of sliced bananas, nutella and honey crêpe (a thin pastry resembling a pancake!) served warm topped with powdered sugar … that has forever left a lasting impression on my sweet tooth!
You cannot depart Portland, without a stop at The Holy Donut! (7 Exchange Street Portland, ME, Old Port area)
Look no further for the goodness of a potato donut, made by hand. Holy Moly, this place is booming with local ingredients and a rep of making donuts from scratch. With three locations to choose from, DONUT MISS OUT! I read somewhere on their pretty and delicious looking website that they make 2 million donuts a year, now that’s some unreal donut-talk!
My top three donuts:
- the sea salt (their most popular favorite, and my favorite too!)
- maple bacon
- fresh lemon
A few tips when visiting The Holy Donut:
- They have seasonal donuts (chai in the winter, blueberry lemon in the summer)
- Gluten-free and Vegan options are available
- Arrive before noontime for more of a selection ! I arrived by 8AM!
There’s a lot that the gem of Portland, Maine has to offer, from the freshest Maine blueberry pies at Two Fat Cats (47 India Street Portland, ME) to a casual atmosphere and urban landscape to admire and enjoy. I love this small spot where rain boots are always welcome (rain of shine) and the joy for creative art and culture is contagious.
Peace, Love, Gelato,