The bustling city of Portland is the epicenter of culture and commerce in Maine. This vibrant waterfront community boasts award-winning restaurants, a thriving economy and a captivating arts and music scene.
Portland’s population of 67,000 annual residents makes it the largest city in the state. The Greater Portland Metropolitan Area accounts for one-third of Maine’s total population.â€‹
While Portland maintains the charm of a classic New England fishing town, it is also a hub of innovation and contemporary culture.
Music & Entertainment:
Blue is an acclaimed live music venue, featuring regular performances from the most talented jazz, folk, and rock artists in the region. Located on Congress Street, Blue is a fun and convenient place to grab a drink and listen to music in downtown Portland.
Asylum is one of Portland’s premier concert venues and night-life destinations. With four distinct entertainment options spanning two floors, Asylum is sure to have something for everyone. So, whether you need a place to catch a the game or want to get funky on the dance floor, Asylum is sure to be a good time.
Galleries & Museums:
Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, AS1 Gallery, and the Institute of Contemporary Art are all within walking distance of downtown Portland. These local art galleries feature a variety of styles and techniques in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Kids will love the Children’s Museum & Theatre, located at 123 Free Street in Portland.
Portland has been nationally recognized for the excellent quality and amazing number of restaurants – foodies love it here!
Fore Street is a fabulous, upscale restaurant located one block from Portland’s Old Port District. This restaurant has twice been named to Gourmet Magazine’s “Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States.” Fore Street’s ingredients are locally sourced and its menu is updated daily.
Scales is an excellent seafood restaurant located on Maine Wharf in Portland. Opened in 2016, Scales offers delicious seafood dishes and a raw bar in an upscale, modern setting.
Portland residents remain active all year-round. In the summer, swimming, boating and fishing in Casco Bay are among some of the most popular ways to enjoy the beautiful waterfront. Portland also has extensive bike paths and trails, several lovely parks, and exquisite golf courses.
In the winter, residents enjoy cross country skiing in Portland and the surrounding communities and many people also take day-trips to downhill ski at resorts like Shawnee Peak, Lost Valley and Sunday River.
Portland has several options for public school children at all levels. Visit www.portlandschools.org to learn more about the public schools in this area.
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