Get Out Of Town: Getaway to Portland, ME
The holiday season is approaching, which we know our time will be tied up with family parties, work events, and shopping! So before the craziness of the season ensues, take some time and head out of town for a mini getaway. There are so many places you could drive to from the North Shore, from Rhode Island, northern New Hampshire or Vermont, however, our vote is to check out the cool city of Portland, Maine. Portland is home to many amazing restaurants, cool shops, and beautiful scenery.
The main street, Congress Street is the hub of restaurants, shops, and art. It’s just a short walk toward the harbor will bring you to the Old Port with cobblestone streets, salty breezes and lots of ice cream and touristy stores. You could stay in a 1-mile radius and feel like you saw the whole city or you could explore the dozens of gems hidden in neighborhoods. Portland is a great city for a day trip, however, it is worth the expense of getting a hotel room and spending the night! Portland is the perfect city to eat and drink your way through so make sure you head up there hungry and thirsty!
One of the first places you should check out is Empire Chinese Kitchen . The vibe is fun & relaxed and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Their drink menu is extensive and they are known for their spicy margarita so make sure you check that out! Then order the lobster rangoons and one of their many dumpling dishes, I suggest, the Shu Mai! They are light, slightly spicy, but everything you could ever want in a dumpling!
If you are looking for some of the best food you will enjoy in your life, head on over to the Old Port and check out Street & Co. They have been a part of the Portland food scene for over 20 years and their menu is full of fresh seafood, local meats, organic vegetables, and everything is scratch made in their kitchen. They have limited reservations, however, if you are a small party of 2, get there and try and sit at the bar! The service is great and the food is worth the wait!
After your belly is full, and if you are heading to Portland with the kids, make sure you check out the Children’s Museum and Theater. They feature a wide variety of exhibits for the children to interact with and activities to participate in. The kids will be entertained and learn something at the same time, seems like a parenting win to me!
Into history and architecture? Check out the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. The Longfellow family made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States and resided in this house for 3 generations. Enjoy an hour-long guided tour and learn about some amazing local history. Also for you architecture buffs, this home was the first home completely made out of bricks to be built in Portland and it is the oldest standing structure in Portland.
After all the food and educational touring, you are probably going to work up a strong thirst. Don’t worry, head on over to the Allagash Brewing Company where they will quench your thirst on a brewery tour. The best part is the tours are FREE! They run the tours every day, 7 days a week, from 11am-6pm and afterwards you can purchase some of their beer to bring home!
Portland, Maine is a fun city with something to do any day of the week. Whether you are heading out of town with your significant other, it’s a girls’ weekend, or you want to take the whole family, Portland will not disappoint.