Not quite sure how to spend the rest of your summer? Look no further than Portland, Maine. This charming vacation spot is the perfect escape from the confines of a city and offers something for the foodie and the adventure seekers. Check out our City Guide written by our resident food and travel expert Carolyn Stine. You can also follow her adventures on Instagram @Carobaker1.
Where To Stay:
The Press Hotel - The perfect home base for your weekend in Portland is The Press. It is centrally located and makes exploring a cinch, plus the decor is equal parts quirky vintage and sleek modern.
Where To Eat:
Duck Fat - Just like one would expect, this spot specializes in all things duck-related. Don’t miss the charcuterie board, duck fat panini, and duck fat fries (side of truffle ketchup please).
Street and Co - Go early to put your name in (they don’t take reservations) and then spend the rest of your time getting insanely excited for an incredible dinner. My favorites were the halibut stuffed piquillo peppers and the sole francaise, which is served right in the pan it was cooked in.
Holy Donut - Two words: potato donuts. Go for breakfast. Bring an appetite. Order as many flavors as humanly possible.
Eventide Oyster Co - The quintessential Portland spot for oysters and lobster rolls (theirs happens to be brown butter poached). I recommend asking for a sampler of all of the local oyster varieties so you can choose your favorite, and do not miss a side of their brussels sprouts, which are some of the best I’ve ever eaten.
Central Provisions - My favorite cocktail spot in Portland. Come here and post up at the bar after you put your name in at Street and Co.
The Standard Baking Co - The freshest housemade breads, and great coffee to boot.
Two Fat Cats Bakery - Pie, glorious pie, in all forms. And if you don’t feel confident that you can polish off a pie singlehandedly, they have a vast selection of other baked goods (such as chocolate-y whoopie pies).
What To Do:
Explore - Portland is a really manageable city and can be explored by foot with ease. Don’t miss out on the little cobblestone streets closer to the water, there are tons of little shops and places to pop into.
Ferry to Peaks Island - Climb aboard and get ready for stunning views of Portland and the surrounding islands. I highly recommend timing your trip so it coincides with sunset. Boom.
Allagash Brewing Company - You’ll notice that Allagash is served absolutely everywhere in Portland (it goes especially well with that duck fat panini), and you can book tours and tastings here seven days a week.