Portland, ME, Weekend
Portland is a mix of things. It’s old and new; gritty and chic; polished and weathered: identities, all of them, that combine to give this city a flavor all its own. And although its working flavor remains, the Old Port has also been creatively re-imagined as a tourist hotspot, where you can pick up an original Angela Adams rug (the designer calls Portland home) or equally stunning pottery at the Maine Potter’s Market. It’s this kind of scene that helps explain why the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portland one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2003.
Food, of course, is big here, too. And although you’d expect seafood, of course–and some of freshest stuff anywhere in the world can be found in Portland–water views don’t preclude this city from serving up more than fish. Mediterranean flavors abound at Fore Street, Italian dominates the menu at the always romantic Cinque Terre, and Spanish Paella awaits at Cailiola’s Restaurant, while modern twists on classic American cuisine may be found at Hugo’s. Hard choices, indeed. But don’t worry. You can always make a return trip.
Yankee‘s picks for Portland. Click on any destination below for a map and more information.