• Portland Lobster Company has laidback picnic benches and sometimes live music • Luke's Lobster Portland Pier has a great patio on the water • Central Provisions for creative small plates • Scales for classic seafood • Duckfat does Belgian-style frites, poutine, and sandwiches. • Eventide Oyster Co. is an oyster bar restaurant • The Holy Donut will have a long line, but their donuts made from Maine potatoes are so good! • For cocktails, Blyth & Burrows, Portland Hunt & Alpine Club • For beer, you really can't go wrong in Portland. Liquid Riot, Novare Res Bier Cafe, and Shipyard Brewing are good Old Port options. If you're willing to venture a little further out, we also like Austin Street and Lone Pine. Allagash Brewing's HQ location is about 20 min outside of the Old Port, but it's worth the visit.
• Shopping in the Old Port • Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth is surrounded by a nice park and trail. • Eastern Promenade is a beautiful spot to walk or hang out. Paddleboard/kayak rentals are available from Portland Paddle here. You can also walk the Eastern Promenade Trail along the shoreline back to the Old Port. • Portland Schooner Co. is a favorite sail experience of Laura's, leaving downtown Portland for 2-hr sails. • For runners, bikers, and walkers, the Back Cove Trail is a great 3.5 mile loop around Portland's Back Cove, and connects to the Eastern Promenade Trail.
Some recommendations for our guests traveling with kids! • The Portland Children's Museum is located on Thompson's Point, a quick Uber/Lyft from the Old Port. • Eastern Promenade is a beautiful park accessible from the Old Port and elevated above the water with a playground, kayak rentals available, and often food trucks. • Deering Oaks Park has a playground, tennis courts, and a large farmer's market from 7am-1pm on Saturdays. • The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum has family-friendly train rides along scenic Casco Bay. • Lobster demo boat rides with Rocky Bottom Fisheries give kids the opportunity to pull and bait traps. • Mackworth Island is an 11 minute drive from the Old Port, and has a beautiful trail that loops around the island.