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Viva, Portland!

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Viva, Portland!

Neighborhoods
There are numerous points of interest in walking distance from the house!
The neighborhood is historic and beautiful. We are just down Park St. from the Victoria Mansion and the Row Houses.
West End
The neighborhood is historic and beautiful. We are just down Park St. from the Victoria Mansion and the Row Houses.
Walk from the house to the historic neighborhood and old cemetery.
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Western Promenade
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Walk from the house to the historic neighborhood and old cemetery.
The East-end is one of the up-coming areas for great food and drink.
Eastern Promenade Trail
The East-end is one of the up-coming areas for great food and drink.
Food scene
Portland was named restaurant city in 2018 by Bon Appetit magazine and offers so much more than great lobster. This list is not exhaustive, by any means, but here are some standouts!
Wonderful dim sum and dumplings right down the road. Very popular with locals. They have a killer lunch special W-Fri. 3 courses for $13. Get the Asian slaw! *mid-range/casual
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Bao Bao Dumpling House
133 Spring Street
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Wonderful dim sum and dumplings right down the road. Very popular with locals. They have a killer lunch special W-Fri. 3 courses for $13. Get the Asian slaw! *mid-range/casual
Exceptional Chinese food usually with a wait - they don’t take reservations so, belly up to the bar and enjoy the people watching. Family friendly. *mid-range/casual
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Empire Chinese Kitchen
575 Congress Street
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Exceptional Chinese food usually with a wait - they don’t take reservations so, belly up to the bar and enjoy the people watching. Family friendly. *mid-range/casual
One of our favorites and definitely a locals spot. They have incredible Thai food and solid drinks. They also feature a late night happy hour starting at 10 pm. Not to be missed! *mid-range
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Boda
671 Congress Street
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One of our favorites and definitely a locals spot. They have incredible Thai food and solid drinks. They also feature a late night happy hour starting at 10 pm. Not to be missed! *mid-range
Stalwart locals favorite for no-muss, no-fuss seafood on the wharf. Stiff drinks, female-run, and a place where you can really take in the local Mainer scene. Anthony Bourdain ate here when he visited Portland. *mid-range/casual
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Js Oyster
5 Portland Pier
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Stalwart locals favorite for no-muss, no-fuss seafood on the wharf. Stiff drinks, female-run, and a place where you can really take in the local Mainer scene. Anthony Bourdain ate here when he visited Portland. *mid-range/casual
Solid Japanese street food at very reasonable prices. Casual and chill vibe. One of our go-to’s. *casual
Mami
339 Fore St
Solid Japanese street food at very reasonable prices. Casual and chill vibe. One of our go-to’s. *casual
Walking distance from the house - great $1 oyster happy hour (everyday) from 4-6 and again at the late night - w/ great drink specials and other food items that mean you can get some otherwise spendy food on the cheap. Try the martini with sea water! *mid/high-end
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Little Giant
211 Danforth St
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Walking distance from the house - great $1 oyster happy hour (everyday) from 4-6 and again at the late night - w/ great drink specials and other food items that mean you can get some otherwise spendy food on the cheap. Try the martini with sea water! *mid/high-end
Exceptional seafood and on-point service. Beautiful spot, located right on the water - the place to splurge on Maine seafood in a fine dining experience. *high-end
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Scales
68 Commercial St
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Exceptional seafood and on-point service. Beautiful spot, located right on the water - the place to splurge on Maine seafood in a fine dining experience. *high-end
This is the original restaurant that put Portland on the foodie map - everything here is perfectly prepared and memorable. Great happy hour drink specials (bloody Mary’s and mimosas) on weekdays and Sunday downstairs. Located on historic cobblestone Fore street. *high-end
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Central Provisions
414 Fore Street
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This is the original restaurant that put Portland on the foodie map - everything here is perfectly prepared and memorable. Great happy hour drink specials (bloody Mary’s and mimosas) on weekdays and Sunday downstairs. Located on historic cobblestone Fore street. *high-end
Unforgettable Japanese food in the hip East-End. We always take guests here on their first trip!
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Izakaya Minato
54 Washington Ave
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Unforgettable Japanese food in the hip East-End. We always take guests here on their first trip!
Delicious Spanish food with a cozy vibe and extensive drink list, including Spanish sherries, great wines, and unique cocktails. *mid-range/high-end
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CHAVAL
58 Pine St
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Delicious Spanish food with a cozy vibe and extensive drink list, including Spanish sherries, great wines, and unique cocktails. *mid-range/high-end
Affordable Mediterranean food with a fun and forward craft cocktail menu. They started out as a food truck and recently moved into this sleek new space. *mid-range
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Baharat
91 Anderson St
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Affordable Mediterranean food with a fun and forward craft cocktail menu. They started out as a food truck and recently moved into this sleek new space. *mid-range
All things fried fish in this longtime Maine restaurant chain. New to Portland and the locals are loving it. *casual
Bob's Clam Hut
111 Cumberland Ave
All things fried fish in this longtime Maine restaurant chain. New to Portland and the locals are loving it. *casual
Another place to treat yourself to excellent seafood - extensive raw bar and famous lobster rolls with brown butter sauce. Can be busy. *high-end
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Eventide Oyster Co.
86 Middle Street
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Another place to treat yourself to excellent seafood - extensive raw bar and famous lobster rolls with brown butter sauce. Can be busy. *high-end
Locals say they have the best lobster rolls for the price! *casual
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The Highroller Lobster Co
104 Exchange St
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Locals say they have the best lobster rolls for the price! *casual
Hop on a 15 minute ferry ride to Peaks Island and ditch the crowds by walking to this solid restaurant and bar on the water with a view of Portland. *mid-range
The Cockeyed Gull Restaurant
78 Island Avenue
Hop on a 15 minute ferry ride to Peaks Island and ditch the crowds by walking to this solid restaurant and bar on the water with a view of Portland. *mid-range
Great locally made kombucha tasting room; ping-pong and games to play in this new super fun space!
Root Wild Kombucha
135 Washington Ave
Great locally made kombucha tasting room; ping-pong and games to play in this new super fun space!
One of the famous food joints for fries cooked in duck fat. *causal
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Duckfat
43 Middle Street
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One of the famous food joints for fries cooked in duck fat. *causal
Really inventive constantly changing menu. Great cocktails **mid-range/high end
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Drifters Wife
59 Washington Ave
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Really inventive constantly changing menu. Great cocktails **mid-range/high end
Neighborhood spot on the east-end; great for breakfast. Quality food at much more affordable prices. *casual/mid-range.
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The Front Room
73 Congress Street
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Neighborhood spot on the east-end; great for breakfast. Quality food at much more affordable prices. *casual/mid-range.
Super food; locals fave for fine dining. *high end*
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Fore Street Restaurant
288 Fore Street
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Super food; locals fave for fine dining. *high end*
Hugely popular locals spot for brunch - try one of the many Benedicts. *casual*
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Bayside American Cafe
98 Portland Street
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Hugely popular locals spot for brunch - try one of the many Benedicts. *casual*
Sightseeing
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Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth Street
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Museu de Arte de Portland
7 Congress Square
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For a modest price you can island hop on the Casco bay ferry system. Pack snacks and byob (yep, you can enjoy your own alcoholic beverages!) to sit back and take in the gorgeous views! Very popular in the summer.
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Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal
Maine State Pier
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For a modest price you can island hop on the Casco bay ferry system. Pack snacks and byob (yep, you can enjoy your own alcoholic beverages!) to sit back and take in the gorgeous views! Very popular in the summer.
The narrow-gauge trains takes you visitors on sites of the city.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
The narrow-gauge trains takes you visitors on sites of the city.
Radical bowling alley with lots of lanes, a great vibe, and an amazing rooftop bar. They show movies on the rooftop bar during the summer season - so make sure to check out their events page.
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Bayside Bowl
58 Alder Street
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Radical bowling alley with lots of lanes, a great vibe, and an amazing rooftop bar. They show movies on the rooftop bar during the summer season - so make sure to check out their events page.
Catch a game with our minor league baseball team, right in town.
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Portland Sea Dogs
271 Park Avenue
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Catch a game with our minor league baseball team, right in town.
If you are into the ‘unexplained’ and a huge curated collection of all things Sasquatch - GO HERE!
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International Cryptozoology Museum
4 Thompsons Point
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If you are into the ‘unexplained’ and a huge curated collection of all things Sasquatch - GO HERE!
The iconic and picturesque spot for a photo.
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Farol de Portland
12 Captain Strout Cir
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The iconic and picturesque spot for a photo.
Drink
There are numerals places to grab drinks and happy hour deals around the house - here are some of our faves!
The Bearded Lady - Jewel Box, has fantastic cocktails and a really cool vibe; definitely stop in for a drink!
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The Jewel Box
644 Congress Street
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The Bearded Lady - Jewel Box, has fantastic cocktails and a really cool vibe; definitely stop in for a drink!
Super hipster scene with great drink specials and decent food at a good price. Often crowded on weekends.
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LFK
188A State Street
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Super hipster scene with great drink specials and decent food at a good price. Often crowded on weekends.
Tons of cocktails and an extensive mocktail list for the whole family. A great family friendly spot for libations.
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Vena's Fizz House
345 Fore Street
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Tons of cocktails and an extensive mocktail list for the whole family. A great family friendly spot for libations.
Longtime dive favorite of West-Enders. Full food menu, too.
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Ruski's
212 Danforth Street
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Longtime dive favorite of West-Enders. Full food menu, too.
East-End dive favorite with stiff drinks at cheaper prices and plenty of local color always on tap.
Munjoy Hill Tavern
189 Congress St
East-End dive favorite with stiff drinks at cheaper prices and plenty of local color always on tap.
Innovative craft cocktails in a super cool setting reminiscent of a hunting lodge. Try the Green Eyes.
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The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
75 Market Street
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Innovative craft cocktails in a super cool setting reminiscent of a hunting lodge. Try the Green Eyes.
Punk rock vibe at this locals favorite bar and diner. Great happy hour, 5-7, drink specials and $5 food items (all day Sunday).
Downtown Lounge
606 Congress St
Punk rock vibe at this locals favorite bar and diner. Great happy hour, 5-7, drink specials and $5 food items (all day Sunday).
Old port speakeasy where all drinks are $5! Enjoy finding the entrance!
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Lincolns
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Old port speakeasy where all drinks are $5! Enjoy finding the entrance!
Fun, spirited, popular locals favorite. Limited to beer, wine, and desert.
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Maps
64 Market St
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Fun, spirited, popular locals favorite. Limited to beer, wine, and desert.
Cool dive with great food.
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Tomaso's Canteen
18 Hampshire Street
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Cool dive with great food.
$5 martini specials during happy hour and cheap eats then, too.
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David's Restaurant
22 Monument Way
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$5 martini specials during happy hour and cheap eats then, too.
Super fun arcade bar; good drinks and tons of games.
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Arcadia National Bar
24 Preble Street
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Super fun arcade bar; good drinks and tons of games.
Locals favorite dive; funky and super eclectic.
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Bubba's Sulky Lounge
92 Portland Street
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Locals favorite dive; funky and super eclectic.
Super fun spot on east-end; you can crawl many of the east-end spots from here
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Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox Street
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Super fun spot on east-end; you can crawl many of the east-end spots from here
The place that started the Maine beer scene.
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Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way
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The place that started the Maine beer scene.
A huge spot in the Old Port that can get very rowdy (and crowded) during the summers.
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Liquid Riot Bottling Company
250 Commercial Street
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A huge spot in the Old Port that can get very rowdy (and crowded) during the summers.
Incredible “deep tracks” beer offerings...300+
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Novare Res Bier Cafe
4 Canal Plaza
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Incredible “deep tracks” beer offerings...300+
Great New England style IPA’s with a locals cult following.
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Bissell Brothers Brewing Company
4 Thompsons Point
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Great New England style IPA’s with a locals cult following.
Live Entertainment/Music
Really cool historic venue - check out the shows when in town.
State Theater
Really cool historic venue - check out the shows when in town.
Really cool, hidden, music venue.
The Apohadion Theater
107 Hanover St
Really cool, hidden, music venue.
New music venue perched a panoramic point on the peninsula. Great views and they have been bringing in really good lineups; great biergarten.
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Thompsons Point
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New music venue perched a panoramic point on the peninsula. Great views and they have been bringing in really good lineups; great biergarten.
Great neighborhood music hall.
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Port City Music Hall
504 Congress Street
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Great neighborhood music hall.