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Along the southern coast and off the I-95 corridor, Portland is the perfect stopping point before or after your ski adventure in Maine. With 300+ restaurants, 150+ breweries, and exceptionally friendly locals, you will feel right at home. We've hand crafted this list of ski resorts and mountain peaks with our team's input to give you a personalized experience.
Shawnee Peak45.6 MILES AWAYles
The longest operating ski resort in Maine and the closest to Portland, Shawnee Peak is well groomed and perfect for a great family friendly atmosphere.
Sunday River74.9 Miles
Located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains, roughly 90-minutes from Portland. A true four-season destination, Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, an 18-hole golf course at the Sunday River Golf Club, fantastic dining and amenities, and numerous events throughout the year.
Sugarloaf134 MILES AWAYles
Sure, it's a big piece. At 4,237 feet tall Sugarloaf offers the best winter playground you could imagine. But it's the people (the Sugarloafers) that make it special. They preach the Sugarloaf gospel across the globe, taking our ubiquitous blue triangle with them. All it takes is one visit. You'll be a Sugarloafer for life.
Mt. Abram65.2 Miles
Ski Mount Abram is a small family ski area in Greenwood, Maine, located a few miles outside of Bethel, Maine, and the Sunday River Resort. It has 1,150 feet of vertical drop, with five lifts servicing 10 easy, 21 Intermediate, and 13 expert trails.
King Pine - Madison, NH55 Miles
Just over the Maine border, King Pine Ski Area is a ski resort located in Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire. King Pine has 45 skiable acres, with six ski lifts and seventeen trails.
Maine Trail Finder
Maine Trail Finder is a free, interactive mapping site designed to help Maine residents and visitors find hiking, walking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across the state.
Summer Feet Cycling
Our friend Norman offers cycling, walking, and multi-sport vacations in some of the most beautiful places on earth. We started offering Maine Bicycle Tours home state of Maine and offer the best and broadest selection of tours in the state. A great way to get out enjoy the fresh air and outdoor beauty of Maine. Staff Recommended Must Do!
Portland Schooner Co
Board Bagheera, Wendameen, or Timberwind for a two-hour sail on Casco Bay, the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Maine coast, complete with lighthouses, seals, seabirds and the rugged coastline. Pack a meal, bring your favorite wine or beer and sit back and relax as you slip through the cool waters of Maine.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.
Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals along the beautiful Eastern Promenade featuring guided trips led by licensed Maine Guides who are passionate about sharing their love of paddling and their knowledge of the Maine coast.
Coffee & Breakfast
TEAM FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP! Curating a selection of Maine’s plant-based wisdom and power. Our love for coffee, profound respect for plants, and passion for supporting Maine’s locally-owned, independent artisan crafters shapes both our menu and our advocacy. Online Ordering Available
Fishermen & others often pack this waterfront, no-nonsense American diner serving all-day eats.
Coffee shop and cafe featuring fine blends sustainably sourced directly from farmers in Burundi. Purchasing directly from farmers means they are paid fairly for their beans, enabling them to better support their families and improve their communities.
With over 20 years of combined cooking experience in Boston, San Francisco, and Nantucket, the Dutches have robust kitchen chops. This scratch breakfast and lunch is one of Portland's hidden gems.
The Holy Donut
A true Maine staple, these doughnuts are freshly made-from-scratch daily using only the finest locally sourced ingredients, including Maine-grown potatoes.
Take a journey of flavor and nostalgia by truly emulating traditional old world donuts from where they began and what they were first made with. We start with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and fry each donut in house daily. With a broad menu to truly incorporate culinary experience and passions, Hi-Fi is so much more than doughnuts.
High Roller Lobster Company
After three years of the mobile circuit, Andy and Baxter teamed up with Pete from Bissell Brothers to open the brick and mortar HR. This little shop showcased all of the Lobster favorites of the original cart and allowed for an expansion of the menu with things like burgers, fries and corndogs. This shop also gave the team the opportunity to bring some of the beer discovered in their travels back to their hometown!
Portland Lobster Company
Picture yourself choosing from our full menu including "Maine's Best Lobster Roll," lobster dinners, steamers, fried claims and chowder, salads and wraps, appetizers and local desserts; then stopping by our outdoor tented bar for an ice-cold locally brewed beer or a glass of fine wine which you can enjoy at our sit-down bar or on our lengthy dock overlooking the gorgeous Portland Harbor in the heart of the Old Port.
Raw & fried seafood plus drinks in a vintage diner interior or on a wharfside deck with live music.
Luke's Lobster first opened its doors in the East Village in 2009. We now bring traceable, sustainable seafood to guests across the country. We work directly with fishermen to hand pick the best seafood, bring it straight to our own seafood company and then ship directly to our shacks. Cutting out the middleman means better tasting lobster, crab and shrimp for you to enjoy and a fairer price for our fishermen.
Local Food + Drink
Evo Kitchen & Bar
Executive Chef and multiple-time Food Network Chopped Champion, Matt Ginn, offers the best of local Maine fish, meats and vegetables infused with bold Mediterranean flavor. Known for its eclectic cuisine, Evo Kitchen + Bar’s popular chef’s counter offers guests an interactive dining experience with a front seat overlooking the kitchen. EVO offers socially distanced indoor seating complete with a state-of-the-art air filtration system, and features private heated outdoor dining Chalets. Reservations are encouraged but limited seats are kept for walk-ins each night.
Experience local freshly prepared ingredients in this American Contemporary restaurant with tapas style shareable servings. Food and drink are a craft and something Krista Cole takes pride in. You will get more than food and drinks here, you will get an entire flavor filled experience.
TAKE AWAY DINING! The ultimate Jamaican cuisine located in Portland's Square Public Market. Enjoy a jerk chicken plate and a side of plantains while exploring the art and music of downtown.
Eventide Oyster Bar
TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK! Experience warm New England hospitality in the Old Port with this revival of the classic American oyster bar. Enjoy signature cocktails and a wine list chosen to highlight the fresh New England seafood fare.
Old Port Sea Grill and Raw Bar
OUTDOOR SEATING! Indulge in a seafood driven experience located in the heart of Portland's Old Port district. The seafood driven menu focuses on a variety of local and imported fresh fish and shellfish, with an emphasis on east coast cold water oysters . Pair the seafood experience with a food-friendly wine list, local craft-style beers on draft and an extensive cocktail program to make for an exciting dining experience.
TAKEOUT ONLY! Located in an historic 150 year old building, enjoy delicious tapas options with locally sourced ingredients to feature a true taste of Maine with every dish, hand-crafted cocktails, and selection of carefully selected local craft beers.
A fantastic spot for delicious, Eritrean and Ethiopian Cuisine in Portland, ME!
Portland Food Map
The definitive guide to Portland's food scene. Stay up to date on restaurant services and new openings in the area.
Beers and Breweries
Portland Beer Hub
Strike up a conversation with hubmeister Jorgen to find and hand-curate the perfect pack for a pickup or delivery! Some of the best beers from award winning breweries across Maine.
Maine Brew Bus
The Maine Brew Bus is here to help you safely enjoy a variety of different breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more in the greater Portland area. Offering all-inclusive tours every day of the week complete with samplings, snacks, behind-the-scenes experiences, and a designated driver.
Tour The Town
Maine Foodie and History Tours
Discover authentic, educational, historic, and tasty fun with Maine Foodie Tours. A 2018 Governor’s Award Winner for Creativity and Innovation, these tours take you through Portland, Bar Harbor, Booth Bay Harbor, or Kennebunkport to experience local cuisine, masterfully created and locally sourced from the areas unique culinary restaurants.
Portland Landmarks Self Guided Tours
Historic self guided tours in and around Portland, Maine from Greater Portland Landmarks.
Maine is a state for all seasons! Join us for an event inspired by Carnaval de Québec: Carnaval ME, a two-day festival along Portland's historic waterfront! Celebrate Maine’s bicentennial with our Bites & Brews igloo, ice sculptures, illumination art, LIVE entertainment and Rail Jam.
Harvest on the Harbor
Harvest on the Harbor started in 2007 to create widespread awareness of Portland, Maine’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Since then, the Forest City has been named “Foodiest Small Town in America” and “The Restaurant City of the Year,” and local chefs, brewers, and distillers keep returning home to Maine with coveted medals from the James Beard and Good Food Foundations, World Beer Cup, American Distilling Institute and many others.
Arts & Culture
Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art boasts an extensive collection of American, European, and contemporary art as well as nationally renowned exhibits. The museum features iconic pieces of Maine artwork highlighting the culture of Maine artists throughout history.
From summer concert series, Bissel Brother's Brewery, and winter ice skating, Thompson Point has an exciting mix of spaces and businesses huddled around the best place to watch sunsets in Portland, Maine.
This beautiful performing arts center opened in 1912 and was renovated in 1997 and features shows ranging from concerts and comedy shows to theatrical productions and ballet, such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations, Maine State Ballet, and Portland Ballet.
The State Theatre is a historic theater located at 609 Congress Street in downtown Portland, Maine, which features a combination of Moorish and Art Deco architecture.
When we’re not hosting concerts with the greatest music acts in the world AURA is a state of the art event space that can host almost any gathering you have in mind. Business meetings, socials, parties, charity gatherings and fundraisers, lectures, speeches, trade shows or other special presentations; this is the place for your next event.