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About Greater Portland

Charming cobblestone streets, lighthouses, cultural events, and outdoor activities are just a few of the highlights families will discover in Maine’s largest city: Portland. The city has been home to writer Stephen King, actress Liv Tyler and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and visitors are certain to understand why notable people have been drawn to Portland over the years. Enjoy a level of privacy simply unheard of in hotels by booking one of the many Portland vacation rentals and explore the plethora of adventures this coastal city has to offer.  


Portland attracts visitors year-round as a result of its snow-covered peaks perfect for skiing in the winter and its gorgeous beaches that are home to summer fun. Winter lows can dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit while summer temperatures generally stay in the 70s. Portland’s high season runs from mid-June until October, when many come to revel in the colorful fall foliage. Bring layers when visiting this destination as New England weather is oftentimes unpredictable and can vary significantly throughout the year. 


As Maine’s largest city, Portland is home to many neighborhoods and districts where hubs of cultural activities are located. Those considering Portland vacation rentals will find lots of options within neighborhoods, including: Back Cove, Deering Center, Downtown District, West End, Hobart Street, India Street, Valley Street, Stroudwater, Nasons Corner, Parkside and Rosemont. Additionally, the Arts District is located within the West End and Bayside, the Waterfront district is on the coast, and the Old Port district is nestled between the Arts District, the neighboring Government district and the Waterfront region. Portland’s Downtown District booms with activity, and visitors will find attractions, art walks, and events that take place here on a daily basis.

Things to Do

Situated approximately 100 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, Portland sits on Casco Bay and offers lots of opportunities for water-based recreation, exploring majestic seaside landscapes and seeing some of the best tourist attractions in New England. Boat charters and cruises are available and offer everything from whale-watching tours to an exploration of one of Casco Bay’s islands. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1971, or take a scenic ferry ride with Casco Bay Lines to see the variety of lighthouses scattered along the coast or ...

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