The Perfect Portland, Maine Day Trip
One of the many reasons Maine has become such a travel destination is the close proximity of local beach communities, such as Old Orchard Beach, to Maine’s biggest city, Portland. Filled with New England charm, Portland has become a must-visit. What should you do in Portland for the day? Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your day trip.
START WITH BREAKFAST
Portland has become a renowned foodie city with plenty of restaurants offering breakfast and brunch to help you start the day. Looking for a quick pop-in spot? In the Old Port, head to local favorite Standard Bakery, located on Commercial Street, for their baked fresh daily offerings. Another delicious choice is Gross Bakery in the heart of the Old Port. Closer to Congress Street, you will find Tandem Bakery, which has made a name for itself with their breakfast biscuits. In the mood for a sit-down breakfast? There is nothing’s finah than Becky’s Diner. Known by locals and visitors alike, Becky’s is a Portland institution that offers a classic diner experience. We also recommend the Porthole– the view alone of Casco Bay and the historic Portland waterfront will start your day off on the right foot.SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP IN THE OLD PORT. The Old Port is filled with boutiques, jewelry shops, bookstores, souvenir shops, and more. As a result, you’re bound to find the perfect purchase to remind yourself of your beloved trip to Maine for years to come. For the reader who needs a new beach book, head to Shermanâs Books on Exchange Street, which offers a selection of Maine-inspired reads, such as travel guides and books about Maine history. Another great stop is The Maine Souvenir Shop at the bottom of Exchange Street. Youâ€™ll find a selection of Maine totes, hats, shirts, art, and more.FUEL UP ON FOOD TRUCKSAfter all that shopping, youâ€™ll be hungry again. With a view of Casco Bay that cannot be beaten, head on over to Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Promenade for an impressive food truck lineup. On an average day, the Eastern Prom will feature a slew of food trucks with something for everyone. Favorites include Eighty 8 Donuts & Falafel Mafia. Once you get your order, there is plenty of space to sit, relax, eat, and enjoy the beautiful water views.
BREWERY HOP Not only has Portland become known for its food, craft beer has also put Portland on the map. With 58 breweries just in Portland alone, there are plenty of places to sip on Portland’s finest selection of brews. Along Industrial Way, you will find classics such as Foundation Brewing Company and Allagash Brewing Company (their Allagash White brew has won awards nationwide). Closer to downtown, head over to Fox Street, where you will find local favorites such as Austin Street Brewery and Rising Tide Brewery. If you’re not full on beer and food yet, most days you’ll find a selection of food trucks and food vendors here. Popular ones include Fire & Co. offering woodfired pizza and The Muthah Truckah and their darn good sandwiches. WATCH THE SUNSET. Who doesn’t love a nice sunset? The best sunset spot is the rooftop of Bayside Bowl in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. Put your name on the next lane and head up to the rooftop bar for frosty margaritas, tacos, and more. This casual spot will give you a view of downtown Portland and Congress Street, as well as the Back Cove and the sunset that falls over it.DANCE THE NIGHT AWAYA visit to Portland isnâ€™t complete without a visit to Bubba’s Sulky Lounge. With a rotation of 80s music, a light-up dance floor, and eccentric decor, Bubbaâ€™s is nationally known and a guaranteed good time. But be warned, it’s a cash-only joint. While we could go on forever about Portland dining sports, shops, and must-visit places, this mini-guide to enjoying Portland, Maine is a good place to start!