Out and About in Portland

Portland Maine skyline with wooden pilings in the foreground
Portland skyline. – Edwin Remsberg photo.

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Maine, Portland beckons with a diverse tapestry of culinary delights, featuring an array of restaurants and breweries that capture the essence of the region. From the savory seafood offerings to artisanal craft brews, the city’s culinary scene reflects its coastal charm. Beyond gastronomic adventures, Portland boasts a vibrant recreational landscape, inviting outdoor enthusiasts to explore its parks, trails, and waterfront areas. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the city’s rich cultural tapestry by exploring nearby attractions, from historic lighthouses to art galleries, ensuring a well-rounded and memorable experience in this dynamic coastal destination.

Dining and Breweries

Portland is known for its restaurant scene with award-winning chefs and restaurants using fresh, locally-grown ingredients, many with a focus on seafood. Top rated restaurants and bakeries can be found on the Visit Portland’s website. Reservations are recommended!

Visit Portland: Eat and Drink section

Vats in the beer making process
Photo: Lauren Peters, Visit PortlandMaine is known for its microbreweries. Want to find breweries in the Portland area? Visit the Visit Portland website.

Maine is also known for its craft beer scene, with Portland being home to over 25 breweries. The majority of breweries located in downtown Portland are in the East Bayside neighborhood and you can find a listing of those establishments (including non-alcoholic and gluten-free options on the Visit Portland’s website as well.


Maine is known for its natural beauty, coastal beaches, lighthouses, and seafood. After the conference day has ended, here are some options for sightseeing and local attractions:

Visit Portland: Things to Do section

Nearby Attractions

an exterior view of the LL Bean factory store in Freeport
Photo: Serena Folding, Visit Portland. L.L. Bean, Inc.: a well-established shopping venue serving quality products to both local residents and visitors to our state for many years.

Looking to extend your stay and explore Maine? These nearby towns and areas offer many attractions and natural beauty. You will need a car to explore these areas, as public transportation in Maine doesn’t extend much north of Portland.

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