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Greater Portland & Casco Bay

Salt Air Seasons a Hip City Region

Bayside Bustle • Historic & Stylish • Big Little City

What it's known for:
Craft Beer

About the region

Bells ring, foghorns blow, and the salty scent of the sea fills the air in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region. Fishing is this area’s lifeblood, as you can see from the boats of every size and hue that color its coast.

Inland, you’ll find more academic riches, with school systems that support three high schools that have earned national gold medal status from U.S. News & World Report.

In the city of Portland, the bustling piers of the Old Port hum in an inviting town where quaint cobblestone charm mixes with big city night life. Craft-beer pubs, scores of shops, and renowned restaurants buzz with tourists and locals alike, creating a convivial atmosphere where everyone is welcomed. With a vibrant performing arts scene, world-class theater and art museum, professional baseball games, trolley tours and more, you can easily spend an entire vacation in Portland.

Turn north to find a string of stellar outlet stores in fashionable Freeport, home to Maine’s iconic outfitter, L.L. Bean. Head south to explore the rocky coastline, leading to historic forts and postcard-perfect lighthouses like the Portland Head Light perched atop Cape Elizabeth’s cliffs. Or to really lose yourself, follow its beam to explore the many magical islands of Casco Bay.

Towns & cities:

Cape Elizabeth | Falmouth | Freeport | Islands of Casco Bay | Portland | Scarborough | South Portland | Westbrook | Yarmouth

Helpful region links
Gorham, Westbrook & Windham »

Located between Portland and Sebago Lake, these Cumberland County communities each offer a unique experience, from artisans working in a repurposed Westbrook mill to newcomer MK Kitchen anchoring Gorham’s downtown to Windham’s natural beauty.

As seen in February 2017 Issue
Falmouth & Yarmouth »

These southern Maine towns are more than bedroom communities to Portland, offering coastal escapes and burgeoning local food options.

As seen in January 2017 Issue
Portland »

I’ve been living in Portland now for the better part of two years. As my Friday winds down and I get ready for my weekend, I’m excited to spend it with my dad.

As seen in March 2015 Issue
South Portland, Scarborough & Cape Elizabeth »

Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth is just a seven-and-a-half-mile trip from downtown Portland. I am looking forward to this luxurious winter weekend getaway on the oceanfront.

As seen in April 2016 Issue
Portland »

On this “staycation,” my husband, Sam, and I hit up old favorites and uncover a few new gems.

As seen in March 2016 Issue
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