Welcome to GREATER PORTLAND
Greater Portland is a beautiful and alluring slice of coastal paradise that effortlessly blends 19th-century charm and urban development with a dynamic connection to nature
Greater Portland is pure New England with friendly, historic towns and a symbiotic connection to nature. Everywhere you turn there are beautiful scenic vistas, miles and miles of walking and biking trails, and the panoramic Casco Bay which encompasses fourteen Maine coastal communities. - Falmouth, Yarmouth, and Freeport to name a few. Public access to many of the “Calendar Islands” is just a quick ferry ride away boarding the Casco Bay Island Ferry Service, a top-rated local ferry system providing year-round service from Portland to Peaks Island, Long Island, Great Diamond Island and more.
You can choose to live in the lively Old Port district with its excellent culinary scene and cultural attractions or preserve a quiet life along the rocky coastline. While Great Portland has evolved and developed, it still retains its 19th-century ambiance and architecture, creating a unique and historic flair. This gorgeous region, which encompasses Cumberland County brims with fascinating maritime history, eclectic boutiques, sophisticated architecture, Victorian architecture, and of course Casco Bay.
What to Love
- Old Port District
- Sophisticated historic homes
- Unique shopping experiences
- Connection to nature and water
- Quintessential New England vibe
- Excellent restaurants
- Island hopping in Casco Bay
- Easy commute to City of Portland
People & Lifestyle
Greater Portland enjoys a unique lifestyle that combines elements from multiple Maine communities with generational families and newcomers alike, attracted to the vitality of this region. Career opportunities, great schools, superlative amenities and a diverse blend of the old and new draw people to Greater Portland. There are also many quiet residential neighborhoods within an easy commute to the city of Portland and its urban amenities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Thos. Moser is a renowned furniture maker and there is a beautiful showroom in Freeport, Maine just one block north of L.L. Bean’s flagship store. The Freeport Thos. Moser showroom and gallery is the flagship showroom and outlet annex. Also in Freeport is the Harraseeket Inn, a family-owned luxury inn.
Freeport is home to many excellent dining establishments, such as the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro, a modern Tuscan restaurant made with local products in rustic environs. Local brewpub Gritty McDuff’s creates fresh and handcrafted ales paired with traditional pub grub, like fish and chips and lobster poutine. The Maine Beer Company is a brewery originally founded in 2009 by the Kleban brothers. Freeport’s Bow Street Market is a neighborhood grocer stocking products farmed and made by people all over Maine.
Falmouth has several prestigious art galleries, including the Elizabeth Moss Galleries showcasing landscapes and contemporary art exhibits and it has a dance school, Maine’s family-friendly and leading professional dance company, Maine State Ballet.
There is a Rosemont Market outpost in both Falmouth and Yarmouth. This local grocer sells a mixture of products, such as wine, cheese, produce, homemade goods, and other groceries.
Dine on sumptuous wood-fired seafood and steaks while overlooking the water at the Royal River Grill House in Yarmouth. With locations in places like Yarmouth, Boothbay Harbor, and South Portland, the Freedom Boat Club of Maine is one of the nation’s largest boat clubs and offers members access to boats across 315+ clubs throughout the country, Canada, and France.
Request quality interior design services for commercial or residential properties from chic boutique Nicola’s Home in Yarmouth. Nicola Manganello is a renowned interior designer with distinctive taste and signature style. Another Yarmouth-based designer, Leandra Fremont, is a passionate and skilled professional running Leandra Fremont-Smith Interiors.
Things to Do
Every July, Yarmouth hosts an annual three-day Clam Festival, a family-friendly summer event defined by a multitude of fun events, food, and entertainment.
Freeport hosts one of Maine’s most popular annual holiday celebrations, Sparkle Celebration, featuring a Parade of Lights, Santa’s arrival, and the town’s famous talking Christmas tree. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a weekend day with your family, Wolfe’s Neck is a beautiful and sustainable coastal farm with a demonstration farm, education resources, and an oceanfront campground. Similarly, New Gloucester is home to Pineland Farms, a 5,000-acre working farm with many educational and recreational resources.
In Portland’s Congress Square, you’ll find the Portland Museum of Art, the oldest and largest public art institution in Maine. This inclusive museum is committed to diversity and accessibility for all and functions as a gathering place for artists all over Maine. Portland’s Old Port District is a popular hotspot and regularly hosts a Walk, Talk & Taste tour, a walking tour that lasts about three hours and allows guests a way to visit notable landmarks, breweries, and the working waterfront area. Enjoy samples of hard seltzer and craft beer paired with tasty snacks and samples.
Kids of all ages love playing with and learning from the multitude of interactive exhibits and activities at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland’s downtown Arts District.
Sailing enthusiasts appreciate visits to Calendar Islands Sailing Co., the only Portland sailing company. Schedule custom private charters for a memorable event or exquisite getaway.
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