We corresponded with the owner both by telephone and e-mail before we arrived. He was very helpful and friendly, suggesting local restaurants and going out of his way to help us find parking for our rental car. The apartment, really a three-story row house, was clean, comfortable and beautifully furnished, just as it was represented in the listing. There was even a small garden and deck where we had our morning coffee. The Victoria Mansion is practically across the street. The city of Portland is charming: with cobblestone streets and brick buildings built in the 1850's. We took the city bus tour and the port tour by boat, a great photo op. We even took the ferry to Peak's Island and rented bicycles. Our bus tour guide recommended the lobster rolls at Even Tide and we were not disappointed. We also dined at Dimillo's, famous for its lobster, and at Fore Street, as well 555 Congress Street, two of our favorite restaurants of all time. Oscars on Congress Street serves really good pizza, and the night we were there a four-person blue grass band played for us. Fantastic! We toured the Victoria Mansion as well as Longfellow's home and the Museum of Portland was beautiful and offered a good representation of art. The Standard Bakery on Commercial Street is not to be missed!!! We walked everywhere, both in the day time and at night, and felt completely at ease. We had a wonderful time in Portland partly because we had such a great place to stay. We would recommend the place we stayed to anyone who had time visit Portland.