Portland, ME, USA

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Portland, ME, USA

Portland vacation rentals

Portland—a winning combination

History and culture come together winningly in Portland, one of the heritage jewels of Maine. The city’s graceful waterfront, quaint old port, and charming downtown are magnets for lovers of architecture, while the arts district comprises many important museums and galleries. From the rugged beauty of Casco Bay to the buzz of Monument Square, Portland provides the perfect recipe for a spontaneous short break. If you’re planning to get to know this hospitable city a little better, Portland vacation rentals are a great way to absorb new experiences without forgoing the comforts of home.

Portland Old Port’s renaissance

A walking tour of the Old Port district is one of the highlights of any first-time visit to Portland. This quaint quarter of cobblestone streets and fishing piers was once the commercial hub of the Portland peninsula. The disused buildings were saved from demolition in the 1970s and converted into desirable living and working spaces. Today, the Old Port pulses with life day and night, with a wealth of restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques, street entertainment, and cultural events. The annual Old Port Festival is a red-letter day, offering family-friendly activities, local food specialties, and live music.

Portland’s guiding light

Portland Head Light is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The 1791 lighthouse was the first to be built in the state of Maine, and still shines its beam over the entrance to Portland Harbor. Its fame was further enhanced when Edward Hopper made it the subject of one of his best-known paintings. The former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is now a museum, where you can learn more about the historic structure and how it has kept pace with technological changes. The complex is situated within Fort Williams Park, an military site that played a vital role during both World Wars.

How to find the perfect Portland pad

The climate of Portland falls within the range of humid continental, resulting in cold, snowy winters and warm, moderately wet summers. Thanks to its location on the Gulf of Maine, summer humidity is moderated by the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In high summer, it’s a good idea to look for Portland vacation rentals with a pool or close to the beaches of Casco Bay, to provide welcome refreshment at the end of an action-packed day. A good tip for finding bargains in Portland vacation rentals is to visit during spring or fall, when temperatures are ideal for sightseeing.

Marine life in Portland

Casco Bay’s fishing heritage lives on in its abundant marine life. Predominant species include mackerel, bluefish, and striped bass, along with crustaceans such as mussels, clams, and the tasty lobsters that are a specialty of Maine restaurants. Fishing trips can be booked within easy reach of downtown Portland vacation rentals, with the likelihood of bringing home a freshly caught supper. Native and migrating sea birds also benefit from the protective bay, most commonly cormorants, gulls, and ducks. Rare sightings of ospreys, eagles, and herons are a bonus for keen bird-watchers.