What To Do In Portland Maine

what to do in portland maine

My husband and I took a weekend getaway this past weekend.  It was magical!  While we love celebrating life at home (remember this cocktail party for two?), we also love to travel and we visit Maine a lot.  We love the coast line, the New England charm and of course, the lobster.  Friends ask me all the time – what do you do there?!  So here it is, my roundup of just that: what to do in Portland Maine.  **warning: picture heavy**

Many airlines offer direct service to Portland, making the trip easy as can be.  We usually fly from LGA or JFK and it’s a short 30 minute flight once you are in the air.  As soon as we landed, we headed to Slab where we dined on the most delicious hummus I’ve ever eaten.  And that’s saying a lot, because I’m obsessed with hummus.  They are known for their large slices (or slabs) of pizza.  They did not disappoint and were amazingly light and airy for how thick the dough appeared.  A must visit for a lovely casual meal!

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After lunch we walked around the Old Port (downtown Portland) and visited a few of our favorite shops including Coastal Maine Popcorn, and Stonewall Kitchen.  We also stopped at The Speckled Ax for coffee.

best coffee in portland maine

Friday night we ate at Street and Company (sorry no photos, too dark inside!) — a great restaurant for simply prepared, fresh and local seafood.  It’s the sister restaurant to Fore Street, an ever popular choice in Portland.  Both are delicious.

Saturday morning we stopped for a casual breakfast at Standard Bakery (Fore Street‘s in-house the bakery).  You seriously cannot go wrong here.  Delicious treat after delicious treat.

where to eat breakfast in portland maine

where to eat breakfast in portland maine

Being that it was Saturday, football watching was a must.  I opted out and got an amazing 90 minute massage instead. Heavenly.

For a light lunch we stopped at one of our all time favorites, Eventide Oyster Company.  Just go.  Right now, if you can.  The brown butter lobster roll is everything, and more.  The chickpea fries are also beyond.

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We spent some more time in the Old Port and decided to share another lobster roll at the locals-only joint, J’s Oyster Bar. J’s is very authentic with absolutely no frills just good seafood.  We really really (really!) love the lobster rolls at Portland Lobster Company the best, but they already closed for the season.

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For dinner we ate at 555 which is another one of our favorites. Again, too dark for photos, but just take my word – it’s worth the trip!

Sunday we were up early (thanks to daylight savings) and visited our all time favorite diner, Becky’s for an early breakfast. This is a totally standard (but delicious) diner that’s always crowded.  Be prepared to wait.

One last stop before we headed back to NYC —  Eventide Oyster Company. Again. What did I tell you? It’s a must.

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So there’s our long weekend in a foodie nutshell.  Have you ever been to Portland? Would love to hear your favorite spots!


  • BelleJeunesse

    These food photos are just to die for! It looks like there’s a lot of great places to eat in Maine :)


    • thedomesticatedwolf

      Thanks so much! There are many, many delicious spots! Thanks for reading.

      All the best…MW.