Portland Bed and Breakfasts


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Portland, ME

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About Portland

The understated reputation of Portland, Maine, is filled with colonial wonder and outdoor adventures. As an alternative to a hotel, tourists can make reservations at inns that date back to the 1700s and 1800s. Amenities have evolved to include modern bathrooms with heated floors, whirlpool tubs, and custom showers. Sit by fireplaces in front of flat screen televisions or take a leisurely stroll through perennial gardens.

Go on a Museum Scavenger Hunt

This quaint city is home to one of America''s beloved poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Train enthusiasts will take pleasure in a museum filled with the narrowest trains ever to run on tracks. Visit a New England antebellum home with most of its original contents. Create a scavenger hunt of colonial items to journal before starting the day.

  • Wadsworth-Longfellow House: As the childhood home to an influential wordsmith, this stunning residence offers daily tours from May to October. Built in 1785, it is the oldest building in Portland. After completing the indoor tour, step outside to enjoy the Colonial-style garden. Guests can enjoy fragrances from lilac trees and others. A parlor and sitting room are just off the front hall with original rococo-revival wallpaper chosen by the poet and his wife.
  • Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum: Train rides cover three miles as they run along the beautiful waterfront. Cars are open or enclosed with conductors offering information about the museum''s history. There will be loads of picture taking opportunities of the Casco Bay. Tours last one and a half hours with rails cars on display and a gift shop available to purchase souvenirs.
  • Victoria Mansion: This is an example of an Italianate mansion with its lavish furnishings and tapestries in place. The four story brown stone is an asymmetric masterpiece with verandas and frescoes throughout. Visitors are treated to Herter furniture, ornate fireplaces made of marble, and light fixtures that use gas. The flying staircase and stained glass windows are jaw-droppers.

Experience L.L. Bean Adventure Programs

Home to outfitter L.L. Bean is in the city of Freeport with its flag store open 24 hours per day. Enjoy adventures year round with various packages to choose from such as women only or bird watching. Vacationers can take archery and fly fishing classes or learn how to kayak and canoe. Guided fishing trips are filled with catches of delicious cod and haddock. Weekend to eight-day excursions for adults are also available as well as kid''s camps. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels so everyone can take part in the escapades. Winters have activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trips.

Visit Eartha

On the trip back from Freeport, stop in Portsmouth to see the world''s largest globe that revolves and has 3d features. The 42-foot structure is housed in an atrium with an Omni-Span Truss that illuminates the entire building at night. This Guinness Book record holder is the accomplishment of map maker DeLorme. Once the tour is over, take a ferry to Chebeague Island to enjoy the beach and fresh seafood. Bird migrations are another main attraction for visitors.

The Seasons of Portland

Springs are cool to mild with snow on the ground at nearby White Mountain. Summers turn into fantastic opportunities to enjoy all the indigenous species. Fall foliage encourages daily drives up and down the coast with the Atlantic Ocean on one side. A variety of skiing and other winter sports complete full itineraries regardless of the season tourists arrive. Average temperatures range from the high 79 degrees in July to the low 13 degrees in January.

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