Last Updated:

10/24/22

Portland, ME

The Iconic View of Portland Head Light Near Portland Maine

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

Six Pack of Amazing Donuts From Holy Donuts in Portland, Maine

The Holy Donut

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102

Some of the Donut Flavors

Holy Cannoli Ginger Glazed: Slightly sweet cream cuddled by a warm ginger-spiced glaze


Sweet Potato Coffee Cake:  Thick, spicy-sweet cinnamon glaze with the crunch of traditional butter and brown sugar streusel. Made with sweet potato dough.


Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar:  Covered in a cinnamon-sugar dusting instead of a glaze, this gives the rich chocolate dough a nice crunchy texture


Dark Chocolate Sea Salt: Flagship donut; the sprinkle of sea salt on top makes the flavors of the chocolate dough and vanilla glaze pop


Blueberry Lemon: Fresh blueberry dough featuring a zesty lemon glaze.

Hours:

Daily 6:30 am - 4 pm


Order Online: Yes

On the List of Best Donuts in Portland Maine

The Elvis French Toast Special from Hot Suppa in Portland Maine, the Go-To Place for Brunch

Hot Suppa

703 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The Mother Clucker: Boneless Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuit, Cheddar Curds, and Sausage Gravy $19.00


Scrambalaya: Chicken & Smoked Sausage Jambalaya, Scrambled Egg, and Cheddar $17.00


Pulled Pork Egg Sandwich: Over-Medium Egg, Pickled Red Onion, Smoked Cheddar, South Carolina BBQ Sauce, Sourdough Bread $14.00


Hours:

Daily 8 am - 2 pm

Order Online: No

They Also Have Some Creative Specials For Brunch That May Interest You

Activities

Portland Head Light

The Fort Williams Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset with free parking available.  The lighthouse tower is only open to the public one day a year on Maine Open Lighthouse Day ( September 10, 2022). On that day approximately 280 tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. (9 am - 3 pm)


The museum is located in former keepers' house and museum admission is as follows: Adults $2 and Children $1.

Portland Head Light From a Distance, Located in Cape Elizabeth Maine

12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Museum Hours:

Memorial Day to October 10, 2022

Monday to Friday to 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 4 pm

Biggest Takeaway From Here, Maine Open Lighthouse Day is September 10, 2022

Victoria Mansion

A Portland landmark, the Victoria Mansion has incredible architecture and original interiors dating back to 1860.  It is listed as one of the most important historic homes of the nineteenth century in the country.


Admission(Best Purchase Online):


Adults: $16.00

Seniors (62+): $14.00

Students (6-17): $5.00

Under 6: Free

The Exterior View of Victoria Mansion Located in Portland Maine

109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101

Hours:

May 1st to October 31st

Daily 10 am - 4 pm

Final Admission Sale 3:50 pm

Christmas at Victoria Mansion is a Popular Event

Lucky Catch Cruises

Want to experience catching lobster with the pros? This would be the tour to take.   Each lobster tour lasts around 90 minutes.  Learn plenty of good lobster information, and any lobster caught can be purchased at wholesale "boat" prices.


Two Good Tours to Pick From, Depart From Long Wharf in Portland


Portland Headlight Lobstering Cruise

Seal Watch Lobstering Cruise


Prices:


Adults $40

Seniors $38

Juniors (13-18) $35

Children (2-12) $25

Experience Catching Lobsters in Maine When Taking the Lucky Catch Cruise Tour Located in Portland Maine

170 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

Tours Run Daily May Through October

Tour Times:

Portland Headlight 10:30 pm

Seal Watch 12:15 pm

Portland Headlight 2 pm

Seal Watch 3:45 pm

Portland Observatory

The Portland Observatory is the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the United States.  The 86-foot high tower was constructed back in 1807 by Captain Lemuel Moody.  It could see vessels as far out as 30 miles away from the harbor.


Tickets


Adults: $10.00

Seniors: $8.00

Kids (6-17) $5.00

Exterior Shot of the Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Tour Times:


Guided Tours (May 28 - Oct 10)

Thursday to Monday 10 am - 4 pm


Self-Guided Tour (June 7 - Sept 8)

Tuesday & Wednesday 5 pm - 8 pm


Food

Couple Lobster Rolls From The Highroller Lobster Company, One of Many Lobster Shops in the Portland Maine Area

The Highroller Lobster Co.

104 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Lobster Roll: Freshly baked brioche, Chopped Romaine, 4 oz of fresh Maine claw, and knuckle meat, your choice of sauce. $32.00


Lobster Grilled Cheese: Buttery Toasted Bread, Gooey Cheddar, and Swiss Blend, Fresh Claw and knuckle meat 


The Surf & Turf Burger: 8oz Brisket Blend Patty with butter-poached lobster meat, chopped romaine, and your choice of sauce on a freshly baked sesame seed bun 

Hours:

Sunday to Thursday 11 am - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

Just In Case Do Not Know, Lobster is an Expensive Product, Buyer Beware

The Cajun Crispy Chicken Biscuit From Becky's Diner Located in Portland Maine

Becky's Diner

390 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Double Cheeseburger:  $15.00


Fried Haddock BLT with Chipotle Mayo: $15.00 


Fried Fisherman's Platter: 4oz Each Haddock, Shrimp, Scallops, & Clams $33.00 

Hours:

Daily 6 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Known to Have a Very Good Hamburger

Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp Gelato from Gelato Fiasco Located in Portland Maine

Gelato Fiasco

425 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp: Blueberries, Crunchy Oat Streusel, and Vanilla Gelato


Torched Marshmallow S'More: Graham Cracker Gelato, Chocolate Bars, & Marshmallow Swirl


A Big 'Ole Peanut Butter Pint: Peanut Butter Gelato, Peanut Butter Swirl, & Peanut Butter Cups 

Hours:

Daily Noon - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

I Guess Gelato Is Popular In Portland, Maine

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • Home to UNION, its 65-seat restaurant by Executive Chef, Joshua Berry, uses local farmers and fisherman for their dishes


  • Penthouse Suite with rooftop access and 360-degree views of the city


  • The hotel also has an Art Gallery featuring local artists works, open to the public, which also includes a two story signature installation piece of vintage typewriters called the SWARM, to depict the chaos of a newsroom.


  • Each guestroom has design inspired by a 1920s writer's office including a vintage-styled journalist desk, playful newsroom references throughout and floor to ceiling marble bathrooms

View From Penthouse Suite at The Press Hotel Located in the Heart of Portland Maine

119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


King City View Guest Room in August 2022 - $364

King City View Guest Room in Nov 2022 - $341

In Great Walking Distance of All the Great Things Portland has to Offer

Portland Harbor Hotel

  • All guests will receive a uniquely-theirs room with wood floors, nautical accents, local artwork and comfy furniture.


  • Each floor also includes a pantry nook with a Starbucks touchscreen machine and a cozy sitting area


  • BlueFin restaurant, seafood caught fresh by the local fisherman.


  • Truly Sam Summer Music Series at The Terrace Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evening

Inside View of Room at Portland Harbor Hotel Located Downtown Portland Maine

468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

Pet Friendly

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


Deluxe King Room in August 2022 - $599

Deluxe King Room in Nov 2022 - $316

21 and up fun

Brown Ale from Bissell Brothers Located in Portland Maine

Bissell Brothers Brewing Company

38 Resurgam Pl, Portland, ME 04102

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

The Substance: IPA - New England / Hazy | 6.6% ABV | 80 IBU


Swish: IPA - Imperial / Double | 8.0% ABV | 80 IBU


Lux: Pale Ale - American | 5.1% ABV


Industry Versus Inferiority: IPA - American | 6.2% ABV

Hours:

Monday to Thursday Noon - 8 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - 8 pm

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm


Food Menu is Available (Weds-Sunday)

Brat Session Ale From Foulmouthed Brewing Located in Portland Maine

Foulmouthed Brewing

15 Ocean St, South Portland, ME 04106

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Knightvillain: IPA - German Style Black Ale | 4.5% ABV


Acer: English Style Dark Ale with Maple Syrup | 3.8% ABV


Yuzu Kosho Gose: Sour Gose Style | 4.0% ABV


Blue Balls: Belgian Style Dark Strong Ale with Blueberries | 12.0% ABV


Frobscottle: Sour with Oats & Raspberry | 4.8% ABV


Mr. Giggles: Belgian Style Dark Golden Strong Ale | 12.0% ABV

Hours:

Sunday & Monday Noon - 8 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday Closed

Thursday Noon - 8 pm

Friday & Saturday Noon - 9 pm

Food Menu is Available

Beer Flights - Six 4oz Pours - $14.00

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn